I use the cream every night after a shower. On the days that I run or have a match, I rub the cream directly on both knees, feet, and rotator cuff. First, it relaxes me and helps me sleep, where before my muscles would ache and be twitching during the night. I would usually be sore for about 4 days after playing in a tournament. The cream allowed me to return to a light workout the day after. I play volleyball and basketball, both high impact sports. My knees take a beating. But I found that taking an oral form of magnesium (Magnesium glycinate) everyday along with my calcium supplement – really helps to keep me in the game. Then I use the cream since it is absorbed thru the skin right on the spots that I need. I hope to keep playing for as long as my body holds up!