“Professional advice and service. Very good follow up advice and help via email. Felt at ease and listened to during consultation. Definitely recommend for back pain issues. Worth the visit!” Denise Taylor Google Review
Back pain and sciatica treatment at Active X Backs
Looking for back pain and sciatica treatment, or just sciatica treatment?
Do you want to
sleep through the night again?
spring out of bed in the mornings?
get active again?
sit for more than 30 minutes without pain?
We can help you to
Get rapid relief
Return to a greater level of activity.
Know exactly which exercises are right for you to relieve and prevent recurrence.
Know what changes to make to your posture and other habits.
All with a money-back guarantee.
We bring 28 years of experience and a taste for innovation to help you to recover. Getting back onto the top of the Cliff of Pain is the easy bit. If you want to get right back from the edge of any potential future pain, we can help. You can rely on us to be professional, effective and fun. Our aim is to take you from whatever place of suffering you find yourself in and help you to “Beat pain and get active”.
Not just treatment, advice too
Our holistic approach to you and your back pain and sciatica treatment means that we don’t just pay close attention to your bones, muscles, ligaments etc. We are also very interested in the lifestyle factors that contributed to your problems. We aim to help you to reach your optimum level of well-being, both in the short and long-term. This is the best way to reduce the risk of another flare-up.
Relief of back pain and sciatica
“One of those days that you can’t move at all, came across Active X Backs… managing to relieve pain just after the first session.” Miguel Costa Google Review
In delivering back pain and sciatica treatment, our primary focus initially is to relieve your pain as quickly as possible.
Chief Back Officer Gavin Routledge has nearly 30 years of experience in specialising in spinal problems as an Edinburgh Osteopath. We can help you with mild strains, prolapsed/bulging/herniated discs, compressed nerves, muscle spasms and a myriad of other possible diagnoses. With a Masters Degree in Pain Management, Gavin is author of two books on back pain: “The Back Book” in 1997 with Gavin Hastings OBE, and in 2017 “active X backs – an effective long-term solution to lower back pain”.
All our clinicians work to the Active X Backs’ protocol, which is a 6 step processs
- Gather information – you fill in an online form before your appointment AND then tell us your story when you have your first appointment.
- We examine you (even if you’re consulting us online via Skype, in which case there is an abbreviated physical assessment)
- Explain to you what type of lower back / sciatica problem you have (this is a more holistic process than a “diagnosis”)
- Provide you with advice on how to help yourself to recover – Do’s and Don’ts.
- Offer best-in-class treatment to speed your recovery.
- Offer preventive care (keeping you back from the Edge of the Cliff of Pain)
Beat pain, get active
Our Beat Pain, Get Active (BPGA) plan is a membership plan designed to take you beyond back pain and sciatica treatment. We will help you to optimise the health of your back and the rest of you (your back doesn’t operate in isolation!). You will be provided with supportive, appropriate treatment, health coaching, and accountability. And rapid access to one of our Edinburgh osteopaths should that ever be required. It’s a best-in-class service that maximises your chances of sticking to a preventative approach. Because after all… prevention is better than cure.
You could of course opt only for back pain and sciatica treatment, or just sciatica treatment, only helping you to reach the Cliff Top. But that would be forgetting that your back is part of the rest of you AND that the best place to be is as far back from the Edge of The Cliff of Pain as possible. Your back does not exist in isolation. Much better to do more than just treat the symptom. Let us guide you as far back from the edge of another episode as possible!
Monthly BPGA (6 month commitment)
- Treatment + health-related coaching. Additional appointments at £53.00
Fortnightly BPGA (12 weeks commitment)
- Treatment + health-related coaching. Additional appointments at £52.00
Weekly BPGA (6 weeks commitment)
- Treatment + health-related coaching. Additional appointments at £45.00
Enjoy the benefits of our Massage Membership
For a limited time only, we’re offering an introductory price of £39.95* for your first 50 minute massage when you sign up to one of our plans.
(Not only for back pain and sciatica treatment)
More on the treatments we offer…
As Osteopaths in Edinburgh, we follow a system of diagnosis and treatment with a focus on lower back pain and sciatica. But we also help a wide range of medical conditions. Osteopathy 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.
Active X Backs in Edinburgh provides a fabulous massage experience. Other clinics will talk about Swedish Massage, Remedial Massage, Sports Massage, Indian Head Massage and so on… But what’s most important is that you have a fabulous massage. So we have a menu of massages for you to select from, and every other aspect of your massage is tailored to your preferences. See our massage menu here.
Massage is known to be helpful for:
- Stress Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI)
- Lower Back Pain
- Knee Injuries
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Tennis Elbow
- Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
- Muscle Sprains
- Sports Injuries
- Tension Headaches
- Back ache
- Neck Pain
- Shin Splints
- Frozen Shoulder
- Golfers Elbow
- Muscle Strains
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. Once on the couch the therapist will drape you in towels for your comfort. Some techniques used during 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 deeply 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.
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 analyse your posture and demonstrate where the stresses on your body are greater than they should be. We then show you how to improve 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 of the changes you need to make to achieve the correct posture (£82). In addition, we can prescribe a set of postural exercises specific to your needs to help improve your posture. The appointment includes:
Our Edinburgh osteopaths are also qualified in acupuncture techniques. We provide this service as part of our back pain and sciatica treatment 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.