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Light Therapy Akron OH

Light therapy helps with the treatment of skin disorders, sleep disorders, psychiatric disorders, seasonal affective disorders, wound healing, Parkinson's disease and more. See below for local businesses in Akron that give access to light therapy as well as advice and content on ultraviolet light and photodynamic therapy.

Akron General Medical Center Sleep Disorders Center Akron General Medical Center
(330) 344-6751
400 Wabash Avenue
Akron, OH
Doctors Refferal
No, may be necessary depending upon your insurance
Ages Seen
Insurance: Call the customer service number on your insurance card to verify
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Montrose Sleep Center Health and Wellness Center
(330) 665-8211
4125 Medina Road
Akron, OH
Ages Seen
18 years and up

Summa Western Reserve Sleep Medicine Centers-Hudson
(330) 650-0244
5655 Hudson Drive
Hudson, OH
Ages Seen

NeuroCare Sleep Center NeuroCare Center
(330) 244-2500
4105 Holiday Street NW
Canton, OH
Ages Seen
6 years and up

Mercy Sleep Center Mercy Medical Center
(330) 489-1456
1330 Mercy Drive NW
Canton, OH
Doctors Refferal
Not necessary
Ages Seen
1 year and up
Insurance: OHCP, Blue Cross, Summa, Aetna, murerous others.
Medicare: No
Medicaid: No

Summa Sleep Medicine Centers-White Pond
(330) 869-0831
701 White Pond Drive
Akron, OH
Ages Seen

Summa Sleep Medicine Centers - Green
(330) 899-9347
1700 Boettler Road
Uniontown, OH
Ages Seen
3 years and up

Pulmonary Physician's Sleep Center
(330) 244-1879
5590 Lauby Road
North Canton, OH
Ages Seen
12 years and up

Summa Sleep Medicine in Medina
(330) 725-6283
3985 Medina Road
Medina, OH
Ages Seen
>16 years

Howard David Shapiro, MD
(330) 384-1989
400 Wabash Ave
Akron, OH
Neurology, Sleep Medicine
Medical School: Albany Med Coll, Albany Ny 12208
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital: Barberton Citizens Hosp, Barberton, Oh; Akron Gen Med Ctr, Akron, Oh; Wooster Community Hospital, Wooster, Oh
Group Practice: Summitt Neurological Assoc

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Circadian Rhythm

From the Latin circa (about) dies (a day), the circadian rhythm is the twenty-four-hour cycle of light/dark, wakefulness/sleep to which most human physiologic processes are set. At regular intervals each day, the body tends to become hungry, tired, active, listless, energized. Body temperature, heart-beat, blood pressure, hormone levels, and urine flow rise and fall in this relatively predictable, rhythmic pattern - a pattern initiated and governed by exposure to sunlight and darkness.

Experiments where humans were placed in isolation chambers, cut off from all potential environmental cues, have shown that, in the absence of natural daylight, rhythms are still maintained. But in the absence of the day light, the rhythms tend to deviate from 24 hours. For instance, the rhythms was found to expand to 24-30 hours, thus disrupting the biological processes over a long period of time.

The fact that animals and humans can continue to function according to daily and annual rhythms in the absence of external environmental stimuli means that animals and humans possess some kind of biological clock, which act as a backup mechanism in case it cannot get the proper stimuli from the natural events such as sunshine.

This behavior can be illustrated by our clocks. Let us say, our clock is running slow. Over a period of time, the clock may lag the actual time because of this defect. Usually, we will reset the clock when it gets far out of sync by other external stimuli like a radio or phone time. Now, if we do not have access to this external synchronizing signal, the clock can get far out of line with the reality. Our body clocks functions the same way. The biological clock can keep the time; but in the absence of correction from the day/light cycle provided by the sun, the biological clock tend go out of sync affecting our physical and mental health. A similar thing happens when we travel across time zones; we tend to experience what is known as "jet lag".

However, in the absence of natural light our body clocks may lose or gain a little time. This in turn could lead to the desynchronization of different rhythms. For example, in the absence of sufficient environmental light the sleep-wake and associated rest-activity rhythms may lengthen to a cycle of between 30 and 48 hours, while the temperature rhythm may remain at a period of, say, 25 hours. Such desynchronization of the body's intricate rhythms is suspected to trigger problems: hormonal imbalances, sleep disorders and mood disturbances.

Circannual Rhythm

Circannual rhythm is the annual or yearly cycle used by all living things.

Circaseptan Rhythm

Circaseptan rhythm is a seven-day cycle in which the biological processes of life, including disease symptoms and development, resolve. Many physicians believe that transplant patients tend to have more rejection episodes seven, f...

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