Augusta back pain is a familiar malady that can result in lost work days, reduced productivity, and missed opportunities for physical activity. This kind of pain is manytimes the result of an underlying musculoskeletal disorder and can range in severity from mild to debilitating. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic is eager to present new research that has uncovered some promising evidence about the role of B vitamins—particularly thiamine (B1), pyridoxine (B6), and cobalamin (B12)—in decreasing back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions.
BACK PAIN AND B VITAMINS
As any Augusta musculoskeletal pain sufferer knows, conditions like low back, neck pain, radicular arm pain, sciatic leg pain, etc. impact work and daily functioning. Such musculoskeletal pain often is a “mixed” type pain as detailed in a new study about the involvement of neuropathic and nociceptive issues. A B vitamin complex of thiamine, pyridoxine, and cyanocobalamin (though Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic would suggest methylcobalamine) was therapeutic in calming mixed pain via antinociceptive, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, antiallodynic, anti-hyperalgesic, and neuromodulatory effects on the general pain system. (1,2) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic found this to be simple yet impressive research.
HOW B VITAMINS HELP WITH PAIN RELIEF
The three key B vitamins—thiamine, pyridoxine, and cobalamin—are essential for nerve conduction and muscle contraction. When levels are down, it can lead to heightened inflammation that contributes to back pain and other musculoskeletal issues. Studies have documented that supplementing with these important vitamins can help decrease pain by boosting nerve conduction speed and muscle contraction strength.
Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic also reminds our Augusta back pain patients that, in addition to supplementing with these vitamins, research suggests that lifestyle changes such as exercising more or working on better posture may also help reduce back pain via their beneficial effect on overall health. Another potential benefit B vitamin supplements is that they may enhanced sleep quality which can lead to improved recovery from exercise or injury related stress.
Finally, B vitamins have been linked to enhanced mental health which could help reduce the likelihood of depression or anxiety which could further aggravate existing back or joint pain symptoms. Back pain can certainly be frustrating. It can get a Augusta back pain sufferer down! It's important to note that these benefits are not assured; however, research does suggest that taking a B vitamin supplement could benefit those struggling with chronic back or joint pain.
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