Gym injuries are like one of life’s cruelest jokes. You’re working out and trying to improve yourself. And then you’re rewarded with an injury that stops you in your tracks.

For a moment, it may seem like it’s life’s way of slowing you down. But it’s more likely to be life’s way of giving you practice in endurance and steadfastness. You can overcome this, and you can do it without the help of prescription pain meds. 

Here’s how to recover quickly and naturally from a workout injury.

Find Alternate Pain Relief

When you’re really struggling with pain, your doctor may prescribe an opioid pain reliever. But there’s a major problem with going this route. The problem is called addiction. And if you don’t think it’s serious, spend a few minutes Googling the term “opioid epidemic.”

And you’ll be relieved (pun intended) to learn that there are natural alternatives that actually work. Two options are cannabis and kratom.

You’re probably familiar with cannabis because it has been in the news for many health benefits recently. But if you haven’t heard of kratom, you may want to pay attention. Kratom is a completely natural substance that works much in the same way opioids do, but it’s not likely to have the same side effects. 

In truth, researchers still have a lot of work to do in evaluating kratom. But being a natural substance, it’s probably a better bet. Before you take anything, do your homework. And treat any pain reliever, natural or otherwise, as medication. Use it only as needed.

If you decide to give kratom a try, your best bet is to search for kratom coupons. As the word is still getting out about this natural pain reliever, there are many deals available. 

Try Green Tea Ointment 

Green tea extract is probably one of the best home treatments you can use to speed up wound healing. And it probably sounds a little “woo woo”, but ask anyone who has tried it and they’re likely to sing its praises.

Why? Well, science has done some research on the matter to give us some answers. NCBI studied the effects of green tea on healing minor injuries and found that wounds treated with vaseline and green tea extract healed in a mere 14 days. Wounds treated only with vaseline healed took 20 days to heal. 

So if you have a surface wound, green tea extract may be the best natural remedy for you. Simply dab a bit (with or without vaseline) on your wound every day and watch it heal. 

Protect Your Injury

One of the biggest mistakes people make when trying to heal gym injuries naturally is to reinjure themselves before they’re fully healed. It’s common for athletes to push themselves too far or try to work around the injury by training in different ways. 

The best way you can protect your injury naturally is to wrap it in a supportive band. You can get a legitimate sports brace (and invaluable advice) from your doctor. Or, if you don’t have insurance and want to avoid the doctor, you can try a sports brace from the drug store, sports retailer or grocery store. 

Keep your injury wrapped in a sturdy brace during the day when you’re out and about. This will help you support your weight and protect your injury from further damage. At night, you can wear a softer support brace to hold your joints in place while you sleep. 

Remember to Stretch

For some of us, a lack of stretching is what got us in this mess in the first place. So don’t let it be your downfall in recovery. While you’re recovering, do everything you can to stay loose while you heal. If you don’t, you’re going to risk the new tissue growing too short or connected to tight muscles. 

You’re probably clear to do the amount of exercise that feels comfortable to you, but either way, be sure to stretch. Even if you aren’t ready to get back on the workout bandwagon, spend some time stretching every day.

If you end up getting too tight, you’ll lengthen your recovery as you attempt to stretch out that new tissue. Stretching daily can help you get back to your regular training routine right on schedule. 

Workout injuries are the worst, but if you take care of them properly, they will heal the right way the first time. Handle it the wrong way and you’ll spend extra time trying to fix a poorly healed injury.