Dr Oliver Thomson
Dr Oliver Thomson
PhD, MSc, PG Cert, BSc (Hons), D.O
Registered Osteopath and Clinical Director
Together with Sarah, Oliver is one of the Directors of BodyMatters Clinic and oversees the health side of the practice.
He graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Osteopathic Medicine from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in London and is registered with the profession’s regulatory body, the General Osteopathic Council.
Having a background in sports injuries, Oliver completed a Masters degree in Sports and Exercise Rehabilitation from St Mary’s University College. Oliver then gained his PhD in osteopathy in 2013 from the Research Centre for Health Professions at the University of Brighton. His research investigated how experienced osteopaths make clinical decisions and the different approaches that they take when examining, treating and managing patients during their day-to-day practice. Oliver is an internationally renowned lecturer and researcher, and has authored several 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 BodyMatters Clinic, Oliver also works as an Associate Professor at the University College of Osteopathy, where he leads the undergraduate and postgraduate osteopathy students and supervises research projects. Oliver is currently involved in a few research studies investigating low back pain, clinical reasoning and expertise in osteopathy, and 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 back pain, osteopathy and manual therapy.
Oliver integrates research evidence into all aspects of his clinical practice and takes a friendly patient-centred approach to his practice, which results in effective pain relief and a return to normal movement. He offers a wide range of treatments including highly-skilled manipulation and manual therapy of joints and soft tissues, acupuncture, self-management advice and exercise therapy.
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