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.

Born in London, Dr Oliver Thomson qualified as an osteopath with a BSc (Hons) degree in Osteopathy from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine and is registered with the profession’s regulatory body, the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). He has extensive experience in treating and managing a range of painful musculoskeletal conditions, especially back pain and sciatica. He has practiced in London for over 13 years and together with his wife Sarah, he is one of the Directors of BodyMatters Clinic, a multidisciplinary clinic situated in Belsize Park, northwest London NW3.

Having a background in sports injuries, Dr Thomson went on to complete a Master's degree in Sports and Exercise Rehabilitation from St Mary’s University, and then gained his PhD in osteopathy in 2013 from the Clinical Research Centre for Health Professions at the University of Brighton. His research investigated how osteopaths make clinical decisions and the different approaches that they take when examining, treating and managing patients during their day-to-day practice. Dr Oliver Thomson is an internationally renowned lecturer and researcher, and has authored over 30 academic papers that have been published in peer-reviewed research journals. He is also a peer-reviewer for several research journals and is an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine.

In addition to his clinical role at BodyMatters Clinic, Dr Thomson also works as an Associate Professor at the University College of Osteopathy, where he leads the PhD course . He is one of a very small number of osteopaths awarded a Professorship title in the UK and worldwide, and Dr Thomson is considered one of the leading authorities on osteopathic practice and research, and he continues to disseminate worldwide on the subjects of back pain, clinical reasoning, evidence based practice and qualitative research, and the importance in developing these areas to ensure safe and high quality osteopathic care for patients.

Dr Thomson works as a research consultant, and is involved a several research projects investigating back pain, clinical reasoning and the practice of osteopathy. He regularly lectures in the UK and abroad on postgraduate courses and conferences. Combined, these activities enable him to keep up to date with the most recent research in biopsychosocial aspects of back pain, sciatica, osteopathy and musculoskeletal care.

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Dr Oliver Thomson PhD



PG Cert, Academic and Clinical Education University of Bedfordshire 2015
PhD, Health Professions (osteopathy) University of Brighton 2013
MSc, Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation St. Mary’s University 2008
BSc (Hons), Osteopathic Medicine British College of Osteopathic Medicine 2006
Diploma, Osteopathy British College of Osteopathic Medicine 2006
BSc (Hons) Sports Healthcare Middlesex University 2002


Memberships, Fellowships and Committees

  • General Osteopathic Council (GOsC)
  • Institute of osteopathy (iO)
  • Grounded Theory Research Group, University of Brighton
  • Visiting Research Fellow, College of Health and Biomedicine, Victoria University, Australia
  • Research Ethics Committee, University College of Osteopathy
  • Osteopathic Development Group (ODG)
  • The Society Back Pain Research (SBPR)
  • Centre for Osteopathic Medicine Collaboration (C.O.M,E)

Journal Editorial Boards

  • International Advisory Board, Musculoskeletal Science and Practice (formerly Manual Therapy)
  • Associate Editor International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine

Journal Peer Reviewer

  • International Advisory Board, Musculoskeletal Science and Practice (formerly Manual Therapy)
  • Associate Editor International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
  • Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
  • BMC Chiropractic and Manual Therapies
  • Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies

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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