Severna Park 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 the sleep regulating hormone – helps sleep which is vital to the body’s ability to recover from the day and prepare for the next.  Mitophagy stimulates healthy turnover of mitochondria (the energy producers in cells). Mitophagy prevents the build-up of abnormal mitochondria in cells that may lead to cell degeneration. In the case of back pain, this would avoid such disc cell deterioration which could precede disc degeneration. Autophagy is the normal bodily procedure that controls cell destruction and creation in the body. When there is cellular stress, autophagy is increased. (1) Back And Neck Care Center shares findings that melatonin and light therapy may intervene in this process and help with Severna Park back pain relief.

MITOCHONDRIA AND DISC DEGENERATION

Back And Neck Care Center understands 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 gets rid of oxygen free radicals, controls 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 Severna Park 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 important 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 found it to positively increase 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 treatment of intervertebral disc degeneration.

LIGHT THERAPY AND BACK PAIN RELIEF

Since melatonin is produced by light and its lack, light treatment assists patients cope 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 surely help Severna Park back pain sufferers, too! These researchers think that this light treatment helps the circadian timing of sleep which is facilitated by melatonin. (5)

CONTACT Back And Neck Care Center

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 Severna Park chiropractic appointment for your Severna Park back pain. Patients in Severna Park 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?

 
Back And Neck Care Center uses chiropractic care of disc degeneration and shares new information about how melatonin and light therapy may be beneficial. 
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