Anna’s expertise and women-centred care are second to none. I was devastated when I suffered a prolapse after the birth of my second child. But just a single session with Anna was absolutely transformative and completely relieved my symptoms. She put me at ease immediately and treated me with true professionalism and respect. I would urge any woman to visit Anna, and recommend her to all of my female friends.
Having had a traumatic birth experience, I was recommended to see Anna. I’m so glad i did, I found Anna to be extremely professional and knowledgable in her field.
Anna explained everything in detail, took her time with me during treatments and put me right at ease.
My symptoms have improved greatly, I highly recommend Anna to any new mum who may be experiencing pelvic problems post birth.
Meeting Anna and her approach to treating prolapse has been an amazingly positive experience. It was wonderful to hear the words “This is to make you better”.
Even though our initial meetings were over Zoom due to lockdown restrictions this worked surprisingly well. Anna was able to make an assessment and demonstrate a way to improve my symptoms using massage and exercise. So, before our face to face appointments, there was a marked improvement in my prolapse.
Anna is so easy to talk to – her calm, caring manner instantly puts you at ease. Each meeting with her has given me a boost and a belief that this will get even better.
When I first saw Anna, I had seen two physios prior and had been prescribed lots of kegals. When these made my symptoms worse it was suggested I wasnt doing them right. It was frustrating, upsetting and it was taking over my life. It consumed my thoughts and I felt grief for the old me… Someone recommended Anna to me and I thought I had nothing to lose.
When I had the initial virtual consultation with Anna, she seemed to just get me. She knew what was wrong and my first face to face examination and internal release was like winning the jackpot. When I got off the couch and stood up my vagina felt light, the tension and heaviness had gone and it was amazing.
The after care has also been fabulous, Anna has answered my questions and seen me twice more since for the same treatment but it is working and I am feeling so much better. On my last visit, Anna actually said she could no longer diagnose a prolapse.
I highly recommend Anna!!!!
After two kids I was left in pretty constant discomfort and I had issues with urinary incontinence without mentioning my poor abdominal tone that made me look permanently pregnant.
During the appointments Anna made me feel at ease explaining the process step by step. I can happily say that after few sessions things are getting back to normal, something that I didn’t know it was possible. Anna is worth her weight in gold.
My symptoms have improved greatly, I highly recommend Anna to any new mum who may be experiencing pelvic problems post birth.
I heard about Anna Crowle’s women’s health physiotherapy practice through my pilates teacher, when Anna gave a talk to our class about the sort of work she does to treat pelvic organ prolapse. I had been on the verge of asking to be referred to a gynaecology consultant to discuss surgical options. I have been delighted to have the opportunity to have advice and treatment from Anna Crowle, and currently have abandoned the idea of surgical intervention. Anna has helped me learn self-massage techniques to alleviate many of the symptoms I have been experiencing. My first consultations were by zoom, and although it was a strange way to discuss quite intimate problems, Anna has an excellent way of explaining the process she was using for the consultation. She was thorough and attentive when getting my relevant details in order to understand my issues.
She was extremely clear and patient in the way she explained the techniques she suggested I tried. She dealt with my questions very skillfully and responded promptly to further clarifications I needed, both during the consultation and by telephone and email contact. I have had one face to face appointment with Anna, during the Covid-19 pandemic when such appointments were allowed. Anna clearly explained the protective measures she was taking in advance to provide the reassurance I needed. I would unhesitatingly recommend Anna as a women’s health therapist.
I started seeing Anna when my youngest child was 6 years old. After a traumatic first delivery and then the birth of a second larger child I had experienced years of needing to constantly go to the toilet, sudden urges to need the loo and when I did get there feeling like I hadn’t got everything out. I never would have admitted it but it really impacted on my self esteem. I worried that the symptoms were “my fault” because I hadn’t done enough pelvic floor exercises during my pregnancies and that I had now left it too late to do anything about it.
I needn’t have worried. Anna’s approach explains the anatomy around women’s bodies and helps you to understand why and how our bodies react to birth trauma (turns out that my lack of pelvic floor exercises had nothing to do with my problems!). I worked with Anna over a number of months and I have seen a huge improvement in my symptoms and, as a result, my self esteem. If there is anyone who is reading this and is worried that they have left it too late, or is feeling embarrassed about how child birth has left them my answer would be “Go and speak to Anna Crowle – she’s fab.”
I feel really lucky to have been able to access treatment with Anna. Making an appointment can feel daunting but I’m so glad I did.
I had an episiotomy scar that had never healed properly, leaving me uncomfortable with my body and experiencing pain after sex or exercise. I’d been told by my doctor that surgery was a possibility but really didn’t want to go down that route.
From the first session, Anna put me at ease. She worked with me to put in place strategies for things that I found difficult due to past experiences, and always communicated brilliantly with me.
I felt like she took time to understand me and my body, and the myofascial release work that she did made a difference from the first treatment. It only took a handful of appointments to make a really noticeable improvement in my symptoms.
I am so glad I booked that first appointment, and would recommend Anna without hesitation.
During my 4th pregnancy in January 2017 I suffered a collapse of the vaginal wall dragging my rectum down into my vagina. It was frightening and incredibly uncomfortable. I still had to give birth but was told I could have a normal vaginal delivery.
The prolapse caused me a lot of difficulty in passing stools, unable to empty my bowels properly and leaving my genital area swollen after passing a stool. Once I had given birth and recovered from the birth I was then ready to find out what to do about the prolapse. I was referred to a consultant who diagnosed a grade 3 rectocele and suggested I wait until I finish breastfeeding to have an operation to remedy this, however the operation would only last up to 10 years and therefore I would have to have it done again every 10 years. He also stated that he couldn’t guarantee another part of my vagina wouldn’t collapse after the operation.
I went to an NHS Physio for the next 4 months and did all the pelvic floor exercises given to me, the physio and consultant both seemed confused as my pelvic floor was not as bad as they expected ( having had 4 vaginal births). However the prolapse did not improve.
The prolapse had a remarkable effect on my personal life also as I felt very self conscious and did not want any intimacy with my husband. It took a toll on our relationship and left me stressed and anxious.
Seeing Anna was life-changing for me and I wish I’d gone a little bit sooner. After having my third baby (during lockdown) things were not right. I had a feeling of heaviness and
urgency. I kept giving it another week just hoping things would improve. A call with an NHS physio just advised me to do more Kegels and I felt huge amounts of guilt, shame
and “why me?” I was told by a Dr I had a cystocele and it was very small but the impact on my life was huge. I’ve always relied on running and sport for my mental health and
now felt this wasn’t an option and was scared of things getting worse. After one appointment with Anna everything changed – both physically and emotionally.
Anna told me I had a hypertonic pelvic floor and scar tissue was causing my issues. The guilt of thinking it was my fault for not doing enough kegels when pregnant disappeared and apparently some of the scar tissue was probably from an episiotomy in my first birth, so I stopped replaying everything in my third birth which I thought had caused all the upset. She did some very gentle release work and a week later I went on my first run in over a year – I felt great. She showed me how to do release work myself and I had two further appointments (but 90% of the healing was from my first session). I now occasionally get symptoms but using the massage techniques and resting for a day makes them disappear. I feel so grateful that Anna was able to treat me and just so happy I can get on with doing the things I want to in my life – thank you!
Anna’s treatment, and the hope that it gives, is nothing short of remarkable. I’d suspected the advice I’d been given by my GP “to do lots of kegels” wasn’t right and an examination with Anna confirmed this – my prolapse was being caused by an over-tightness on one side of the pelvis, rather than an overall weakness/failure of the pelvic floor – doing kegels would have actually exacerbated the problem.
Instead of heading down a path that would have actually made things worse, by meeting Anna, I discovered a way out of what had previously felt like an “unresolvable” situation. The treatment isn’t always pain-free, but Anna always works in a very kind, very matter-of-fact and fully-respectful way, so the treatment feels perfectly normal and professional, just like any other medical or physiotherapy treatment.
After a few sessions I already noticed a difference. The prolapse was much higher and much more central and well on its way to being resolved. I’m only part way thorough my treatment, but I am already feeling much better and much more hopeful. Anna’s perspective offers a viable possibility of reversing your prolapse, rather than simply learning to deal with the pain or discomfort, rather than facing things getting worse with time, or resorting to more drastic measures like surgery. I’d very much recommend a consultation with Anna to find out what is REALLY going on with your prolapse and to give you an opportunity to address (and potentially reverse) the underlying causes of the prolapse, rather than just doing what you can to deal with the surface symptoms.
I went to my GP with symptoms of a prolapse – she confirmed this and offered to refer me for “surgical options”, which I definitely wanted to avoid! Luckily I heard that Anna was developing non-surgical treatments. My symptoms improved immediately after the first treatment and have now cleared up. Anna explains exactly what she is doing and the basis of the treatment, and is very supportive.
After trying msk physio referred by my GP with no luck, I was given a recommendation from a friend to get in contact with Anna. I had various problems but the main issue was the pain in my leg which no-one was able to understand exactly where it was from. The prescribed exercises given to me made little difference. I was six months postpartum and nothing had changed. I had a difficult birth ending in ventouse delivery and an episiotomy. I lost some control of my pelvic floor; and found passing stools painful so had to be on laxido. Since I started the sessions with Anna, nearly all my problems have improved. We are towards the end of my treatment, with the pain in my leg almost healed. She was able to correctly diagnose that the pain in my leg was the result of my episiotomy, where the trainee doctor had stitched me up too tight after delivery. What Anna has done for me in such a short space of time is incredible and I can’t express how grateful I am to her.
I had been suffering from prolapse for a while and almost accepted the dreaded feeling of heaviness and the dragging down effect that is associated with prolapse. After a routine smear test, my GP suggested that I should consider surgery as an option. I didn’t like the thought of an operation and thought it was too drastic for me and decided to see Anna instead. I went in with an open mind and I can honestly say I was blown away with the outcome and didn’t think I would feel any benefits straight away from my first session which I did. I wish I had known about this treatment earlier and would not hesitate to recommend this to any women with this condition.
“I came to Anna after a friend recommended her. To be honest, at the time I really didn’t want any more ‘pelvic floor physio’, I was fed up of being messed about with in a very personal way, for very little gain. I was told I would never run again and couldn’t do any high impact exercise. Never mind that, I couldn’t even walk the dog down a hill (and sometimes on the flat) without the familiar uncomfortable, dragging, bulging sensation.
I am so glad I made an appointment; Anna was my last ditch attempt and she should have been my first. Anna has genuinely changed my life – it was so depressing not to be able to do ‘normal’ things like run after my kids in the park (or even walk fast after them – let’s be honest), stand for more than a few minutes or have proper bowel and bladder function…..now I feel things have really changed for me – my prolapses are now no longer the first thing on my mind when I wake and for most of the day thereafter. I have a plan (made possible by and with Anna) for how I will get my pelvic floor back to being the pre babies me and hopefully by next year I will be able to go for my first run in almost 6 years. Now that, is priceless. I will never be able to thank Anna enough for that.
Over the last ten years I have suffered from incontinence and in the last year have been diagnosed with both anterior and posterior prolapse.
I did some pelvic floor exercise under the supervision of an NHS physiotherapist, which improved my situation somewhat, but even with stronger muscles I was still experiencing incontinence.
I began searching for the next step and Anna Crowe was recommended to me as she works with women who have experienced prolapse.
The session involves myofascial release, in my case Anna has found some scar tissue possibly from the infection I had post-partum. The treatment also encourages the organs to return to the correct positioning.