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Light Therapy Knoxville TN

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

Fort Sanders Sleep Disorders Center
(865) 541-1316
501 20th Street
Knoxville, TN
Doctors Refferal
Not necessary
Ages Seen
adolescent and up
Insurance
Insurance: Blue Cross Blue Shield, PHP, Aetna, United Healthcare
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: No

Barker Sleep Institute
(865) 584-3850
1388 Papermill Pointe Way
Knoxville, TN
Ages Seen
3 & up @ Medical Director''s discretion

Parkwest Medical Center
(865) 373-1974
9352 Parkwest Boulevard
Knoxville, TN
Ages Seen
13 and older

Dewey Young McWhirter, MD
(865) 632-5627
2020 Kay Street
Knoxville, TN
Specialties
Neurology, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Languages
English, some German
Education
Medical School: Medical Univ of South Carolina Coll of Med - Charleston
Graduation Year: 2002

Data Provided By:
Leon Jacob Bogartz, MD
(865) 545-7522
900 E Oak Hill Ave
Knoxville, TN
Specialties
Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Finch U Of Hs/Chicago Med Sch, North Chicago Il 60664
Graduation Year: 1964

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Summit Sleep Services
(865) 909-0744
1120 E. Weisgarber Road
Knoxville, TN
Ages Seen
16 years-90years +

Mercy Sleep Center St. Mary's North
(865) 859-4514
7565 Dannaher Way
Powell, TN
Doctors Refferal
Yes
Ages Seen
May-90
Insurance
Insurance: Major insurance carriers
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Parkway Sleep Disorder Center
(865) 813-0300
Jackson Plaza
Oak Ridge, TN
Ages Seen
12 years or greater
Insurance
Insurance: most major insurances
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid:

Leon Jacob Bogartz, MD
(865) 545-7529
900 E Oak Hill Ave
Knoxville, TN
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Finch U Of Hs/Chicago Med Sch, North Chicago Il 60664
Graduation Year: 1964

Data Provided By:
Dr.CHERRIDAN RAMBALLY
(865) 835-3810
944 Oak Ridge Tpke # 200
Oak Ridge, TN
Gender
F
Speciality
Sleep Disorders
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
5.0, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Light Therapy

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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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