Written by: Susan Lamb, RMT
Blocked milk ducts are a common occurrence for breastfeeding moms and can be incredibly painful. If left unchecked, it can lead to infections and mastitis.
If you’re having trouble breastfeeding, and experiencing pain and inflammation in your breasts, ultrasound therapy can help bring relief and get your milk flowing again.
What is Ultrasound Therapy?
Ultrasound therapy has been used for decades to help athletes cope with injuries. It’s a quick and effective way to bring down inflammation, by using sound waves to move interstitial fluid in the body.
When something is inflamed, fluid quickly begins moves into that area as part of the healing process. If you’re breastfeeding, all this extra fluid around your milk ducts can cause blockages, making it hard and discouraging to try and feed your baby.
How does Ultrasound therapy ease inflammation?
Ultrasound produces sound waves that technicians use to bounce off an area of the body. Sometimes this is done to produce a photo, like when you get your checkups during pregnancy. But when used on an area like the breast during breastfeeding these sound waves produce enough stimulus to move excess liquid and restore your milk flow. In other words, ultrasound can go deep into spaces where our hands can't and acts on the inflammation process by using sound waves to move the liquid.
If caught early, and when combined with massage therapy, mothers almost always leave their first treatment relieved and able to successfully feed their baby right away. Depending on the severity you may be invited back for a second appointment.
What to expect at your treatment?
When working on blocked milk ducts, every situation is different. Your practitioner will begin with a full assessment of the breast tissue and posture. Typically, the ultrasound therapy is conducted for 7 minutes on each breast, and then repeated. If massage therapy is added, your treatment will be a little longer.
Dealing with blocked ducts can be very painful and stressful so we’ve focused on creating a peaceful and calming environment to ease tension and help mothers relax during their treatment.
Things you can do right now to relieve pain caused by blocked milk ducts
If you're in pain, or know someone who is you can try a few of these at home remedies:
Need help now?
In-clinic ultrasound therapy appointments are available 7 days a weeks. Call us today or click below: 416-406-0116