Easley back pain is a familiar malady that can cause lost work days, reduced productivity, and failed opportunities for physical activity. This kind of pain is manytimes the result of an underlying musculoskeletal disorder and can vary in severity from mild to debilitating. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, Young Chiropractic is eager to share new research that has exposed some promising evidence about the role of B vitamins—namely thiamine (B1), pyridoxine (B6), and cobalamin (B12)—in reducing back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions.
BACK PAIN AND B VITAMINS
As any Easley 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 typically is a “mixed” type pain as described in a new study about the involvement of neuropathic and nociceptive issues. A B vitamin complex of thiamine, pyridoxine, and cyanocobalamin (though Young Chiropractic would propose 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) Young Chiropractic found this to be straightforward yet impressive research.
HOW B VITAMINS HELP WITH PAIN RELIEF
The three key B vitamins—thiamine, pyridoxine, and cobalamin—are necessary for nerve conduction and muscle contraction. When levels are down, it can lead to increased inflammation that is a factor in 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.
Young Chiropractic also reminds our Easley back pain patients that, in addition to supplementing with these vitamins, research suggests that lifestyle changes like getting more exercise or improving 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 the quality of sleep which can lead to better recovery from exercise or injury related stress.
Finally, B vitamins have been associated with improved mental health which could help decrease 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 Easley back pain sufferer down! It's important to note that these benefits are not guaranteed; however, research does suggest that taking a B vitamin supplement could be beneficial for those struggling with chronic back or joint pain.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Kelly Brinkman on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she illustrates The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management incorporation to guide a chronic back pain sufferer toward relief.