Reducing tension in muscles supporting the spine; tension in these muscles can worsen pain from any number of back pain conditions. Improving range of motion and overall mobility. Reducing risk of disability caused by back pain. General Tips for Stretching to Relieve Back Pain 1.Wear comfortable clothing that won’t bind or constrict movements 2. Do not force the body into difficult or painful positions—stretch 3. Stretch on a clean, flat surface that is large enough to move freely.