If you bruised your ribs more than 24h ago. Switch to warm moist heat. You can either put a wet towel in the microwave till warm or use a heating pad with a wet washcloth. Have you been to Dr. Are your ribs I fact bruised and not working. Use ice packs the 1 st 24h after and injury to decrease the swelling, heat after 24h of ice
Apply icepacks on the bruise to avoid swelling. You can use the heat pads after 72 hours to alleviate the discomfort. You can wrap the bruises to avoid mobility of the area which causes a lot of pain. Visit a doctor for more diagnosis and treatment.