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Colorado Springs 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 a hormone secreted by the brain at night to regulate circadian rhythm – manages sleep which is essential to the body’s ability to recuperate from the day and prepare 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 precede cell deterioration. In the case of back pain, this would prevent such deterioration in the cells of the disc which may precede disc degeneration. Autophagy is a normal practice that controls cell destruction and creation in the body. When there is cellular stress, autophagy is increased. (1) The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR shares findings that melatonin and light therapy may intervene in this process and promote Colorado Springs back pain relief.

MITOCHONDRIA AND DISC DEGENERATION

The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR knows how disc degeneration involves oxidative stress on the cell, mitochondria problems and cell death (aka apoptosis). This is where researchers suggest melatonin may play a positive role in the slowing of disc degeneration. Melatonin rids oxygen free radicals, adjusts mitochondria function and balance, hastens mitrophagy and slows apoptosis (cell death). Melatonin may help treat disc degeneration. (2)

MELATONIN AND LIGHT FOR DISC DEGENERATION AND Colorado Springs 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 significant neuroendocrine hormone with sound antioxidant effect that acts on biological clock regulation. (3) Chronic non-specific low back pain sufferers who included melatonin in their treatment plan experienced a positive increase on the effect of standard treatments on pain, sleep and depression. The decreased pain intensity when moving and resting indicated that melatonin possibly offers pain relieving 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 helps 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 Colorado Springs back pain sufferers, too! These researchers believe 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 Colorado Springs chiropractic appointment for your Colorado Springs back pain. Patients in Colorado Springs with disc degeneration may find additional relief with melatonin and light therapy alongside chiropractic treatment. Mitochondria, mitophagy, autophagy, melatonin and back pain are interestingly linked, aren’t they?

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