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Self help for sore muscles

Regular exercise is vital for health and longevity, but often brings strains and sprains. Here are some tips on how to ease the pain.

After a good long walk or a full day of chores around the home or yard, that warm soreness in your muscles can feel almost pleasurable. No wonder: it means your muscles are going to get stronger and better.

"Soreness is the normal response to exercise stress, injury, and repair, but there is a good soreness and a bad soreness" says Dr. Aaron Baggish, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and associate director of the Cardiovascular Performance Program at Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center.

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