Active X Clinics


Osteopathy Treatment With Our Warm And Friendly Team

Active X Backs was established over 30 years ago in Edinburgh and delivers expert treatment at our Osteopathy Clinic for all manner of aches, pains, and Injuries. We aim to deliver a high-quality service that is both professional and friendly. All our practitioners stay up to date with the latest research in the field of physical therapy, to ensure we are continually improving.

We have a wealth of experience between our team of clinicians with solutions to a wide variety of problems. Book an appointment below to see a specialist today.

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What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is one of the oldest systems of manual medicine and treatment in the Western World. It originated in Kirksville, Missourri in the 1880s. The founder was a lay preacher called Andrew Taylor Still. He was joined by a Glasgwegian Physiologist, Dr John Martin Littlejohn, who brought a bit more science to the discipline.

It’s come a long way since then. Osteopathy became statutorily regulated in 1997 in the UK. Nowadays it’s a criminal offence to describe yourself as an osteopath unless registered with the General Osteopathic Council. Our Clinical Director, Gavin, attended the British School of Osteopathy, which Dr Littlejohn founded in 1915. Gavin was a Gold Medalist there in 1991 and went on to be a Vice Patron from 2005-2015. It was renamed the University College of Osteopathy.

What Can Osteopathy Help With?

Osteopaths are probably best known for helping people with back pain and sciatica. But, in practice, osteopaths treat people with all sorts of muscular and skeletal problems.

Some osteopaths specialise in treating children. Some specialise in helping people with other types of health complaints. At AX we specialise in back pain and sciatica, but can help with all sorts of pains.

Osteopath Gavin Routledge explaining spine

What Does An Osteopath Do?

Osteopaths most obvious difference is that they work with their hands to aid recovery. They are qualified to know whether you need further medical tests or investigations. So, osteopathy is a totally valid first port of call for people in pain.


An osteopath is a skilled diagnostician. Working out what is most likely causing your symptoms. The diagnosis is based on what you tell us (your history), any test or investigations you may have had, and our examination. We’ll explain it to you and what has most likely caused it.

Assess Function

Osteopaths can work out why you aren’t moving properly. And what to do about it. Here at AX we use a Functional Assessment for low back pain. A Functional Assessment is arguably more valuable to you than a diagnosis. Because it tells you what you should and shouldn’t do to recover.


We don’t prescribed medication. But we do give lifestyle and exercise guidance. Googling “exercises for X” is generally confusing and sometimes dangerous. You can rely on an AX osteopath to give you personalised guidance.

Manual Therapy

We use our hands to apply techniques that support recovery. Massage techniques, joint articulations, tractions, manipulations. We will use a range of these to help you to feel better sooner. If you have a preference for techniques you do or don’t like, we will take that into account.


It’s one thing knowing what you should be doing. Doing it is another matter. A good osteopath will be your health-coach. Because changing isn’t easy. But we’ve got 30 years of experience helping people like you to do what needs to be done to make a long-term recovery.

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Should You Try Osteopathy?

If you have any of the below, you could book to see an osteopath.
John Cooper
John Cooper
Had lower back pain and after a couple of sessions with Gavin the relief is fanastic and movement in hips is great,highly recommended
Tom Ord
Tom Ord
Having recently moved to Edinburgh and with a long history of back issues, it was important for me to source a decent osteopath. Active X have been superb. As an electrician I can’t afford any downtime, and on 2 occasions they’ve sorted my back without me missing any work days. Absolute professionals. Thankyou.
P Scott
P Scott
Excellent treatment, support and guidance to sort out lower back pain. App has insightful and educational information to treat and, when I get there, prevent it happening again. A real sense of shift in my behaviours as a result of the sessions with Gavin.
Rachel Brown
Rachel Brown
I’m really impressed with the service and treatment, after a really annoying sore back and leg which appeared over Christmas. Casper has really helped to give me treatment and exercises which has eased the pain, not only that he is also a real pleasure to deal with and has a great manner, which has put me immediately at ease and makes me feel like I’m in safe hands!! Keep up the great work.
Renata Gorska
Renata Gorska
I wanted to express my sincere gratitude for the exeptional care and treatment I received from Caspar. His professionalism, friendliness, patientce, and dedication made me feel comfortable and confident right from the start. The treatment I received was truly outstanding and has made a significant difference in my condition. I am very grateful for the improvement I have experienced under Caspar's care. Thank you very much Caspar 🙂
Emma Smyth
Emma Smyth
After years of struggling i have finally found someone who actually listens and actively makes an effort to correct what i need. Couldnt recommend enough. Great people, service, and results.
Steven Tindale
Steven Tindale
Not for the first time Active X have put me back on my feet. Jordan was first class in sorting out the problem. I can't recommend him highly enough.
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Professional service
Jacq Coghill
Jacq Coghill
Just had second appointment with Gavin for upper back pain. Thorough examination and history taken. Great explanation and understanding of what’s happening and tips to alleviate the problem. Today was really interesting with gentle manipulation of joints and stretching of muscles involved. Hopeful this can be resolved.