My name is Chris Barker. I’m a writer in my early 40’s living in Salt Lake City with my wife Julia and infant son Finley. In 1990, after a bruising bout with sciatica, at age 22, a laminectomy was performed on my lower back. One year later, a second surgeon removed scar tissue. Since then, I have battled back pain using stretching, strengthening, bike riding, walking, Tai Chi, Feldenkrais, Bikram yoga, acupuncture, moxa, deep tissue massage, prescription drugs, over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, ice, heat and water therapy and just plain hope and optimism when things looked their bleakest. Back Chronicles was created to document my 20-year spinal obsession and recovery from the grips of chronic pain. I hope it inspires fellow back pain sufferers by giving them the knowledge and encouragement they need to effectively manage pain and lead fulfilling lives.