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Light Therapy Rapid City SD

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

Regional Sleep Management
(605) 716-3999
2929 5th Street
Rapid City, SD
Ages Seen
>15

K. Alan Kelts , MD, PhD
(605) 341-3770
Black Hills Neurology / 2929 5th St #240
Rapid City, SD
Specialties
Child Neurology, Sleep Medicine, Adult Neurology

Siouxland Sleep Center
(605) 232-3332
600 North Sioux Point Road-Siouxland Surgical Center
Dakota Dunes, SD
Ages Seen
13-110

Sanford USD Medical Center Sleep Disorders Center
(605) 333-6302
1621 S. Minnesota Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD
Doctors Refferal
No
Ages Seen
all ages
Insurance
Insurance: It is the patients responsibility to contact their insurance company
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

K. Alan Kelts , MD, PhD
(605) 341-3770
Black Hills Neurology / 2929 5th St #240
Rapid City, SD
Specialties
Child Neurology, Sleep Medicine, Adult Neurology

The Sleep Health Center
(605) 342-5514
2929 5th Street
Rapid City, SD
Ages Seen
2-100

Regional Sleep Management
(605) 716-3999
2929 5th Street
Rapid City, SD
Ages Seen
>15

The Sleep Health Center
(605) 342-5514
2929 5th Street
Rapid City, SD
Ages Seen
2-100

Stephen Thomas Foley, MD
(605) 328-9100
2701 S Kiwanis Ave
Sioux Falls, SD
Specialties
Family Practice, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Sd Sch Of Med, Vermillion Sd, 57069
Graduation Year: 1984
Hospital
Hospital: Mc Kennan Hospital, Sioux Falls, Sd; Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls, Sd
Group Practice: Central Plains Clinic West

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Diamond Family Medicine
(605) 716-6656
703 Quincy St
Rapid City, SD
 
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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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