Pain relief AND prevention – sounds good, right?

“I have nothing but praise for my experience at Active X Backs; from my phone call to make my initial appointment through to my ongoing treatments. My prolapsed disc happened 14 weeks ago but my back feels better than it has done for a number of years; this is testament to the quality of the treatment (and advice)” Dave MacKay Google Review

It’s completely understandable that you’d want pain relief first.  And you’ve come to the right place.  We are osteopaths in Edinburgh with nearly 30 years of refining our approach. We have written 2 books on lower back pain, an online course for lower back pain and sciatica.  And we’ve developed a lower back pain app.  So it’s fair to say we specialise in lower back pain and sciatica.

Pain Relief

But as we’re working on pain relief we also have an eye on prevention at this early stage. 60% of lower back pains recur within a year.  So it’s vitally important that you think about the steps back from the edge of “The Cliff of Pain” as you progress up it.   First appointment £67 and follow-up appointments £58.

Osteopath talking to patient about his pain

Pain Relief

We ask you to fill in an online form before your appointment.  This is so that we can start thinking about your problem before we even see you.

At your first appointment you can tell us all about your problem.  We might ask you a few more questions to fill in any blanks.  Then we’ll examine you, explain what’s wrong with you and what options there are to help you.  Treatment is normally provided during the first appointment.  And any short term advice to help you recover as quickly as possible.   See what others have said.

And bear in mind, we are not only Edinburgh osteopaths.  We have massage therapy, nutritional therapy and movement coaching.

“Active X Backs has achieved more in treating and helping me manage my chronic back pain (which I have been suffering from for over 2 years) than any other practitioner I had seen in that whole time period. The difference I have found with Gavin is that he treats you holistically and really explains what is going on with the pain. For the first time, I had somebody who explored the psychological and emotional aspects and impact of my pain and crucially, taught me to stop living in fear of the pain and begin to take some control back. With Gavin’s treatment and guidance I am already seeing a significant reduction in my pain and a measurable impact on my overall wellbeing. For the first time, I feel that I am making real progress and have every faith that this will continue. Gavin is professional and friendly and displays real empathy. I cannot recommend him highly enough!”  Anne-Marie Conlong Google Review

Active X Backs prevention Mum wheelbarrowing kids

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?  Sign up for our prevention plan – we’ll coach you to reduce the risk of recurrence AND provide best-in-class treatment and a tailored exercise program.

If you’d like some “chill-time”, choose from our massage menu here. We have a range of pricing options, including reduced prices for frequent attenders!

membership massage back and shoulders

Active X Backs has a long working relationship with The Edinburgh Clinic in Edinburgh who provide X-Ray, MRI, Ultrasound, CT and DEXA scanning.  Whatever investigation you need, The Edinburgh Clinic is very responsive, facilitating a fast and accurate turn-around of your result, complete with your images saved to a disc for your future reference.

We can provide the following at your place of work:

  • Ergonomic Advice

  • On-site seated massage

  • Back Classes

  • Health Seminars

  • Health Fairs

Health Fair with Scott and Jenny Hastings

Scott and Jenny Hastings at our brand re-launch party picking a lucky winner out of the bag!

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 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.

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