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BOOK APPOINTMENT : 020 7419 7900
enquiries@droliverthomson.com

EFFECTIVE EVIDENCE-BASED TREATMENT FOR BACK PAIN AND SCIATICA

Dr Oliver Thomson PhD is a leading London osteopath, researcher and educator. Using the latest research, he provides effective treatment for back pain and sciatica, incorporating osteopathy, manual therapy, exercise and advice. Based in Belsize Park, his extensive clinical expertise and evidence-based approach will meet all your musculoskeletal healthcare needs, no matter how complex.

He has extensive experience in helping patients with persistent or chronic low back pain, where other treatments and 'quick fix' approaches have not been successful.

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. Based in Belsize Park, London, he uses the latest research to inform his practice, and 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

In addition to his clinical work as an osteopath, 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 on the areas of clinical reasoning, evidence-based practice and the clinical management of back pain

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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

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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Jedi powers and magic manipulations for back pain? Nope, just get moving.

Exercise for back pain and sciatica

Back pain is common…really common. In the UK, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) estimates that LBP affects about a quarter of us each year costing the UK over £12 billion annually. With lots of bad advice and claims of instant fixes, lets clear a few things up:   Q. What’s the…
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Sticks and stones….Words can be hurtful with back pain

Preface Having attended my first TherapyExpo earlier this week, I presented this topic to a far from packed-out audience. As I wandered around the endless stalls, I was struck by the emphasis on selling ideas, gadgets and gizmos to help therapists find and fix the perceived/imagined broken bits of peoples’ bodies, which ironically, but conveniently, exemplified…
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What is sciatica?

  Approximately 70-80% of people will suffer from lower back pain (LBP) at some time during their life. Fortunately, the majority of these cases are ‘simple non-specific’ LBP which will resolve relatively quickly with manual therapy and exercise. However around 15-40% of people with LBP will also experience additional back-related leg pain, which can be…
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