Deep tissue massage following exercise has been shown to increase blood flow to muscles and speed up the removal of inflammatory chemicals which produce soreness, says Dr. Bosco. A study published in the journal, Science Translational Medicine, showed the positive effect of massage. "Massage above and below the area and then work into the sore part of the muscle," says Kouo. You can also use a self-massage device such as a Thera-Cane or apply pressure to sore muscles using a tennis ball.
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