The aim of physiotherapy is to support and help with breastfeeding when issues like mastitis, breast engorgement, cracked nipples and blocked ducts become a problem.
Therapeutic ultrasound has been shown to be useful in helping to reduce the swelling by providing a micro-massage to the tissues along with manual therapy or hands-on massage to the breast to assist with lymph drainage. The ultrasound treatment usually takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. It is pain free and does not hinder the feeding routine. It can also help to reduce inflammation/infection. Taping can be used as an adjunct to help support the breast as part of the treatment of engorgement. We can also refer you to a lactation consultant as necessary.
We use low-level laser therapy for treatment of cracked nipples. This helps the healing process and reduces the pain. It can proved immense relief to the mother especially when latching baby onto the breast and helps prolong exclusive breastfeeding. It is a quick and pain free treatment and does not interfere with the feeding routine.
In general, improvement is evident after the first treatment but usually 2-3 sessions are required for a complete resolution.
Author: Mariola Stylpulkowska