Coloured Lenses for Migraine Headache and Concussion Therapy
If you or someone you know is suffering from headaches of any type, then perhaps you'll find this an interesting read...
ROYGBV - no, that's not a weird chiropractic code, but rather the common acronym for the colours of the rainbow: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Violet. We'll come back to this later...
Photophobia = light sensitivity, which is a frequent symptom of migraine.
Fact: did you know that migraine headache affects nearly 15 percent of people worldwide? Would it be cool if we found a new natural way to help migraine sufferers?
One non-invasive and harmless treatment is simply wearing coloured lenses called "light therapy."
Dr. Gayatri Devi is a neurologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
He said the success in some patients with light therapy "implicates the thalamus -- a brain 'relay station' between the sensory organs, including the eyes and the cortex of the brain -- as the area where migraine-related photophobia is amplified."
So, that means if you can reduce the intensity of the light passing through your eyeballs to your brain, then perhaps wearing a coloured lense or filter can help reduce the pain from light sensitivity.
Researchers in Boston exposed 69 migraine patients to different colours of light. They found that while blue light exacerbated headache pain, a narrow spectrum of low-intensity green light significantly reduced light sensitivity. https://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/news/20160517/giving-the-green-light-to-migraine-relief.
OK, back to the ROYGBV thing. Although this study tested migraine patients, I use the spectrum of colour to test a wide range of symptoms like stress, anxiety, irritability, nausea as well as headaches. These are also symptoms associated with post concussion syndrome. Sometimes red, blue or violet colours are actually best when it comes to calming down these problems.
Violet or red tends to help focus, concentration, and modulate pain. Yellow energizes depressed and irritated people, and it can even improve your golf game because it helps you see the contours of the putting green more clearly.
Where’s the Proof?
One legendary name comes to mind: Helen Irlen. She is a world renown pioneer in colour therapy and her research significantly helped children and adults with reading and learning disabilities. https://irlen.com/founder-helen-irlen/. Her methods have also helped concussion and traumatic brain injury patients recover https://irlen.com/traumatic-head-injuries/.
A group of athletic therapists tested concussion patients’ post injury photophobia. Subjects wore different coloured lenses, and it was determined that colour helped mitigate light sensitivity https://www.natajournals.org/doi/full/10.4085/1062-6050-52.4.04.
Restaurants make use of colours like Red and Orange to stimulate appetite! https://palermocafe.com/colors-make-hungry/.
As you can see, light therapy has been shown to cause real responses and emotions (e.g. pain reduction, improved mood, appetite stimulation, relaxation etc). I use special brain rehab lenses created by Dr. Peter Jaillet, DC for patients suffering from brain hypersensitivity.
Super Cool Point Form Case Example:
- A patient of mine was rear ended October 2017 and presented to my office November 2018.
- Previous physiotherapy and massage did not help and in fact flared her symptoms after treatments.
- Reading, concentrating, focusing, sleeping, working, and exercising was significantly disrupted.
- She had other classic chronic post concussion symptoms like headache, dizziness, foggy brain, slow mental processing.
- Her right eye would flicker and twitch just by trying to keep her eyes open. The twitching would intensify when she looked around and/or when I'd press on her upper shoulder muscles.
- Red lenses INSTANTLY HELPED and she was able to keep her eyes open as she moved her eyes around and when I pressed on her shoulders.
- It was first first time in 1 YEAR where she could keep her eyes open and focused.
In conclusion, eye light therapy is fascinating, but there is still so much to learn about this phenomena. In the meantime, test out some colours as it's a harmless option to try to see if it helps.
Feel free to reach out to me if you're suffering from headaches or photophobia. I use a wide range of functional neurological tools to help these problems. Please see https://www.torontochiropracticservices.com/blogs/blog/170212-how-a-toronto-chiropractor-helped-a-client-suffering-from-post-concussion-syndrome#.XK--5phKiUk for other examples of how this can be applied.