Reduce Mental Stress and Pain with Exercise

Exercise to Reduce Mental Stress

Shared by Dr. Bryan Stephens

Exercise to Reduce Mental Stress

There are three things that I discuss with patients when talking about the cause of their neck or back pain.  Movement, Nutrition, and Stress.  The first two are often understood pretty quickly.  When thinking of health, we all know we need to have a good diet and exercise.  The last, while becoming more well known for overall health, can still affect the overall tension and pain patients experience.  This is why I consistently explain the benefits of a stress relieving routine at home.  One of the things I mention, is getting out and going for a walk.  Along with the physical benefits of walking, there are mental components too.  This was even more solidified when listening to the Joe Rogan podcast last week where he was talking with Russell Brand.  The topic came up and they brought up some new research out of South Australia and how physical activity was 1.5 times more effective than medication in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and distress.

Our review shows that physical activity interventions can significantly reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety in all clinical populations, with some groups showing even greater signs of improvement.”

“We also found that all types of physical activity and exercise were beneficial, including aerobic exercise such as walking, resistance training, Pilates, and yoga.”

These results underline the basis of what we talk about in the clinic.  Whether it is movement, nutrition, or stress management, if our body is lacking in any of these areas, it adds undue stress and inflammation which can have a further reach than just neck and back pain.  If you get anything from this, get out for a walk and maintain that routine.  It does more than just get your heart pumping.



Ben Singh, Timothy Olds, Rachel Curtis, Dorothea Dumuid, Rosa Virgara, Amanda Watson, Kimberley Szeto, Edward O’Connor, Ty Ferguson, Emily Eglitis, Aaron Miatke, Catherine EM Simpson, Carol Maher. Effectiveness of physical activity interventions for improving depression, anxiety and distress: an overview of systematic reviews. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2023; bjsports-2022-106195 DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2022-106195

Rogan, Joe. The Joe Rogan Experience #1949-Russell Brand.03/02/2023


Our Message

When you are looking for a Chiropractor near you that you can trust, choose one who will not only get rid of your back pain, neck pain, or headaches but who will also guide you to living a healthier lifestyle to keep you out of pain. Our Chiropractors located in McKinney , near the corner of Eldorado Pkwy. and Stonebridge Dr., will teach you what the research says about how and why we should eat a better diet, move more and have more positive thoughts. And remember, Exercise to Reduce Mental Stress and decrease pain!