Let’s face it. From the veracious toddler honing his motor skills to the humble and frail grandmother settled in her chair, bruising is part of life—and it’s certainly a part of fascia blasting. Now, before you cringe in horror at the prospect, let me first tell you that the bruise often gets a bad rap. Yes, it’s mostly associated with pain and injury, but bruising isn’t always a bad thing. Sometimes bruising is your friend. Let’s explore what’s happening when you bruise and what you can do about it.
First of all, the bruising that you see when fascia blasting is not the same as when you run into a table or when you’ve injured yourself and have internal bleeding. FasciaBlasting bruises are healthy, restorative, and cleansing. Here’s what’s happening in your body when you fascia blast:
- When you are FasciaBlasting and restoring a fascial adhesion, it’s like pulling two pieces of duct tape apart. There’s going to be some inherit bruising that comes with that type of restoration. It’s a sign that you’ve successfully separated the sticky layers of tissue. Blood rushes to the scene so that healing can begin in that area.
- When someone is fascially restricted it’s like having a kink in a garden hose. When you open the fascia, all of the sudden you have blood flowing to that area again. These types of bruises are not painful but they can be immediately visible. They can also be accompanied by a tingling feeling as blood rushes through the tissue.
- When you are FasciaBlasting fat cells where fat has adhered to the layers of fascia or muscle, you will get micro fissures in the capillaries as it’s pulled apart. This leaves space for the oxygen-rich blood cells to move in and gobble up and breakdown the fat cells.
FasciaBlasting bruises are not damaging; they are healing and a necessary part of restoration.
While bruising is not a bad thing in FasciaBlasting, it’s also not required. There are no badges of honor given for the most fascia blasting bruises (…although they are a good conversation starter.) Bruising or not bruising is pretty much your choice depending on the amount of pressure you want to endure. Different personality types take different approaches and that’s ok. Whether you walk or run you will still complete the marathon. However, going deeper initially will yield results more quickly, but you still have to decide what’s right for you.
Are you okay with bruises? Is your significant other? During summer months when extra skin is exposed, you may not want to be as aggressive with treatment. Or maybe you’re a fast tracker willing to endure for the prize ahead. Again, it’s all about how quickly you want to see results!
Being a bruiser or not being a bruiser can be your choice. It boils down to your personal level of pressure and how crappy your fascia is.
Crappy fascia will bruise more easily than not-so crappy fascia but it still depends on how much pressure is applied. But just because you bruised in an area the first time, doesn’t mean you will the second time. You should quickly notice a difference the next time!
Bruises let you know it's working... but don't get crazy! You have total control over how hard you go! Light and brisk works too!
Do NOT blast over bruises or any area that’s sore or tender/inflamed! The bruises are the places where the fascia is the worst! I have some clients who go crazy on their legs and don’t bruise and others who barely touch it and are black and blue! If
The good news is that you are definitely going to benefit a LOT! So let the bruises calm down to where they are not sensitive to the touch. You can use the FasciaBlaster® on other parts of your body while the bruised areas settle down and heal. Then next time you FasciaBlast (like in 3-5 days) just go a little lighter until you find your “sweet spot”.
NO ONE has continued to bruise after consistent use … it is only the beginning when you are making changes. Stay consistent. In a month or 2 you’ll be able to go full throttle and not bruise!
Arnica gel and pills and our After Blaster lotion can really help with healing!
What can you do minimize bruising?
(These are suggestions, NOT medical advice!)
Like H2O, fascia can have different “states.” It can be jelly like, semi-hydrated and chunky, or cold, tight and crystalized. Ideally, you want to get your fascia to the jelly state for fascia blasting. The two best ways to prepare your body are heat and hydrate!
Internal AND External Heat
Get your heart rate up and raise your body’s temperature!
Go into a hot room: sauna or bath/shower - you can even use a heater in your bathroom or hot pads. The hotter the better. Here's my routine!
Fascia actually has liquid running through it and if you are dehydrated (most people don’t know it when they are) your fascia is going to be sluggish instead of clean. Make sure you hydrate first with water and make sure you are getting electrolytes!
What should you do after you bruise?
Once you have bruising, homeopathic Arnica or our After Blaster lotion is excellent for repair. You can use Arnica gel externally or Anica pills internally or high quality essential oils.
In addition, you can “flush” the area with your hands and some massage oil and give yourself a gentle massage. When you’re done, ice the area. It doesn’t have to be an ice pack per se, but it can be a bath with just the cold water running (sounds fun, huh?). This will reduce inflammation and speed up healing.
When to Blast Again
I said that going deep would yield quicker results, but you have to give the body time to heal after each fascia blasting session. You should wait until the bruises are almost gone and there is no soreness before you blast again. If you start and you do feel any soreness, stop and wait until it is no longer sore. Also, if you wait until the bruises are fully healed, you’ll be able to see how much progress you are making. The areas of the worst bruising are the areas where the fascia is the worst. The next time you FasciaBlast, you should have less bruising even if you are using the same amount of pressure for the same length of time.
There are 2 phases of FasciaBlasting: the breaking down phase and the healing phase.
Fascia maintenance: Once you’ve achieved your desired result, you again have a choice with maintenance. Do it as needed, do it once a week, or every couple of weeks or every other day in a different area. Again, it’s about personal preference and what works best for you!
And that….is the news on the bruise!