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Back Pain & Sciatica Clinic – Edinburgh Osteopath – Active X Backs

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Lower back pain specialist in Edinburgh Gavin RoutledgeGavin Routledge
Chief Back Officer

Back pain and sciatica specialist & Edinburgh Osteopath, Gavin has nearly 30 years of experience in specialising in the treatment of lower back pain and sciatica.  From mild strains, right through to prolapsed discs, compressed nerves and a myriad of other possible diagnoses. In addition to running the clinic, Gavin has authored two books on lower back pain, and provides an online course for lower back pain and sciatica.

If you are looking for specialist back pain treatment in Edinburgh, you’ll find it here.

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Why choose Active X Backs?

If you are looking for an Edinburgh Osteopath that aspires to run THE top Edinburgh Back Pain Clinic, you’ve found me.  I’ve run an Edinburgh osteopathic clinic since 1993.  And although osteopaths don’t refer to themselves as a “doctor of osteopathy“, it would certainly be fair to describe me as a back pain specialist doctor.  Just go easy on the use of the term “doctor” – I am NOT medically qualified.

But what I am is focused.  I have specialised in low back pain and sciatica for over 25 years.  I’ve written 2 books on the subject, created numerous online courses for back pain and sciatica, and now built an app for lower back pain sufferers.

The Active X Backs Principles

  • Pain is a warning system.  It’s there to help us.  It may feel like the enemy, but it’s there to protect us from harm. (Sometimes pain outlives its usefulness and then we call it chronic pain.)
  • You become what you do. Similar to one of the founding osteopathic principles: “function governs structure”. See mechanotransduction.
  • The body can heal itself.  (Just don’t get in the way.)
  • Movement is life. Circulation is all-important, and is dependent on movement, and good alignment when static.
  • It’s all connected (when dealing with the back, don’t forget the front and sides!)
  • Win the mind, win the body.  We must change our behaviours if we want to change our bodies.  Behaviours are driven by the mind and by our social and physical environments.
  • Aim for perfect (it’s your best defence against pain).  See the Cliff of Pain, and getting back from the edge.

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We adhere to lower back pain guidelines published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, are registered with the General Osteopathic Council and are members of The International Association for the Study of Pain.