How can we help you?

If you’ve had pain for less than 3 months and it’s your first episode, a quick fix should be possible.  You choose from osteopathy – with the added option of acupuncture – and massage, all of which are recommended for back pain and sciatica in national clinical guidelines, or we can choose for you.  We’d recommend you consider the long term solution option or prevention (it’s better than cure!).  First appointment £57 and follow-up appointments £52.

We will give you a chance to tell us all about your problem, ask you a few more questions to fill in any blanks, examine you, explain what’s wrong with you and what options there are to help you.  Treatment will be provided during the first appointment as well as any short term advice to help you recover as quickly as possible.   See what others have said.

If you’d like us to help you fix your pain AND minimise the risk of a recurrence, this is the option for you!

Total cost depends on the duration of your problem – the longer you’ve had it, the more chance it will need more than a few appointments to fix it. How much would you spend on fixing your car?  Do you just want the engine polished, or do you really want a longer term solution?  See what others say.

Having fixed the problem, we offer a range of options to prevent future back pain or sciatica and to improve your overall health at the same time.

Prices are tailored to individual needs.  We think nothing of regular check-ups and scale and polish for our 32 (if you’re lucky) teeth… you have 26 movable vertebrae, 22 discs and 140 supporting muscles in your spine (and a whole lot of nerves!).  Shouldn’t you be looking after them?  Read about our Digital Spinal Assessment below.

If you’d like some “chill-time”, a deep relaxing back massage is highly recommended – read some Testimonials.  1 hour massage is £47.

See below for more on the massage treatments we offer…

We can provide the following at your place of work:

  • Ergonomic Advice

  • Back Classes

  • Health Seminars

  • Health Fairs

Musculoskeletal problems are the most common cause of absence from work. If you want your team to be as healthy as they can be and to get back to work from musculoskeletal problems quickly and safely – minimising the risk of long-term disability and reducing the cost of sickness absenteeism – contact Clinic Director, Gavin Routledge at gavin@active-x.co.uk or on 0131 221 1415.

If you are an HR professional looking to reduce the cost of employee absenteeism due to back pain or mental illness such as stress, providing an in-house health care system may be the answer you are looking for. We can provide talks on fitness and back care directly to your employees. See our videos on Ergonomics and Desk Exercises for a sample of what we can offer your organisation in the way of educational, engaging advice on how to sit at work, as well as the best exercises to do at the workstation. We recommend DSE Scotland for desk assessments.

If you are an employee interested in encouraging your organisation to set up in-house services, please feel free to share this page and pass on the free guides.

Funding Options

Some of our seminars are provided free, just ask Gavin for details. Health insurance can fund osteopathy services. Many companies opt to pay for or subsidise the cost of services as they recognise the benefits of their employees being in the best health possible. active X is registered with all main health insurers except BUPA (who capped what they’d pay at a ridiculously low level!).

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More on the treatments we offer…

Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.

The profession is regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and it is a criminal offence to describe oneself as an osteopath unless registered with this body. Our osteopaths are registered with GOsC, adhere to its code of conduct and surpass its annual requirements for Continuous Professional Development.

To an osteopath, for your body to work well, its structure must also work well. So osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on correct posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.

Osteopaths are perhaps best known for helping people with lower back problems, and there is good scientific evidence for this working well (see this BMJ Report on the effectiveness of physical treatments for back pain). We have patients from across Edinburgh, Fife and the Lothians, but a huge concentration from EH4 and EH12.

We are the first clinic in Scotland to offer a full Digital Spinal Assessment, demonstrating how each of your vertebrae lines up next to its neighbours and how each joint moves. This information can be graphically shown to demonstrate how well your spine stacks up relative to “normal”. It’s a great way of showing where the “weak links” are in the chain, helping to guide treatment and to provide you with a detailed insight into the workings of your spine. We envision people wanting to have a Digital Spinal Assessment at least annually – a bit like a dental check-up. Price is £78.

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spinal mouse report

active X backs in Edinburgh offers various types of massage, from Swedish to sports. So whether you want to feel relaxed and revitalized, or you have a specific need for pain relief, massage is an excellent treatment to help you to reach better health. Some of the conditions massage can help with are:

  • Stress Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI)
  • Whiplash
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Knee Injuries
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
  • Muscle Sprains
  • Sciatica
  • Sports Injuries
  • Tension Headaches
  • Back ache
  • Neck Pain
  • Shin Splints
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Golfers Elbow
  • Tendonitis
  • Muscle Strains
  • Arthritis

What to expect from your first massage appointment

Your first massage appointment will involve a massage therapist taking a detailed medical history. This is to make sure that there are no underlying medical conditions that would indicate massage is not suitable – if this is the case, the therapist will refer you to your GP or another suitable health practitioner. If you and the therapist are satisfied with the consultation, the massage will go ahead. The therapist can be present or if you prefer can leave the room while you undress to your underwear. Please note that during a remedial and sports massage treatment you will be assessed in your underwear. Once on the couch the therapist will drape you in towels for your comfort. Some techniques used during a remedial and sports massage may be uncomfortable but should not be painful. Please tell the therapist if the pressure is too deep or at all painful. The massage should be a pleasant experience. Also ask the therapist to go deeper if you feel it is too light. Please drink water after the treatment to allow the body to flush out toxins from the muscles that the therapist has been working on.

Massage therapies offered at active X backs:

Swedish (Therapeutic) Massage

Swedish massage can be helpful in reducing pain, relieving tension in the muscles, stimulating circulation and enhancing relaxation. This massage is performed in a smooth, slow structured pattern so that the body remembers the effect. Thus each time it is performed the relaxed state is established sooner, allowing the client to enter a state of calm and healing.

Remedial and Sports Massage

This is a type of deep tissue massage suitable for all those who pursue an active lifestyle, whether in sports or other leisure pursuits. It can be used to enhance performance in a sport or just to help you to feel better by improving flexibility, increasing a joint’s range of motion and reducing injury time via rehabilitation. Techniques used include range of movement assessments, posture analysis, muscle energy, neuromuscular re-education and myofascial release techniques. Please note that you will be assessed in your underwear – feel free to bring shorts to the session.

Active Isolated Stretching (AIS)

This is a specific stretching technique for all muscles of the body. It was pioneered by Aaron L. Mattes to improve flexibility and can assist in rehabilitation by increasing the range of motion of a specific joint and neuromuscular re-education. The therapist can use it on you to enhance healing in your muscle by re-aligning the muscle fibres. Plus it can be used to enhance your performance in your chosen activity. The therapist may use this as part of a remedial and sports massage treatment or you can choose to have just an AIS session.

Scar Tissue Release

Therapy Scars – whether from injury or surgery – can have a life long effect on the body, restrict movement and cause discomfort. For example appendix scars can affect the lower back’s flexibility. Also scars from falls and car accidents etc. can restrict body movement. The therapist can palpate the scar and apply firm techniques to release tissues that are sticking together, thus allowing greater range of movement and a reduction in pain at a joint or an organ. Please note that the scar can only be treated three months after the injury due to the tissue healing period – massage can be performed earlier, but not on the scar area.

Kinesiology Taping

Kinesiology taping can be used in rehabilitation of a muscle or joint to support an area while you are exercising. The difference between traditional taping with zinc oxide and the flexible kinesiology tape is that the joint can freely move through its natural range of motion in the kinesiology taping method and the muscles are supported to strengthen the joint. This reduces the time taken to heal and means less time away from your chosen activity or sport.

Pregnancy Massage

After the first trimester, pregnancy massage can be very helpful in reducing swelling in the joints, easing back pain and helping you and your baby to relax, sleep better and enjoy your pregnancy. The massage therapist can be a great contribution to the team looking after you while you are pregnant and after childbirth. This massage focuses on the needs of the expectant mum. The therapist will ask detailed questions about your medical history so that they can tailor the massage to your specific needs. During the massage you can chat with the therapist or enjoy the relaxation. You will be required to undress to your underwear and the therapist will drape you in towels. The therapist will position you side-lying for optimal comfort for you and your baby. Pregnancy massage has the following benefits and also has a positive effect on the unborn child:

  • Reduce swelling in ankles, legs and arms.
  • Alleviate stiff joints and muscle aches due to the increase in weight
  • Improve blood and lymphatic circulation
  • Reduce stress hormones and promote relaxation
  • Improve sleep patterns
  • Help maintain skin tone and elasticity

Please note that the therapist cannot perform pregnancy massage in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Indian Head (Champissage) Massage

This type of massage is based on the ancient Ayurvedic healing system and has been used in Indian families to keep hair and scalp in good condition. It also helps alleviate headaches, eye strain and neck and shoulder strain.

Not sure which massage is best for you. Don’t worry, you can discuss this with your therapist on the day.

Poor posture can cause aches and pains and an increased rate of degenerative changes. But more than that, poor posture has been linked with a worsening of asthma, high blood pressure and digestive problems. At active X backs we use digital photography and the latest software to analyse your posture and demonstrate where the stresses on your body are greater than they should be. We then show you how to improve on your posture, lessening the rate of degenerative changes and increasing your day-to-day comfort. A 40 minute appointment is all it takes to advise you on the changes you need to make to achieve the correct posture (£78). In addition, we can prescribe a set of exercises specific to your needs to help improve your posture. The appointment includes:

  • Full digital postural analysis
  • Posture advice with report on findings
  • Online exercise resource
  • Re-analysis (can be arranged for a later date)

Our osteopaths are also qualified in acupuncture techniques. We provide this service as part of our commitment to pain relief and can combine it with any of the other treatments on this website.

We use an orthodox medical diagnosis to deduce the best acupuncture course for your physical needs. We also have rigorous standards for the safe practice of acupuncture and conduct our therapy in a relaxed and professional environment. Acupuncture at active X backs is not a stand alone treatment but is integrated as part of an osteopathic appointment.