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Light Therapy Springfield MO

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

Cox Sleep Disorders Center CoxHealth
(417) 269-5574
3800 S. National Avenue
Springfield, MO
Doctors Refferal
Necessary
Ages Seen
4 weeks - 99+
Insurance
Insurance: All
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Jeremy Daniel Slater, MD
(417) 883-7422
3231 S National Ave
Springfield, MO
Specialties
Neurology, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med, Pittsburgh Pa 15261
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: St Johns Reg Health Center, Springfield, Mo
Group Practice: St John's Neurology

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Edward Gwin IV, MD
(417) 881-1100
PO Box 9007
Springfield, MO
Specialties
Sleep Medicine, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1966
Hospital
Hospital: Lester E Cox Med Ctr North, Springfield, Mo
Group Practice: Ferrell Duncan Clinic Inc

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St. Mary's Sleep Disorders Center St. Mary's Health Center
(573) 761-7026
3349 American Avenue
Jefferson City, MO
Ages Seen
4 years and up

Centerpoint Sleep Disorders Center
(816) 698-8850
19550 East 39th Street
Independence, MO
Ages Seen
>/=16

Sleep Disorders Center St. John's Regional Health Center
(417) 820-5467
1235 E. Cherokee
Springfield, MO
Doctors Refferal
Not necessary
Ages Seen
5-100 (geriatric)
Insurance
Insurance: Please call business office at 417-885-2700 to obtain current insurance cov
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Edward Gwin, MD
(417) 881-1100
1001 E Primrose St
Springfield, MO
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1966

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somniTech Inc Sleep Disorders Center Northland
(816) 587-8014
8640 N Green Hills Road
Kansas City, MO
Ages Seen
10 and up

somniTech Inc Sleep Disorders Center Lee's Summit
(816) 350-0788
817 NE Anderson Lane
Lee''s Summit, MO
Ages Seen
10 & up

Metropolitan Pulmonary Sleep Center
(816) 524-5522
290 NE Tudor Road
Lee''s Summit, MO
Ages Seen
13-99

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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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