We don't want to blow our own trumpet so we will let you do it for us......
Since the charity's beginnings in 2002, we have heard back from hundreds of women who have told us that discovering the Pelvic Partnership has helped them to realise they are not alone and that their symptoms of Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) are familiar to others. To feel that you are part of a wider group of women and to know that there's information about PGP and support to help you get better, can be the first step on the road to a full recovery. Here is a sample of the feedback from women about how the Pelvic Partnership has made a significant difference to their lives:
"I felt desperate and so alone until I found your helpline. Thanks so much for putting me on the right path to recovery by finding a physio who could provide manual therapy; two-months ago I just wouldn't have believed how far I could progress." Susan J
"Just a quick email to say an enormous, gigantic 'thank you' for the support you have provided to me while I was struggling with PGP. Sarah, your suggestion of getting a second opinion was definitely what I needed. I went to see Lucy Walmsley, the physio known to the PP, after having no joy with my local physio (who told me I would have a lifelong problem), and made remarkable improvement after one treatment! I have now seen Lucy three times, and I am about 90% recovered." Karen Y
"I want to compliment you on your website; it has really helpful and detailed advice on it." Bex W
"It was a call to Sarah on the helpline three-years ago that set me on the road to recovery when I had lost any hope of getting better. So thanks again to all of you for putting so much time and energy into making the Pelvic Partnership the lifeline it has been for many of us." Annie B
"I wanted to say ‘thank you’ to you for the information and referral - and to say if I hadn’t rung you, I would have probably gone through a NHS physiotherapy referral which would have been slower and I am sure I wouldn’t have relieved my pain as quickly or effectively as my current manual therapist did. I also used your literature for ideas of preparing for the birth which was also good to have. Thank you and ‘keep up the good work’ as a lot of people don’t really appreciate what PGP is and how painful it can be." Beth T
"I cannot really thank you enough. With your information and support to guide me, I have been to my GP and consultant who were wonderful. I have found a fantastic osteopath who had me relatively pain free and walking unaided within half an hour. I cannot believe how good she is. It is worrying that a belt and crutches were all that is recommended by physiotherapy which is where most women will be referred to in this country. When talking to therapists in Australia, where I am from, it is standard practice to treat the cause of the problem with manual therapy by an experienced woman's health physiotherapist. From talking to a physio friend in Australia there are common, easily treated causes for the condition such as tight psoas muscle, tight piriformis muscle and imbalance of the other joints of the pelvis - the sacro illiac joints. I dread to think what state I could have ended up in without manual physical therapy treatment. Thank you." Liz S
"Thank you so much for all the advice on this website. It is uplifting!" Charlotte W
"Your website and phone line were a huge help when I was despairing about my condition and didn't know where to turn - thank you, Sarah! … Musculo-skeletal practitioners seem to work in silos and disagree with one another, and I have had lots of difficulty getting a coherent, integrated picture of what is wrong with me and what treatment I need." Helen S
"Thank you for organising the conference (May 2011) and all being so friendly and welcoming. I feel so much better knowing the Partnership is there for support and information." Lucy B
"Just wanted to let you know I'm doing well since starting treatment with the new women's health physio that you suggested. I can now play on floor with baby, walk 45 mins before experiencing any twinge of pain, swim, and even use resistance equipment in the gym! I am still having odd flare ups and can't stand still for long but I'm told that will come. I am so appreciative of everything your staff did and continue to do for me by giving support, advice and a friend through the worst of times." L. M
"I wanted to say thank you! Had it not been for the information and support you have supplied, I would have been none the wiser and accepted the less than ideal help from the hospital and still been in unnecessary pain, expecting for it to get worse" Anita B
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