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.
Helen, you are a genius, over the last few days my left side of the spine has finally woken back up again, I’m taking it very slowly, but backward bending now makes sense/is pain free again! The lying on the front exercise is helping my glute fire properly too, when it should. Swimming is fine again too! I really can’t tell you how grateful I am to you and Christien, a year and a half of inexplicable chronic pain is all unravelling, and, just as important, you’ve taken the time to help me understand it too. The compassion and confidence that you both treat your patients with was such a huge relief too. You both always seem irrepressibly chirpy and Dynamo like, but, should you ever have days when you’re feeling tired or dreary, please know that your work is making a huge difference in people’s lives! I’ll still be back in 3 weeks time, but I anticipate reporting relatively little pain and just fine tuning some things.