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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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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.

Recent Blog Posts

WE TALKED evidence, WE SHARED ideas and experiences, WE QUESTIONED practice knowledge, WE PRESSURE-TESTED our own beliefs, HECK we even ATE Mrs Crimble’s macaroons…

WE TALKED evidence, WE SHARED ideas and experiences, WE QUESTIONED practice knowledge, WE PRESSURE-TESTED our own beliefs, WE SCRUTINISED our back pain language and HECK we even ATE some of Mrs Crimble’s finest macaroons…   I really enjoyed the language & communication workshop on Sunday, lots of critical discussion, learning together, and coming up with…
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CPD Course on Effective language and communication when managing low back pain- how to help and not harm

CPD for musculoskeletal therapists Patients with back pain who consult a musculoskeletal healthcare professional expect and desire a diagnosis and information for their problem. However, the words we use to shape our responses and convey messages to patients in pain, have the potential to heal (facilitate recovery) or have the capacity to harm (delay or…
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Your back IS strong…even if you (or someone else) doesn’t think that it is

When we’re experiencing back pain is easy to feel that our spines are fragile and vulnerable to damage. It can really feel like any ‘wrong’ movement or position will be harmful to our backs. As a consequence, we often modify our behaviour and change how we move. For example, maybe you decide to skip a…
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Evidence-based practice in osteopathy- results from a UK national survey (and clearing things up!)

Evidence-based practice (EBP) is now considered to be the optimal (albeit imperfect- see here) approach to healthcare practice and decision-making- and all healthcare professionals from art therapists to doctors should be adopting an evidence-based approach. Unfortunately, over the years, EBP has been misinterpreted as ‘EXCLUSIVELY applying research’ or ‘all patients receive the SAME algorithmic treatment…
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Protect your sleep to protect your back

Backs LOVE sleep. Poor sleep (both quality and quantity) is highly predictive of developing and worsening low back pain (see here and here). Sleep patterns influence our psychological an emotional well-being (mood) which can further sensitise back pain and reduce the ability to cope and tolerate pain. Furthermore, worry and anxiety related to back pain (e.g.…
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Re-grounding biopsychosocial back pain research- Introducing Grounded Theory Method

Patients’ and practitioners’ values, preferences and experiences are very much part of modern iterations of evidence-based practice (EBP), and developing a research-based knowledge of these constructs are crucial to the sensible and effective adoption of EBP by healthcare professionals [see seminal paper by Greenhalgh and colleagues here]. Its now widely accepted that evidence derived from…
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“I should be glowing not aching!”- The facts about low back pain during pregnancy

I was recently invited to write a guest blog for social group Hampstead Mums, on the causes, risk factors and treatment options for pregnancy-related low back pain. A real dampener during pregnancy I see lots of mums-to-be in clinic experiencing back pain, and it can be a real dampener on their pregnancy experience. Low back…
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Low back pain: To scan, or not to scan? That is the question

  Many of my osteopathy patients with low back pain (LBP) often ask me whether or not a scan is required, but the decision to scan is not always straight forward, so let’s clear a few things up. Firstly, there are several different types of scanning procedures used to investigate back pain, we’ll focus on…
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Top tips for back pain

I’ve been treating and managing patients with back pain for over 11 years. Below I outline my top 10 tips to help dispel common myths and ensure a swift recovery. Keep calm… -Although back pain can be very unpleasant and distressing, fortunately most episodes are short-term and rarely due to any serious damage or disease. Carry on – Changing how you move during…
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Evidence-based courses, workshops and seminars for fitness and health professionals

evidence-based workshop

Research has enhanced our understanding of back pain, its causes and optimal treatment/management strategies. A wealth of research evidence now rejects the traditional view that back pain is simply due to biomechanical, physical or structural problems such as bad posture, ‘weak core’, vertebra ‘out of place/alignment’, disc injuries or degeneration. It is now recognised that…
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WORDS MATTER 2019/20 . Gotta keep the pendulum swinging towards a psycho-socially informed approach to musculoskeletal practice ✊🏻 . Here are the dates and locations (so far) for Words Matter. Some confirmed, some still to be. . Please get in touch if you’d like to host session in your city 🌎 . #wordsmatter #lowbackpain #backpain #cpd #physiotherapy #physicaltherapy #osteopathy #osteopath #chiropractor #chiropractic #chiropracticdubai #physiotherapydubai #osteopathydubai #evidencebasedpractice #biopsychosocial ...

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LONDON DATES FOR WORDS MATTER NOW CONFIRMED 🙌🏼 . 👇🏻 . 📆 Wednesday 16th October and Saturday 9th November 2019. . Thanks to @physioedmedical for proving a bigger and less squashed venue 🙏🏼. . The half day workshop is open to all musculoskeletal health professionals, and will: . 🙊 Review the application of the biomedical and biopsychosocial models to the management of back pain. . 🙊 Critically examine the traditional beliefs, language and practices of musculoskeletal/manual therapy in relation to low back pain. . 🙊 Review the practical application of theoretical and research literature on key psychological factors in relation to back pain (eg fear avoidance, self efficacy, pain beliefs), and how language can influence these. . 🙊Help you to appreciate the importance of language when talking with, treating and examining patients experiencing back pain. . 🙊 Critically reflect on your language used in your clinical practice. . 🙊 Strategies to communicate spinal imaging findings to re-frame patients’ experience and understanding of LBP. . 🙊 Introduce strategies to communicate helpful messages regarding low back pain which can contribute to enhanced patient engagement and recovery. . See eventbrite for info and to reserve your place. . #wordsmatter #osteopathyworks #physiotherapy #physiotherapist #osteopath #osteopathy #chiropractor #cpd #physiotherapycpd #lowbackpain #evidencebasedpractice #musculoskeletal #london #belsizepark ...

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Sun, sea, sand and CPD this October in Dubai! ☀️ 🌊 🏝& 👨🏼‍🎓 . WORDS MATTER IS COMING TO DUBAI! 🇦🇪 . The FULL DAY workshop with the Emirates Osteopathic Society @emiratesosteopathicsociety is open to ALL musculoskeletal health care professionals. . FRIDAY 25TH OCTOBER . This workshop will: . ✅ Review the application of the BPS model to the management of low back pain. . ✅ Review theoretical and research literature on psychological factors relevant to back pain (eg fear-avoidance, pain-related fear, catastrophising, self-efficacy, pain beliefs), and how language can influence these. . ✅ Highlight the importance of language when interacting with patients and provide strategies to use purposeful language to frame manual/physical assessment and treatment. . ✅ Critically evaluate how explanations can negatively or positively impact the multidimensional nature of back pain and recovery. . ✅ Offer ways to apply manual therapy skills to re-frame patients’ experiences and beliefs of back pain. . ✅ Introduce strategies to communicate helpful messages regarding low back pain which can contribute to enhanced patient engagement and recovery. . ✅ Provide strategies to communicate spinal imaging (MRI) findings in a helpful, de-threatening and reassuring way. . ✅ Integrate manual therapy treatment and assessment skills within an evidence-based and biopsychosocial framework. . For more information and to book your place see link in bio. . #cpd #osteopathy #physiotherapy #chiropractic #osteopathydubai #physiotherapydubai #chiropracticdubai #evidencebasedpractice #backpaindubai #wordsmatter #cpddubai #uaeosteopathy ...

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Lisbon in November anyone? 🇵🇹 . I’ll be running a full day workshop on how to use words and language purposively to frame all elements of musculoskeletal care of back pain, including communicating imaging findings, framing pain/symptoms and effective re-explanations of manual therapy and exercise interventions- hosted by @osteo_form (please see for details) . #wordsmatter #evidencebasedpractice #lowbackpain #osteopathy #physiotherapy #chiropractic #osteopatia #fisioterapia #biopsychosocial #osteopathyportugal #fisioterapiaportugal ...

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WORDS MATTER IS HEADING DOWN UNDER 🇦🇺 . Super excited to team up with good friend and colleague @balanceosteopathy to incorporate therapeutic movement and exercise into the successful Words Matters sessions. . Together Ben and I will help develop musculoskeletal therapists’ clinical reasoning frameworks to utilise contemporary therapeutic approaches to musculoskeletal pain, including pain education, cognitive reassurance and re-framing, motivational interviewing and development of a strong therapeutic alliance. . Drawing upon the latest research evidence, we’ll discuss strategies for effective and therapeutic communication with patients experiencing back pain, in conjunction with matched movement and rehabilitation strategies. . For tickets and full details of the program check link in bio. . #lowbackpain #wordsmatter #biopsychosocial #evidencebasedpractice #osteopathy #physiotherapy #chiropractic #myotherapy #osteopathyaustralia @osteopathyau ...

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