How to relieve neck and back pain, according to experts

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By Jillian Ortiz

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Back pain is no one's friend. It strikes whenever it wants and often lasts longer than anticipated. Simple everyday actions can be straining on your back — sitting for too long, standing for too long, lifting heavy objects — it all can make you go crazy trying to find a solution.

It can be even worse during the summer months, as you not only spend more time outdoors soaking up some sun, but also transporting suitcases and beach coolers to your summer destinations.

Dana Rose, site manager at the Spine Therapy Center and the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City and Liz Plosser, the editor-in-chief of Women's Health stopped by TODAY to share some products and tips recently published in Women's Health that will help ease and alleviate back pain not only during the summer months, but all year long.

Read on for some of the best finds that will save you from exorbitant massages and mid-day back cracking.

Pain Point: Aching Neck

Whether you're looking for a good stretch or need to nap while you travel, these products have you covered.

The Neck Hammock

While it might not seem like the chicest way to ease neck pain, using this neck hammock is an extremely effective method. The long straps attach to any doorway so that you can lie down, stretch and kiss neck pain goodbye!

The J-Pillow

How many times do you find yourself falling asleep on that long flight only to wake up with excruciating neck pain? If only you would have gotten the window seat, right? Not anymore! This J-shaped pillow is designed to support your head, neck and chin so that you can sleep soundly without the fear of waking up in pain.

Pain Point: On the Spot

If you can pinpoint the source, try these products for a spot treatment.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are known for the many solutions that they offer to every day problems: stress relief, insomnia, digestion, you name it. Plosser recommended applying essential oils like eucalyptus, lavender, tea tree and rosemary to pain points to help alleviate tension.


Although it comes with a high price tag, this customized massager delivers relaxation to wherever you need it. It utilizes percussion therapy (jolts and gentle pulses of pressure) to "relieve soreness, promote circulation, accelerate recovery and more." For a less expensive solution, Rose recommended rolling a tennis ball on pain points.

Pain Point: Excess Baggage

If you find yourself on the go with more of the kids' items to hold than your own, a good backpack will help evenly distribute the weight.

REI Co-op Ruckpack

This backpack features padded straps not only for your shoulders but for your waist. It boasts an abundance of pockets and inside space so you can store all of your summer essentials without breaking your back.

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