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Light and anxiety

Underappreciated External Triggers: Fluorescent Lights and Things …

Oct 3, 2008 – This is the Part V of V Share Posts pertaining to categories of “triggers” that can “get the ball rolling” or accelerate your anxiety. If you’re reading this post first, you may want to go back and read Understanding the Vicious Cycle of Panic,” first to appreciate the idea that while anxiety may appear to come “out …

Light Sensitivity and Anxiety – TheraSpecs

Aug 31, 2017 – In addition, light sensitivity and anxiety is tied to specific conditions. … In fact, migraineurs with light sensitivity between attacks (known as ‘interictal’ photophobia) are more likely to develop feelings of depression, anxiety and stress.

Types of Visual Problems and Anxiety – Calm Clinic

If you find it difficult to see clearly, notice flashes or visual snow, or feel like lights become too bright when you are anxious, it doesn’t necessarily mean there is something wrong with your eyes: these can be part of the body’s natural anxiety response (as inconvenient as they may be). In situations where fear is called for, they …

How Anxiety May Interfere With Your Eyes – Calm Clinic

There are many different ways that anxiety can affect your eyes. The most common ways are: Eye pain and discomfort. Mildly blurred vision. Watery eyes. Light sensitivity. Eye floaters (spots that float across your eye). These are all most common during periods of intense anxiety, and the most common time to experience …

Fluorescent Lights and Anxiety – Stop Anxiety Panic Attack

May 21, 2009 – Have you ever experienced feeling an overwhelming wave of anxiety rapidly wash over you once you have stepped inside a pharmacy, at work or a convenience store? If yes, this is probably because pharmacies and convenience stores are lit with harsh, fluorescent lighting.

Light Therapy for Anxiety and Depression In Your Pocket: Human …

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Sep 26, 2017 – With the majority of therapy types costing a pretty penny, it can be easy to get discouraged. However, light therapy for anxiety and depression is one of my favourite forms of treatment and it won’t completely break your bank. Here’s what you need to know.

Anxiety and Sensitive to light: Common Related Medical Conditions

WebMD Symptom Checker helps you find the most common medical conditions indicated by the symptoms Anxiety and Sensitive to light and including Generalized anxiety disorder, Migraine headache (adult) and Panic attack.

Why CFL’s Aren’t Such a Bright Idea | Psychology Today

Sep 15, 2014 – In light of rising environmentally-sensitive brain disorders such as autism and ADHD in children, are energy-saving CFL’s costing us dearly? … a higher visual “load” when processing fluorescentlight, which depletes mental resources and makes the individual more likely to be agitated, disruptive,anxious, …

How Red Light Therapy Works

How Red Light Therapy Works

Visible red light is capable of penetrating the skin to a depth of about 8 to 10 mm. Once absorbed, the light energy is converted to cellular energy, stimulating the body’s natural processes on a cellular level and kicking off a whole series of metabolic events, including:

  • Increased circulation and the formation of new capillaries. 1
  • Increased lymph system activity.
  • Increased production of collagen and fibroblasts. 2
  • Increased release of ATP, or raw cellular energy. 3
  • Increased phagocytosis, or cellular clean up.
  • Tissue granulation stimulated. 4
  • Inflammation reduced. 5

All of these things work together to produce many benefits for you in the areas of anti-aging, the healing of wounds and injuries, and the relief of pain, as we’ll see below. But no matter what the application, red and infrared light therapy share the same benefits overall.

Red Light Therapy For Your Skin

By far the most popular use for red light therapy is anti-aging of the skin. If that’s why you’re here, please visit this page to learn exactly how red light is going to make you look younger. But before you go, it’s important to know that red light therapy can be used to treat a growing list of skin conditions including:

  • acne
  • rosacea
  • eczema
  • psoriasis
  • cold sores and herpes
  • everyday cuts, scrapes burns & bruises

Visit this page for more information on red light therapy for skin conditions.

The Wavelengths of Red Light Therapy

Red light therapy uses wavelengths of light roughly between 620 nm and 700 nm. Popular wavelengths used in research and in-home products are 630 nm and 660 nm.  Regardless of claims of only “specific wavelengths” being effective, the whole range of visible red light wavelengths are effective and beneficial.  In fact, many devices today are including two or three of them instead of just one. 

The Wavelengths of Red Light Therapy

Red LED Light Therapy

A red LED diode. What red LED light therapy used to be powered by.
Old style LED diode. What red light therapy used to be powered by.

Red LED light therapy is very popular today, especially for anti-agingacne and rosacea treatment. What’s so special about it? Red LED light therapy is red light therapy, just using an LED light source instead of incandescent, fluorescent, or laser. But red LED light therapy does have some unique benefits of its own.

LEDs were NASA’s choice for red light therapy when it brought the technique into space around the year 2000. They chose this technology for its low energy requirements, as well as its low heat emission and light weight.

Those same qualities made later research more accurate, and, to date, hundreds of studies from around the world have shown the benefits of red light therapy in the fields of anti-aginghealing, and pain relief.

What makes Red LED Light Therapy different?

1. Tighter Wavelength Span. Red LED light has a tighter wavelength span than other types of bulbs. For example, while a fluorescent or incandescent red light might have a 660nm peak, they could include wavelengths of plus or minus 40nm or more. However, in the case of red LED light with the same 660nm peak, the useful wavelengths are only plus or minus about 10nm. For this reason, some consider LEDs a superior vehicle for delivering the necessary light for a given application.

High Power LED Chip on Board Technology for red LED light therapy.
Newer, High Power LED Chip on Board Technology

2. No heat. There is very little heat generated with red LED light therapy, which makes the technique safer and more pleasant.

3. Durable & Long Lasting. Today’s LED devices use solid state electronics and plastic or metal housing which is much more durable and long lasting than incandescent or fluorescent bulbs made of glass.

4. Compact & Portable. LEDs are tiny little things, so it’s easy to pack them into a small, hand-held, portable device.

5. Earth Friendly. Red LED light therapy is more eco-friendly than using incandescent or fluorescent bulbs because they can produce the same amount of light but do so while using a small fraction of the energy.

That’s it! Those are the major things that make red LED light therapy any different or better than red light therapy from any other light source.

Effective red light therapy can be accomplished with any red light source including incandescent, halogen, fluorescent, LED, low level laser or cold laser. Each type of light has its benefits and drawbacks, but ineffectiveness is not one of them.

 

Tai Chi and Qi Gong

 

The following video is intended to be an educational tool that features tai chi and qi gong. These exercise therapies are generally considered safe, self-care approaches used to promote a healthy lifestyle. As always, talk to your health care provider if you are using or considering using any CAM modalities so that they can help safely coordinate your care. Learn more about tai chi at http://nccam.nih.gov.