Looking for Lactation Osteopathy in Berwick?
What is Lactation Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a “hands on” form of manual therapy that can help with the
management of inflammation and fluid drainage, as well as musculoskeletal changes that occur during breast feeding. Inflammation and decreased fluid drainage, either from musculoskeletal factors or external factors, can have a large impact on the breast tissue and cause issues. We can provide examination, treatment and management for common lactation struggles such as blocked ducts, engorgement, and mastitis.
Our aim is to provide patients with treatment and prevention exercises before these conditions turn into serious infections. This can in turn help patients stay with their normal feeding routines, reduce stress on the mother and baby, and reduce the use of early intervention antibiotics.
What happens during my appointment?
Treatment is aimed at increasing the lymphatic drainage of the tissue around the breast area, as well as decreasing tension and stiffness in the upper body. We also utilise Therapeutic Ultrasound to break up congestion in the breast tissue in a gentle way without causing further inflammation or pain to the area. Patients are also given other tools and self management strategies to reduce the risk of recurrent episodes of mastitis.
Common complaints or symptoms associated with lactation conditions like mastitis that women present with for treatment from an osteopath are:
- The breast may be sensitive and tender
- General symptoms of fever and fatigue
- Can affect the whole breast or just a section
- The baby may be fussy when feeding from the affected breast since the milk flow rate from the breast may be reduced.
- Hot/warm over the affected area
- Raised skin with inflammation/swelling.
- Firm/hard areas of breast
- The skin may feel dry and flaky (post inflammation)
If you have any of these symptoms and want to know if we can help please call the clinic on 97020094 for further information.