Dr Oliver Thomson PhD is a leading London osteopath. Using the latest research, he provides effective treatment for back pain and sciatica, incorporating osteopathy, manual therapy, exercise advice and education. He has extensive experience in helping patients with acute, recurrent or chronic back pain, where other treatments and 'quick fix' approaches have not been successful.

Based in Belsize Park, his extensive clinical expertise and evidence-based approach will meet all your musculoskeletal healthcare needs, no matter how complex.

Choose us for effective relief for your back pain and sciatica:

  • Leading London osteopath

  • Persistent chronic back pain and acute episodes

  • Detailed clinical examination, explanation and diagnosis

  • Modern approach using the latest research

  • Exercise and rehabilitation

  • Professional, friendly and supportive approach


A leading London osteopath, Dr Thomson has extensive expertise and experience in treating and managing a range of musculoskeletal conditions, particularly back pain and sciatica. Using the latest research he puts the individual patient at the heart of any treatment plan so that you'll be involved in all the decisions regarding your care.

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Dr Thomson is an experienced researcher and academic. He collaborates with researchers worldwide and has published extensively in the areas of clinical reasoning, biopsychosocial model of back pain, qualitative research and grounded theory.

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Dr Thomson is currently an Associate Professor at the University College of Osteopathy in London, and he has held several teaching and lecturing positions at educational institutions in the UK and Scandinavia. He regularly holds seminars, workshops and CPD courses for osteopaths, manual therapists, healthcare professionals.

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Book your appointment

If you're experiencing back pain, sciatica or another musculoskeletal problem or have been failed by 'quick fix' treatments and promises, Dr Oliver Thomson can provide effective evidence-based treatment and advice. He is based at BodyMatters Clinic, located at 1 McCrone Mews, Belsize Park, London, NW3. With free on-site parking, it is easily accessible via car or public transport (Jubilee and Northern tube lines) from central London, Camden, Hampstead, Golders Green, St John’s Wood, Primrose Hill, Swiss Cottage, West Hampstead and Chalk Farm.

Appointments can be booked online or calling 0207 419 7900.

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Dr Oliver Thomson PhD

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What do people with LBP believe about manual therapy?

Great to see the final version of our scoping review looking all smart and shiny in MSK Science and Practice Journal 

Well done again to PhD student Mark Thomas and the supervisory team! 


#manualtherapy #scopingreview #osteopathy #chiropractic #physiotherapy #lsbu
What’s wrong with osteopathy?

Our critical commentary is now FREE to download for 50 days in the link in bio.

This paper articulates where we see the major issues and challenges facing osteopathy based on our interpretation of current practice, evidence and theory.

It’s a position paper that invites critical reflection, discussion and of course disagreement. 

We hope that it’s clear to readers that our criticism is directed towards ideas and practices and not people or persons. 

#osteopathy #osteopathicmedicine #evidencebased
What are undesirable effects of chiropractic, osteopathy, and physiotherapy? 

In this free article, we invite you to reflect on these professions, for example through the 'prism' of nocebo effects. 

Download the article for free (link in bio)
We argue that some historical concepts of the above professions may lead to undesirable effects. Reflecting on those mechanisms may be an important step to improve practice, but more evidence is likely needed. And what should replace these old models?!
What do you think? 🤔
Asking such critical questions can be challenging. So let's have a two-way conversation: Get involved by submitting your questions and comments to the corresponding author or via the link in bio.

Your questions will then be discussed by the authors on @thewordsmatterpodcast 
This work is the result of a multidisciplinary collaboration involving Prof Lena Vase, Prof Lisa Roberts  Prof Maxi Miciak PhD  @drjerrydr and David Hohenschurz-Schmidt 
We look forward to hearing from you!

#nocebo #placebo #chiropractic #osteopathy #physiotherapy
It’s time for another @thewordsmatterpodcast AMA…

But I need your questions first! 🙃

Post your questions below, or send me a DM.

Ask anything you like on any topic related to clinical practice, EBP, MSK or even 🫳🏻❤️

#thewordsmatterpodcast #ama