I see a lot of posts in this section that detail injuries, strains, and general pain that often sounds due, at least in part, to poor soft tissue quality of the muscles in question. While a lot of serious injuries, such as ligament tears or joint subluxations, can and should be handled by a professional, there is a lot you can still do to help relieve your pain, speed your recovery, and prevent future incidences from reoccurring. Even if you don't have any serious injuries or haven't recently, soft tissue work can help keep it that way. It helps improve your flexibility, mobility, tissue quality, and it can relieve the entrapment of nerves and blood vessels that can cause tingling, burning, hot sensations, etc. I recommend getting a quality foam roller and a lacrosse ball as a basic self care package to start with. Eric Cressey has a fantastic video that shows some key areas to hit with the foam roller. [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8caF1Keg2XU"]Foam Roller Series[/ame] Tony Gentilcore also wrote a great article on using a tennis ball (a good starting point if you are really jacked up) for self massage. It includes some detailed information on why your muscles hurt and what the rolling does for them. I also highly recommend you get the Trigger Point Therapy Workbook by Clair Davies. Gentilcore mentions it in the article, though he mistakenly refers to Clair as a she! You can usually find it at Barnes and Noble or something similar for around $20. As a general rule of thumb, healthy tissues never hurt so spend the most time on the areas that are the most painful to press into. You don't have to bruise yourself, use as much pressure as you can handle and over time you will notice the areas that used to feel like agony starting to hurt so good. When should you do it? It works great as the first part of your warm-up. This will help prevent injury, loosen up your muscles for the workout, and even promote blood-flow throughout the major muscle groups. If you have time afterward, you can roll again to help diminish the amount of tension and soreness you experience the next couple days, as well as to again help force blood in and out of your muscles. I myself and others find this helps a lot with recovery. I also have a foam roller and some extra lacrosse balls at home that my wife and I roll around on if we're watching TV or a movie, as do many of my clients. Who thought you could actually improve your tissue quality and posture while watching TV?