Baton Rouge Chiropractic Relief of Back Pain due to Disc Degeneration May Be Boosted by Melatonin and Light Therapy

Melatonin. Mitochondria. Mitophagy. Autophagy. Oh my! Baton Rouge back pain connects them all interestingly. Melatonin the sleep regulating hormone – manages 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 abnormal mitochondria in cells that may lead to cell degeneration. In the case of back pain, this would avoid 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 augmented. (1) Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation shares findings that melatonin and light therapy may intervene in this process and help with Baton Rouge back pain relief.

MITOCHONDRIA AND DISC DEGENERATION

Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation understands how Baton Rouge disc degeneration includes cellular oxidative stress, mitochondria issues and cell death (aka apoptosis). This is where researchers suggest melatonin may play a beneficial role in the slowing of disc degeneration. Melatonin rids oxygen free radicals, normalizes 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 Baton Rouge 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 damage of these cells. Melatonin is an vital neuroendocrine hormone with sound antioxidant effect that functions on biological clock regulation. (3) Chronic non-specific low back pain sufferers who added melatonin to their treatment plan found it to positively increase the effect of standard treatments on pain, sleep and depression. The reduced pain intensity when moving and resting indicated that melatonin potentially offers an analgesic effect. (4) Melatonin may be another way to treat intervertebral disc degeneration.

LIGHT THERAPY AND BACK PAIN RELIEF

Since melatonin is activated by light and its lack, light treatment helps patients handle 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 surely help Baton Rouge back pain sufferers, too! These researchers believe that this light treatment regulates the circadian timing of sleep which is mediated by melatonin. (5)

CONTACT Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation

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 Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment for your Baton Rouge back pain. Baton Rouge disc degeneration may find extra relief with melatonin and light therapy alongside Baton Rouge chiropractic treatment. Mitochondria, mitophagy, autophagy, melatonin and back pain are interestingly linked, aren’t they?

 
Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation offers chiropractic care of disc degeneration and shares new information about how melatonin and light therapy may be beneficial. 
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