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

Melatonin. Mitochondria. Mitophagy. Autophagy. Oh my! Montreal back pain connects them all in an interesting way. Melatonin a hormone secreted by the brain at night to regulate circadian rhythm – helps sleep which is essential to the body’s ability to recuperate from the day and prepare 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 prevent such deterioration in the cells of the disc which may precede disc degeneration. Autophagy is a normal process that manages cell destruction and creation in the body. When there is cellular stress, autophagy is amplified. (1) Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic shares research that melatonin and light therapy may intervene in this process and help with Montreal back pain relief.

MITOCHONDRIA AND DISC DEGENERATION

Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic knows how Montreal disc degeneration includes cellular oxidative stress, mitochondria issues and cell death (aka apoptosis). This is the area researchers imply melatonin may perform a beneficial role in the slowing of disc degeneration. Melatonin gets rid of oxygen free radicals, adjusts 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 Montreal 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 harm of these cells. Melatonin is an important neuroendocrine hormone with sound antioxidant effect that functions 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 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 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 improved with morning bright light treatment of US veterans with chronic low back pain. (5) Such treatment could certainly help Montreal back pain sufferers, too! These researchers suspect that this light treatment helps 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 Montreal chiropractic appointment for your Montreal back pain. Montreal disc degeneration may discover additional relief with melatonin and light therapy alongside Montreal chiropractic treatment. Mitochondria, mitophagy, autophagy, melatonin and back pain are interestingly connected, are they not?

 
Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic offers chiropractic care of disc degeneration and shares new information about how melatonin and light therapy may be beneficial. 
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