Hi littleLulu and welcome
Trigger Point Therapy....anything like Acupressure? Acupressure is like acupuncture except you just push in (use pressure instead of needles). Trigger points run along Meridians and Channels within the body (how energy travels within the body). A very old Asian tradition.
You may also want to tell your friend to try water therapy. NOT SWIMMING. Water or Aquatic Therapy. A PT needs to be present to show your friend the "right" moves to help her with HER pain.....ya know? She needs something customized just for her. Have her start there (at least). Good luck.
Oct 2000: Repetitive Stress Injury-Inverted Hernia
Feb 2001: MRI. Shows only slight bulge at L4-L5
Dec 2001: Discogram/CT scan shows Inverted Hernia at L5-S1. L4-L5 & L5-S1 ruptured in all 4 quadrants. Unable to walk.
Feb 2002: IDET, Nucleoplasty, Intra-Discal Injections
Sept 2002: Rated in the top 10% for successful patients. Retraining for new career.