MuscleX TST 1700 Always ice down the affected area following a muscle sprain. It will help minimize the redness and swelling. You should also ensure that you keep the affected area elevated to maintain proper blood flow. Do not directly put the ice on your skin. You should wrap the ice in a towel, and then place it on your skin.Try and remain active throughout the day, even while resting as this has shown to greatly improve a persons fitness level. You can stretch while watching TV, or do leg raises while at your desk.