Raise it Up
When an athlete plays with wild abandon, he’s often said to be playing with heart. He’s also asking for a significant set of bruises, which require elevation above the heart. Let’s say the latest bruise in your collection is a nasty contusion on the ankle. Lifting that ankle above the heart – say, on a large couch pillow – will decrease the flow of blood to that elevated bump. If you can prevent blood from gathering at the site of the bruise then you can minimize the size and discoloration of the bruise itself. Naturally, there are some limitations to this approach. It works great for the ankle, knee, arm or other appendage but if your bruise is on, say the ribs, there’s nothing you can do to elevate it above the heart. You’ll need to focus on one of the other treatment methods.