I, like many others who lugged around textbooks, survived a car wreck (or two), had a baby, etc. have chronic back pain (the kind that makes you lash out at loved ones).
A friend of mine is suffering from it now and asked in her blog how to do something without icyhot or pain meds.
After finally finding a doctor that listened to my request for back pain solutions sans muscle relaxers or other medication, turned to stretching and yoga to strengthen my back and loosen the muscles to alleviate pain! Let me be clear that no pain management system should be started without consulting your doctor.