Williamson Chiropractic Relief of Back Pain due to Disc Degeneration May Be Boosted by Melatonin and Light Therapy

Melatonin. Mitochondria. Mitophagy. Autophagy. Oh my! Back pain links them all in an interesting way. Melatonin a hormone secreted by the brain at night to regulate circadian rhythm – manages sleep which is vital to the body’s capability to recover from the day and prepare for the next.  Mitophagy promotes healthy turnover of mitochondria (the energy producers in cells). Mitophagy blocks the build-up of abnormal mitochondria in cells that may precede cell deterioration. In the case of back pain, this would prevent such disc cell deterioration which could precede disc degeneration. Autophagy is a normal process that deals with cell destruction and creation in the body. When there is cellular stress, autophagy is augmented. (1) Apple Country Chiropractic shares findings that melatonin and light therapy may intercede in this process and promote Williamson back pain relief.

MITOCHONDRIA AND DISC DEGENERATION

Apple Country Chiropractic knows how disc degeneration includes cellular oxidative stress, mitochondria issues and cell death (aka apoptosis). This is the area researchers imply melatonin may perform a beneficial role in the slowing of disc degeneration. Melatonin rids oxygen free radicals, adjusts mitochondria function and balance, hastens mitrophagy and slows apoptosis (cell death). Melatonin may help treat disc degeneration. (2)

MELATONIN AND LIGHT FOR DISC DEGENERATION AND Williamson BACK PAIN

In a biological study of melatonin’s effect on intervertebral disc degeneration, melatonin preserved nucleus pulposus cells influenced by oxidative stress. Such stress leads to damage of these cells. Melatonin is an essential neuroendocrine hormone with good antioxidant effect that acts on biological clock regulation. (3) Chronic non-specific low back pain sufferers who added melatonin to their treatment plan experienced a positive increase on the effect of standard treatments on pain, sleep and depression. The decreased pain intensity when moving and resting indicated that melatonin possibly has an analgesic effect. (4) Melatonin may be another method to treat intervertebral disc degeneration.

LIGHT THERAPY AND BACK PAIN RELIEF

Since melatonin is activated by light and its lack, light treatment assists patients deal with chronic low back pain, its pain intensity, behavior, and threshold.  It also helps with post-traumatic stress disorders symptomatology and quality of sleep. All these were bettered with morning bright light treatment of US veterans with chronic low back pain. (5) Such treatment could certainly help Williamson back pain sufferers, too! These researchers think that this light treatment regulates the circadian timing of sleep which is facilitated by melatonin. (5)

CONTACT Apple Country Chiropractic

Listen to the PODCAST with Dr. Chris DeVeau on the Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson. A patient struggling with neck pain and arm pain found difficulty with sleep and relief with Cox® Technic.

Schedule a Williamson chiropractic appointment for your Williamson back pain. Patients in Williamson with disc degeneration may discover extra relief with melatonin and light therapy together with chiropractic treatment. Mitochondria, mitophagy, autophagy, melatonin and back pain are interestingly connected, aren’t they?

 
Apple Country Chiropractic offers chiropractic care of disc degeneration and shares new information about how melatonin and light therapy may be beneficial. 
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