Post Surgical Dyspareunia (pain with intercourse) I am writing to you to let you know that the physical therapy that you taught me in the session that we had worked wonderfully. I spent 20 minutes each day with the Dialator and some estrogen cream. At the end of several weeks I was able to resume my sexual activity with my husband. Thank you for your patience and the clear explanation and demonstration of what I needed to do and I also am grateful to my husband for his patience and consistent encouragement. Please share my experience with any other patients that you have who are suffering because of surgeries that were done incorrectly or any other reason.
Uterine Prolapse Today I was thinking of how much I appreciate your sincere, empathetic, knowledgeable and professional care. When I first e-mailed you to make an appointment I was anxious and felt like I was lost. In a way it was as if I were wrapped up inside a diagnosis of thick fog. Because of your sincere empathetic approach I was able to learn how to lift that fog, and began the work of becoming aware of ways to move to joy. Thank you for your attention, care, reassurance, and consistent encouragement. Your expertise and dedication to giving instruction while relieving doubt &pain to me is pure sunshine! The valuable information that you are sharing with me has helped me with the courage to ask questions and move from fearfulness to self-awareness, and greater health. Thank you for listening to my concerns with sincerity. I really appreciate your discreet holistic approach, and honoring my appointment times. Mostly I want to thank you for sharing with me your ability to logically make complex information easy to understand and follow. Coccydynia (Tailbone Pain) "When I first came to Dr. Wakefield’s office I was very anxious. I had been to multiple practitioners and felt like there was no one who could help me. I went to Dr. Wakefield for both tailbone pain and later on for healing from a foot surgery once I realized how talented she was. She’s been able to help me tremendously with both issues and I am eternally grateful that I found her. When you are in the health field like me, you feel trapped when you don’t feel healthy. Not being able to exercise or to manage my stress I started to feel depressed and wondered if I would ever be able to live the life I wanted again. With my tailbone I was physically limited in every moment of every day for over a year and a half (sitting, driving, walking, and exercise.) When we started to work together I was so tired of explaining my condition, symptoms and medical history that I found myself at a loss for words. I didn’t want to waste my time, money and energy on another session that wouldn’t result in any changes- I was exhausted with trying and getting nowhere. Instantly I could see a difference in her approach- I could see she was actually listening to me- and not rushing through my concerns. She clearly explained her approach given my symptoms but always checked in to make sure I felt safe throughout the treatments. From that first session I started to feel hope again. After feeling like I might never be healthy again, having hope was the best feeling I could have imagined. The office environment is also unique in that it is quiet, private and comfortable which allows you to relax and focus on healing. In my ongoing sessions I have healed both mentally and physically. I would rather drive an hour each way to my sessions with her (and that’s saying a lot when you’re trying to heal tailbone pain!) than to go to a practitioner that doesn’t have her skillset. She’s truly a gem. Dr. Wakefield is patient, detail-oriented, compassionate and skilled at explaining your body’s unique healing process in a way that you appreciate your body in a new way.She looks at the body holistically, never rushing your body to heal more than it is ready to. I’ve tried traditional physical therapy, alternative therapies, and chiropractic care and my body did not respond. I was told that the pain was necessary to heal- but now I know differently. I would recommend anyone that feels scared, hopeless or in pain to give Dr. Wakefield a chance. I guarantee after you speak with her for one session you will feel confident that you have made the right decision. Listen to her guidance and your healing will follow."
Abdominal and Pelvic Pain Due to Adhesions "I am very grateful to Leslie. I was experiencing pelvic and bowel pain due to adhesions after several pelvic surgeries. After only a few sessions with her , and with the exercises that she sent me to do at home, my pain faded and my life improve significantly. She is the most professional, caring and loving physiotherapist I know. She listens to her patients and makes sure that you feels comfortable while she works with you. She is always checking on you. She really cares about her patients."
Painful Sex Since Hymenectomy "I had a procedure called a hymenectomy at 17 years old. Before then I was never able to insert even my pinkie finger nevertheless enjoy a sex life. I endured countless painful examinations by qualified gynecologists who told me I was completely normal and that the issue was all in my head. Some even suggested the pain of a hymen ripping during sex is normal and must be experienced by all women. The doctor who did my surgery is a very well accomplished gynecologist who assessed me in five minutes and knew the issue I had known myself all along; I had a microperforated hymen. After the procedure, tampons and fingers were of no issue, and I even was able to have sex. However, the trauma of my past exams and painful attempts at sex stuck with me on a deeper level. When I entered my first serious relationship with someone I trusted fully, a lot of these emotions and thoughts began to arise within me. Something in me told me that sex wasn't supposed to be accompanied by pain and discomfort. I didn't have to learn how to enjoy the pain that I was experiencing. This is not to say that all my sexual encounters were completely filled with agony and no pleasure, but rather I always experienced a mild to moderate sensation of pain mixed with pleasure that I presumed to be normal and that all women experience. My partner encouraged me to seek help. Some thorough research on Google led me to the discovery of what a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist is. At first glance, it can seem like a crazy and invasive practice. But looking at it just like any other medical practice, the pelvic floor muscles are a part of the body just like anything else and naturally will need treating in their lifetime of work. My research led me to Leslie and after just one session, I noticed a difference in the level of discomfort/pain normally experienced during sex. We had several more sessions after that, one including my partner to better educate him on my anatomy as well as where any painful trigger points I have are located. It is appalling to me that something like this was never suggested by any of my doctors when I have complained of pain with intercourse. Even more appalling is that I have just recently learned of this practice even existing. I am eternally grateful to Leslie for aiding me in healing my pain and bringing awareness to an aspect of myself that I have felt disconnected from for years. I am so impressed by the quality of care offered by Dr. Wakefield . There is such intention in providing a space that feels safe, private and focused on the client's needs. The Physical Therapy and MyoFascial Release Therapy combined have provided tremendous healing and sense of wellbeing. It has been my great fortune to receive this professional care.”
Coccydynia, Lower Back Pain: Dear Leslie, You are a True Healer. My 2 hours spent with you was Amazing. After 10 years of no sleep with lower back pain at night when trying to sleep and now 7 months of not being able to get up from a sitting position I found you😘 All Drs. Wanted to do is give shots ( that didn't last) and never said what was wrong with me. You knew exactly where my problems were and went right to gently healing my pain. Only 1 treatment and I am getting up from my chair WITHOUT any knife like pain in my butt "Literally". And you started treatment on my back problem of not being able to Sleep in any laying position. It took me years to learn to sleep in a sitting fetal position after buying a 3,000.00 electric bed. There isn't enough THANK YOUS or HUG. My Husband of 45 years was so impressed after watching the whole experience he is a true believer now. Do the research, you will find a TRUE HEALER. 😘👍🏻😀👌🌙🌟 Thank you so so much ❤️
Coccydynia (Tailbone Pain): "In August, 2015 I began to have pain in my tailbone. I was unsure of what could have caused this pain and decided to just walk it off. I thought it would go away within a week or two. Going into September I realized it was not going away and it caused me pain to drive to work, sit in an office chair, lay in bed and tie my shoes. I started doing online research on the matter which brought me to Coccyx.org in which I realized I was not alone. I found an article that Leslie had written in regards to tailbone misalignment, which made me feel more comfortable about approaching Wellsprings Health. Going into my first appointment, I was nervous and a little embarrassed because of the region the pain was in. Leslie was very professional and knowledgeable which made me feel comfortable about explaining my symptoms. Leslie provided me with a variety of tools that I would exercise throughout my treatment at Wellsprings. As of February, 2016 I am able to drive to work, sit at the office, lay in bed, tie my shoes with no pain, rarely will I feel some discomfort (usually after a mountain biking ride) that reminds me to act upon the material that Leslie has taught me. I'm very thankful to Leslie for providing me with exceptional treatment and highly recommend her to anyone seeking physical therapy. "
Vaginismus: "I can't recommend Leslie enough. My husband and I were married last year and discovered on our honeymoon that I suffered from a condition called vaginismus, which made vaginal penetration very painful and impossible because my pelvic floor muscles would involuntarily clamp up at even the mere slightest touch. I was devastated and struggled for over a year with the condition. But Leslie made my recovery possible. I had already been to another physical therapist who, while helpful, was not able to help me truly progress in my treatment. Leslie is not only skilled in her knowledge of what is required to help her client overcome a condition like this one, but she has the ability to communicate it and help her client be receptive to the advice or instruction, which as a patient can be very hard to accept with this condition. Not only were my husband and I able to consummate our marriage just a few months after I began seeing Leslie, but she also helped me recover from a surgery that had left me with some tension in my upper body. Using myofascial release, Leslie helped my posture and my discomfort tremendously. "
Lower Back Pain: "Leslie Wakefield is a rare gem in the field. She creates a highly personalize and safe environment for healing by wedding a keen awareness of each client's needs with her extensive expertise and training. Working with her I not only saw results, but I experienced a 'process'. "
Sacroilitis: "Dr. Wakefield is an incredible therapist. I was nervous at first to be treated but she made me feel comfortable and safe. She addressed each of my concerns and issues, and this helped me to achieve my goals quickly."
Pain: "Leslie is a special therapist. Her knowledge and explanations are incredible and the attention and care she provides unsurpassed."
Scar Tissue: "You will be pleased to hear that I am very much better. Coming to Miami alone was the scariest thing that I have ever done but it was worth it in every way. I now have the confidence to tackle anything life throws at me. Since I got back my health has much improved... I can also lift objects but I careful still to avoid anything heavy. I am pain free completely! Many thanks for helping me to achieve this I am so glad I came to you Leslie."