Ottawa 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 the sleep regulating hormone – promotes sleep which is essential to the body’s capability to recuperate from the day and prepare for the next.  Mitophagy promotes healthy turnover of mitochondria (the energy producers in cells). Mitophagy blocks 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 practice that manages cell destruction and creation in the body. When there is cellular stress, autophagy is augmented. (1) The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider presents research that melatonin and light therapy may intercede in this process and promote Ottawa back pain relief.

MITOCHONDRIA AND DISC DEGENERATION

The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider knows how disc degeneration includes cellular oxidative stress, mitochondria problems and cell death (aka apoptosis). This is where researchers imply melatonin may play a positive role in the slowing of disc degeneration. Melatonin gets rid of oxygen free radicals, controls mitochondria function and balance, speeds up mitrophagy and slows apoptosis (cell death). Melatonin may help treat disc degeneration. (2)

MELATONIN AND LIGHT FOR DISC DEGENERATION AND Ottawa 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 impairment of these cells. Melatonin is an essential 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 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 an analgesic effect. (4) Melatonin may be another way to treat intervertebral disc degeneration.

LIGHT THERAPY AND BACK PAIN RELIEF

Since melatonin is produced by light and its lack, light treatment assists patients deal 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 Ottawa back pain sufferers, too! These researchers think that this light treatment regulates the circadian timing of sleep which is mediated by melatonin. (5)

CONTACT The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider

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 Ottawa chiropractic appointment for your Ottawa back pain. Patients in Ottawa 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 linked, are they not?

 
The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider offers chiropractic care of disc degeneration and shares new information about how melatonin and light therapy may be beneficial. 
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