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Muscle injuries and rest

Muscle injuries need rest in order to heal. Rest doesn?t always mean inactivity, however. Depending on the condition, you may need to stay off a leg entirely, cut back the distance you run or walk, switch to low-impact activities, or exercise using other parts of the body. It?s important to rest an injury or flare-up of pain for a few days, but long periods of inactivity can decrease flexibility and weaken the muscles that…

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