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You’ve probably done a Google search for “how to get rid of back pain.” You’ve probably done that search while sitting in your office chair. Back pain affects 8 out of 10 people, so you’re not the only one trying to find stretches, yoga poses, ergonomic back massaging chairs, or even a massage therapist for your lunch break! It doesn’t matter what age you are, sitting for long hours at your desk can back issues, and lead to even more body aches and pains when you aren’t sitting.

Incorrect posture or sitting for long periods of time can lead to pressure on your sciatic nerve, which causes a radiating pain running down your lower back and legs. Sciatic nerve pain lingers long after you’ve got up from your office chair. The Mayo Clinic found that there are over 3 million cases of sciatic pain a year. While there are many ways that can cause damage to your sciatic nerve, typically those in sedentary occupations, or a sedentary lifestyle overall experience higher risk for sciatica.

Back pain gets worse over time. Being good to your back when you’re young will pay off as you age. Those long hours in your chair and those aches and pains you experience can cause permanent damage. Doctors are seeing levels of arthritis and degenerative changes in X-Rays in people that are in their 20’s and 30’s. Those changes in young adults show much higher rates of back issues as they age, requiring in surgery, medications, and even regular steroid shots. Maintaining good back health in younger years pays off as you age.

There are many ways to reduce back pain that is caused by your chair. Of course, sitting less is the big one, but if you’re looking for some immediate tips on stopping work-related back pain, THIS guide offers plenty of tips on getting the most out of your work space right away, and some exercises that you might want to try. But if you’re reluctant to get on the floor of your office to stretch, a treadmill desk could be the answer to all your back pain problems.

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