Your spine is the pillar for all your other health, and even a minor tweak can wreak havoc on just about any other part of your health. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people don’t practice spine health and wait until the discomfort is unbearable before seeking help.

The good news is that there are many small changes you can make to your daily life to protect your back and prevent back pain. However, it does require conscious effort. You might want to depend on a chiropractor to keep your back healthy, and remember that a holistic approach to health is always best.

For some people, they’re so used to the discomfort or pain that they don’t even realize relief is a possibility. Here are some of the most common causes of back pain and how to prevent it:

Poor posture

From slumping over a computer all day to CBS News reporting that texting is causing issues, people are lazy. Practicing ergonomics and good posture takes constant work. However, focusing on posture by getting the right furniture, checking in with a chiropractor, considering yoga or perhaps dance is all important. It’s easy to get into bad habits, but also possible to break them.

Bad alignment

The odds of your making it all the way to adulthood with flawless spinal alignment are slim to none. Most people only see a chiropractor after an accident, but the truth is they can be an integral part of your preventative and ongoing care. A back that’s even slightly “off” can cause a myriad of issues.

Extra weight

You ask a lot of your spine, and with the majority of Americans being overweight or obese, your back might not be able to handle it. According to the experts at Medical News Today, that extra weight can ultimately cause chronic back pain. While “losing weight” is easier said than done, back pain relief is just another reason to dedicate yourself to better weight management.

Bad furniture

Maybe it’s your furniture and not you that’s really to blame. A chair with poor support, a bed that’s full of lumps or a car seat that offers no lumbar support can all be the perpetrators. Upgrade your furniture and focus on ergonomics for a healthier back.

Back pain is one of the most common complaints, especially in athletes and as you gets older. Prioritize it and you’ll enjoy more “golden” golden years.