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Tarrytown 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 in an interesting way. Melatonin a hormone secreted by the brain at night to regulate circadian rhythm – promotes sleep which is essential 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 dysfunctional mitochondria in cells that may lead to cell degeneration. In the case of back pain, this would avoid such disc cell deterioration which could lead to disc degeneration. Autophagy is the normal bodily practice that manages cell destruction and creation in the body. When there is cellular stress, autophagy is increased. (1) Tarrytown Chiropractic presents findings that melatonin and light therapy may intercede in this process and help with Tarrytown back pain relief.

MITOCHONDRIA AND DISC DEGENERATION

Tarrytown Chiropractic understands how disc degeneration involves oxidative stress on the cell, mitochondria problems and cell death (aka apoptosis). This is where researchers suggest melatonin may perform a positive role in the slowing of disc degeneration. Melatonin gets rid of oxygen free radicals, controls 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 Tarrytown 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 damage 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 included melatonin in 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 signified that melatonin possibly has pain relieving effect. (4) Melatonin may be another way 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 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 certainly help Tarrytown 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 Tarrytown chiropractic appointment for your Tarrytown back pain. Patients in Tarrytown with disc degeneration may find extra relief with melatonin and light therapy alongside chiropractic treatment. Mitochondria, mitophagy, autophagy, melatonin and back pain are interestingly linked, are they not?

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