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St. Francisville 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 interestingly. Melatonin a hormone secreted by the brain at night to regulate circadian rhythm – helps 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 dysfunctional mitochondria in cells that may precede cell deterioration. In the case of back pain, this would prevent such disc cell deterioration which could lead to disc degeneration. Autophagy is the normal bodily practice that deals with cell destruction and creation in the body. When there is cellular stress, autophagy is amplified. (1) Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville presents findings that melatonin and light therapy may intervene in this process and promote St. Francisville back pain relief.

MITOCHONDRIA AND DISC DEGENERATION

Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville knows how disc degeneration involves cellular oxidative stress, mitochondria issues and cell death (aka apoptosis). This is the area researchers suggest melatonin may play a positive role in the reduction of disc degeneration. Melatonin gets rid of oxygen free radicals, adjusts mitochondria function and balance, hastens mitrophagy and reduces apoptosis (cell death). Melatonin may help treat disc degeneration. (2)

MELATONIN AND LIGHT FOR DISC DEGENERATION AND St. Francisville BACK PAIN

In a biological study of melatonin’s effect on intervertebral disc degeneration, melatonin maintained nucleus pulposus cells affected by oxidative stress. Such stress leads to impairment of these cells. Melatonin is an important neuroendocrine hormone with sound antioxidant effect that functions 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 reduced pain intensity when moving and resting signified that melatonin potentially has an analgesic effect. (4) Melatonin may be another treatment of 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 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 St. Francisville 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 St. Francisville chiropractic appointment for your St. Francisville back pain. Patients in St. Francisville with disc degeneration may discover additional relief with melatonin and light therapy together with chiropractic treatment. Mitochondria, mitophagy, autophagy, melatonin and back pain are interestingly linked, aren’t they?

 
Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville offers chiropractic care of disc degeneration and shares new information about how melatonin and light therapy may be beneficial. 
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