Plymouth 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 connects them all interestingly. Melatonin a hormone secreted by the brain at night to regulate circadian rhythm – promotes sleep which is essential to the body’s ability to recuperate from the day and get ready for the next.  Mitophagy stimulates healthy turnover of mitochondria (the energy producers in cells). Mitophagy blocks the build-up of dysfunctional mitochondria in cells that may lead to cell deterioration. In the case of back pain, this would avoid such deterioration in the cells of the disc which may precede disc degeneration. Autophagy is the normal bodily process that manages cell destruction and creation in the body. When there is cellular stress, autophagy is augmented. (1) Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology shares research that melatonin and light therapy may intervene in this process and help with Plymouth back pain relief.

MITOCHONDRIA AND DISC DEGENERATION

Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology understands how disc degeneration includes cellular oxidative stress, mitochondria problems and cell death (aka apoptosis). This is the area researchers imply melatonin may perform a beneficial role in the slowing of disc degeneration. Melatonin gets rid of oxygen free radicals, normalizes mitochondria function and balance, speeds up mitrophagy and reduces apoptosis (cell death). Melatonin may assist in the treatment of disc degeneration. (2)

MELATONIN AND LIGHT FOR DISC DEGENERATION AND Plymouth BACK PAIN

In a biological study of melatonin’s effect on intervertebral disc degeneration, melatonin preserved nucleus pulposus cells affected by oxidative stress. Such stress leads to impairment of these cells. Melatonin is an vital neuroendocrine hormone with sound antioxidant effect that functions on biological clock regulation. (3) Chronic non-specific low back pain sufferers who added melatonin to their treatment plan found it to positively increase the effect of standard treatments on pain, sleep and depression. The decreased pain intensity when moving and resting signified that melatonin potentially offers pain relieving effect. (4) Melatonin may be another way to treat intervertebral disc degeneration.

LIGHT THERAPY AND BACK PAIN RELIEF

In so much as melatonin is produced by light and its lack, light treatment helps patients cope with chronic low back pain, its pain intensity, behavior, and threshold.  It also assists with post-traumatic stress disorders symptomatology and quality of sleep. All these were improved with morning bright light treatment of US veterans with chronic low back pain. (5) Such treatment could certainly help Plymouth back pain sufferers, too! These researchers believe that this light treatment helps the circadian timing of sleep which is facilitated by melatonin. (5)

CONTACT Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology

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 Plymouth chiropractic appointment for your Plymouth back pain. Patients in Plymouth with disc degeneration may discover additional relief with melatonin and light therapy alongside chiropractic treatment. Mitochondria, mitophagy, autophagy, melatonin and back pain are interestingly linked, are they not?

 
Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology uses chiropractic care of disc degeneration and shares new information about how melatonin and light therapy may be beneficial. 
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