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Mastitis Treatment

Blocked Ducts

Mastitis Symptoms

Early symptoms of mastitis

 

Same day appointments.

Professional 4-Step Treatment with Osteopaths

Read on for assistance in managing:

Mastitis

Engorgement

Blocked Duct

Bleb

Weaning

Breastfeeding challenges can feel like a forgotten area of healthcare.

We’re experienced when it comes to treatment options and strategies for resolution.  Seeing the gap in options for women with breast-feeding difficulties, we’ve actually written a 27-page treatment protocol on mastitis and associated issues. 

This extends to our understanding of the emotional responses women experience when something feels like it’s all going wrong.  It can be a tough time.

Given the stressful situation breast-feeding challenges present, providing you with genuine support is high on our priority list.

We are a friendly bunch that work with you to get it right.

What to expect from an appointment with us?

Step 1. Ultrasound therapy vibrates and jiggles the tissues to loosen a blockage. This is focused on the congested area of your breast.

Step 2. Massage therapy from our highly skilled hands to move fluids and lumps away from the congested, problematic area.  This can soften the tissues to regain fluid flow to the breast and relieve pressure & pain.  Many women expect this to be painful and in fact it’s not.  You will be very comfortable, we guarantee it!

Step 3. You are taught how to massage the breast tissue for the best drainage to avoid this scenario in future.  The right technique with self-massage can make all the difference. A take-home sheet will be provided so you don’t have to memorise the techniques.

Step 4. Follow-up care.  Our plan is to get you past this challenge and we will follow-up with you until you are “right”.

Don’t be fooled by mastitis practitioners only offering breast ultrasound alone.  The massage component is very important to move fluid blockages, helping your body to heal itself.  That’s why it’s essential in what we do.

Why is our specific treatment sought after by GP’s and lactation consultants?

We have a detailed understanding of:

  • how to drain breast tissue that has become inflamed and/or infected
  • how to move the lumps and fluids from where they are currently congested

With our experience & knowledge of the physical differences of mastitis, blocked ducts, engorgement, & breast tissue congestion, our method can help clarify what is often a confusing & stressful situation.

Our practitioners have also identified many abscesses & can refer to appropriate avenues for resolution.

*Osteopaths complete a 5-year course at university & are government regulated with AHPRA.

**Osteopaths are allied health professionals that recognise the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.

Choice

Our Focus

You have more choices with mastitis than just antibiotics and the waiting game. 

Given our clinical skill, mastitis appointments take 30 minutes.  You will find our approach thorough and professional, caring and considerate.

For years we have observed the changes possible in the breast with our treatment approach.  The difference we feel and our women experience in their breast tissue can be noticeably changed in just 1 session.  

Our mastitis team work closely together, as well as with other health professionals to provide the excellent care for women.

 

Rib Treatment in Mastitis
Strategy

We Provide Self-Help Advice

Being Osteopaths, we have excellent skills to work through the tightness and tenderness in your back, neck and ribs, working to improve the movement through the chest area.

This is an added health benefit as improved mobility through your muscles and joints may  improve the circulation throughout your breast, back and rib-cage.

Osteo treatment also encourages freer movement, instead of the cramped, hunched feeling breast-feeding posture tends to promote. 

AND we teach you some great ways to stay mobile while breast-feeding and beyond.

Therapeutic Ultrasound

Can create a micro massage effect within the tissues which may loosen the tissue structure and causes a breakdown of the material causing the blockage. Ultrasound may stimulate the blood flow through the tissue.

Skilled Massage

Osteopaths have spent years working on the sensitivity of their hand skills, being able to feel muscles, joints etc.  We have just transferred theses skills to the breast, massaging the tissue, the lumps and lumpiness.  Our hands are an important part of the Mastitis Therapy.

Self-Help

Our Osteos will teach you the best techniques we know for self-help.  This includes breast massage and self-mobilising your spine to free your movement.

Interested in seeing one of our practitioners for Mastitis or breast blockages?

Book a Mastitis Consultation online or call us on 9859 5059
Research.

Some research has shown that Ultrasound therapy as well as massage to the breast may reduce inflammation & pain, and help unblock breast ducts (1).  Another study found that a reduction in the firmness of the lump after the first treatment was detectable (4).

REFERENCES:
  1. Valerie Lavigne, Brian Gleberzon, Ultrasound as a treatment of mammary blocked duct among 25 postpartum lactating women: a retrospective case series, J Chiropr Med. 2012 Sep; 11(3): 170–178
  2. Ann Witt et al, Therapeutic Breast Massage in Lactation for the Management of Engorgement, Plugged Ducts, and MastitisJ Hum Lact. 2016 Feb;32(1):123-31
  3. Aust.Physio.Assoc. 9/2/2016. Antibiotics – not always the answer for Mastitis. Available from: https://www.physiotherapy.asn.au/APAWCM/The_APA/news/2016/Feb/Antibiotics___not_always_the_answer_for_Mastitis.aspx
  4. Zoe McLachlan et al, Ultrasound treatment for breast engorgement: A randomised double blind trial, Aust.J.Physiotherapy, Volume 37, Issue 1, 1991, Pages 23-28
  5. Barbara Cooper, Donald Kowalsky, Physical Therapy Intervention for Treatment of Blocked Milk Ducts in Lactating Women, Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy: Summer 2006 – Volume 30 – Issue 2 – p 26
  6. Karen Keast | Last Updated: 12-04-2016. Health Times.  Physiotherapy making waves in treating mastitis. Available from: https://healthtimes.com.au/hub/physiotherapy/8/news/kk1/physiotherapy-making-waves-in-treating-mastitis/1544/
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