How can Mint Physio help breastfeeding mums??
As those of you who are in the throes of feeding your little ones know, breastfeeding is not always smooth sailing! Sometimes attachment is difficult, sometimes supply is 'slow' and sometimes we end up with blocked ducts or painful nipples. The good news is help is available! A qualified Lactation Consultant can help with attachment and give you lots of tips to build the right milk supply for your bub. And as usual, Physio can help reduce your pain. But did you know we also have other useful treatments to swiftly clear blocked ducts (associated with mastitis) and heal damaged nipples?
ULTRASOUND: Blocked milk ducts (felt as a lump in the breast) should clear within approx 3 feeds. After this time you should make an appointment asap with our experienced Physiotherapists who will teach you techniques to help at home and treat you with Therapeutic Ultrasound at Mint. This is a safe and painless procedure which helps open the blocked duct and improve milk flow. Caught early, this can prevent Mastitis (an infection requiring antibiotics).
If you already have signs of Mastitis (temperature > 38.5 deg, fever or flu-like symptoms, warm, red), you should see your doctor immediately for antibiotics. You can then commence treatment with our Physio's in 24 hrs.
Antibiotics attack the infection; coupled with ultrasound therapy your blockage will clear, making it less likely to re-occur, and returning your milk flow to normal.
LASER: a safe and painless procedure to heal cracked or grazed nipples and reduce pain. The ultraviolet light simply speeds up the body's natural healing process - it literally makes the cells work faster so you can heal better between feeds. It also happens to reduce nipple pain - an added bonus!
SAME DAY APPOINTMENTS: the fastest way to make an appointment is via our website or Mindbody app at any time. However, if you cannot get an appointment on the day, please contact us directly and we will do our best to get treatment started asap. Our Physio's know how effective immediate treatment is, and are very flexible.
Results from both of these treatments can be seen after just one session, however often 2-3 treatments are required (ideally daily). These simple and effective treatments can allow mums to continue breastfeeding - help us spread the word and support breastfeeding mums!
A recent trial in 4 Melbourne Emergency Departments has shown Acupuncture to be highly effective when pain relief is required. Patients who presented with ankle sprains, sore backs and migraines were given either medication only, acupuncture only or acupuncture and medication combined. The results showed all patients reported comparable reductions in pain levels (with acupuncture even yielding the same results as drugs such Endone, Panadeine Forte, Valium & Voltaren). This is exciting research and great news for people who are either not able to take medications or suffer from the side effects.
Practitioners using dry needling should be highly skilled and have appropriate training, registration and insurance, as there are certainly some risks if acupuncture is performed inappropriately.
Mint Physio Amber has completed 3 acupuncture courses (including two Advanced courses) and is a highly experienced physiotherapist who can assess your needs to determine if Acupuncture would benefit you.