If you are smoking, stop!
Studies have shown there is likely a link between smoking and the development of back pain. It is thought that cigarettes chemicals cause damage to the vessels that supply the vertebral discs and spinal joints, leading to degeneration. Quitting smoking will also help prevent the development of many other (more serious) conditions.
Stress can naturally tighten muscles making them prone to injury while also affecting how your body moves and functions. If you find your body is always feeling tight and uncomfortable consider meditation or give yoga a try; it will give you time to relax while calming down and stretching a variety of muscles.
Get chiropractic treatment.
It is well established that manipulative therapies can be an effective treatment for back pain. However, some studies go further to suggest that the treatment can also help prevent back pain from developing in the first place. A study performed on college athletes concluded that a delay in core muscle activation significantly increased their odds of sustaining a lower back injury. Another study on people who have delayed core muscle activation found that after receiving just one chiropractic adjustment there was a 38% improvement in their ability to activate their core muscles. By combining these two study results you can see that chiropractic treatment may help reduce the likelihood of sustaining a lower back injury. Check out other research-backed ways chiropractic can help here.
Avoid staying still excessively.
If you stand or sit in place for long periods, try to get up and move at least every 20 minutes. Move all of your joints and stretch out any tight muscles. Your spine alone has over 80 joints! Your body is designed to move, desk jobs were not present during most of the human body’s 100,000+ years of evolution.
People often discuss the benefits of paleolithic diets to increase health, by basing their food choices on our ancestors. Personally, I believe it is more important to aim for a paleolithic lifestyle; keeping physically active, staying close to family/friends and eating naturally occurring foods.
Just don’t go chucking spears at anyone, it probably won’t help!