Physiotherapy Approach to Breast Engorgement: A Systematic Review


  • Kalpana Zutshi Associate Professor, Department of Physiotherapy, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India
  • Ifra Aman HOD, FitSol Clinic, Delhi, India
  • Tarun Sachdeva Director and Founder, FitSol Clinic, Delhi, India
  • Ruksana Khatoon Senior Physiotherapist, Max Hospital, Delhi, India


Breast Engorgement, Physiotherapy, Physical Therapy


Introduction: Motherhood is an act of unconditional love and warmth to a baby. Despite this cherished moment, women experience many physiological changes during the lactation period which mainly affect the reproductive organs and the breast. There are many treatments that are advised to patients which range from ayurvedic and allopathic treatments to physical therapy treatments. Physical therapy treatments range from massage, hot compression, ice compression, ultrasound therapy, K-tape, lymphatic drainage, and tecar therapy. The aim of this systematic review is to assess different physical therapy treatments and their efficacy to cure breast engorgement.
Methodology: This systematic review was directed according to PRISMA guidelines. Various electronic databases were used to search relevant articles using different keywords. Articles were collected together and selected, based on the eligibility criteria. The final sets of articles were selected after complete screening.
Result: Different treatment methods such as ultrasound, lymphatic drainage, K-tape, and hot and cold compression show significant results in the treatment of breast engorgement.
Conclusion: It has been concluded that physiotherapy plays a significant role in treating breast engorgement. Different treatment methods and practices for example, ultrasound, lymphatic drainage, K-tape and hot and cold compression should be considered as a choice of treatment for breast engorgement.

How to cite this article:
Aman I, Zutshi K, Sachdeva T, Khatoon R. Physiotherapy Approach to Breast Engorgement: A Systematic Review. Int J Adv Res Gynaecol Obstet. 2023;1(1):34-38.


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