Just noticed this string on the SuperTopo Climbing Forum this a.m.: http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/2272554/Severe-back-spasms Back spasms followed by reams of advice based on medical mythology. Odd, that not one correspondent mentions a word about any psychological causes for back spasms. Lots of negative admonitions (read nocebos) though. Bet before this string is finished, you'll be able to see in print every old wives' tale in the book about back problems. The structural-mechanical view of back pain is so entrenched in the general population that if you mention that the real problem might be psychological stress that everyone on this string will turn on you and repeat that old evasive rebuttal that "it's not in my head because I saw the MRI." There's no way you'll be able to convince anyone that those structural abnormalities are incidental to the pain. One thing you will notice though is that all these people are super over-achievers who have to constantly work out, boulder and climb to maintain their self-image (for whatever unconscious reasons). Wonder how many back pain wonder cures have been effected by the secret magic of the Thera Cane massager: http://www.theracane.com/ Thought I'd heard of every back pain "cure" until I read about this one! Just think, someone somewhere has a whole warehouse full of Thera Canes that they're probably hawking on the Internet and late night TV commercial spots. Just goes to show what straws of utter nonsense a person in pain will grasp at in desperation.