There is help for mastitis with manual therapy
I totally understand your search right now, looking for how a manual therapist for mastitis might hopefully end the nightmare.
Well there are definitely avenues that are unfortunately not well known, but I will make it super clear so you understand what to look for in a manual therapist.
Now firstly, just a word about how uncommon it is for practitioners to really understand how to treat the breast. Well…to be fair, it’s hard to find a true boob nerd like Elise & I, and our clinical staff at Boroondara Osteopathy in Melbourne, Australia. It’s actually why we’ve built a course for practitioners because a manual therapist is in a very advantageous position. This is simply because breast tissue has very distinct feel to the hands, and a manual therapist already has experience with body tissue, with breast therapy an extension of that skill.
What will a good manual therapist do for mastitis?
This is important because we have heard a spectrum of good and average when it comes to breast therapy. Firstly, ultrasound is useful, it’s job being to jiggle & mobilise the congestion and inflammation that IS mastitis.
This is a common treatment choice for a physical therapist and as stated it’s useful.
Unfortunately, this is all some practitioners will offer you and in our extensively researched opinion & experience, it’s hugely underutilising the beast tool we have to treat the breast – the hands! If we had to choose between ultrasound or our method of massage to treat the breast, the hands would win…hands-down!!
What should you ask as you search for a manual therapist for mastitis?
Well it’s not surprising that we would say, someone who is going use their hands.
Ultrasound is useful, but optional. We use it in clinic (Melbourne Mastitis Clinic) but second to hands-on therapy!
You also want someone who understands the true background of mastitis, so they know which directions and techniques to use for the congestion. This sounds like an obvious thing but with a lack of good education out there, globally, again why we developed The Boob Hero Course, which is our course for health professionals. There’s a huge shortage of good ones but Your Two Jugs WILL change that. We are already doing so right now.
What if I cannot find someone near me?
This will be the case for many of you. We realised the same thing several years ago, that few practitioners truly have a whole picture of mastitis, recurrent mastitis issues and what’s expected with manually therapy.
It’s why we have a dedicated course for breastfeeding and pumping mamas called BOOBOLOGY to teach you via video tutorials, our absolute best techniques for mastitis, and then an entire module on prevention techniques, all backed by anatomy lessons, so you understand what you need at a basic level.
You should see the testimonials we get from this course, in fact you can…right here.
What to do right now for your mastitis!
If you can find someone who will teach you about your breast while treating it, you are likely onto a winner. But if no one is coming up in your search, our online education with Boobology will do more than a good job. You’ll see!
Author: Katie Willy
Osteopath & Your Two Jugs Co-Founder
Elise Fuller & Katie Willy
Osteopaths & Your Two Jugs Co-Founders
Elise & Katie are Melbourne based osteopaths who have been actively treating breastfeeding women in clinic since 2015. During 2020 lockdown they launched their company Your Two Jugs to educate more women about how to treat their own breastfeeding conditions. Their online video based course, Boobology, is available now with heaps of education and hands on techniques to teach women the do’s & don’ts for mastitis, blocked ducts & engorgement. More recently, Your Two Jugs launched a full health care practitioner course, called The Boob Hero, to educate manual therapists on their contribution to supporting breastfeeding women with hands on care. Empowerment all starts with education, and the more support available for women, the better.