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Mastitis & Blocked Ducts
 The all too common scenarios:

Baby slept through and I woke with a blockage

My routine had to change the last couple of days and now my breast hurts

I’ve had nipple damage and I can’t believe now I’ve got this next problem

I was fine when I went to bed, but woke up with trouble

Baby has been fussy and so wasn’t draining the breast as well

It just happened and I have NO idea why!

We also provide treatment for engorgement and advice with weaning.
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Here's what we do in your appointment:

mastitis | ultrasound | blocked duct
Step 1.

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

Step 2.

Massage therapy from our highly skilled hands to move fluids and lumps away from the problematic area.  This can soften the tissues to regain fluid flow to the breast and relieve pressure & pain.  Many women expect massage 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”.

Ultrasound alone is not enough.  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 breast abscesses by feel, & can refer to appropriate avenues for resolution.

Our goal is to relieve the pain & give you a solid plan for recovery.  Breast-feeding challenges create stress. So providing you with genuine support is also high on our priority list and CLEAR answers to your questions.

We are a lovely, friendly bunch that work with you to get it right. From our knowledgeable admin team & professional Osteopathic care, to the follow-up contact on your progress, we work with you from start to finish.

Our team are here ready to take your call and questions and get to the bottom of the problem with you.

*If there are no mastitis appointments available online please call reception on 9859 5059 as we often re-organise the diary to fit mastitis clients in.

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    Talk to one of our friendly team today by calling 9859 5059 or book yourself in online.

    *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.

    Mastitis | breast pain | blocked duct

    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.


    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.


    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).

    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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