I had my first appointment with Sam after two years of persistent hip and back pain and after endless visits to the NHS. His knowledge and expertise allowed him to diagnose my underlying problem and within two weeks of following his exercise and stretching routines I was sleeping without pain and starting to run and cycle again. I'd recommend Sam to anyone. Sam used his shock therapy on my persistent Achilles injury. The results were immediate and dramatic and I was pain free with full mobility within a few short treatments.
I am writing just to let you know how grateful we are to you. My daughter B had an accident nearly a year ago which broke a vertebrae and compressed another. This obviously left her bed bound for a long time and in a lot of pain. After her back brace was removed we knew the healing process would be a long one but we were grateful that she was up and mobile. The worst problem (as well as the pain in her back) were the intense headaches which she had daily, making her physically sick and unable to go to college or sometimes even leave her bed.
The hospital gave her various x-rays and scans on her brain and booked her in with a neurologist as they were unsure why she was suffering such bad after effects. The waiting list was months long, which we knew was too long to wait. A friend of mine mentioned that you had helped her with a back problem and so passed on your number. At the risk of sounding dramatic, within a couple of sessions of you diagnosing the problems and helping her with physio exercises, the difference was truly unbelievable. You explained that she had a whiplash type injury in her neck (that we were unaware of), and helped to rectify the problem straight away. I will never forget her expression when she realised the pain in her head and down the back of her neck was gone! B thought she had a future that consisted of taking medication, feeling pain and feeling ill on a daily basis, but thanks to your experience, knowledge and competent abilities, she was soon off all the tablets which the doctors were giving her, and is a happier girl with a future in front of her that she can enjoy like any other teenager. She is living an almost normal life now, which I’m sure, through the normal NHS route would have taken a lot longer and I’m sure, not nearly as effective.
In 2010 I suffered a massive disc herniation of L5/S1 for which I needed emergency surgery; I have been left with a condition called Cauda Equina Syndrome: this is basically a damaged spinal cord. For two years I had repeated visits to the GP and the Neurosurgeon who tried to manage my pain and symptoms with several different drugs. In 2012 I went through a particularly bad phase where I had crippling pain down my left leg and into my left foot. The pain was so severe I struggled to stand, walk, sleep or even sit for any length of time. I was then put on more tablets that made me feel so unwell I could barely function, and the pain still persisted.
On the recommendation of a friend I contacted Sam to see if he could help me with my pain. After a consultation with Sam we began to work on my core strength and he got me using my core muscles which had become excessively weakened after my surgery. He gave me gentle exercises I could do at home in my own time. Sam also looked at my sciatic nerve and through gentle manipulation and exercises I continued at home, he was able to alleviate almost 90% of my symptoms within a few sessions. Within weeks I could stand up straight, walk without pain and enjoyed my first full nights sleep in two years! Sam worked on the cause of my symptoms and not just the symptoms themselves; he has given me the knowledge and confidence to manage my condition by myself. One year on and I am still pain free, have been discharged from all the specialists, need no pain relief or tablets and life is good again!
After numerous ankle injuries from biking I thought I would have to cut down on the sports I love doing but thanks to Sam's knowledge and expertise he has given me exercises which help to strengthen the already damaged ligaments and tendons, helping to bring back the flexibility required for the sport as well as helping to correct damage to the other leg caused by overcompensating for the original injury.
In March 2003 after 3 months in hospital due to an auto immune disorder called Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) which is one of the leading causes of non-trauma-induced paralysis in the world, I was quite literally in need of some help getting back on my feet and was recommended to the Sam Havler Clinic. Over the course of a year under his excellent supervision, care and encouragement, my health and fitness has gone from learning to walk with sticks, to achieving a personal goal of completing an Olympic distance at the London Triathlon in August 2010.