Clogged ducts, also known as blocked milk ducts, can be a painful and frustrating condition experienced by breastfeeding women. Physical therapy can play a supportive role in managing and relieving clogged ducts. Here’s how physical therapy can help:
- Education and self-care techniques: A physical therapist can provide education on breast care and self-care techniques to prevent and manage clogged ducts. This may include proper breast hygiene, effective breastfeeding techniques, and strategies for maintaining milk flow and preventing blockages.
- Manual techniques: Physical therapists trained in treating breastfeeding conditions can use manual techniques to help clear clogged ducts including gentle massage, lymphatic drainage techniques, and targeted pressure to encourage milk flow and relieve congestion in the affected area.
Heat therapy: Physical therapists may recommend the use of heat therapy, such as warm compresses or warm showers, to promote blood flow and milk flow in the affected area. Heat can help reduce inflammation and encourage the resolution of clogged ducts.
Ultrasound therapy: In some cases, physical therapists may utilize ultrasound therapy as an adjunct treatment for clogged ducts. Ultrasound can help improve circulation, reduce inflammation, and facilitate the resolution of blocked milk ducts.
Our skilled team of pelvic floor physical therapists will perform a thorough evaluation to identify areas of impairment that are contributing to your symptoms. Following the exam, your physical therapist will work with you to create a plan of care that best suits your personal goals and needs.