Bruise Control – How to Combat Nasty Bruising

by Kelly on January 5, 2010

If you are a pole dancer, you are no stranger to bruises.  Legs, arms, you name it!  And don’t tell me you haven’t had some strange explaining to do… Like explaining to your grandma why you have bruises on the inside of your upper arms that look like hand prints.  (She’s cool with my pole dancing now but at the time I made up some lame cover story that didn’t fully convince her that I wasn’t in an abusive relationship.  My boyfriend at the time got some very nasty looks!)  Or what about going for your yearly exam and explaining to the gynecologist how you got those bruises on your inner thighs???

pineappleIf you are new to pole dancing, don’t worry… it gets better!  As each area of your body gets used to the pole, bruising happens less and less.  Still, even an experienced dancer will get a “pole bite” now and then so you need to have some tricks up your sleeve on how to deal with them. 

Here are a few of my favorite bruise remedies:

  • Applying ice – This helps constrict the broken capillaries that are bleeding.  You have to do this one right away.  It won’t work to actually heal the bruise… it just helps to keep it from getting too big.


  • Take a bath in Epsom Salt – This is an old remedy my great grandma used for everything and I still swear by it.  Sure enough, it actually mentions bruises on the packaging.  Soaking in this will help alleviate bruises, muscle aches, and soreness.


  • Arnica cream- I’ve never used this but other dancers really seem to like it.  Arnica cream is derived from the Arnica plant and has anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties.


  • Eating pineapple- Yep, you heard me right!  Pineapple contains a substance called bromelain that has anti-inflammatory properties.  The dermatologist’s office actually recommended this to my mom to minimize bruising after a procedure she had done.

If you need to take something for the pain, Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is the onlyover the counter medicine that won’t make the bruising worse.  All other over the counter pain relievers have a blood thinning effect, which can incresse the “gross factor” of your bruise. 

I once mentioned to my doctor that I was concerned because I had been bruising so easily.  Old pole tricks were giving me new bruises, and even a slight bump against a table corner was causing major damage.  Of course, being the rational person I am ;) , I assumed I had some rare, life-threatening disease.  It turns out it was the Excedrin that I was taking fairly regularly (which contains aspirin) that was causing me to bruise.  She advised me that it can take up to two weeks after taking Excedrin for your blood to get back to normal (and for the easy bruising to stop).  Sure enough… after stopping it for a few weeks, my skin was back to normal.

And if nothing seems to help…

Then wear your bruises like a proud badge of honor from your pole dancing adventures!  :D

Do you have any other remedies, tips, or tricks?  Please share! 

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Geoff Hoff January 5, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Yippee, another excuse to eat pineapple!
.-= Geoff Hoff´s last blog ..Post 29 – The Muddle in the Middle =-.


Mary January 6, 2010 at 8:53 am

That all sounds great advice, however did you know you can also get Arnica too? This is a hoeopathic remedy and they come in different potency levels the higher the number the more potent the remedy, but don’t worry you cannot over dose on Homeopathic remedies! I have used the tables and the Arnica cream often for my bruises and I think they work really well.

All the best


Mary January 6, 2010 at 8:56 am

Doh, that was meant to read:Did you know you can get Arnica in tablet form too?

Sorry folks my head is still in holiday mode!
.-= Mary´s last blog ..Pole Dancing in the 2012 Olympic Games =-.


Miss Diana Devious January 18, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Yes, that what I use against bruising. It’s an homoeopathic medicine, tiny little thingies. Taste like sugar and it works.


Dolly January 11, 2010 at 6:07 pm

I use Arnica cream and it really does bring out the bruises. They’re less severe and don’t last as long.

The Pineapple tip is news to me, thanks for that – I’ll be popping to the fruit shop after class last night!


Angel Benton January 13, 2010 at 7:21 pm

In class we don’t call them bruises, we call them “pole hickies.” ;-)


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