Prenatal Conditions

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 (Sciatica)

• 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 Prenatal 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 & delivery as a team.

Mommy to be includes the following:

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 intact.

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.

6. How to prevent DRA formation  

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.

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, Joint mobility assessment, Visual inspection of the tissues, Reflex testing, Sensation testing, Internal assessment of pelvic floor muscles.

For more information, Contact Us Today at Cranford, NJ Center.