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Light Therapy Chesterfield VA

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 Chesterfield that give access to light therapy as well as advice and content on ultraviolet light and photodynamic therapy.

Bon Secours Sleep Disorders Center
(804) 595-1430
13520 Hull Street Road
Midlothian, VA
Doctors Refferal
Self and Physician referrals accepted for consults
Ages Seen
14-99
Insurance
Insurance: Most
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Sleep Disorders Center of Virginia - Richmond
(804) 285-0100
1800 Glenside Drive
Richmond, VA
Doctors Refferal
Necessary for most HMOs
Ages Seen
2 years-adult
Insurance
Insurance: Most
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Read F Mc Gehee, MD
(804) 285-0100
1800 Glenside Dr Ste 103
Richmond, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1961

Data Provided By:
Read F Mc Gehee Jr, MD
(804) 285-0100
1800 Glenside Dr
Richmond, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Languages
French
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1961
Hospital
Hospital: Bon Secours St Mary Hosp, Richmond, Va
Group Practice: Virginia Eye Institute At St Marys Hospital

Data Provided By:
John Maurice O'Bannon, MD
(804) 288-2742
6603 W Broad St Ste 401
Richmond, VA
Specialties
Neurology, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1973
Hospital
Hospital: Henrico Doctors Hospital, Richmond, Va
Group Practice: Neurological Associates

Data Provided By:
VCUHS Center for Sleep Medicine
(804) 323-2255
2529 Professional Road
Richmond, VA
Doctors Refferal
No
Ages Seen
6 years and up
Insurance
Insurance: Most Insurances
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Glenn Matthew Giessel, MD
(804) 820-4660
7135 Jahnke Rd
Richmond, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Chippenham & Johnston-Willis H, Richmond, Va
Group Practice: Pulmonary Associates Of Richmond Inc

Data Provided By:
Read F McGehee, MD
(804) 285-0100
1800 Glenside Dr
Richmond, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Languages
French
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1961

Data Provided By:
Richard Arthur Parisi, MD
(804) 285-0100
1800 Glenside Dr Ste 103
Richmond, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Pa, Philadelphia Pa 19129
Graduation Year: 1980

Data Provided By:
Arlington Sleep Medicine, Ltd.
(703) 243-6700
3833 N. Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA
Ages Seen
12 and older

Data Provided By:

Light Therapy

 Light Therapy 

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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