Pain Relief and Prevention

Sounds good, right?
Of course, you want pain relief as fast as possible, don’t you?  And you’ve come to the right place. We are osteopaths in Edinburgh with over 30 years of refining our approach. We have written two books on lower back pain and an online course for lower back pain and sciatica. And we’ve developed a lower back pain app. So, it’s fair to say we specialise in lower back pain treatment and sciatica treatment.

But as we’re working on pain relief we also have an eye on prevention at this early stage. Sixty percent of lower back pains recur within a year. So, it’s vitally important that you think about the steps back from the edge of “The Cliff of Pain” as you progress up it. First appointment for osteopathy with us is £72 and follow-up appointments are £62.

We ask you to fill in an online form before your appointment. This is so that we can start thinking about your problem before we even see you.

At your first appointment you can tell us all about your problem. We might ask you a few more questions to fill in any blanks. Then we’ll examine you, explain what’s wrong with you and what options there are to help you. Treatment is normally provided during the first appointment, and short term advice is given to help you recover as quickly as possible. See what others have said.

Bear in mind, we are not only Edinburgh osteopaths. We aim to deliver the best back massage and we provide office massage.

Roland and Gavin

Having achieved pain relief, we offer a range of options to prevent future back pain, sciatica, neck pain and pretty much all other types of musculoskeletal pain. The added benefit is that we’ll coach you to better health too.

Prices are tailored to individual needs. We think nothing of regular check-ups and scale and polish for our thirty two (if you’re lucky) teeth! You have twenty six movable vertebrae, twenty two discs and one hundred and forty supporting muscles in your spine. And a whole lot of nerves! Shouldn’t you be looking after them?

Mum doing yoga with her daughter

If you’d like more than pain relief.  And you’re in the market for some “chill-time”, book for a back massage. Or one of our therapists can come to your office to provide seated chair massage. We have a range of pricing options, including reduced prices for frequent attenders!


Active X Backs has a long working relationship with The Edinburgh Clinic in Edinburgh who provide X-Ray, MRI, Ultrasound, CT and DEXA scanning. Whatever investigation you need, The Edinburgh Clinic is very responsive, facilitating a fast and accurate turn-around of your result, complete with your images saved to a disc for your future reference.

Qualified neurologists working

We can provide the following at your place of work:
  • Ergonomic advice
  • On-site seated massage
  • Back classes
  • Health seminars
  • Health fairs

Musculoskeletal problems are the most common cause of absence from work. If you want your team to be as healthy as they can be and to get back to work from musculoskeletal problems quickly and safely – minimising the risk of long-term disability and reducing the cost of sickness absenteeism – contact Clinic Director, Gavin Routledge at [email protected] or on 0131 221 1415.

If you are an HR professional looking to reduce the cost of employee absenteeism due to back pain or mental illness such as stress, providing an in-house health care system may be the answer you are looking for. We can provide talks on fitness and back care directly to your employees. See our videos on Ergonomics and Desk Exercises for a sample of what we can offer your organisation in the way of educational, engaging advice on how to sit at work, as well as the best exercises to do at the workstation. We recommend DSE Scotland for desk assessments.

If you are an employee interested in encouraging your organisation to set up in-house services, please feel free to share this page and pass on the free guides.

Funding Options

Some of our seminars are provided free, just ask Gavin for details. Health insurance can fund osteopathy services. Many companies opt to pay for or subsidise the cost of services as they recognise the benefits of their employees being in the best health possible. Active X Back is registered with all main health insurers.

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