Paramus 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 in an interesting way. Melatonin a hormone secreted by the brain at night to regulate circadian rhythm – promotes sleep which is vital to the body’s capability to recover from the day and get ready for the next.  Mitophagy promotes healthy turnover of mitochondria (the energy producers in cells). Mitophagy prevents the build-up of dysfunctional 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 may lead to disc degeneration. Autophagy is a normal practice that manages cell destruction and creation in the body. When there is cellular stress, autophagy is increased. (1) Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center shares findings that melatonin and light therapy may intercede in this process and help with Paramus back pain relief.

MITOCHONDRIA AND DISC DEGENERATION

Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center knows how disc degeneration includes oxidative stress on the cell, mitochondria problems and cell death (aka apoptosis). This is the area researchers suggest melatonin may perform a positive role in the reduction of disc degeneration. Melatonin rids 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 Paramus BACK PAIN

In a biological study of melatonin’s effect on intervertebral disc degeneration, melatonin preserved nucleus pulposus cells affected by oxidative stress. Such stress leads to harm of these cells. Melatonin is an vital 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 experienced a positive increase on the effect of standard treatments on pain, sleep and depression. The reduced pain intensity when moving and resting indicated that melatonin potentially offers pain relieving effect. (4) Melatonin may be another treatment of intervertebral disc degeneration.

LIGHT THERAPY AND BACK PAIN RELIEF

In so much as 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 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 surely help Paramus back pain sufferers, too! These researchers believe that this light treatment regulates the circadian timing of sleep which is mediated by melatonin. (5)

CONTACT Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation 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 Paramus chiropractic appointment for your Paramus back pain. Patients in Paramus with disc degeneration may discover extra relief with melatonin and light therapy together with chiropractic treatment. Mitochondria, mitophagy, autophagy, melatonin and back pain are interestingly connected, are they not?

 
Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center offers chiropractic care of disc degeneration and shares new information about how melatonin and light therapy may be beneficial. 
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