What is it?

Phototherapy is also known as light therapy and involves exposure to light from a box of white fluorescent light tubes covered with a plastic screen to block ultraviolet rays.

How does it work?

Light has an extremely positive effect on the skin and body and light therapy uses light either from natural (heliotherapy) or artificial sources (actinotherapy) to treat various ailments, as well as depressive and sleep disorders. The light travelling through the epidermis can affect cell bio-chemistry in the skin which in turn can affect the enzyme reaction rate, tissue repair, cell regeneration, the speeding up of blood flow and the increase of oxygen supply.   

What does it treat?

Phototherapy can be used to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) caused by sunlight deprivation during the dark winter months and the infra-red and UV radiation treatment is used for muscular stimulation and relaxation.  Light therapy can be used to target pain and applied to cases of neuralgia and inflammations of the ears and nose.

Which countries offer this treatment?

  • Czech Republic
  • Poland
  • Hungary
  • Slovak Republic
  • Italy
  • Finland

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