I've been having back pain for the last 2.5 years. It started out as a case of sciatica with the pain shooting down might right leg, but that seemed to heal after 4 or 5 months. But even after the sciatic pain went away, i've been experiencing general back pain ever since.
I've tried everything.. Stretching seemed to help a bit, but not a lot. I bought some device called the sacro wedgy that didn't really do too much for me.
Julia recently bought me a book she heard about called "8 steps to a pain free back
This book makes the point that there are many cultures in the world where back pain is not a problem for 95% of the population, regardless of age. The culprit? According to the book, the problem is bad posture. This seems feasible, as I recall my mom complaining about my posture my entire life.
So lately I've started working on my posture and have been doing some of the stretches in the book, which primarily seem to be about decompressing the spine, and I have to admit that I have been feeling a lot better in just a few days. We'll see if that continues or not, but in any case, just thought I'd write about this in case anyone else has chronic back pain. I highly recommend checking out the book.
Here's a talk the author gave at Google last year too, followed by an excerpt from her book.
No more back pain