Physical Therapy Could Help the 200,000 Women a Year Who Develop Clogged Milk Ducts

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 Women Health News J E 4
Marianne Ryan operates one of two physical therapy practices in New York City that treat the painful condition which plagues nursing mothers.

NEW YORK, Oct. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Pain, fever, tender nipples and infection are the unpleasant side effects that sometimes occur in nursing mothers when their babies do not nurse enough or the mothers do not sufficiently pump their breasts, causing blockages in their milk ducts. According to WebMD, some 200,000 women annually suffer from infected milk ducts or mastitis.

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Marianne Ryan, a physical therapist who specializes in women's health, is an expert on what women can do to alleviate symptoms caused by blocked milk ducts. Ryan operates MRPT Physical Therapy at 6 East 45th Street in Manhattan MRPT is one of only two physical therapy practices in the city that provide the heat, ultrasound, massage and patient education necessary to help women relieve and prevent their engorged breast symptoms.

Before they pursue physical therapy, Ryan recommends a number of steps nursing mothers can take themselves. "The best way to deal with a blocked or plugged milk duct is to use moist heat prior to nursing, start each nursing sessions on the side of the blocked duct and position the baby's chin so that it touches the clogged milk duct," she says. Also helpful, she adds, may be self-massage using guidance from YouTube videos, and applying a compress of cooled boiled and broken cabbage leaves to the sore breast for about 20 minutes, three times a day.

About Marianne Ryan

Marianne Ryan is a physical therapist and board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist with more than 30 years' experience treating prenatal and postpartum women. Ryan has taught at Columbia University School of Nursing–Nurse Midwifery Program and appeared on dozens of national TV and radio shows. She has also been featured in Redbook, Fitness, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal. She is the author of the book Baby Bod® - Turn Flab to Fab in 12 Weeks Flat.

To book Marianne Ryan, contact her at (212) 661-2933 or email

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