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21 Inexpensive Products to Relieve Sore Muscles

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Just Say 'Ahhhhh'

We could probably all use a spa day right now, but COVID-19 has many of us searching for ways to relax at home. Of course, that's easier said than done, especially when you're dealing with muscle pain or stiffness. Thankfully, there are plenty of cheap ways to find relief, all for less than the price of a professional massage. Here are some tried-and-true favorites.

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TheraFlow Dual Foot Massager Roller
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Biofreeze Pain Relief Roll-On, 3 ct.
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Biofreeze Pain Relief Roll-On, 3 ct.

$26 from Amazon
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Plenty of users swear by Biofreeze, saying it really does "cool the pain" as it claims. Made with menthol, it comes in an easy-to-use roll-on that helps make targeted relief as mess-free as possible.

Have an FSA account you're trying to spend down? You can use your flex dollars to purchase this and many other common pain relief products directly from the FSAstore.

Theracane Handheld Self Massager
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Theracane Handheld Self Massager

$31 from Relax the Back
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The only thing more frustrating than a sore back is not being able to massage just the right spot yourself. The lightweight Theracane, designed with several nodes and projections for individualized relief, makes it easy to massage away stiffness and pain right where you're hurting most.

Related: 11 Ways to Deal With Back Pain

Huggaroo Microwavable Neck Wrap
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Huggaroo Microwavable Neck Wrap

$36 from Amazon
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Feel those muscles relax when you drape this heated wrap around your shoulders. Zap it in the microwave for cozy comfort or chill it in the freezer to use it as an ice pack. Enjoy the added benefit of aromatherapy from a blend of lavender, chamomile, peppermint, and cinnamon.

Tempur-Pedic All-Purpose Pillow
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Tempur-Pedic All-Purpose Pillow

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This versatile little memory foam pillow can cushion sore muscles and help prevent more pain, too. Use it as a lumbar cushion, neck roll, leg spacer, or anywhere else you could use some extra cushioning. The cover is removable and machine-washable, too.

If you're plagued by body aches and ready to invest a bit more in a peaceful night's sleep, check out Tempur-Pedic's ProAdapt mattress. It's specially designed for serious pressure relief.

Solimo Epsom Salt
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Solimo Epsom Salt

$5 from Amazon
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Don't underestimate the power of one of the oldest sore-muscle remedies: A nice warm bath filled with epsom salts. If lavender isn't your thing, this Amazon brand is also available in several other scents, or unscented.

Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager
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Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager

$50 from Amazon
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A personal neck massage might be the gold standard for sore muscles, but this massager is a good stand-in. It has four deep-kneading, rotating nodes, soothing heat, and an automatic 20-minute shutoff for safety.

Tiger Balm Extra Strength
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Prosource Fit Acupressure Mat and Pillow
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Ancient Minerals Magnesium Lotion
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Ancient Minerals Magnesium Lotion

$22 from Amazon
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Menthol isn't the only game in town when it comes to muscle soreness. This blend of magnesium chloride and organic oils is "simply the best purchase I could have made," one reviewer raves. It comes in an easy-to-use pump bottle, much like shaving cream.

Idson Muscle Roller Stick
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Idson Muscle Roller Stick

$9 from Amazon
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This simple plastic roller can relieve soreness in just about every part of the body. The nine grooved plastic beads help reduce stiffness and promote circulation, and the ergonomic handles are easy to grip.

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Darkiron Deep Tissue Massage Gun
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Darkiron Deep Tissue Massager

$80 from Amazon
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Though this 30-speed massager might fall into the "splurge" category for some, devotees say it's the best $80 they've ever spent. The convertible head has six attachments, each specially suited for a common pain point. A rechargeable battery offers up to six hours of use.

 HoMedics Bubble Mate Foot Spa
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HoMedics Bubble Mate Foot Spa

$22 from Amazon
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Here's the ultimate indulgence for sore feet. You can adjust the temperature with your toes, and a splash guard helps keep floors dry. A removable pumice stone is included for additional pampering.

Cheribundi Original Tart Cherry Juice, 12 ct.
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Cheribundi Original Tart Cherry Juice, 12 ct.

$20 from Amazon
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Here's a delicious way to help reduce soreness. Anthocyanins, a type of antioxidant flavonoid in cherry juice, can help soothe muscle pain and speed recovery after a hard workout. There's no added sugar, but there is a splash of apple juice for sweetness.

Carex Bed Buddy
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Carex Bed Buddy

$12 from Amazon
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The Bed Buddy's long, flexible shape means it's easy to soothe aches and pains in any spot, even when you're turning in for the night. Filled with grains, herbs, and flowers, it can be heated in the microwave or stashed in the freezer for hot or cold therapy.

Wizmo Massager
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Wizmo Massager

$15 from Relax the Back
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Those knotted muscles are no match for the compact Wizmo, which can apply firm pressure just about anywhere you need it. A wheel with nubs allows for smooth, systematic rolling over sore spots.

AmazonBasics High Density Foam Roller
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AmazonBasics High Density Foam Roller

Starting at $15 from Amazon
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Athletes have long sung the benefits of foam rollers, but you don't need to be an Olympian to find some relief. The molded polypropylene is strong enough to soothe tense or cramped muscles, but light enough to take on the go. Choose from four sizes and several colors.

Penetrex Pain Relief Therapy
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The Backpod
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The Backpod

$69 from Amazon
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If hunching over your computer or smartphone all day is giving you nagging upper-back pain, a few minutes with the Backpod might be just what the doctor ordered. It's designed to help stretch the spine and reduce soreness around the neck and shoulders.

Boiron Arnicare Gel
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Mighty Bliss Heating Pad
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Mighty Bliss Heating Pad

$36 from Amazon
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Sometimes it's hard to beat an old-fashioned heating pad that can provide a steady stream of warmth for as long as your aching muscles demand it. This best-seller, large enough to drape over your shoulders or soothe most of your back, is made of soft microplush and has three heat settings.

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