Blocked duct ultrasound therapy is a specialized treatment technique used to address blocked milk ducts in the breast. It involves the use of ultrasound technology to target and alleviate the blockage.
The ultrasound machine emits high-frequency sound waves that penetrate the tissues, promoting healing and reducing inflammation of the blocked duct. This non-invasive treatment method can be effective in resolving the discomfort and pain associated with blocked ducts.
In your initial assessment your provider will begin with a subjective history taking in order to gain a clear understanding of your symptoms and concerns. With your consent, your provider will then conduct a breast exam to ensure ultrasound therapy is an appropriate method of treatment for your concerns.
During the therapy session, a small handheld ultrasound device is gently applied to the affected area of the breast. In addition to the ultrasound treatment, you will also receive education, tips, and strategies to prevent the recurrence of blocked ducts and promote healing.
Following your ultrasound therapy session you’ll be encouraged to empty the breast as much as possible, either by feeding or pumping. You are welcome to bring your baby to the session and complete a feed or bring your pump with you.
Blocked duct ultrasound therapy is primarily used to treat blocked milk ducts in the breast. It can effectively address the following conditions:
It is important to note that treatment with Terri Robicheau (our physiotherapist with special training in breastfeeding support) requires a doctor's, midwife or nurse practitioner note stating that they have assessed and diagnosed the blocked duct and determined whether therapeutic ultrasound would be an appropriate treatment.