Rehabilitative Massage is the perfect solution to your Chronic Pain problem.
Think of Pain as a "frienemy" who keeps you from further danger, and Chronic Pain when he wears out his welcome.
Muscle Relaxers would be perfect for tight muscles if they were muscle specific, but since they are going to relax all of your muscles all at once, they are not going to be strong enough or else you'd be like the blob. A massage therapist works specific muscles to relax and stretch those that are tight. Anti-inflamatory medications help in the healing process because inflammation is interfering in the healing process.