Every time you have some kind of pain in your muscles, tendons, or ligaments, you don’t have to pop a pill to heal. It’s time to put down the weights and heal your body the natural way. Why go without the pill? Experts say that anti-inflammatory pills do help in short term, but they don’t help in healing the muscles and their recovery. And if a healthy body is your goal then you are giving those pills a free shot at the nets. Ice baths: Taking a dip in some icy-cold water can be a part of your pill-free treatment.