It is certainly no secret that many Australians suffer from temporary or chronic neck pain! Statistics show that almost 85% of Aussies do! And—even worse—about 60% of us keep it to ourselves by not seeking out any way of finding relief. With the increasing amount of time we spend both at home and at work using computers or bent over looking at our phones and tablets, is it any wonder that more people are experiencing neck pain than ever before?

But this time there is good news: Most of the things that will help alleviate pain are not difficult to put into practice. And, if you have an Aussie Spa, it couldn’t be easier.

Firstly: Applying heat or cold will help relieve pain and neck stress. Here’s where your Aussie Spa is your friend! Taking a 30-minute soak in the Spa will not only give you the heat needed, it will also afford you the opportunity to use jets to help relax tight neck muscles and increase circulation. In an Aussie Spa, the precision jets are designed for exactly this purpose. Once you finish your soak, it’s the perfect time to use an ice pack or cold compress to apply to your neck for the cold piece of the hot/cold therapy equation. Now doesn’t this sound much more appealing than an ice-bath/hot shower alternative therapy that has been sprouted for years?

Secondly: Doing neck stretches are also beneficial. It’s certainly not a bad idea to do some good stretches while you have the heat and hot water in your Aussie Spa helping you along while also supporting your weight. Tilt your head from left to right, keeping that position for about 20 seconds per side. Then, place your hand on top of your head and move your head side to side. Do all stretches gradually as quick execution of movements, when you have neck pain, could lead to strains and injuries, defeating the purpose altogether.

Finally: One of the simplest ways to help minimize neck pain is by using better posture. Standing and sitting up with your back straight. Harder than you might think—a lot of us sit at our desks and pay no attention to how we position ourselves. I was in primary school in the 60’s and my teacher highly recommended exactly that! I still thank Mr Plunkett (Stockton Primary School) to this day. If you haven’t done so, be sure you have a chair with good ergonomics to support proper posture, your legs should be able to rest on the ground while your knees form a right-angle. And, make sure your computer screen is straight in front of you and at a height that allows you to look at it directly vs. forcing you to turn your body or to look slightly down, bending your neck into an unnatural position. That will alleviate a lot of neck stress.

Finally, if you do find yourself experiencing chronic neck pain and the above tips don’t offer some relief, do visit a healthcare professional or your local doctor that may be able to offer additional assistance. They may recommend some extra options to get you pain free.