Do you bruise easily? A sauna may help them heal faster

July 13, 2018 – Geez, the things you notice as you start to get older!

For years, I could hit something accidentally and yes, it would hurt, but I would barely even see a mark. Well, those days are gone. Now, if I happen to bump something even slightly, it could be enough for me to see a lovely bruise that could take days to disappear. The average time for a bruise to finally go away is about a week for most people.

When you bruise, the key to getting things on the mend and having that bruise disappear is to ice it right after you hit the area. A bruise results when a bang to part of your body causes the tiny blood vessels below the skin’s surface to burst, and the blood trapped beneath the skin’s surface shows as the yellowy-purple that looks worse than it really is. Icing the spot right away encourages constriction of the vessels under the skin’s surface and helps curb the appearance.

That’s great if you can do it. But, if it’s to the point where you wake up the next day and realize that you’ve now got that bruise, the next recommendation is to get heat to the area. Heat after the fact increases circulation. The increased blood flow aids your body in eradicating the bruise.

If heat is the answer, then a few sessions in the sauna could do much to help bruises disappear. Since sauna use is well documented for a myriad of benefits for the skin, it will most certainly encourage bruises to heal must more quickly. If you sauna, very light treatment with a birch whisk could further increase circulation to the area and really get bruise recovery on the way.


Don Riling

Author: Don Riling

Don Riling is the President of Olympic Hot Tub and has been an active member of the hot tub industry for over 20 years. As the company’s owner since 2016, he has continued Olympic’s legacy of promoting health & wellness through hot water & sauna therapy.

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