Light Boxes (Part 1)
Finding effective light boxes can be a real boost for those in acute pain or depression/chronic fatigue sufferers.
If you’re feeling;
- tired/worn out
- unable to focus
- stuck in a rut
- powerless/drained or
then light therapy through LED light boxes therapy may be just what you need.
LED stands for ‘light emitting diodes’ that are a safe, concentrated light source which produces specific wavelengths of light. LED lighting doesn’t have the adverse side effects that more concentrated and intense lights have, such as laser beams (lasers should only be administered under medical supervision).
Light Boxes and Safety
Light boxes are safe to use, in fact, you can’t ‘over do’ your exposure to light boxes. This is because the metabolic processes in cells shut down when they’ve received enough light to function optimally and so even if the light box is over the recommended 10 000 lux cells are able to close off to the light at any time.
With laser light however, cells don’t shut down and the light can be too prolonged and intense causing damage, hence the need for supervision.
Light box therapy is 100% natural and safe. It’s nature’s way for cells to be healed or treated.
Light Boxes Benefits
1) Increase in blood flow to the treated area e.g. lower back
For oxygen deprivation back pain light boxes shining on the spine can be excellent.
If muscles and nerves, especially in the back are deprived of oxygen through poor circulation they can go into painful spasm resulting in severe pain and cramps together with nerve numbness, tingling, pins and needles or loss of sensation (for the root origin of this process and pain see lower back pain relief blog-part 1.
Light boxes can penetrate into muscles and nerves which help the blood capillaries to open up more which increases blood flow (infrared wavelengths are especially useful for this-see light therapy article).
When the muscles and nerves get more blood flowing to them, the cramps and therefore the pain eases off.
Muscles relax and normal nerve transmissions resume. These beneficial effects have been proven in many light therapy scientific studies.
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2) Waste products are eliminated
As well as increased blood circulation, the elimination of waste products is speeded up also.
This frees up painful muscles and nerves from severe cramping caused by lactic acid and other waste products building up in the tissues through a lack of circulation. Research has also shown that lymph vessels and lymph drainage has been doubled by the use of good quality light therapy to a targeted area.
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3) Stimulation Of Energy
For chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia sufferers this is of great importance. Studies have shown that light boxes stimulate an increase in the production of ATP (adenosine tri phosphate) in the cells.
ATP is an important energy source that cells need for optimal metabolic functioning. When cells have energy they function better. Studies have also shown that when production of ATP increases, cells can receive nutrients faster as well.
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