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Light Therapy Woodbridge 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 Woodbridge that give access to light therapy as well as advice and content on ultraviolet light and photodynamic therapy.

Virginia Hospital Center Sleep Lab
(703) 558-6789
1625 N. George Mason Drive
Arlington, VA
Ages Seen
15-99

American Sleep Medicine- VA
(703) 448-7444
8300 Boone Boulevard
Vienna, VA
Ages Seen
8yrs. +
Insurance
Insurance: We take all insurances
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Sleep Disorders Center Riverside Williamsburg Neurology
(757) 345-3901
120 Kings Way
Williamsburg, VA
Doctors Refferal
Yes for some insurances
Ages Seen
3 years and up
Insurance
Insurance: All - Except Mamsi and Healthkeepers
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

Mary Washington Hospital Sleep and Wake Disorders Center of Fredericksburg
(540) 741-1481
2216 Princess Anne Street
Fredericksburg, VA
Ages Seen
2-100 years old

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

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

Bob Andrew Rappaport, MD
(301) 827-7410
Arlington, VA
Specialties
Neurology, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1985

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Martha Jefferson Hospital Sleep Medicine Center
(434) 654-5280
1793 Richmond Road
Charlottesville, VA
Ages Seen
2 years old and up

Sleep Center of Twin County Regional Hospital
(276) 236-1756
160 North Main Street
Hillsville, VA
Ages Seen
13<

Sleep Disorders Center Sentara Norfolk General Hospital/Eastern Virginia Medical School
(757) 388-6049
600 Gresham Drive
Norfolk, VA
Doctors Refferal
Yes
Ages Seen
Greater than or equal to 13 years
Insurance
Insurance: Most Insurances
Medicare: Yes
Medicaid: Yes

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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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