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Jonathan Pozniak

Try these common remedies.

Topical treatments like Bengay excite sensory nerve endings in the skin, and the resulting tingly sensation overrides your ability to feel as much pain.

Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as ibuprofen, may alleviate some discomfort, but studies on their effectiveness have shown inconsistent results.

Heating pads and heat wraps help relax muscle tissue and increase blood flow to the area.

Massage promotes blood flow to sore areas and relaxes muscle tissue.

Acupuncture has been shown to help certain types of pain. While there's no agreement on how it works, some believe the needles stimulate pain-suppressing neurotransmitters.

Physical therapy can help rehabilitate specific injuries. Therapists can also teach you exercises to relieve and prevent everyday aches.

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