Give it a Rest
Notice the trend, yet? Reducing blood flow to the spot of the injury is a key to effective treatment. Blood flow increases to areas it’s needed. If you aren't working the muscles near the cause of the contusion then blood will flow elsewhere. In short, it’s time to give it a rest. The added benefit of taking some much-needed rest and relaxation is that you can’t bump, strain, scratch or rub the inflamed area again. The only thing worse than bruising yourself in the first place is smacking the same spot again. It’s not insult to injury – it’s further injury.