Back pain relief is possible by performing muscle stretching exercises. The source of your back pain is most likely a problem with your posture, or some kind of repetitive motion you do every day. If your pain is sharp and does resolve with rest and icing, you should definitely get checked out by a health care practitioner.
Normally, however, postural pain relief is achieved with muscle strengthening, and gentle and frequent stretches.
A huge lifestyle change is not required, this is something you will find fairly easy to do. It may be your style to simply follow along with a routine on a DVD. I don’t think this is a “woosey” approach at all.
If you’ve decided to learn at home, watch a DVD work out once through, to absorb the pace and the language used. In most cases trainers are not going to use cryptic or clinical nomenclature, but create routines that are extremely user friendly.
It is good to note, however, especially if you are shopping on line, the credentials of the trainers you choose for instruction.
Inspiration counts too! I personally enjoy work outs filmed outdoors because I do not get out to exercise enough as I would like, myself. I’m sure I am not alone in this situation. It’s good for the brain, in fact studies have shown, that persons who get to view greenery and blue sky learn faster and better than those who do not.
(It makes no difference whether they work next to a window and can view the outdoors, or whether they hang a picture in their office.)
Any work out you pick will probably need to be done three times a week to be effective. Once you start, after a few weeks if you start skipping it at all, you will start to remember once again that old stiff feeling that you actually got rid of!
But that is a good sign….your body has changed its perception of ‘normal’.