Eugene 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 the sleep regulating hormone – helps sleep which is vital to the body’s capability to recover from the day and get ready 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 prevent such disc cell deterioration which may lead to disc degeneration. Autophagy is the normal bodily process that deals with cell destruction and creation in the body. When there is cellular stress, autophagy is augmented. (1) Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic presents research that melatonin and light therapy may intervene in this process and promote Eugene back pain relief.

MITOCHONDRIA AND DISC DEGENERATION

Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic understands how disc degeneration involves cellular oxidative stress, mitochondria problems and cell death (aka apoptosis). This is where researchers imply melatonin may play a positive 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 help treat disc degeneration. (2)

MELATONIN AND LIGHT FOR DISC DEGENERATION AND Eugene 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 impairment of these cells. Melatonin is an vital neuroendocrine hormone with good 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 decreased pain intensity when moving and resting signified that melatonin potentially offers pain relieving 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 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 certainly help Eugene back pain sufferers, too! These researchers suspect that this light treatment regulates 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 Eugene chiropractic appointment for your Eugene back pain. Patients in Eugene 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, are they not?

 
Rethwill 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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