Also, if an individual is carrying excessive weight in the abdominal region it puts additional strain on the back muscles. It is extremely helpful to start an exercise regimen to decrease the added weight thus decreasing the unnecessary pressure on the back. Remember to consult your physician before starting an exercise program.
Figures obtained from www.physsportsmed.com.
It's hard to verbally explain an exercise without pictures so I've located a great website that is very helpful at http://www.back.com/articles-exercises.html. It provides video's of many exercises you can do starting very simple and leading to more complex ones. Hope this helps!
Andy - I'm glad to hear that your back pain has been alleviated a bit! If you can stand it, you could also try sleeping with a small pillow under your knees. By lifting the knees you decrease the space between the small of your back and the bed so sometimes that helps. Good to hear from you!