About Gavin Routledge

Clinic Director and Osteopath. Gavin graduated as a Gold Medallist in 1991 and is now a Vice Patron of the British School of Osteopathy. Co-author of “The Back Book” with Gavin Hastings OBE in 1996, he has an MSc in The Clinical Management of Pain from the University of Edinburgh, and is currently working on a new book. He's passionate about helping to move people as far from illness and pain as possible, and in January 2015 set himself the target of helping a million people get a better back.

Back pain and heart disease

By |October 4th, 2018|

I’ve long noticed that people with heart disease seem to have stiff backs. I mean literally stiff – inflexible. Coronary arteries (the […]

The book for back pain sufferers is nearly here…

By |February 14th, 2017|

The below is the Introduction from my new book “active X backs – an effective long-term solution to lower back pain”.  We […]

The shoulder bag that doesn’t cause shoulder pain

By |January 3rd, 2017|

Ever get annoyed that your bag slips off your shoulder?  If you’re fashionably opposed to using a rucksack/backpack then help is at […]

Aqua Therapy for Pain Relief

By |November 24th, 2016|


This is a guest post from freelance medical writer Allison […]

Back Pain Workshops

By |November 14th, 2016|

Lower back pain is incredibly common – you’ll see from the table below that it’s the leading cause of disability in the […]

Sitting bad for 76% of lower back pain sufferers

By |October 17th, 2016|

Why is it that we’re drawn to things that are bad for us?  Sugar, alcohol, smoking, sitting…  If “sitting” seems to you […]

Why you don’t do your exercises

By |September 12th, 2016|

If you’re struggling to do your exercises for back pain (or any other exercises), is it because you don’t remember to do […]

Exercises for lower back pain

By |August 22nd, 2016|

As the topic of exercise for lower back pain is huge, and one I’ve covered a few times in the past, I […]

How to Avoid Holiday Back Pain

By |June 27th, 2016|

Back pain very often flares up when on holiday.  The reasons for this will be particular to your own back problem, but […]

The 3 ways to hurt your lower back

By |May 24th, 2016|

Who knew?  There are really only 3 ways to damage your lower back.  In this post I’ll give you an overview, and […]