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How to Apply Muscle Cream

The way you apply muscle cream can mean the difference between straight-legging it to work like Frankenstein and striding out in heels. To start, slather the stuff on, then apply firm, even pressure, always stroking toward your heart, says Nadya Swedan, M.D., a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist in New York City. (For legs, work from ankle to knee and repeat. For arms, stroke from elbow to shoulder and repeat.) Here are more tricks to maximize your muscle rub.

Calves
Start with your thumbs together behind the center of your calf and pull them apart toward the outside of your muscle, rubbing firmly in a circular motion.

Butt
After you apply the product, take a tennis ball and sit right on it, keeping it under one side of your glutes. Roll around to break up knots, pausing at extra sore spots for 15 to 30 seconds. Switch sides.

Arms
Wrap one hand around your arm and firmly stroke from elbow to shoulder. Spend extra time on biceps and forearms, which tend to be sore from overuse. Using fingertip pads, rub in a circular motion.

Neck
First, lightly hold your head with both hands, fingers up, and place your thumbs at the base of your skull. Rub small circles with your thumbs all along the base. Next, place the fingertips of both hands right alongside the top of your spine, and firmly pull them down toward your shoulders, away from each other. Apply pressure using small, firm strokes with three fingers.

Lower Back
Place your thumbs on either side of your spine, and pull down toward your hips with long, even strokes. Next, focus on specific sore spots, deeply circling your fingertips for 15 to 30 seconds. To finish, place thumbs on hips, fingers down, and rub fingers up in a circular motion, pulling your back muscles away from your spine.
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