What’s The Deal With Mastitis?

Mastitis is an inflammatory condition or occasionally an infection that is often characterised by blocked milk ducts. Mastitis is commonly experienced by breastfeeding mothers in the first few months postpartum and is associated with changes to milk supply including a missed feed or over-supply.


  • Reddening of breast tissue
  • Palpable lump/hardened tissue
  • Flu-like symptoms (fatigue, fever, chills)

How can Physiotherapy help?

Be sure to seek out one of the Fitwise Physiotherapists as soon as you suspect mastitis, as treatment can be very effective in reducing your symptoms. We will offer education and advice regarding management as well as deliver ultrasound for three to four consecutive days. Ultrasound can help to breakdown the hardened tissue and increase the blood flow to the breast tissue, ultimately reducing pain and swelling.

It may also be suggested that you see your GP for medication depending upon the severity.

Managing mastitis at home

  • Listen to your body and rest.
  • The use of cold packs or ice to assist with pain management.
  • Avoid wearing a bra/excessive pressure on the breast.
  • Self-massage however ensure you are not pressing too firmly.

Can I continue to breastfeed?

Yes, it is perfectly safe to continue breastfeeding your baby.



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Our values are the basis of everything we do at Fitwise.

Excellence, Respect, Innovation and Fun – For our clients, for our team and for ourselves.

This is evident with the service we provide, the environment in which we provide it, the way in which we operate as a team and how we care for and value our clients, referral partners and ourselves; we live the Fitwise values every day.

Our culture is one where everyone feels supported, respected and safe. Our clients and our team, experience a leading-edge health environment where we remember to have fun along the way.

Our Story

In 2004, Gen McGlashan and Libby Oldfield founded Fitwise Physiotherapy. They first met in 1994.  Libby was Gen’s physio when she had her first child. Gen then worked for Libby for 10 years in Libby’s previous business, located at the Epworth Freemasons Maternity Unit in East Melbourne. They have been a team working together for a very long time!!

Libby and Gen have always had a passion for empowering women, by helping provide accurate evidence based information and treatment to help women live their best lives. Excellence in all that they do, practising and operating in an innovative way has always been their core. Fitwise was the first multi-practitioner practice providing Women’s Health physiotherapy consultations, exercise classes and clinical pilates in Melbourne.

Gen and Libby

In February 2005 Gen and Libby moved their one room practice to Albert St East Melbourne. They had expanded to 2 treatment rooms, an exercise studio and a pilates studio with a small team of physiotherapists and one receptionist. This was exciting as they wanted to be able to help more people and to grow their team – enabling their other passion: teaching and mentoring clinicians who also wanted to work within the Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health arena.

5 years later, they expanded their East Melbourne clinic and in 2015 opened their second clinic in Armadale.

Remedial Massage, Myotherapy and Dietetics have been an exciting addition in recent years, with Podiatry and Exercise Physiology being added in 2022.

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The Fitwise team has now grown to include 18 amazing practitioners and 12 wonderful administrative team members and is still growing!

Libby and Gen have always loved providing a holistic service, treating a variety of conditions in consultations and providing exercise appropriate for different life stages. The community of clients that are part of the Fitwise family, (some who have been part of the journey from the very beginning – over 17 years ago), are the biggest reason they do what they do. For Gen and Libby, it is a privilege to be part of these wonderful people’s lives.