Activities that Trigger Chronic Back Pain


May 21, 2021

Most of us believe that lifting heavy objects or injuries is the cause of lower back pain problems. Still, we tend to forget that in most cases, lower back issues develop over time, meaning our daily activities have a considerable contribution to lower back problems.

According to American Therapy Association research, about 85% of American Citizens experience back pain and related issues at some point in their lives. In addition to this, the research suggests that nearly 40% of Adults in the USA capacity to engage in daily activities effectively, sleep, and physical activities have been affected. This article will discuss daily activities that can lead to chronic back pain issues and how SEPSC can assist if you already have problems with chronic lower back pain.

Top Triggers of Chronic Back Pain


One of the main side effects of smoking is chronic pain. Compared to non-smokers, smokers experience a higher intensity of painful symptoms connected with chronic related issues. Smoking limits the adequate oxygen flow to muscles, making them weaker and eventually exerting more chronic lower back pain.


An average person sleeps for 6-8 hours consecutively every day. When you position yourself poorly, you start developing back pain problems which eventually become severe due to continuity of the activity. People who tend to sleep with their stomachs are likely to develop lower back pain due to poor positioning.

Prolonged sitting at your desk

We all love working, but repeated prolonged sitting at your desk may lead to lower back pain problems. When you position yourself for long hours at your desk, you strain your spine significantly, especially if you do not frequently change your posture leading to lower back problems.

Back pocket wallets

In most cases, men always put their wallets in their back pockets. The posture that develops when you sit on the wallet twists the hip and eventually compressing your spine, leading to a completely unbalanced natural posture. The wallet can exert pressure on your lower back, leading to long-term chronic lower back pain problems.

Cleaning and laundry

When you think about cleaning and laundry activities, you will probably think of an alternative due to the risk associated with the routine. The bending, putting clothes on the washer, and mopping puts your lower back at stress, leading to severe lower back pain.

Lack of physical activity

Many people are misinformed that the best remedy to manage your back pain is resting. While resting your body is an essential ingredient to your health, avoiding any activity at all puts your lower back at greater risk. Resting should be associated with physical activity to ensure your body is not rigid, especially if you are already experiencing lower back problems.

Wrong exercise

Exercise is essential to every part of our body. Still, it can lead to a more severe issue when done inappropriately, especially if you are already experiencing lower back problems. Some exercises such as marathon extensive weightlifting every day can worsen your situation. The best strategy is to discuss with your doctor the best way to do your activities.

Light footwear

Our body needs arch support when we walk around. The fact is that light footwear such as sandals and flip-flops do not offer such support leading to instability on your feet and back. Continued use of lightweight footwear may lead to a lower back problem.

Playing non-contact sports

Muscle pains and joint injuries are caused by non-contact sports such as golfs. This is because of the tension that is generated between the lower body and the upper body. As you play these games, you tweak your back which flares lower back pain. 

Using your backpack or a laptop bag

Nowadays, laptop bags and backpacks are efficiently made with ergonomic consideration, but this does not mean we are 100% safe. When you carry heavy machines or items with your back, it increases your lumbar disk compression and muscle fatigue, leading to lower back pain.

Are you suffering from acute or chronic lower back pain? We can help.

If you already have issues with your lower back, get comprehensive lower back care by contacting SEPSC for relief. You will get an effective lower back pain assessment, recommendations, and treatment suitable for your condition.