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GREEN LIGHT OR SAD THERAPY AS A TREATMENT FOR FIBROMYALGIA…

Green Light Therapy for Fibromyalgia. Green Light Therapy has been successfully used for migraines as it was shown to reduce the frequency and intensity of headaches and improve patient quality of life.

Light therapy 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.

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During light therapy, you sit or work near a device called a light therapy box. The box gives off bright light that mimics natural outdoor light.

According to Pain News Network, a pilot study has found Green Light Therapy improves Fibromyalgia symptoms. Fibromyalgia patients exposed to green light therapy had significant improvements in their pain, sleep and quality of life, according to a new pilot study published in the journal Pain Medicine.

The small clinical trial by researchers at the University of Arizona is the first to explore the benefits of green light in treating fibromyalgia symptoms. Previous studies have focused on green light therapy as a treatment for migraine headaches. Green light is believed to have a calming effect on the brain and causes less eye strain.

In addition to less pain, patients also reported better mood and sleep, and improvements in their ability to work, exercise and perform chores. Eleven patients said they also reduced their use of pain medication, including opioids, while being exposed to green light.    

Although more research is needed to fully understand how green light therapy works, some commercial products are available to the public without a prescription. Details of which you can find on Pain News Network.

There are also a number of SAD Lights available from Amazon with some having a choice of three colour modes, and although not the exact ‘Green Light’, they do work on the same basis. The ones I found started from £39.99 so they are not too expensive if they do the trick.

This particular one utilizes full spectrum filtering out harmful UV light; delivers up to 10,000 lux intensity for effective light therapy to help you fight SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), winter blues, circadian sleep disorders, fatigue and shift work. This light therapy lamp provides you with 3 color temperatures (daylight, natural light, warm light), 5 adjustable brightness levels and step-less dimming. Mini size and light weight takes up little space, equipped with holder, perfect for small spaces and on-the-go portability. It can be widely used at home, office, café shop, yoga class etc.

Another example is this FITFORT Alarm Clock Wake Up Light-Sunrise/Sunset Simulation Table Bedside Lamp Eyes Protection with FM Radio, Nature Sounds and Touch Control Function. Simply set your alarm time. The clock will gradually brighten from 10% Brightness to 100% in 30 minutes before the alarm time / dimmed from 100% Brightness to 0% in 30 minutes before the bedtime. Guide you to a restful natural sleep and develop a good sleep pattern. Wake up in the first sunlight of the day with abundant energy. The clock comes with 6 natural sounds such as piano, waves, violin, croak, beep. Or you can set your favourite radio channel as the alarm too. Touch the light button to choose you favourite colour, including green, red, blue, pink, orange and Indigo. It’s a reasonable £25.99 from Amazon. This one has just been put on my Christmas list.

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