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Watertown 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 the sleep regulating hormone – manages 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 blocks the build-up of dysfunctional mitochondria in cells that may lead to cell deterioration. In the case of back pain, this would prevent such disc cell deterioration which may precede disc degeneration. Autophagy is a normal procedure that deals with cell destruction and creation in the body. When there is cellular stress, autophagy is increased. (1) Watertown Wellness Center presents findings that melatonin and light therapy may intervene in this process and promote Watertown back pain relief.

MITOCHONDRIA AND DISC DEGENERATION

Watertown Wellness Center 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 slowing 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 Watertown 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 vital 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 indicated that melatonin possibly offers an analgesic 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 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 bettered with morning bright light treatment of US veterans with chronic low back pain. (5) Such treatment could surely help Watertown back pain sufferers, too! These researchers believe that this light treatment helps the circadian timing of sleep which is facilitated 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 Watertown chiropractic appointment for your Watertown back pain. Patients in Watertown 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 connected, are they not?

 
Watertown Wellness Center uses chiropractic care of disc degeneration and shares new information about how melatonin and light therapy may be beneficial. 
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