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!
I am so grateful to have been recommended Helen, in a very long, emotional journey, she was a real light at the end of the tunnel. I had visited three different gynacologists before finally getting a diagnosis of vaginal lichen planus. By that stage my husband and I were rarely having sex and when we did it was painful and above all I was incredibly anxious. My treatment from the gynaecologist began with a steroid cream, topical HRT and the amazing Yes lubricant products. The condition improved a great deal but the sex did not. I started treatment with Helen and from the start she was wonderful! She was incredibly understanding and kind and started my treatment with real care, particularly as I was nervous and tearful. I can honestly say that after 10 weeks of working with her, my sex life was back on track and more importantly pain free. She has instilled me with a renewed confidence and helped me to understand the problems I was dealing with. I actually looked forward to seeing her, not just because it was helping me and I was making so much progress each week, but also because Helen is an absolute joy to chat to. Thank you so much!!!
I’m incredibly grateful that I was recommended to see Helen for womens health physio! I was initially skeptical about how helpful it would be as I had suffered for over 5 years with extreme pain during sex to the point where I could no longer have sex (my boyfriend and I eventually broke up because of that and other reasons). I saw numerous gynecologists over the years who “treated” me unsuccessfully. I was told to investigate whether it was a purely “psychological” issue.
A lot of the physio is actually on other muscles like your thighs, glutes and stomach. Helen put me completely at ease during treatment, even the more intimate parts. Helen is friendly, chatty and upbeat. She was also one of the first professionals who I felt truly empathized with the issues I was having and how much they had impacted my life.
After around 6 months of sessions with Helen my muscles were so much better. I am now completely pain free and can enjoy a full sex life with my new boyfriend. It’s not an exaggeration to say that being treated by Helen has completely changed my life. Thank you Helen!!
Before treatment I was unable to stand up for long periods of time due to strong achey pains in my rectal area. This affected my life immensely and being unable to identify the cause myself or through a doctor was worrying and frustrating, making the situation significantly worse.
I was also experiencing pain during sex, mostly upon entrance which made me fear sex and feel as if I would never be able to have normal relationship. Recognising that the two things were linked to pelvic floor issues, I was prescribed dilators after a painful examination but due to no guidance or help along the way didn’t have any success with them.
My main reservation about treatment was the pain I had experienced with examinations in the past. I was also worried that if I accepted I had a pelvic floor problem then it would become more of a big deal in my head as in the past I had tried to ignore symptoms and hope they would go away on their own. However being only 21 at the time I wanted to resolve this issue as early as possible before it began to affect my adult life.
Treatment was the best decision I could have made and I’m so grateful to have found out about pelvic floor physiotherapy. I felt completely comfortable during sessions with Helen and this enabled me to relax and not be nervous. Helen gave me stretches and squeezing exercises to do in my own time to help the strength and flexibility of my pelvic floor and I left each session feeling a sense of achievement that I was working towards a 100% recovery. I was also given guidance of how to use dilators which has built my confidence immensely as well as lots of advice and reassurance to help me along the way.
The best result from treatment has been being able to have sex successfully and be in a happy relationship.
Before seeing Helen I was not only suffering from Vulvodynia but also Vaginismus. It hurt me to wear a tampon, and my body/vulva would involuntarily close up if anything came within two inches of it. Thankfully I had a super understanding boyfriend! I had heard about women’s health physiotherapy through the VPS support group. All of the ladies I had spoken to, said it was one of the things that had helped them the most. I remember feeling a bit taken aback when the women in the group explained what the physio involved. I couldn’t imagine having something so intimate, done to me by a stranger.The treatment has been truly great. From the very beginning Helen put any worries I had to ease and really took the time to understand my condition. She was confident she could make me better and although a little skeptical, I put my trust in her hands. Physio was slightly painful to begin with – nearly of my muscles down there had become so tense and knotted over the years, but gradually with each session the pain eased.
Helen set me homework which included using dialators and doing pelvic floor exercises. She also performed acupuncture on me too which helped. I now only experience pain in two tiny areas on touch, and lucky for me, they don’t cause me any grief during sex. For something that seemed very alien to me at first, physio has turned into being one of the most normal things ever. I now really look forward to my sessions. Helen is such an awesome physio – super skilled at what she does and I get on with her so well.The best thing- From being able to chat to someone with a medical background about my condition who truly understands, through to seeing the progress month on month.
The one best result though, has to be getting pregnant!! Before physio, I didn’t think I’d be able to have sex again, let alone get pregnant. So this really is a true blessing 🙂
I owe so much to Helen – she’s a little miracle worker!
Before physio treatment my bladder and worrying about needing to go the loo was running my life. It was beginning to be a consideration in everything I did from booking aisle seats in cinemas, theatres and planes to avoiding going to places where there wasn’t a loo. It was effecting my family life and my children often joked as it was always Mummy fussing about going to the loo.
Before coming for treatment I was really worried about discussing such personal information and indeed even more concerned about the potential embarrassment of internals.
However, my treatment has been fantastic. Helen has been understanding and wonderfully supportive. She set me realistic targets that would help me to achieve my goal. Helen has been so kind and supportive and made me feel so at ease and indeed proud of myself that I was taken control of my body again. I can’t thank her enough.
The one best result from my treatment is confidence – knowing that I am in control.
Life before treatment with Helen was frustrating! Having been to many doctors with my symptoms (pain during intercourse) and having been examined so many times with no results it was stressful. I was constantly told it was psychological and would go away in time. I was nervous before I came in to see Helen, as I was reaching the end of my tether! I thought I would be told again that there was nothing wrong. I was also apprehensive that it might be a bit clinical and uncomfortable.
The treatment has been amazing!! Honestly, I think amazing would be an understatement. Helen was extremely professional and made me feel at ease straight away. The treatment itself was very relaxed and didn’t feel invasive or clinical. The sessions are quick and everything was explained very simply so I understood the problem and how to fix it. Since the treatment I feel so much more relaxed and “normal”. Before going in I was worried that I was a freak; I didn’t know anyone else with the same problem, but now I feel a lot more at ease and more importantly I can just get on with sex without any pain or having to worry.
It was by pure luck that I came to see Helen at the Whitehart Clinic. I was having some coffee while reading the Sunday Times when the headline “Inside Job” and “stressed vagina” in the first paragraph caught my attention. Ten weeks had gone since I had an unlucky medical emergency while on holiday: a water filled cyst was blocking my Urethral opening and I was unable to pass water. There was no way around surgery, luckily it was a minor procedure. Two weeks later I had a scan with an Urogyneacologist to confirm everything had healed but 10 weeks on I was still feeling an uncomfortable sensitivity nobody was able to explain. Sure, I could just learn to live with it but the thought of painful sex just made me nervous. So I decided to start looking for any alternative treatment options like chinese medicine, shiatsu, kinesiology and tantra massage.
At first I wasn’t convinced if the Whitehart clinic was the right place as I thought the MOT was more for women who had just given birth but then I thought I have nothing to lose so why not try. In the end I decided to make an appointment with Helen and she quickly identified I had a trigger point in my pelvic floor muscle that was causing the symptoms.
Even if you are not sure, at the very minimum you will leave with an answer that will get you one step closer to finding a solution. Helen is very approachable and easy to talk to. She is very knowledgable and able to explain the anatomy, causes of pain and treatment options in plain english. No scan, no waiting – just a quick session and an immediate answer. I am also glad I didn’t leave it hoping it would go away some day as Helen explained: six weeks after surgery you should not have any awareness. I was lucky, I came to see Helen early on rather than leaving it. After two sessions, my pelvic floor muscles are in perfect order, no pain and no sensitivity. I would recommend Helen to anyone, even if you are not sure this may or may not be the right treatment. The MOT will get you the answer you are looking for and get you back to health quickly.