Specialising in Back Pain and Sciatica Relief for Edinburgh and The Lothians

Not local to us? Not a problem…

We offer an online course for you to manage and improve your own back pain
Add a Skype consultation or purchase the active X back pain workbook


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What’s the likely course
of my back pain?


Welcome to active X backs

The relief and prevention of persistent back pain or sciatica.

“I believe that specialising enables me to be better than a generalist”

Lower Back Pain and sciatica are extremely common, but I focus on persistent pain. Why only persistent? Because if this is only the first or second time you’ve had back pain or you’ve only had it for a week, it’ll probably clear up on its own. But it’ll almost certainly happen again (60% of them do). Once you realise that a quick fix isn’t likely, and you’re keen to play an active role in your recovery, then – and only then – will I see you.

I’m interested in long-term recoveries. There are many clinicians who will offer you a quick fix. As an osteopath with 25 years experience, I can do the quick fix, but so can others. If you want a long-term, sustainable improvement, then I can help.

I’d love to be able to help everyone, but life is short, so I focus on those who are ready to help themselves. If you answer yes to the questions below, then I’ll see you. If any of them are “no” (or my prices are too high), then try our best back pain / sciatica online course for lower back pain and sciatica sufferers, or buy the best back pain book.

I believe we should all be able to wake up painlessly and live a full and active life, but I also believe in responsibility. If you’re ready to do some of the work (and you answer yes to all of the below), then give Andreea a ring, or drop her an email. You can consult me in person, or online via a video consultation – either will work.

Services I offer at my Edinburgh Clinic – Osteopathy, Spinal Assessment, Posture Correction & Acupuncture

Q Have you had pain for more than 2 weeks, or have you had more than 2 previous episodes?

Q Is your pain restricting you from doing things you’d like to do?

Q Are you willing to make changes necessary to improve your health?

Q Do you believe painkillers do not cure the problem?

If you answer YES to ALL of the above then please…

Gavin Routledge

Gavin Routledge DO(Hons) MSc is a fromer Vice Patron of the British School of Osteopathy (the UK’s oldest and biggest osteopathic school, established in 1917), author of “The Back Book” and “active X backs – An effective long-term solution to lower back pain”. He was a Gold Medallist at the British School of Osteopathy in 1991, has a Masters Degree from the University of Edinburgh in The Clinical Management of Pain and has worked in Edinburgh, Scotland for most of his 29 years in practice, always specialising in – and now revolutionising – the management and treatment of lower back pain and sciatica.

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.