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New Ulm Medical Center

Light therapy: a bright solution to SAD

Exposure to special lighting is an effective way to treat SAD (seasonal affective disorder). It is known as phototherapy. This therapeutic light treatment is available without a doctor’s prescription, however if you wish to have it submitted to insurance you will need a prescription and will also need to call your insurance to determine the specifics of coverage.

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Phototherapy is an effective way to treat SAD (seasonal affective disorder). It is available without a doctor’s prescription, however if you wish to have it submitted to insurance you will need a prescription and will also need to call your insurance to determine the specifics of coverage.

Two styles of lights are available at the Allina Home Oxygen & Medical Equipment (HOME) showroom, 1601 S. Broadway, New Ulm. The box light on a stand rents for $108 per month. You can buy a smaller, pyramid-shaped light that sits on a desk for $325.

“We’ve had patients come in on the recommendation of friends or family members, try the light and then comment that they can’t believe how awful they felt before using it, and how something that is so easy can make such a difference!” said Kris Guggisberg, HOME regional branch manager in New Ulm. “We are seeing growing demand for phototherapy products.”

To order light therapy lights or for information, feel free to come out to visit our office and showroom at 1600 South Broadway in the Broadway Plaza Building The Mankato Location at 1600 East Madison Ave. or online at homestore.allina.com. We also can be reached by phone at (507)-217-5585.