Sports Massage Therapy is popular with athletes, but also with the rest of us mortals too! Office work can be a physical and mental workout, but usually without proper warm-up beforehand and stretching afterwards. Often a lot of stress is involved: holding muscles rigid for long periods (which creates hypertonia) and repetitive strain ( which creates overuse injury). If you work at a computer all day probably you are familiar with the tight neck and shoulders from holding yourself tense while you stare at the screen.
Ice therapy aids contracting the branching blood vessel capillaries, allowing pressure to reduce and allowing movement of fluid into the lymph ducts, forcing blood and debris from the area and allowing the lymph to filter this fluid, and get rid of debris, hence speeding recovery from Strains and Sprains.
An article explaining the three stages of soft tissue repair process.