Fort Wayne 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 – manages sleep which is essential to the body’s ability to recover from the day and get ready 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 lead to cell deterioration. In the case of back pain, this would prevent such deterioration in the cells of the disc which could lead to disc degeneration. Autophagy is the normal bodily process that manages cell destruction and creation in the body. When there is cellular stress, autophagy is increased. (1) Aaron Chiropractic Clinic shares research that melatonin and light therapy may intercede in this process and promote Fort Wayne back pain relief.

MITOCHONDRIA AND DISC DEGENERATION

Aaron Chiropractic Clinic knows how disc degeneration involves cellular oxidative stress, mitochondria problems and cell death (aka apoptosis). This is where researchers suggest melatonin may play a positive role in the reduction of disc degeneration. Melatonin gets rid of oxygen free radicals, normalizes mitochondria function and balance, hastens mitrophagy and slows apoptosis (cell death). Melatonin may assist in the treatment of disc degeneration. (2)

MELATONIN AND LIGHT FOR DISC DEGENERATION AND Fort Wayne BACK PAIN

In a biological study of melatonin’s effect on intervertebral disc degeneration, melatonin maintained nucleus pulposus cells influenced by oxidative stress. Such stress leads to damage of these cells. Melatonin is an essential 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 reduced pain intensity when moving and resting signified that melatonin possibly offers 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 helps 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 improved with morning bright light treatment of US veterans with chronic low back pain. (5) Such treatment could certainly help Fort Wayne back pain sufferers, too! These researchers suspect that this light treatment helps 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 Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment for your Fort Wayne back pain. Patients in Fort Wayne with disc degeneration may find additional relief with melatonin and light therapy together with chiropractic treatment. Mitochondria, mitophagy, autophagy, melatonin and back pain are interestingly linked, are they not?

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