Is light therapy safe for the body?

How Safe is Light Therapy?

Cold-Laser-TherapyWhen we think of light therapy, we may think of UV light, tanning beds or heating lights. When light therapy is used for therapeutic purposes, we’re talking about LED light ( Light emitting diodes), infrared light, Cold Laser Therapy or Low Level Laser Therapy, (LLLT).

The LED light that is used for healing purposes uses diodes instead of having a filament to provide light, which protects the body from delivering to harsh of a light.  What is a diode? A diode hosts electrons that move inside of a semiconductor material, which generates a light. The light created within these diodes is a cool light and does not emit heat as opposed to the heated light that is used in hot lasers used in surgery, or heat emitted from TV’s, cell phones, or computers etc.  The rest of the light spectrum includes, microwaves, UV rays, x-rays, and gamma radiation, which are invisible to the naked eye, which can be damaging.

Some people claim that tanning beds help ease seasonal affective disorder symptoms. But this hasn’t been proved to work. Visible light, not the UV light released by tanning beds is used in light therapy to help many disorders. The type of light released by tanning beds can damage your skin and increase your risk of skin cancer, because it emits high levels of radiation.

“Infrared or LED Light Therapy can be Very Healing”

microlight-for-webMany of these invisible waves of radiation can be harmful if people are over exposed to them. However, the rays used in infrared or led light therapy are very beneficial and do not harm the body in any way. Cool lasers, also a form of light therapy emit biophoton energy and infrared light, these forms of light are not as dense or concentrated and even though they penetrate into tissues, they do not heat or cause inflammation. They reduce inflammation.

Led therapy administered in low concentrations are not required to be used under a medical or Doctors supervision, however, it’s important that you advise your practitioner if you are photosensitive,  particularly if you are using a retinol cream or taking medications that make you more sensitive to light, such as tetracycline.  Light therapy can create more sensitivity if you are taking these medications, or present with autoimmune conditions such as, Lupus. Although, light therapy can be beneficial for conditions such as MS, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, and arthritis.

LEDs Boost Energy Into Cells and Accelerate Healing

Alternative therapists such as, Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Physical Therapists and Massage Therapists are now incorporating light therapy into their treatments and seeing amazing results. Scientists at the Medical College of Wisconsin are examining how light technology helps hard to heal wounds, such as serious burns and severe oral sores caused by chemotherapy and radiation. The LEDs boost energy to the cells and accelerate healing without any adverse side effects.

“Don’t be afraid to try light therapy, it may improve your condition.”

color lightOverall, light therapy is safe and can be especially beneficial after surgery, injury, fatigue, and depression. If your body feels better with light therapy, you know you’re doing something healthy for it. If you would like to try the benefits of acupressure with color light therapy, feel free to give me a call.

Would you like more information? check out the resources below, or contact Judy Bloom for additional questions. Contact: (408)666-5775. Email: Judybloomacupressure@gmail.com

                                                                            Resources

http://acupuncturejournal.com/AJASple3.htm

Colored Light Therapy: Overview of its History, Theory, Recent Developments and Clinical Applications Combined with Acupuncture

LED light therapy accelerated healing pain reduction red near infrared

http://www.elixa.com/light/healing.htm

Massage Magazine on Color Light Therapy

http://www.massagemag.com/color-light-therapy-12791/#sthash.UftkTUv5.dpuf

Academician of Russian Academy of Laser Sciences

http://www.isan.troitsk.ru/dls/karu.htm

 

Light Therapy Can Help Pain Relief

Are you suffering with pain or chronic pain and haven’t gotten any relief? 

back painThere is a newer technology that is extremely helpful for pain relief.

It’s called “Color light therapy.”

Color light therapy is really not that new, however, light therapy has been studied since the late 19th century, when researchers first experimented with UV light, they found it has bio-stimulatory effects that promote healing in the body.

Bio-Stimulatory Effects That Promote Healing Capacities in the Body

Recently, numerous studies have been done to support the concept that light, has bio-stimulatory effects that promote healing capacities in the body. This includes increased energy circulation and regeneration of normal tissue healing and substantial pain relief.

The benefits of using light therapy include:

  • Increased blood circulation
  • Increased oxygen enriched blood
  • Stimulation of ATP production, (Adenosine triphosphate), responsible for
    increased energy production,
  • Building collagen to help regenerate our cells and tissues
  • Triggering a natural healing response, similar to the effects that acupuncture delivers, but without the use of needles.

If you work in a physically intensive profession like construction, nursing or landscaping…

Enjoy running, swimming, biking, tennis or golf…

Then you probably have experienced:

  • knee painChronic Joint Pain
  • Joint Injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Knee Injury
  • Arthritis
  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If so, you definitely want to try light therapy!

Many people whom work in these active professions or participate in sports suffer from repetitive stress injuries and are living in chronic pain caused by inflammation.

It is not normal to live in pain. Pain is usually a warning sign that something is imbalanced in the body and if left untreated can turn into a more serious problem down the road.

Light therapy offers much more relief than pain medication or steroid injections. Light or color light therapy can help reduce inflammation, improve energy and provide
modest benefits for people with diverse sources of chronic pain.

Confirmed Results

Here are a few responses from some of our clients who have experienced pain relief through color light therapy:

Meet Jim H.

Jim H. is a retired Psychiatrist who had fallen down in his back yard and suffered a lower back and hip injury. Jim visited his doctors several times trying different methods, such as physical therapy and anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve his pain, but had no resolution.

Referred by a friend

On the referral of a friend, Jim decided to try Acupressure and Tuina Bodywork.  After two sessions of tuina massage and color light therapy, Jim was able to walk better, his flexion and extension improved and he was able to bend over and tie his shoes for the first time in two months, without pain! 

Jim returned for three additional sessions to maintain his results.

Joint stiffness in fingers and hands

During one of Jim’s visits he mentioned he had joint stiffness in his fingers and hands, which had been stiff for over ten years. He was unable to bend or close his fingers to make a fist.

We applied the color lights to specific acupressure points in between the joints of his wrists and fingers for just a few minutes and for the first time in ten years he could actually make a fist and move his fingers.

Lasting results

He was so excited and couldn’t believe the results were so quick. The last time I spoke with Jim, he was still able to move his fingers and had no pain return in his hip, or lower back.

Meet Frank L.

baseball playerFrank L. is a retired Major League Baseball Player and golfer who suffered with shoulder pain and plantar fasciitis. Frank was unable to walk or play golf without pain affecting his shoulder and feet.

Limited Range of Motion and Plantar Fasciitis

On his first office visit his range of motion in his shoulder was limited, because of tendonitis compounded by the fact that he had excruciating pain in his right foot, because of plantar fasciitis.

Acupressure – Tuina Massage – Color Light Therapy

acupressureWe applied several techniques using Acupressure; Tuina Massage and Color Light Therapy. We focused on specific acupressure points with his foot, lower back and shoulder meridians.

Now Without Pain

After four sessions Frank had significant improvement in both his foot, shoulder and back. He is now able to golf, walk and work without pain. He is very excited about the results and is now living a happier and active lifestyle.

Meet Joe C.

Joe C. is a 54-year-old landscaper who had dislocated his shoulder and tore his rotator cuff in a motorcycle accident. Joe had been to physical therapy and had two steroid injections and several sessions of physical therapy.

Shoulder and Arm Pain

Joe visited my office, because he was unable to move or extend his shoulder and arm without severe pain.

Acupressure and Color Light Therapy

We applied acupressure and color light to some specific acupressure points on his shoulder, arm and hand, thoracic and lumbar spine regions and added some massage. After about 10 minutes he could lift his arm above his head without any pain.

Joe was treated a total of 6 times and on his final session, he was able to move his arm freely and was able to return to work pain free.

Meet Naomi G.

Naomi G. a 17-year-old student had been suffering with lower back pain and chronic bladder inflammation. She had been to several doctors and found no relief from her pain.

Lower Back Pain and Bladder Inflammation

Even with a doctor’s clean bill of health, Naomi still had lower back pain and bladder inflammation. She had to leave class 6-10 times a day to urinate. Naomi’s mother had heard about color light therapy and decided to see if it could alleviate some of her symptoms.

Tunia Massage and Acupressure

I performed a combination of tuina massage, acupressure and color light therapy.  After her first session there was a significant improvement in her pain. Naomi came to see me twice a week for a month to maintain her relief of pain. Every session improved her well being.

Excited By The Results

The last session her bladder function improved to the point of where she went from urinating ten times a day to only twice a day. Naomi and her mother were very excited at her results.  After one year, Naomi continues to be pain free. If you would like to discuss your own pain issues with me, please give us a call at (408) 666-5775 or contact us online. Judybloomacupressure@gmail.com

Light Therapy Can Help Mood and Depression

depressed womanDon’t Be SAD!

Light therapy has been found to help mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, including seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

During the winter months many people can develop depression, because of the shorter days of sunlight, making us stay indoors more often.  Sunlight is very important to nurture our bodies.  Light affects our every mood. Color light particularly has been found to affect the vibrational energy that flows through every organ in the body.   Scientists are finding that  color has a direct positive effect on the pituitary and pineal glands in the brain.

Soothing Your Nervous System

The pituitary and pineal glands release hormones, which can affect the body in various ways.   If the body is in a constant state of stress, applying color light such as,  red or blue can help sooth the

sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, which can help calm excess cortisol levels that create stress on these organs, which can cause anxiety and depression. There are many tools we can use to help facilitate color for natural healing purposes. Candles, color fabric, gemstones, bath treatments, colored glass or colored lights such as, light emitting diodes (LEDs) can be helpful in alleviating many of these stress disorders. Use of Acupressure and color light is very effective in stimulating a natural healing response to our bodies and our brain.

Applying Color Light to Acupressure Points on The Spine Triggers Positive Emotions

happinessGenerally, we apply LEDs with color light, using two acupressure probes, which are applied to specific acupressure points on the spine. The acupressure points on the spine connect to the central nervous system and the brain.   Adding color to these specific points for 5 seconds trigger positive emotions depending on the chemicals being released.

This results in the disappearance of negative emotions linked to that situation or memory.  Emotional blockages resulting form trauma, stress or depression can cause physical symptoms through brain signaling and electrical pathways, which can also cause blocked Qi or energy. When the meridian is corrected through acupressure or light therapy, the emotional block resolves leading to improvement in the nervous system, immune system, and organ function. You may need a few sessions to correct the imbalance, but results are usually seen after the first session.

Safe and Natural Healing Through Light

Light therapy is very safe, however, individuals with serious stress or psychotic disorders must be evaluated by a physician prior to engaging in light therapy. Light therapy can help stimulate a natural healing response, but not guaranteed as a cure all for serious mental health conditions.

Do you or a loved one suffer from Depression, Anxiety or Seasonal Effective Disorder (SAD) ?  Please reach out to me with any questions that you might have. Our phone number is (408) 666-5775 or by email at judybloomaccupressure@gmail.com. “Please don’t suffer when a natural resolution to your problem could be helped.”

Resources:

http://www.anxiety-and-depression-solutions.com/articles/complementary_alternative_medicine/color_therapy/color_therapy.php

http://naturaltherapyweb.com/color-therapy-for-depression-how-much-does-color_influence-your-feelings/

http://healing.about.com/od/colormethods/a/letcolorheal.htm

http://www.ehow.com/way_5727958_color-therapy-depression.html

http://hubpages.com/hub/color-therapy