Fort Wayne Chiropractic Relief of Back Pain due to Disc Degeneration May Be Boosted by Melatonin and Light Therapy02/05/2019Melatonin. 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 recuperate from the day and prepare 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 procedure that controls cell destruction and creation in the body. When there is cellular stress, autophagy is amplified. (1) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc shares research that melatonin and light therapy may intervene in this process and promote Fort Wayne back pain relief. MITOCHONDRIA AND DISC DEGENERATION Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc knows how disc degeneration includes cellular oxidative stress, mitochondria issues and cell death (aka apoptosis). This is the area researchers suggest melatonin may perform a beneficial role in the slowing of disc degeneration. Melatonin rids oxygen free radicals, controls mitochondria function and balance, speeds up mitrophagy and slows apoptosis (cell death). Melatonin may assist in the treatment of disc degeneration. (2) MELATONIN AND LIGHT FOR DISC DEGENERATION AND Fort Wayne 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 impairment of these cells. Melatonin is an vital neuroendocrine hormone with good antioxidant effect that works 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 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 activated by light and its lack, light treatment helps 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 bettered with morning bright light treatment of US veterans with chronic low back pain. (5) Such treatment could certainly help Fort Wayne back pain sufferers, too! These researchers think that this light treatment regulates the circadian timing of sleep which is mediated by melatonin. (5) CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc 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 Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment for your Fort Wayne back pain. Patients in Fort Wayne 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 connected, are they not? « View All Nutrition Articles"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."