When I was in my 20s I had a lot more back pain than I do now at
almost age 50. I am sure yoga and going to the gym are great
solutions, but I never had the inclination or time for that kind of
commitment. Two things I do that make a huge difference:
Make sure working heights at benches, polishing wheels, ect are
all proper for good working posture.
When I feel my back start to cramp or any of the kind of pain that
comes from holding the same working position too long, stop, stand up
and stretch for a moment. Reach up, reach down, twist side to side
and then I am back to work, usually in less than a minute.
Jewelers generally don’t move around all that much at work and that
is bad for you. If you make it a habit to always move around and
stretch every time you take a break, even if it is just to answer the
phone or get something from the self, it helps.