Former athlete with the above. Massage, stim and lumbar traction help. I am told to avoid high impact, squats, deadlifts and running. As a former collegiate athlete and crossfitter, I'm can't seem to find activities to keep me in shape that I enjoy. I find myself just laying around when my back starts to hurt even just a 2 out of 10. Therapy has helped a ton and now I only go as needed. Seems like every 2 weeks I need to go and get stim and traction. It works well on my back, but my pocket book is suffering. Anyone have advice on core strength, yoga, pain relief, foam roller, inversion, strength training or heat? Pain at most now is 5 out of 10. It was a lot worse and I don't wish to end up that way. I'm told I have facet syndrome, mild DDD at L3-L4, L4-L5 and a shorter left leg (that corrects after traction). A massage therapist wants to release my psoas muscles. Thoughts?