Stave off soreness like a pro athlete

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  • Relieve back pain and increase muscle function with daily foam rolling
  • When selecting a foam roller, keep in mind your pressure tolerance for deep-tissue massage

Dana Santas is the creator of Radius Yoga Conditioning, a yoga style designed to help athletes move, breathe and focus better. She's the yoga trainer for the Atlanta Braves, the Philadelphia Phillies, the Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Lightning, Orlando Magic and dozens of pros in the National Football League, National Hockey League, National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball.

(CNN)Do you ever wake up stiff and sore? Sometimes our tired legs and achy back don't want to cooperate with those first few steps out of bed.

Believe it or not, the chronic back and leg tension typical in the general population is also prevalent