Pre Natal Physical Therapy

prenatal physical therapy Our pelvic floor physical therapists are specially trained to treat patients who are planning to become pregnant or who are currently pregnant. Pregnancy and the associated hormonal changes cause significant stress to the entire body, particularly the spine, pelvis and pelvic floor. Our therapists will educate you on proper movement patterns, positioning, exercises, and stretches to make your pre-natal body as strong, flexible, and pain free as possible.

Common Prepartum Symptoms

  • Sacroiliac joint (SIJ) pain and instability
  • Low back pain
  • Sciatic nerve pain and irritation
  • Diastasis recti
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Dyspareunia (painful sex)
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Pelvic floor pain
  • Swelling
  • Neck pain and headaches
  • Pubic symphysis pain
  • Tailbone pain

The Pre Natal Program at ProTouch Physical Therapy was designed to treat any pregnancy pain & discomfort as well as optimize your delivery and prevent perineal tearing, and all other postpartum dysfunctions. This program includes partner training to handle labor & dilivery as a team.

Mommy to be is….

  1. Educated on proper preparation, relaxation and strengthening of pelvic floor muscles for childbirth.
  2. Taught proper self alignment of the pelvis to keep pelvic floor in tact.
  3. Educated on proper strengthening of the core muscles.
  4. Educated on proper stretching and strengthening of the low back muscles.
  5. Taught trigger point release.

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy will individually exam each muscle externally & internally to address each impairment with manual therapy. Each program will be uniquely designed to meet each mom’s individual needs.

How can a Physical Therapist help?

Based on the evaluation results, your Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist will individualize treatment to strengthen your Pelvic Floor muscles and to improve their function. You will also gain control over your symptoms and reduce your dysfunctions. Your physical therapist will discuss diet and nutrition, change in behavior, postural training, and develop a plan to return you to your previous level of function.

Dr. Scott Kelly in Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery, Sept, 2014 published an article Pelvic Floor Rehab in the treatment of incontinence stated that Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy is an important first-line treatment for patients with incontinence.

During Your First Evaluation:

Your physical therapist will complete a thorough review of your medical history, and perform a physical examination to identify the causes of your pelvic pain and any joint issues, muscle tightness or weakness, or nerve involvement.

The exam may include:

  • Pelvic girdle screening, Soft tissue assessment, Visual inspection of the tissues, Reflex testing, Sensation testing, Internal assessment of pelvic floor muscles.

Your physical therapist also will determine whether you should be referred to a physician to assist in your interdisciplinary plan of care.

Zarina is one of two pelvic floor therapists in the US that has been trained by Dr. David Wise.

Click here to learn more about Dr. Wise and his pelvic pain protocol.

Pelvic Floor Testimonials

  • When I first got CPPS/CP I did not know what was happening to me and was scared.  I was in pain and only wanted help from a knowledgeable physical therapist that worked with males. I chose Zarina because she's been coached by the pioneers in CPPS. Zarina explained what was going on with my pelvic floor, gave me stretches to do at home, and is compassionate and caring during our sessions.  Her enthusiasm sometimes is just what you need. Zarina has helped me feel better in only a few short months, and I know I'm only going to keep progressing. The center also has plenty of space to do some stretches and the staff is very warm and friendly. -H.R.
  • I'm a 61 year old who has been treated by multiple physical therapists for a variety of ailments including lower back pain, sciatica and a surgically reattached pectoral tendon.  The ProTouch facility is immaculate, has a full complement of exercise machines and medical equipment to treat almost any condition imaginable.  After my initial evaluation the intensity of the treatment I received on my first visit by Zarina and her assistants was by far more extensive than anything else I had ever experienced... - C.G.
  • Pelvic Pain is a complex chronic pain, mind-body syndrome. Zarina is extremely knowledgeable, supportive, and professional. She is very clear in giving instructions for home exercise. She is reassuring and optimistic. I had already been to several physical therapists; with Zarina, I am progressing for the first time! -Unknown