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

Melatonin. Mitochondria. Mitophagy. Autophagy. Oh my! Toronto 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 recover from the day and get ready for the next.  Mitophagy stimulates healthy turnover of mitochondria (the energy producers in cells). Mitophagy blocks the build-up of dysfunctional mitochondria in cells that may precede cell degeneration. In the case of back pain, this would avoid such disc cell deterioration 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) Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre shares findings that melatonin and light therapy may intervene in this process and help with Toronto back pain relief.

MITOCHONDRIA AND DISC DEGENERATION

Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre knows how Toronto disc degeneration includes cellular oxidative stress, mitochondria issues and cell death (aka apoptosis). This is the area researchers suggest melatonin may play a positive role in the slowing of disc degeneration. Melatonin rids oxygen free radicals, controls 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 Toronto BACK PAIN

In a biological study of melatonin’s effect on intervertebral disc degeneration, melatonin sustained nucleus pulposus cells affected by oxidative stress. Such stress leads to harm of these cells. Melatonin is an important 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 indicated that melatonin possibly offers an analgesic 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 helps patients deal 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 improved with morning bright light treatment of US veterans with chronic low back pain. (5) Such treatment could surely help Toronto back pain sufferers, too! These researchers think 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 Toronto chiropractic appointment for your Toronto back pain. Toronto disc degeneration may find additional relief with melatonin and light therapy together with Toronto chiropractic treatment. Mitochondria, mitophagy, autophagy, melatonin and back pain are interestingly linked, are they not?

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