Light Therapy Offers Hope for People with Chronic Pain

Light Therapy Offers Hope for People with Chronic Pain

Doctors in Germany may be about to shed a little light on treating chronic pain. Munichbased pain specialist Prof. Thomas Tolle is beginning a trial using specially designed overhead lighting that imitates a blue summer sky, as an additional therapy for patients with the condition.

“It’s too early to produce results,” he cautions, “but the signs are good. Pain patients who have tried this light therapy have described feeling fortified and stimulated.”

Chronic pain is a huge problem worldwide, affecting about 1.5 billion people worldwide, according to the American Academy of Pain Medicine. It is defined as pain that persists beyond the normal time for healing (which might happen after surgery, for example), or that occurs in diseases such as fibromyalgia (chronic widespread pain of unknown causes).

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Written by: Victoria Lambert

Source: The Gazette