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Brooks 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 – helps sleep which is essential to the body’s ability to recuperate from the day and get ready for the next.  Mitophagy promotes healthy turnover of mitochondria (the energy producers in cells). Mitophagy prevents the build-up of dysfunctional mitochondria in cells that may precede cell degeneration. In the case of back pain, this would prevent such disc cell deterioration which may lead to 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) Soft Health and Healing Clinic presents findings that melatonin and light therapy may intervene in this process and help with Brooks back pain relief.

MITOCHONDRIA AND DISC DEGENERATION

Soft Health and Healing Clinic knows how disc degeneration includes cellular oxidative stress, mitochondria problems and cell death (aka apoptosis). This is where researchers suggest melatonin may play a beneficial role in the reduction of disc degeneration. Melatonin rids oxygen free radicals, controls mitochondria function and balance, speeds up mitrophagy and reduces apoptosis (cell death). Melatonin may help treat disc degeneration. (2)

MELATONIN AND LIGHT FOR DISC DEGENERATION AND Brooks BACK PAIN

In a biological study of melatonin’s effect on intervertebral disc degeneration, melatonin sustained nucleus pulposus cells influenced by oxidative stress. Such stress leads to impairment of these cells. Melatonin is an significant neuroendocrine hormone with good antioxidant effect that works on biological clock regulation. (3) Chronic non-specific low back pain sufferers who included melatonin in 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 possibly offers pain relieving effect. (4) Melatonin may be another method to treat intervertebral disc degeneration.

LIGHT THERAPY AND BACK PAIN RELIEF

In so much as melatonin is triggered by light and its lack, light treatment helps patients handle 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 surely help Brooks back pain sufferers, too! These researchers believe that this light treatment regulates the circadian timing of sleep which is mediated by melatonin. (5)

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

 
Soft Health and Healing Clinic offers chiropractic care of disc degeneration and shares new information about how melatonin and light therapy may be beneficial. 
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