Put on the Pressure
The same principle that applies to treatment of a cut also works for bruises – if you can put pressure on the area you can staunch the flow of blood. Don’t overdo this approach. If you’re experiencing pain with the pressure, then back it off a bit.
There’s nothing that says that each treatment method has to be used by itself. You can incorporate multiple approaches at the same time. Use an Ace bandage to squeeze an ice pack against the injury while keeping it elevated on the couch. Treatment can actually be quite enjoyable if you think about it.