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Light Therapy and Its Benefits

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Light Therapy Offers More than Just Mental Relief

With continued search for more effective and side-effect-free alternatives to curing different human ailments, the discovery of light therapy is not surprising.

But how does it work exactly?

A person is exposed to sunlight or a light therapy box. The light affects the brain chemicals which eases sadness and depression. Light therapy used to only used as a remedy for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), depression and sleep disorders. However a new study revealed that it is also effective for pain relief, specifically relief for back pains.

"Light-box-therapy" by Emily Johnson

“Light-box-therapy” by Emily Johnson

Although more research is needed to determine how often, how much, and how long light therapy should be used for relief of physical pain — as well as to determine why this treatment works exactly — here’s what we do know: light has natural pain-relieving qualities.

As our bodies soak in sunlight (or the light from therapy lamps designed to mimic sunlight), we produce endorphins — these are our bodies’ natural pain relievers which can help ease both emotional and physical pain. In fact, the sun activates our opioid receptors using the same pathway as prescription painkillers; this is a process so strong that many people develop a literal sun addiction.

Sunlight also helps our bodies produce vitamin D, which is typically deficient in people with depression. Experts suggest that exposing your skin to direct sunlight for about 10 minutes a day can help you get your daily dose of this vitamin.

Read the entire article at www.psychcentral.com

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