Light Therapy Might Reduce Addiction Rates

It is estimated that approximately 100 million people in the United States suffer from some type of chronic pain. This chronic pain not only diminishes their quality of life, but it can also lead to feelings of despair and depression; often destroying relationships as well as a person’s sense of well-being. There can be many reasons for chronic pain, but there’s no denying that it is a condition that needs to be treated with some type of pain therapy. Unfortunately, not only is managing pain with traditional pain medications extremely expensive, it can often lead to addiction or even an overdose. Today, we live in a society where many people are addicted to pain medications. Suffering in pain is certainly not the answer, but is there a healthier solution to managing this debilitating pain?

Everyone from veterans to housewives, and adolescents are turning to opioids as a way to get relief from chronic pain. Fortunately, new research conducted at the University of Arizona has shown that a safer, healthier and non-pharmacological approach to pain management is possible. This new approach to pain management involves the use of green light emitting diodes or LEDs.

While pain treatment with greed LED light has certainly shown promise as a pain management tool, it also might be a great solution to helping resolve opioid addiction rates in the U.S. From residents in Pacific Grove homes to New York City homeowners, finding a healthier way to treat pain while lowering the risk of addiction is definitely something that could prove extremely beneficial for many people.

It is estimated that treating chronic pain in the U.S. has risen to approximately $635 billion a year. That’s an incredible figure, one that is higher than the yearly cost for treating cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. With light therapy, it’s not just addiction rates that can be lowered, but it’s also possible to lower the high cost of using prescription pain killers as a way to provide relief to patients with chronic pain.

Light therapy also has other benefits. For example, unlike pain management drugs, the use of green LED light for pain therapy does not appear to lead to tolerance or other side effects. Additionally, initial research demonstrates no impairment of visual or motor skills. There’s no doubt that millions of people need an effective method of relieving chronic pain. With the use of green LED lights to alleviate pain, combined with physical therapy and other treatment options, patients might be able to manage their pain without the need for opioids. 

At this time, light therapy is still being studied, but it is hoped that in the future it can be used to provide a healthier alternative to traditional prescription pain killers. If you live in one of the lovely Pacific Grove homes, you know that a pain free life will allow you to enjoy nature, long walks with friends, and just relaxing with your loved ones. A natural approach to pain relief can help avoid the high cost and side effects associated with opioid pain pills.

 

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