Tanning beds aren't all bad, there are several good things about them, doctors are recommending them to people who suffer from Arthritis. The heat from the beds provide relief and eleviate pain associated with Arthritis. Tanning beds are helpful for people with skin disorders or acne, they can help stop the occurances of breakouts


Tanning Beds Provide Potential Pain Relief for Fibromyalgia Patients
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Ultraviolet light may help relieve pain in fibromyalgia syndrome patients, according to a preliminary study at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center conducted by dermatology, rheumatology, and public health sciences researchers.

A report on the study appears in the January issue of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Steven R. Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Center for Dermatology Research at Wake Forest Baptist, said that this study was an outgrowth of a previous tanning addiction study in which participants reported anecdotally some improvement in their back pain.

“We decided to look at fibromyalgia patients because there is such a big need for treatment,” Feldman said. “We knew from the tanning addiction study that the UV light was doing something for participants beyond the obvious.”

The recent study included 19 fibromyalgia patients who were exposed to both UV and non-UV rays in tanning beds for two weeks. Then they were divided into UV and non-UV groups for the next four weeks. All of the fibromyalgia patients received light treatments three times a week for a total of six weeks.

The participants were treated with sunless tanning lotions to tan all participants because tanning might have indicated which group was receiving exposure to UV light. They were asked to report on their levels of pain as well as their moods. UV exposure resulted in limited improvement in pain, well-being and relaxation compared with the non-UV group.
“People in the UV group reported a modest improvement,” Feldman said. “This was a small study and may indicate the need for a larger study.”

Fibromyalgia syndrome is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain and tenderness in localized areas of the neck, torso and extremities. In addition to pain, patients can experience stiffness, fatigue, sleep disturbances and other symptoms. Other pain syndromes, such as irritable bowel syndrome or migraine headaches, are seen in individuals affected by fibromyalgia. The majority of the three to six million people who have fibromyalgia are women.

“Fibromyalgia syndrome is the most common cause of chronic diffuse pain. Unfortunately, currently available medical therapies offer meaningful improvement in symptoms for less than half of the patients,” according to Kenneth S. O’Rourke, M.D., a rheumatologist at Wake Forest Baptist and a researcher on the study. “The evaluation of alternative therapies for patients with fibromyalgia syndrome, based on our increased understanding of how pain signals are generated and sustained, is an important pursuit at many clinical research centers.”

Traditional treatments for fibromyalgia are medications, such as antidepressants, analgesics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and non-pharmacologic approaches, most importantly regular participation in an exercise program. 

 In a previous tanning addiction study, participants getting UV light treatments reported improvement in their arthritis and back pain, Feldman said. That earlier study found that frequent tanning bed users may get more out of the experience than darker skin – exposure to ultraviolet light may produce a “relaxing” effect that lures tanners back to the beds.
According to Feldman, this cannot be just a direct effect of warmth causing an increase in blood flow and a decrease in muscle spasm and tension because there was greater relaxation with UV compared to the non-UV bed users.

Dermatology fellow Sarah Taylor, M.D., participated in the study, as well as former Wake Forest Baptist researchers Fabian Camacho, M.D., and Mandeep Kaur, M.B.B.S., Joy Willard, R.N., and medical student Kristen LoSicco.



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Tanning Bed Safety
Having a great tan is very important to a lot of people. There is, however, no reason that it be dangerous.
If not used properly, tanning beds can be dangerous. Always follow safety precautions. Here are a few tips to follow while using a tanning bed.

#1 Use protective eyewear. It IS a necessary part of tanning. The UV rays found in the bulbs of tanning beds can cause serious damage to the retina. Though it may not happen instantly, over a period of time, the damage will be done.

#2 Always follow safety instructions set forth in safety guides. All tanning facilities should provide this information for you.

#3 Never stay in a bed longer than recommended time. The time limit is set for a reason. Your body is allowed only so much and after a certain amount of exposure, you body starts to 'cook' instead of tan. Serious injuries can occur to vital organs and if you stay in too long, death can even occur.

Tanning beds aren't all bad. They have several beneficial aspects, as well. More and more doctor's today are recommending it to patients who suffer from arthritis. The heat the tanning beds provide helps eleviate the pain associated with this disease.

As well, doctors also recommend it to patients with skin disorders. By using a tanning bed it helps stop the occurances of breakouts.

Using a tanning bed can be fun and a great way to get a tan. It doesn't have to be deadly. Follow all safety guidelines set forth and you should have an experience that doesn't turn into catastrophe.