Phototherapy is same as light therapy, sometimes also referred to as heliotherapy. Phototherapy consists of exposure to specific light wavelengths using polychromatic polarised light, lasers, light-emitting diodes, or very bright full-spectrum light. The light is administered for a prescribed amount of time and in some cases at a specific time of the day.
One common use of phototherapy is associated with the treatment of skin disorders such as
- Acne vulgaris
- Skin Cancer
- Atopic dermatitis
- Polymorphous light eruption
- Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma
- Lichen planus
- Wounds & Burns
- Scars therapy
Phototherapy works in several ways on skin conditions
- It directly reduces itches
- It has an anti-inflammatory effect
- It increases vitamin D production
- It appears to help increase bacteria-fighting systems in the skin
Phototherapy is used for widespread or for localized eczema (such as hands and feet), that has not responded sufficient to topical treatments. It is clearly a way to avoid using more powerful systemic treatment such as cyclosporine or methotrexate. It helps about more than 70% of patients with skin conditions. Generally 1-2 months of steady treatment is necessary to see significant improvements or complete remission.
Light therapy is also a preferential tool for mood and sleep related disorders such as
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Non-seasonal depression (non-SAD)
- Circadian rhythm and sleep disorders, jet lag
Seasonal affective disorders (SAD)
Best results for SAD therapy are LED lamps with polarized light and completely free of UV or IR radiations. Mayo Clinic states that light therapy is a proven treatment for seasonal affective disorder. It is considered a first-line therapy. Controlled-trial comparisons with antidepressants show equal effectiveness, with less expenses and more rapid onset of therapeutic benefits. The effectiveness of light therapy for treating SAD may be linked to the fact that light therapy makes up for lost sunlight exposure and resets the body’s internal clock. Studies show that light therapy helps reduce the debilitating and depressive behaviors of SAD, such as excessive sleepiness and fatigue. Light therapy is preferred over antidepressants in the treatment of SAD because it is a relatively safe and easy to use, even at home.
Non-seasonal depression (Non-SAD)
Light therapy has also been suggested in the treatment of non-seasonal depression and other psychiatric disturbances, including major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder and postpartum depression. A meta-analysis by the Cochrane Collaboration concluded that “for patients suffering from non-seasonal depression, light therapy offers modest though promising anti-depressive efficacy.” A 2008 systematic review concluded that “overall light therapy is an excellent candidate for inclusion into the therapeutic inventory available for the treatment of non-seasonal depression today, as adjuvant therapy to antidepressant medication, or eventually as stand-alone treatment for specific subgroups of depressed patients.”
Circadian rhythm sleeps disorders and jet lag
In the management of circadian rhythm disorders such as delayed sleep phase disorder (DSPD), the timing of light exposure is critical. For DSPD, the light must be provided to the retina as soon after spontaneous awakening as possible to achieve the desired effect, as shown by the phase response curve for light in humans. Some users have reported success with lights that turn on shortly before awakening (dawn simulation). Morning use may also be effective for non-24-hour sleep–wake disorder, while evening use is recommended for advanced sleep phase disorder.
Light therapy has been successfully tested for individuals on shift work, and for jet lag.
Sleep disorders in Parkinson’s disease
Light therapy has been successfully trialed in treating sleep disorders experienced by patients with Parkinson’s disease.
We do offer three types of phototherapy devices:
- Light emitting diode (LED) lamps with special polarizing filters (Q.Light Products)
- Monochromatic coherent light spot emitters (Vision Color unique patented coherent light emitters)
- Soft (cold or Low Level) lasers for local non-invasive therapy (Weber medical lasers)
Vision Color phototherapy systems are unique products because they show same or better and faster healing effects due to the special kind of generated light. None of them contain UV or IR radiations in their spectrum, therefore no damages or side effects can occur; thus all these units work only in visible spectrum.
An alternative are soft, also known as cold lasers or low level lasers with different wavelengths with a laser power in milliwatt range; most effective in different therapies are the following lasers:
- Blue/purple in the range 307-347 nm
- Yellow lasers in the range 589-594 nm with strong anti-inflammatory activity
- Green lasers in the range 532 nm, activating the lymphatic system and nitric oxide channels
- Red lasers 635 – 670 nm a strong activator of mitochondria
- Infrared lasers 840-1000nm for a deep tissue penetration
Why buy from us phototherapy systems
- We offer medical certified devices along with a total treatment concept
- All our phototherapy systems are produced in ISO 13485 certified facilities located in Europe
- We do offer patented and unique light emitters with tremendous healing effects
- Our low level lasers are unique, modular built, with unlimited pulsed frequencies