Pushing your limits in the gym leads to solid gains, but it can sometimes, unfortunately, lead to pulls, strains, and other injuries. When you feel any type of pain in your muscles, tendons, or ligaments, it’s time to put down the weights and heal your body.
This doesn’t mean popping a pill. Instead, try some of these alternative ways to manage acute and chronic pain. Why go sans the pills? Adam Graves, N.D., LA.c. and founder of Colorado Natural Medicine, says that pills like Advil can help with inflammation in the short-term, but they don’t help muscles heal and recover in the long-term—and that’s the end goal when it comes to keeping the body healthy and free of aches and pains. Here are the 10 best natural ways to relieve your aches.