Red and near infrared lights – can they help degenerative neurological diseases?
Redlightsonthebrain is written by Catherine Hamilton, a retired doctor on behalf of Light Ahead Inc, a Tasmanian-based not-for-profit organisation. Light Ahead Inc aims to help people to learn about neurogenerative diseases and the practical, safe and scientifically-based things that may be able to help. Part of this is to provide low-cost access to red light devices, hence the DIY instructions on this blog. All sales of the Coronet red light device support the work of Light Ahead Inc.
Take a generous length of the hat padding being used, and
Fit around the head like a head band.
Adjust to fit comfortably around the head and stick together with adhesive tape .
Don’t cut the foam yet!
Mark the join,
Add 2cm to make the band a bit looser, then
Cut the padding and tape the ends together to form a circle.
Adjust this head
band for easy slip-on comfort and for it
to have a jaunty tilt towards the back of head. Once satisfied with this,
measure the final length. This is the final basic circumference for the
preparation of the wire mesh frame.
MEASURE THE HEIGHT OF THE HAT.
Like the circumference, this will depend on the individual.
Typically, 9 squares deep (=120mm) is a good height and allows for either an elastic suspension, or for some 6mm foam pads stuck to the top.
A simple paper or cardboard pattern helps to determine these dimensions.
Cut a paper pattern 150mm high and the above circumference.
Mark the 9 square(120mm) position, and
Tape the pattern into a hat shape.
Check the height to the top of the head, and
Cut the paper to the height needed to fit a padded top for the hat.
* Wire ends are sharp and can cause cuts. So please wear gloves!
I’m attaching a two-page report about new research into the effects of red lights (photobiomodulation) and on gait in Parkinson’s Disease.
The Spanish researchers separated the participants into two groups, one group having real 670nm red light exposure and the other having sham light exposure. The participants didn’t know whether they were getting the red light or the sham treatment.
All participants were assessed for different movement activities before and after the study period.
The participants given the sham treatment were no different at the end of the study time. The participants given the real photobiomodulation all improved in their walking and movement.
The researchers commented, “Our findings are in agreement with those of a previous study which that reported gait improvements in PD patients after trans-cranial photobiomodulation, as well as with other clinical studies that suggest that photobiomodulation could be a potential strategy against neurodegenerative diseases.”