Fort Wayne Back Pain Related to Inflammation Reduced with Melatonin01/19/2021Inflammation. Disc Degeneration. There is a relationship. Inflammation is the body’s response to damaging stimuli (injury, pathogens, metabolic stress – a disc herniation pushing on a nerve!) as it tries to repair itself before the harm was achieved. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is never shocked at how the body takes care of itself! Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc sees its Fort Wayne chiropractic care as the body’s partner in healing especially when spine pain is an issue. Chiropractic care uses many tools like spinal manipulation, exercise, and nutrition to take care of the body. Melatonin is one nutritional tool that is showing value by interrupting the inflammatory process related disc herniation that brings about pain relief: back, neck, spine-related. DISC DEGENERATION AND INFLAMMATION AND 'AUTOPHAGY' Inflammatory markers interleukin-1β (IL-1β), interleukin-6 (IL-6) and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) are linked to intervertebral disc degeneration. (1) IL-1 β in fact promotes itself, its own expression, by upregulating NLRP3 inflammasome activation. (2) The body controls itself down to its cellular level via autophagy, the natural process during which the body’s cells clean out damaged (ie, by inflammation) or unneeded parts. In a new study, melatonin boosted autophagy and decreased the degradation of the disc’s extracellular matrix (technically indicated by a decrease in marker LC3B, autophagasomes and autolysosomes and inhibition of the NF-kB signaling pathway). The end conclusion was that melatonin prevents intervertebral disc degeneration by promoting autophagy. (3) Wow. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is encouraged by this research to see just how well melatonin can perform for Fort Wayne back pain linked to disc degeneration. MELATONIN AND ITS HEALING WAYS FOR THE DISC Disc degeneration is quite a common condition seen at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc that positive news of melatonin’s benefits are quite exciting. A new study described that melatonin could modify the extracellular matrix of the disc remodeling process initiated by IL-1 β. Further, melatonin decreased the inflammatory cell collection and reduced the release of linked inflammatory markers IL-1β, IL-6, and TNF-α. With this new discovery that melatonin disrupted the IL-1B feedback loop, researchers suggested that melatonin may provide the restoration process of intervertebral discs after damage has already been done. (1) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc will keep following the new research on the role inflammation performs in Fort Wayne disc degeneration and melatonin’s role in tackling it. INFLAMMATION AND MELATONIN The significance of melatonin in assisting to slow or stop painful conditions due to inflammation is increasing. The description of melatonin as a multitasking molecule influencing mood, immunity, and energy among other things is quite suitable. It’s also anti-oxidant, anti-aging, and anti-inflammatory, specifically by blocking the activation of inflammasomes (4) Melatonin’s formal chemical name is as about as long as its list of tasks: N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine. The pineal gland produces melatonin naturally. Melatonin influences the body’s aging, anti-inflammatory, anti-apoptosis (cell death), and autophagy (cell-cleanout) activities. (1) Melatonin’s specific influence on inflammation and disc degeneration is most attention-getting to Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc and our Fort Wayne back pain patients. CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Hrefna Sylvia based in Iceland where back pain isn’t much different from any other country on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she illustrates how The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management addresses disc degeneration for relief of chronic low back pain in her patient. Schedule your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment with Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc now. We can discuss the role inflammation plays in your back pain experience and how melatonin may address the related disc degeneration. « 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."