Can I bruise with Maderotherapy?

Can I bruise with Maderotherapy?


What is the texture of the skin, are the fat cells intertwined around the blood vessels and is there already a poorly functioning micro-circulation (this can be observed by examining and palpating the tissue)

  • the quality or thickness of the skin
  • how quickly microcirculation can be achieved
  • whether any medication is being taken
  • whether there has been any activity on the tissue being treated prior to the maderoterapia.

Therefore, the first important step in the correct application of maderoterapia is a consultation, an examination (palpation) and a test maderoterapia, which is designed to see the reaction of the tissue and the organism and is applied very gently.


When there is an impact, an injury, we expect a reaction – a bruise. A bruise – a bruise or haematoma – is a subcutaneous haemorrhage caused when tissue is injured.
In maderoterapia, bruising–bruising–haematoma should not occur, so we must adjust the intensity, and the pressure of each maderoterapia so as not to damage the tissue and not to cause bruising–haematoma.

How does a bruise form?
A bruise is caused because we damage the micro capillaries (blood vessels) because of the intense pressure. The blood comes out of the capillaries and spills out of the blood vessels.
This is why a bruise is usually red in colour, but over the next few days the bruise changes to blue, green, yellow and then brown. Then slowly the brown circle becomes smaller and smaller until it disappears.


A bruise may result from maderoterapia if, for example, the skin is very thin, the fat cells have already enlarged to the point that the flow of microcapillaries is severely impeded, the skin is cold to the touch, and there is no blood circulation.

When performing maderoterapia, the fat cells will be affected by the massage and a light bruise may appear by relaxing the blood capillaries.
But this will be very light in colour, very small (e.g. the size of a fingernail) and will disappear very quickly. However, if a haematoma is formed – dark blue colour, larger size, the maderoterapia has been performed too hard, as long as there is a haematoma maderoterapia should not be performed in this area!


If a small, light-coloured, small-sized bruise appears after the maderoterapia treatment, it is usually not painful and does not require special treatment as it will disappear by the next maderoterapia treatment.

However, if by chance (but it shouldn’t happen!) a larger bruise – a haematoma – has been caused, put an ice pack on the site of the bump to relieve the pain and reduce swelling. Ice has an anti-inflammatory effect – the cold constricts the blood vessels, which reduces the blood flow and thus the blood cells involved in the inflammatory reaction.

First aid for a bruising – haematoma:
1. Immediately after the bump, cool the area with cold compresses, which will constrict the blood vessels and reduce bruising. Apply a cold compress to the site of the bump for 15 minutes every hour.
2. After 24 hours, replace the cold compress with a warm one. This will improve circulation and speed up the regeneration of veins and capillaries. Gentle manual lymphatic drainage is also recommended.
3. Eat plenty of vitamin C and foods rich in zinc, as they help the body to regenerate.
4. Massage the bruised area and use gels and creams to soothe the bruising. Arnica ointments are highly recommended as they promote blood circulation, relieve pain and reduce swelling.

Why bruising is immediately noticeable in some clients:

Maderoterapia can be done quite professionally and bruising can occur for completely different reasons or look much worse than the intense pressure.
Many other factors influence the severity of bruising:

1. Thin skin
Some people have naturally thin skin and some thin their skin over the years. The skin becomes thinner because it no longer contains as much collagen, and the collagen content of the tissue and blood vessel walls decreases. As a result, the tissue and blood vessels are no longer as elastic and firm, which means that they break and crack much more quickly under pressure. This is why a bruise can occur even with a slightly firmer grip or with strong pressure. Subcutaneous bleeding is also much more visible than it would otherwise be due to the lack of collagen in the skin.

2. Consequences of the sun
Excessive exposure to UV rays has a major impact on the ageing of our skin. Due to the photobiological effects that UV radiation has on molecules in all layers of the skin, sun-damaged skin loses its resilience and elasticity over time.

3. Medicines
The most important drugs for bruising are those that prevent blood clotting, i.e. aspirin, steroids, and other blood-thinning drugs. Because these drugs prevent your blood from clotting excessively and thus protect you from blood clots, the subcutaneous bleeding stops much more slowly when you have a stroke. You bleed longer than you would have done if you hadn’t been taking the medicines, and as a result, your bruises are slightly bigger (because the blood spills more under the skin) and visible for longer.

4. Physical exertion
Recreational activities such as lifting heavy objects, including weights, can cause the tearing of tissues and small blood vessels, resulting in subcutaneous bleeding. Bruising can also occur from strenuous physical exertion even if you do not feel excessive strain during the lifting (or pulling or pushing) itself.

5. Genetics
As with everywhere else, the susceptibility to bruising cannot be ignored because of genetics. The simple rule is that you usually have bruises as severe and frequent as your mother (or father) had. This makes perfect sense, as we inherit certain predispositions from our ancestors, such as complexion, elasticity, and skin thickness. So it’s not unusual to be more prone to bruising because it runs in your family.

6. Complexion
Of course, skin complexion itself, i.e. the lightness of your complexion, does not affect your tendency to bruise, but your fair skin may be to blame for making bruises more visible. If you are paler, your bruises will be more visible and last longer, or you may even notice small subcutaneous bleeding that would not be noticeable with a slightly darker complexion.

7. Tissue congestion
Bruising can also be influenced by whether you apply a warming cream beforehand to stimulate microcirculation, whether you do maderoterapia after a sauna, etc., or after an activity when the tissue is already heated.

8. Menstruation, overwork of the organism
During menstruation, maderoterapia is not recommended, as the body is undergoing processes that require rest. The body is more sensitive at this time and a previously normal maderoterapia which did not cause bruising may cause bruising during menstruation for the reasons mentioned above. It is also not advisable to perform maderoterapia after major physical stress (e.g. abortion, etc.).

Therefore, a consultation and tissue examination and a test maderoterapia are necessary before each maderoterapia treatment to check the state of the organism and the reaction to the maderoterapia. Before each maderoterapia, it is necessary to tell how you feel after the previous one and to adapt the maderoterapia to your current situation – to personalize it.
Be gentle with your body, bruises are a sign that you are not!

If you are having maderoterapia done by another person, that person must be aware of your current state and must keep adjusting the maderoterapiay according to the circumstances.
This is why we recommend that you see a professional maderotherapist who keeps a daily record of your condition and keeps a file, who is interested in your reaction after maderoterapia, etc. because only then can maderoterapia be completely individual and tailored to you.
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