When applying pressure to trigger points, the toxins break down and release, which allows blood flow and oxygen to flow into that space. This may cause some temporary soreness and bruising to occur afterwards. This is completely normal, and also a sign that you’re healing.
The bruising should not be severe or painful. Bruising, temporary muscle soreness, and swelling may result and should resolve within a few days. Apply gentle pressure to minimize side effects.You’re in complete control of the pressure you use, and the duration you spend massaging yourself.
Please feel free to use any recovery methods you feel the need for, including ice packs, cold showers or other cold therapy, muscle relaxers, topical arnica, as well as quality nutrition and sleep.
You may also lightly massage around the area to encourage circulation and help your body move out the toxins. Some light cardio the day after can also work wonders and assist your body with the detox process.
Make sure to drink extra water and stay hydrated and healthy!