How to Speed Up Healing Time for Leg and Thigh Bruises
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From the shins to the thighs, the legs bear the brunt of blunt traumas, ranging from accidental falls to collisions with obstacles. It’s no surprise the legs are a common site for painful contusions that result in unsightly bruising.
Waiting for the body to heal and the bruises to disappear is a tedious—possibly even painful—process. Fortunately, it’s possible to give your body some all-natural assistance to speed up the healing time for bruises on the legs and thighs.
1. Get Off Your Feet
If you can, sit down and elevate your leg as soon as you experience a blunt force injury, especially if the injury is painful and already starting to swell and/or turn red. This improves circulation in the leg, allowing the blood and fluids to flow away from the injury instead of pooling and causing swelling.
A visual inspection may be difficult if you’re wearing pants, but you should be able to feel for swelling. It may be impossible to elevate your leg if you’re in public, but at least try to stop moving and sit down. Keeping body weight on the leg causes blood to accumulate at the contusion and increases bruising.
2. Apply an Ice Pack
If possible, immediately apply ice to the site of the injury. Not only does ice have a numbing effect that helps alleviate pain, but it also causes small blood vessels to narrow, which reduces the bleeding that causes swelling.
Be sure to place a towel, cloth or even a piece of clothing between the skin and the ice to prevent an ice burn. For the best results, continue using ice on the bruised area at least three times a day for 10 to 20 minutes at a time until the swelling disappears.
3. Apply Arnica Montana
The initial process for treating bruises is roughly the same anywhere on the body, but bruises on the legs, particularly around the thighs and calves, are sometimes deeper and harder to treat. Start the healing process as quickly as possible by applying Arnica Montana to the site of the injury.
According to Lorraine Hughes, an American Herbalists Guild member and practitioner at Empowered by Nature in Fishkill, New York, Arnica Montana helps break up blood stagnation. Hughes credits Arnica’s biochemical constituents, sesquiterpene and lactone helenalin as major components in the herb’s ability to deliver anti-inflammatory results. This combination helps move blood away from the site of the bruise and alleviates pain and swelling.
If your leg injury is bleeding above the skin, don’t apply Arnica right away. For bruising beneath the skin, apply it to the bruised area as often as you want. Consistent application leads to greater benefits. If necessary, wear short clothing, such as skirts or capri pants, for the first few days to provide easy access to the injured area for regular Arnica application. Be sure to cover the entire bruised area, even if it covers most of your thigh. Neglecting part of the bruise could slow the overall healing time.
4. Prevent Re-Injury
Bruised skin is extremely delicate, and re-injury extends the healing time. Even a gentle impact can cause additional damage to an already bruised leg. If your daily routine puts you at risk for re-injury, cover the bruised area with a padded bandage after fully coating the bruise with an Arnica-infused bruise remedy.
If possible, make temporary changes to exclude risky activities from your daily routine. For example, if you normally practice yoga or attend a pilates class several times a week, you should take some time off from your hobby while your bruise heals. If your bruise resulted from a bike accident, avoid cycling for a few days to eliminate the risk of another fall and potential muscle strain. Giving your body time to recover is important to the healing process.
The legs have busy schedules to follow and busy lives to lead, so it’s not surprising they take some abuse. Thighs, knees, calves and shins are often in the direct line of fire for contusion injuries that develop into ugly bruises. Minimize healing time by getting off your feet—at least temporarily. Focus on preventing re-injury, and implement an all-natural, Arnica-based treatment plan to reduce the bruising. PROcure Bruise Remedy triggers your body’s healing power to help bruises disappear in a fraction of the time.