Question: Should You Massage A Bruise?

Does rubbing a bruise help it heal faster?

Don’t massage or rub the injury because you can break more blood vessels in the process.

Instead, give yourself time for the pain and swelling to subside and apply ice immediately and as needed..

Why does it feel good to rub a bruise?

Rubbing a sore knee or arm after a bump really does help make the pain go away, say scientists. Researchers have discovered that gentle stroking activates “pleasure” nerves beneath the skin, which then reduce the sensation of pain from other nerves.

Is it better to put ice or heat on a bruise?

On the day you get a bruise, apply an ice pack to reduce swelling as well as constrict broken blood vessels. Those vessels then may leak less blood. Avoid heat. In the first two or three days after bruising yourself, a very hot bath or shower could cause more bleeding and swelling.

How do you treat a bad bruise?

AdvertisementRest the bruised area, if possible.Ice the bruise with an ice pack wrapped in a towel. Leave it in place for 10 to 20 minutes. Repeat several times a day for a day or two as needed.Compress the bruised area if it is swelling, using an elastic bandage. Don’t make it too tight.Elevate the injured area.

Does pressing on a bruise make it worse?

One tactic to avoid, warns Dr. Nader: Pushing on a bruise to try and break up the blood beneath the skin. This is not proven effective and could result in additional soreness and bruising.