Head2Toe Physio Testimonials

Please find below some of the comments made by our clients.

Lynn Brooks

Throughout covid lockdown I have been suffering with my hips and unable to get a good nights rest. I am so pleased to have decided as soon as it was possible to seek some help. Viola is so efficient, told me exactly what I was doing wrong, and gave me a clear plan along with relief from the pain. She has given me confidence that things will get better and I have greatly improved. In short she has been a God send.

Lynn Brooks - Home Visits

Sophia Warner

I have been working with Sam and the clinic for a number of years. As a Paralympic athlete with high expectations and lots of complications, it has always been critical that I find someone who is knowledgeable and trustworthy. I introduced Sam to British Athletics who then approved him to work with me in the lead up to 2012. It was great to have such expertise on my doorstep and they were so flexible, always fitting me in when I had an ache or a pain.

Sophia Warner, Commercial Director, UK Athletics and T35 100, 200m Paralympian

John Kelting

I have seen a number of physio’s and other medical professionals for sports injuries over many years, and have found Sam to be at the very top in terms of quality. Accurate diagnosis, excellent treatment, and a clear path back to fitness which has enabled me to resume activity quickly without causing any setback in recovery time. Given my positive experience, I have referred my daughter and sister at different times to Sam for different problems, and they have been delighted with how they have been treated. I would strongly recommend him as a leading professional in his field.

John Kelting, Managing Director Barclays Bank

Ron Philpot

In my capacity as a Head Swimming Coach of Clubs and National Programs and Teams. I have, over the years of my coaching had swimmers with injuries requiring Physiotherapy. At Head2Toe Physio they have without fail treated my swimmers promptly and professionally with a quick assessment of their injuries, which is a priority when dealing with international and national sportsmen.
All the staff are friendly, and go out of their way to make them feel relaxed and confident in their skills and I highly recommend Head2Toe Physio Clinic as a treatment centre of excellence.

Ron Philpot, International Swimming Coach, Crawley SC

Steve Wells

I have known and worked with Sam Bowden for almost 20 years and I have the utmost respect for his and his colleagues’ knowledge and expertise.

Steve Wells, Director, Epsom Footcare

Sophie Roberts

I have worked with Head2Toe Physio for many years now and I have been impressed with the excellent clinical skills and professional way they manage my patients

Sophie Roberts, Director The Gaitlab

Jean-Pierre Blazek

When referring my clients, I want to make sure they’re getting the best service possible and with Head2Toe Physio I know they’re in very good hands. I have referred to Sam Bowden and his team in Dorking since 2009 and I find them to be extremely knowledgeable, approachable and professional. They are an extremely valuable resource for me and we work well together in improving clients throughout the rehabilitation phase, helping them to get back to being injury and pain free

Jean-Pierre Blazek, Personal Trainer, Fitness by JP

David Buxton

I met Sam after I damaged my hip skiing. He has been instrumental in my rehabilitation. He is caring, conscientious and professional. I have no hesitation in recommending him or his clinics

David Buxton, Director Buxton Homes

David Lawton

Sam Bowden is an excellent physio. Because of the Covid 19 situation we had to conduct the consultation via Skype. This worked really well – he was really thorough in his diagnosis and very generous with his time. The exercise regime he sent through afterwards has started to work and I’m looking forward to returning to serious running soon.

David Lawton

Christian O’Connell

I hurt me knee badly skiing. In my first lesson on day one, cool eh? Several people recommended Sam as did the consultant I saw who is one of the best in this Country.
He is brilliant. My recovery is quicker thanks to Sam and he is great at spotting other areas to help you improve and not just recover but injury proof by working on other areas of weakness.
I would recommend him to anyone wanting the best.
Total pro and a funny guy too.

Christian O'Connell, Radio DJ and Comedian

Dawn H

I would like everyone to know how amazing Mel’s treatment at Head2Toe Physio has been for me.  I suffer from really bad migraines and doctors were unable to help.  With Mel’s treatment I’ve gone from having them every week, to one in every two months. When I had one before it could last a week, they were unbearable. Hopefully this will get less as time goes on with the exercises and treatments.

Dawn H

Maggie B

Sam was excellent in every way in his attention to detail and professional service.   I felt very confident and relaxed when going to see him and his examination to deal with my fractured hip and earlier knee problem was sympathetic and very thorough.   He talked me through and demonstrated all the exercises he was giving me and made sure I was able to do them correctly before I left each time.    Each visit he encouraged me to challenge myself and increase these exercises, and more varied ones suggested, with resistance bands.  Instructions were clearly  printed out for me each time.   I was hugely impressed by his good manner and enthusiasm.

Maggie B

Darla T

Thank you Anna for the exercise sheet and also, thank you for the treatment yesterday.  I ran 18 miles today on the North Downs, and it was like having a new pair of legs!  Brilliant!

Darla T

Francesca H

I injured myself in September and slipped a disk in my lower back , I saw Anna who was amazing. She didn’t only help my disk  but also helped me to build my core strength. Anna did a lot with me in a session and worked really hard! An injury like that does take time but having the right help and the physio really changed me .

Francesca H

Henry Price

I am very grateful to Mel and the team at Head2Toe for fixing my shoulder and I would highly recommend them to anybody who is suffering from a similar problem.

Henry Price

Mike Creer

As a long-haul airline pilot my job is quite sedentary. This occupation is no stranger to regular and sometimes chronic back issues. Sam Bowden not only administered excellent treatment – but also introduced specific exercises that produced many benefits. I cannot recommend his professionalism and effectiveness highly enough

Mike Creer, British Airways Pilot

Zane Kanderian

Other clinics might have prolonged the process but Head2Toe Physio Clinic Dorking focused on getting me on my feet as quickly as possible. I wouldn’t hesitate to go back to them; they are honest, straight-talking and I know their priority is getting me where I need to get to.

Zane Kanderian, Adam Smith International

Anthony James

Having struggled to resolve a shoulder injury despite receiving treatment from a number of different physios and health professionals over a long period, I was naturally sceptical when I first booked an appointment with Sam at the Dorking Physiotherapy Clinic. However, he immediately diagnosed the problem and set me on a course to full recovery via a combination of home exercises and clinical therapy. I would fully recommend Sam to anyone seeking help with a long-term injury, particularly those who still wish to remain active while undergoing treatment.

Anthony James, UKiP, Media and Events Ltd

Luing Andrews

I would like to thank Sam and the complete physio team at Dorking Physio Clinic. After the car crash I was involved in, my whole outlook and future was very uncertain. Sam and the team provided excellent Physiotherapy and I couldn’t believe the difference it made in such a short time. Life has returned to normal for me and I have returned to my fantastic stunt / acting career and I am able to carry out the work I love to do. This wouldn’t have been possible without Sam’s brilliant work and I couldn’t recommend him and the team more highly. Thank you very much!

Luing Andrews, Actor and Stuntman

Judi Crook

I was originally referred to Head2Toe Physio by my Spinal Consultant and have been using them ever since. The therapists are excellent and they do everything they can to fit your appointments round you. The treatment is excellent and reasonably priced and I have recommended them to all of my friends. They have worked wonders on my back and I am so grateful to them for teaching me how to help myself so that I don’t need to rely on them but they are still there when I need them.

Judi Crook, Appeals Manager, Unum Ltd

Tracey E

Sam and the clinic staff were very professional, good at communicating injury and future exercise plan. I would highly recommend Head2Toe Physio.

Tracey E, Coca Cola

Lorraine N

I went to Sam at Head2Toe Physio, when a shoulder injury was keeping me awake at night and causing pain. Sam treated the injury, then gave clear exercises to minimise injury in the future and reduce number of paying visits. Great to visit a honest and forward thinking Physio.

Lorraine N, Former County Cricketer

Julie T

I’m a local swimming teacher who had been struggling with a stiff neck. The lack of neck rotation was affecting two sports, both my breathing pattern whilst swimming crawl, as well as my golf swing. I found Sam’s professional, welcoming manner re-assuring and he explained my condition and treatment thoroughly. Improvement was immediate and I have recommended Sam to a number of my adult swimmers and colleagues.

Julie T, Dorking Swimming Teacher

Rob Ward

I had never had to see a Physiotherapist before but a niggling problem with my hamstring meant a visit was required. I had dismissed this initially as not being anything other than age catching up and new desk bound role at work but was surprised to find that it wasn’t just a muscle problem and I had may have been compounding the problem with the type of stretching I was doing! Sam advised exercises to work on for core strength and added some neural mobilising stretches which I am pleased to say have made a huge difference. I wish I had asked for some proper advice years ago rather than just doing what everyone else seems to do – which invariably is wrong.

Rob Ward, BMW Product Engineer

Catherine Towns

Sam was recommended to me by my podiatrist and after years of pain and many consultants he at last was able to define – and solve – the problem. His professional, yet relaxed manner puts you at ease and his ability to quickly get to the core of any problem means that he’s now my first port of call for any aches, pains and injuries

Catherine Towns, Director, CIB Communications

Karin Wilkins

My 14 year old daughter had an appointment with Sam for a sports injury to
her knee. Sam asked lots of questions, explained clearly to her what was
wrong, and gave her some exercises to do at home explaining not only would
these strengthen her muscles now but if she continues to do them would have
on going health benefits. He was able to reassure her and even spent extra
time with her at the end explaining how he got into physiotherapy – a field
she thought she maybe interested in. Fully recommend!!

Karin Wilkins

E Thorp

Sam is a miracle worker! I went to see him after having been told I would need to stop weight lifting to save my knees. Sam in one appointment found a non-surgical solution and gave me exercises to work on to strengthen my knees. I am still lifting competitively and have virtually no pain. I cannot thank Sam enough for all his help and support, if it wasn’t for Sam I would still be in agony and not partaking in the sport I love! Sam you are the best!

E Thorp, Powerlifter and Crossfitter


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Tony, Bilateral above knee amputee

Ben French

I have used Sam on a few occasions for hip and knee related problems, and frankly wouldn’t want to go anywhere else. The sympathetic but positive treatment he gave me, including manipulation and follow up self help exercises, has been extremely beneficial to me. I would happily recommend him to anyone who needs the services of a highly skilled physiotherapist who is resolved to one thing, getting you better.

Ben French

Sarah Burnett

Been seeing Sam, Nick and Anna for many years, and where other places have written me off or not been able to help, these guys have kept me moving and positive especially last 18 months and cannot recommend enough.

Sarah Burnett

Craig Scott

A very positive experience treating a knee injury. I honestly thought I was going through the motions before needing surgery but the treatment by Sam was effective enough to avoid surgery and get me back to exercise. Delighted

Craig Scott

John Acott

Tennis is a game played between injuries”. I am a good example of that statement. However, Head2Toe have consistently helped me to combat that and get back to full fitness as soon as possible with the various issues I have experienced (torn calf muscle, tennis elbow, strained back). Sam has always taken the time to fully explain the problem and given me effective treatment and exercises for my recovery. All staff are courteous and professional. Full marks for a great physio practice!

John Acott, Capel Tennis Club

David Rowley

After 14 months of NHS treatment for a shoulder injury it took just one session at Head 2 Toe to realise that I should have gone to them instead. It has given me new hope to a full recovery

David Rowley

Sam Powell

I have had the misfortune of seeing many Physios and Sam at Dorking Head2Toe is by far the best. Other Physios have almost felt like guesswork, Sam is excellent at scientifically identifying and addressing the issue. He explains clearly and concisely the mechanical problems that are causing the symptoms, to the extent that every physio session feels like I’ve had a world class anatomy lesson!

To top it off, he’s a nice guy and very easy to chat to, so always feel at ease during the sessions

Sam Powell

Emma Thrift

I have been seeing Mel for after an ACL tear. She helped me gain the strength back pre surgery and now after surgery she is helping me gain back confidence and mobility. When my attempts for a diagnosis failed last year, within 1 session Mel diagnosed me with the tear which was then confirmed by an MRI. I cannot recommend her enough, I have full trust and confidence in her and without her, I wouldn’t have bounced back as quickly as I have. I thoroughly enjoyed my physio sessions as I know I’ll be walking away stronger than the time before

Emma Thrift

Glyn Pinnington

Have used Head2Toe twice now and they are now my ‘go to’ physiotherapists. The latest visit was for a hamstring tear whilst out cycling on a 40 mile ride. Using their online booking system, I was able to get an appointment just 2 days after the ride. At the appointment a detailed assessment was carried out, of both what happened on the ride and my overall condition. As it transpired, it took just one visit to assess the hamstring tear, expertly tape it up, and send me on my way with detailed instructions of how to self recover. This worked perfectly as 2 days later, mindful of what we discussed, I was able to ride a hilly 35 mile road route. Have since ridden a further 80 miles of mixed hills (Ide Hill in Kent being one of them) with absolutely no repercussions of the issue. Highly recommended!

Glyn Pinnington

Harry O’Neilly

10/10. Excellent advise and quick analysis of a problem that had been bothering me for weeks. Can already see positive results from the rehabilitation suggestions given. Would thoroughly recommend to any sports person seeking treatment of complicated injury or mobility issue

Harry O'Neilly, 2019 English Bench Press Champion

Russell Harvey

Regularly seen Sam for physiotherapy for any of the sport injuries that I’ve experienced over the years. Always been top quality and has been great recently helping recover from an ACL reconstruction. Would recommend to anyone

Russell Harvey

Jamie Angus

I was very satisfied with my treatment for a disc prolapse. The team of physios gave great care, and delivered really good results. They also took the time to find out what I was worried about and make sure I was reassured. I am now back doing the sports I enjoyed, thanks to the exercises and therapy I received

Jamie Angus

Adrian Maybanks

I had an Achilles injury and Grace Archers professionalism and attentive physiotherapy treatment helped me recover quickly. Following a thorough assessment she quickly identified the problem. I received several weeks treatment and was given excellent rehab exercises to complete at home. I highly recommend Grace and Head2toe Physiotherapy.

Adrian Maybanks

Sarah Brough

I saw Alex for appointments from February to May of this year. He treated me for knee pain caused by osteo-arthritis, diagnosed in December 2022.
Alex was exceptionally helpful and professional throughout my course of 5 sessions with him. He explained the nature of the problems I was experiencing in ways that I could understand, and prescribed a course of exercises that were realistic and achievable. His encouragement and positive approach were a great help, I enjoyed the sessions and felt motivated to practice the exercises regularly. As a result I have seen a significant improvement in my condition. I would not hesitate to recommend Alex and would certainly return for further treatment in the future. Thank you

Sarah Brough

Pippa May

I’m so thankful for the expertise of Grace at Head2Toe Physio.

I had been in pain for some time and was grateful to go to a physiotherapist who was highly recommended by a colleague, who was both supportive and informative.

I have left feeling like I not only have the tools to continue therapy but also with a whole new understanding of my body and how best to support it.

Thank you Grace!

Pippa May