28 Mar '12, 8pm

Hurting? Try one of these 5 topical pain relievers to soothe sore muscles: #runningtips

When you're ready to give overworked muscles some well-deserved TLC, pain-relieving creams and sprays can be "effective in providing temporary relief" for soreness that stems from a tough workout, says Annie O'Connor, with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Combine them with stretching, periodic heat, or a massage for best results. After trying a dozen promising potions, these five earned a spot in my gear bag. COMBAT BLUNT FORCE Bam! I banged my shin on a fallen branch of a trail run. So I liberally applied HYLAND'S MUSCLE THERAPY 'JOB' GEL WITH ARNICA ($7), which promised to reduce bruising with the homeopathic form of arnica, a flower related to sunflowers. This mostly odorless gel soaked in quickly and seemed to help ease the sting. I still wound up getting a bruise, but it was less florid than I had anticipated. drugstore.com STAND-IN FOR ICE When I overdid it i...

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