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The information below is for the clinical use of LED therapy. Although we include a short overview of physics, physiology, and the history of light, we purposely limit coverage of these subjects to focus on the clinical aspects of treatment with LED and light therapy.

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MEDICAL USES OF LZR ULTRABRIGHT

LZR Ultrabright is the most effective and cost efficient device used in administering light treatments. The light waves are focused on the affected area for a specific period of time and sometimes administered at certain times of the day where light therapy is most effective in the healing process. LIGHT THERAPY IN SKIN TREATMENTS. The affected skin area or spot is exposed to ultraviolet light or the whole body surface is enclosed in a high power UVB booth done at home or clinic. The most famous and safest treatment quality is the utilization of narrowband UVB or NB-UVB, having a wavelength of 311–313 nanometer.

 

SKIN CONDITIONS THAT CAN BE TREATED

1.DERMATITIS

Light therapy is among the best LED treatment  for atopic dermatitis (AD) to persons or patients who have not responded to the traditional type of treatments. With an improving historical  efficacy, the LED therapy choices of UVA1 and NB-UVB are used for acute and chronic AD.

 

2.PSORIASIS

Light therapy is highly effective in the treatment of psoriasis and its localized inflammation in the immune system. The application of Ultraviolet light as radiation based treatment suppresses the immune system and stop the inflammatory growth and effects. The light therapy for skin conditions usually use 313 nanometer Narrowband UVB though it may use UV-A (315–400 nm wavelength) or UV-B (280–315 nm wavelength) light waves. In the timer controlled UVB based LED therapy the time period when the light waves are active and focused at the affected skin areas can be short and quick. Sometimes the therapy is only less than a minute depending on the skin sensitivity and condition.

 

3.VITILIGO

Light therapy is a very effective treatment of this type of ailment due to the skin cells produces pigments when applied with the UV light. The pigments are generated to defend against the light waves on the skin surface. About 30 days or so is needed to achieve re-pigmentation in affected areas in the face and neck. Up to 4 months if the affected areas being healed is in the hands and legs.

 

4.ACNE

In the LED treatment of acne, a high-intensity blue light (425 nm) is used used. Light therapy appears to provide short-term benefits,those with serious acne disorders will require further assessment by a specialist to warrant usage of light based treatments in the acute skin areas affected by the ailment.

 

5.CANCER

The American Cancer Society officially stated that that ultraviolet light therapy, depending on the skin condition may be effective in the treatment of certain skin cancers. A narrowband UVB light is used in the treatment of certain mycosis type disorders while red light is utilized in the treatment of superficial type skin cancers.

 

6.OTHER SKIN DISORDERS

LED therapy can be effective in the treatment of eczema, dermatitis, eruptions, lymphoma and planus type skin ailments.

 

7.OPEN WOUNDS

Low levels of laser light waves used in the therapy and treatments of chronic wounds is increasingly raising its potential of becoming the better medical LED treatment for these type of ailments. However, the higher powered lasers have been used to close fresh acute open wounds as opposed to stitching these to close.

 

OTHER TYPES OF DISORDERS

8.DIABETIC RETINAL CONDITIONS

The treatment of diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular oedema by using LED therapy is supported by factual data at this point in time.

 

9.MOOD AND SLEEP RELATED AILMENTS

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Light therapy makes up for lost sunlight exposure or the lack of it and resets the body's internal clock.  Excessive sleepiness and fatigue data generated by test results approximately on a one month period of light therapy, helped  effectively reduce the stressful and very depressive behaviors of SAD. LED therapy is the ideal treatment of SAD as opposed to anti-depressants due to its more safer in its application and ease of use. Light therapy if conducted in the morning, provided the best healing effects as opposed to other times of the day.

 

10.NON-SEASONAL DEPRESSION

Light therapy has also been suggested in the treatment of non-seasonal depression and other psychiatric mood disturbances, including major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder and postpartum depression. antidepressive efficacy."

 

Curtis Turchin, M.A., D.C.

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Light Therapy

This is a way to treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and certain other conditions by exposure to artificial light. SAD is a type of depression that occurs at a certain time each year, usually in the fall or winter.

During the process of therapy, you sit or work near a device box. This box gives off bright light that mimics natural outdoor light. Light therapy is thought to affect brain chemicals linked to mood and sleep, easing SAD symptoms. Using a light box may also help with other types of depression, sleep disorders and other conditions.


Why it's done

You may want to try light therapy for a number of reasons:

* Your doctor recommends it for seasonal affective disorder or another condition.

* You want to try treatment that is safe and has few side effects.

* You want to increase the effectiveness of antidepressant medication or mental health counseling (psychotherapy).

* You need to avoid antidepressant medications during pregnancy or while breast-feeding.

* It may allow you to take a lower dose of antidepressant medication.


Conditions it's used for

Light therapy is used as a treatment for several conditions, including:

* SAD

* Types of depression that don't occur seasonally

* Jet lag

* Sleep disorders

* Adjusting to a nighttime work schedule

* Dementia

* Also used to treat skin conditions such as psoriasis is different from the type of light therapy used for the conditions listed above. For skin disorders uses a lamp that emits ultraviolet (UV) light. This type of light should be filtered out in light boxes used for SAD and other conditions because it can damage your eyes and skin.


Starting light therapy

Generally, most people with seasonal affective disorder begin treatment in the early fall, when it typically becomes cloudy in many regions of the country. Treatment usually continues until spring, when outdoor light alone is sufficient to sustain a good mood and higher levels of energy.

If you typically have fall and winter depression, you may notice symptoms during prolonged periods of cloudy or rainy weather during other seasons. You and your doctor can adjust your light treatment based on the timing and duration of your symptoms.

If you want to try this light treatment for nonseasonal depression or another condition, talk to your doctor about how light treatment can be most effective.


During light therapy

During the therapy sessions, you sit or work near a light box. To be effective, light from the light box must enter your eyes indirectly. You can't get the same effect merely by exposing your skin to the light.

While your eyes must be open, don't look directly at the light box, because the bright light can damage your eyes. Be sure to follow your doctor's recommendations and the manufacturer's directions.

Light therapy requires time and consistency. You can set your light box on a table or desk in your home or office. That way you can read, use a computer, write, watch TV, talk on the phone or eat while having light therapy. Stick to your therapy schedule and don't overdo it.


Three key elements for effectiveness

Light treatment is most effective when you have the proper combination of light intensity, duration and timing.

* Intensity. The intensity of the light box is recorded in lux, which is a measure of the amount of light you receive. For SAD, the typical recommendation is to use a 10,000-lux light box at a distance of about 16 to 24 inches (41 to 61 centimeters) from your face.

* Duration. With a 10,000-lux light box, light therapy typically involves daily sessions of about 20 to 30 minutes. But a lower-intensity light box, such as 2,500 lux, may require longer sessions. Check the manufacturer's guidelines and follow your doctor's instructions. He or she may suggest you start with shorter sessions and gradually increase the time.

* Timing. For most people, this type of therapy is most effective when it's done early in the morning, after you first wake up. Your doctor can help you determine the light treatment schedule that works best.

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