There is hardly anyone who hasn't gone through straining of muscles, spraining in ligaments or injuries in tendons. If you have recently experienced any of these injuries, there is nothing to worry about. Though seeking experts' advice is the best way to receive prompt medical help, you can try a few general methods of healing the pain caused from an injury. The first thing you should take care of is refraining from anything that aggravates your pain. Rest as much as possible for the initial 2 to 3 days and then you will have to get back to moving so that you don't develop other ailments. The next question that may come to your mind is whether you should apply heat or ice. Normally, doctors advise against applying heat or heat rubs during the initial 48 hours after the injury has caused. This is because the heat can lead to bleeding and deteriorate the condition if it is used right after the injury. In case of traumatic injuries like sprains or bruising, ice can assist in reducing the pain and prevent swelling. You may apply heat packs after that for 20 minutes three to four times in a day. This will improve the circulation in the area and help in speedy healing. The external heat can aid in relaxation of muscles and ease the pain too. A comprehensive bandage also aids in controlling the swelling as well as bleeding in the initial stage, and also supports the injury by laying down fresh scar tissue.