Before treatment I felt very down – my relationship had broken down due to my condition (vaginismus / vulvodynia) and I was finding it difficult to even find a diagnosis let alone a treatment. Overall I generally felt the situation was hopeless. I have always been very self conscious and before treatment I was concerned that it would be humiliating / embarrassing to have to effectively expose myself. However, Helen put me completely at ease, I never once felt ashamed or uncomfortable and most of all the treatment gave me hope that I could actually recover with time. Having persisted with the treatment, I have actually managed to achieve penetration with a new partner – I couldn’t envisage ever saying that when I started and I would wholeheartedly and unreservedly recommend Helen for any women’s health Physio treatment needs.
Before seeing Helen, I had a year of misdiagnosis and incorrect physio treatment, for what turned out to be osteitis pubis. I had previously run 10km, three times a week but by the time I saw Helen I was in so much pain that even power walking had become impossible. Helen had been recommended to me by a friend so I had complete confidence in seeing her. Helen has such a lovely bedside manner and made me feel completely at ease during our sessions. The exercises she suggested were challenging but not too time consuming so were easy to fit into my day. Since seeing Helen I am finally able to run very short distances again without any pain which I am thrilled about.
I had a terrible time with my back a while ago- I twisted to pick something up and felt my back ‘go’. I had weeks of pain and problems, difficulty picking up my toddler at the time, time off work and generally felt completely powerless to do anything about the pain. I saw three physiotherapists (including a highly recommended one in Harley Street)- they were all able to get me out of pain in the short term but they were unable to tell me what the underlying cause was and therefore couldn’t give me an idea of what it would take to solve the problem going forward. Also the pain would come back pretty much within an hour of leaving the therapist and I would again be walking with difficulty and terrified at the prospect of this being a permanent problem. I was so worried that nobody was ever going to be able to help me. Helen saw me, and took what seemed like forever at the first appointment asking questions and assessing me (I wondered what the point was to be honest, given the above). I had my little one with me wandering around the room singing and Helen was incredibly understanding and professional, and then somehow picked through and unravelled all the various factors which must have caused my problem. She then of course treated me with a combination of work with her and exercises to do at home to put things right. She is an incredibly smart and intuitive lady and did indeed get me up and running again, I cannot thank her enough. I am also so pleased Helen is able, and takes the time, to teach others her methods. The fear of a lifetime with back pain was really terrifying- I am a dentist and it would have had a huge impact on both my home and professional life. If I ever have a problem I know who I need to call, I cannot recommend Helen enough. Thank you again!
I had a few sessions with Helen, in late December, when very heavily pregnant and suffering from bad pelvic girdle pain. I wanted- rather belatedly- to say a big thank you to her. My baby boy arrived the day after my last appointment (Christmas Day baby!) and the pain completely disappeared within minutes of giving birth, but Helen made such a difference in the last, uncomfortable weeks, and I am very grateful. My GP had said physio would be no use and I’m so glad I ignored him. I’ve recommended the clinic to a number of friends who are having post-birth issues.
Thanks so much for all your help Helen. You really have been invaluable and kept me going when no one seemed to know what I was talking about!