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How Do You Heal Bruises?

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by Lisa Morgan (subscribe)
...living life as it is meant to be experienced - outside the rat race, barefooted and content in one's own skin.
Published March 19th 2013
When it comes to adventure and exciting thrills on the weekend, there are bound to be bruises. After a weekend stumbling over rocks at Emerald Creek just outside Mareeba, we all were blue and purple. We were prepared to ignore them... that is, until one of us got hit by a roo doing 90km/h on his motorbike.

IcePack
Using an esky ice pack
With Ice...
After hobbling indoors saying his ankle might be broken, the first thing I did was grab the ice pack. Treating the bruised area right away with an ice pack is the top recommended method of dealing with bruises.

Ice reduces swelling and inflammation to the area, and in doing so, reduces pain and bleeding. However, when I went to put the ice on, I was met with strong resistance. The ankle was already purplish blue and he could not bear any pressure on the area at all.

Klemens Magnetic Pulser
Using Anton Klemens' magnetic pulser
With Magnetic Pulses...
Er what? For this unusual and alternative treatment method, you'll need a high speed magnetic pulser. When I brought out the pulser, I was greeted with a raised eyebrow. Most people haven't heard of those units so skepticism is understandable. I held the pulser paddle about a centimetre above the bruised area and moved it around for 10 minutes.

The results were amazing. The ankle went from an ugly purple/blue looking colour, to pink and then regular skin colour within that 10 minutes.

He was walking on it fine the next day, and there was NO bruise. He was just gobsmacked, and I wish I had taken photos.

Cold arnica salve from the fridge
With Arnica Salve (or cream)...
Following the awesome results with the magnetic pulser, I rubbed in some arnica salve from the fridge. Keeping arnica cream or salve in the fridge is a handy tip as when it gets applied it is nice and cold.

Arnica is known for its anti-inflammatory and bruise healing properties. It works by decreasing fluid build up to the area while stimulating white blood cells and circulation.

Paddling in Creek
Enjoying the chilly creek water
On The Fly...
Ice, salve and magnetic pulses aside, sometimes you are out in the bush with limited options. If you are lucky to be near a cold creek, stick the affected area in cold running water for 10 minutes.

Alternatively if there is mud available, mud compresses can cool the area and increase blood circulation, reducing pain. Or you could just remember to bring the esky with its cold beer cans when you go bush.

* A note on magnetic pulsers – The unit I use is a high speed magnetic pulser made by Australian, Anton Klemens. His design is based on Beck Technology, and the latest design allows for 40 pulses per second. The pulser has been used successfully by us to treat pain from sore muscles, bruises, tooth abscesses, tendonitis, sciatica, cold sores and back pain. Apparently the magnetic field pulses can reach deep organs and bone. This was particularly useful for us as antibiotics could not get to tooth abscesses due to no blood circulation within the tooth.

If you have other handy tips for healing bruises, please feel free to comment below. I'd love to hear from you.
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