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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.

The sound of pain

By |October 15th, 2015|

“Ooooyahh”…  That’s my sound for low back pain.   With a strong emphasis on the opening “ooo” and a croaky “ahh”.  Try […]

The WATER Study: Which aquatic exercises work best?

By |September 29th, 2015|

Do you have low back pain?
Would you like to be involved in a study investigating aquatic and land rehabilitation exercises?
Then you may […]

Why back pain and sciatica are sensitive to temperature

By |September 21st, 2015|

Why is your back pain or sciatica sensitive to temperature (and humidity) changes?  I love this sort of question, because there’s a […]

How to get your socks on with lower back pain

By |September 7th, 2015|

How do I get my socks on when my lower back is really bad?  In common with some of my other patients […]

Why do I have a weak back? (Part 2)

By |August 17th, 2015|

In Part 1, I dealt with the muscular “weak core” argument; and the reality that having a sore back may lead to […]

Why do I have a weak back? (Part 1)

By |August 5th, 2015|

Having a physical weakness seems to be the “core” focus for many sufferers and therapists involved in low back pain (sorry, I’ll […]

Cycling and low back pain

By |July 7th, 2015|

Do you get low back pain (LBP) from cycling?  Does someone you know?  I’ve had back pain brought on by cycling and […]

Which exercises for lower back pain?

By |June 22nd, 2015|

“Which exercises should I do for my lower back pain?”  is one of the questions I get asked most often.  As annoying […]

Back pain threatens who you are

By |June 8th, 2015|

I don’t like having back pain.  And yet, the single biggest risk factor for future low back pain is having had it […]

Dear son, how to treat back pain

By |May 25th, 2015|

In the month of his birth, another “letter to Louis” (my baby son); this time to advise him what to do if […]