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EFFECTIVE EVIDENCE-BASED TREATMENT FOR BACK PAIN AND SCIATICA

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

CLINICIAN

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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RESEARCHER

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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EDUCATOR

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.

Recent Blog Posts

NEWS FLASH! (Great) expectations of recovery from back pain are associated with recovery from back pain

Recent research confirms our previous intuitions, that expectations of recovery predict recovery from low back pain. See the full paper by Eklund et al here My suggestions for managing patient expectations. Explore patients’ expectations at the first visit (before setting them!) & explore underpinning beliefs. Ask the patient flat out, for example “What are you…
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Osteopathy and evidence-based practice- getting there, but challenges still ahead

Whilst NOT perfect (and continually under evolution and refinement- e.g. Greenhalgh et al 2014), evidence-based practice (EBP) is the OPTIMAL and ETHICAL approach to clinical healthcare practice. The now familiar definition of EBP is the integration of best research evidence WITH clinical expertise AND patient values & preferences.. EBP was developed in the early 1980s,…
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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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There’s something about self-efficacy. . Developing a patient’s self efficacy puts them on the right track. . High self efficacy includes self-confidence, accurate self- evaluation, willingness to take risks, and sense of accomplishment. . Self efficacy is related to self-management (physical exercise) and treatment adherence. . Higher levels of self-efficacy are associated with lower levels of pain and disability in patients with chronic pain. . In contrast, low SE includes fear of risks and uncertainty, low aspirations, feelings of fear of failure, and impression management (aware of peoples’ perceptions). . Low SE associated with worse outcomes from LBP. . Clinicians’ language and communication strategies can influence a patient’s self efficacy. So move from saying “Be careful exercising”, or “I think that’s took much for you” or “your back is just not made to do those types of exercises” ❌ . To . “This exercise is hard, but you’ve done hard things before- I believe in you” or “It’s ok, you’re safe, you’re strong” or “your back is strong and stable, just a little sore/sensitive” ✅💪🏼 . #selfefficacy #backpain #biopsychosocial #lowbackpain #confidence #osteopath #physiotherapist #chiropractor ...

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What’s in a name? . ‘Osteoarthritis’ is unlikely to strike fear in the heart of most MSK health professionals- it’s a common ‘humdrum’ term that is etched in the cortex of students during their professional training. . However, a term that appears to be benign, boring and everyday, can have quite a different interpretation by people experiencing pain and whose life and experience of that life, is intertwined with the distress, helplessness and fear that is part of persistent back pain. . Our words matter. . Genuine quote from a study participant with LBP from the paper below 👇🏻 . Thomson, O.P. and Collyer, K., 2017. ‘Talking a different language’: a qualitative study of chronic low back pain patients' interpretation of the language used by student osteopaths. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 24, pp.3-11. . Check out my Words Matter workshops on Eventbrite- providing evidence based and practical strategies to utilise language to optimise the recovery of patients with back pain. . #physiotherapy #phsyiotherapist #osteopathy #osteopath #spondylosis #scoliosis #arthritis #chiropractor #wordsmatter #lowbackpain #backpain #cpd #chronicpain ...

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The numbing familiarity of common clinical terms means we’re often totally blind as to the emotional, psychological and behavioural impacts that our day-to-day language can have on people with back pain. . Clinicians, therapists and physicians cannot afford for one second to be clumsy, lazy and uncaring with our language when interacting with people in pain and might be distressed, anxious or scared. . “Words are like toothpaste; once out of the tube, they are impossible to put back in” (Stewart & Loftus, 2018). . Genuine quote from a study participant with LBP from the paper below 👇🏻 . Thomson, O.P. and Collyer, K., 2017. ‘Talking a different language’: a qualitative study of chronic low back pain patients' interpretation of the language used by student osteopaths. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 24, pp.3-11. . Check out my Words Matter workshops on Eventbrite- providing evidence based and practical strategies to utilise language to optimise the recovery of patients with back pain. . #physiotherapy #phsyiotherapist #osteopathy #osteopath #spondylosis #scoliosis #arthritis #chiropractor #wordsmatter #lowbackpain #backpain #cpd ...

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Telling people with back that they’re weak, vulnerable or fragile can have a dramatic impact on their lives, as exemplified by this interview quote from Darlow et al (2013) study exploring the enduring impact of what clinicians say to people with low back pain. . Musculoskeletal clinicians and therapists often use words and phrases with the best intentions, however we’re frequently unaware of the unintended consequences of these terms (which are often part of common professional language). . The wrong word, at the wrong time, said in the wrong way, to the wrong patient can have a profoundly negative impact on recovery from low back pain. For example, “you’re spine is weak”, “your body can’t handle that”, “be careful with your back” 🤕 . The right words, said at the right time, in the right way, to the right patient can have a liberating, reassuring and positive impact on them. For example, “you can do this”, “you’re strong, you’re safe”, “it’s difficult, but you’ve done hard things before”. 💪🏼 . Words Matter workshops running in London, Portugal, Dubai and Melbourne. See bio for link. . #wordsmatter #physicaltherapy #physiotherapy #osteopath #chiropractor #biopsychosocial #backpain #evidencebasedmedicine #qualitativeresearch #cpd #coreworkout #corestrength ...

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People with back often hold the belief that back pain is ‘special’- it’s ‘complex’ ‘easy to injure’, ‘hard to heal’ and is ‘different’ from hurting/injuring other areas of the body. . These negative thoughts, expectations and misrepresentations about the back can adversely impact recovery from back pain. . Therefore, it’s crucial that the language we use with our patients can address these misrepresentations, and help construct more helpful and positive to facilitate recovery. . Words Matter CPD workshops in London with @physioedmedical , Dubai with @emiratesosteopathicsociety , Lisbon with @osteo_form and Melbourne with @balanceosteopathy. . Quote from: Darlow et al (2015). Easy to harm, hard to heal: patient views about the back. Spine, 40(11), pp.842-850. . #wordsmatter #lowbackpain #osteopath #physiotherapist #chiropracticdubai #chiropracticdubai #osteopathyworks #cpd #musculoskeletal #manualtherapy #evidnencebasedpractice ...

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