Phototherapy is effective. But for whom does it work? Benefits of the light therapy of mental disorders: the basic overview.
Besides the neurobiological underpinnings and research evidence, there is one more thing to know about bright light therapy: its position among other treatments.
The Dutch Olympic team asked me to help them to overcome jet lag before the 2008 games in China, so we started a feasibility study using light therapy for fighting jet lag in Olympic swimming team. The effect was very high – mostly because their compliance was high.
Is bright light therapy effective? Generally, yes, it has the ability to cure some diseases. But in practise, it always depends on the situation. Paracetamol would not help with a broken leg either, after all.
Research found bright light therapy to work better when applied alone than together with other treatments. But there is a catch there: when alone, treatments work better for the statistician – but for the patient, they work better when applied together.
Are you worrying about what side effects may accompany the beneficial effects of bright light therapy? The following paragraphs are here to comfort you: you don’t need to expect anything bad.
It did not really matter whether the patients actually received the real or the sham procedure—what mattered was whether they believed in acupuncture and expected a benefit from it. (F. Benedetti: Placebo effects: from the neurobiological paradigm to translational imlications.)
Understanding light therapy requires understanding light. For those who have already sold or lost their high-school science books, we offer quick introduction shedding light on the two crucial measures that describe a light therapy device.