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Backs & Beyond - advanced practitioner training

Backs & Beyond: advanced practitioner training provides high quality training for all practitioners of manual therapy - osteopaths, physiotherapists, chiropractors, sports massage therapists.


We run our courses from two major institutions, the British School of Osteopathy in Borough, and the London College of Osteopathic Medicine in Marylebone. Both venues are close to major transport links.


5% of all proceeds from our workshops are donated to charities that we support.





The team comprises of:


Gavin Burt BSc (Hons) Ost Med, registered osteopath.

Gavin graduated in 1998 from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine, London, with a first class honours degree in Osteopathic Medicine.

He was a partner in a clinic in Auckland, New Zealand, for 3 years before returning to the UK in 2001 to work in Kentish Town, London. In February 2006 he opened his current clinic, Backs and Beyond, in the leafy suburb of Dartmouth Park in North London.

Gavin is a keen runner and cyclist and has treated amateur and elite runners alike, including Paula Radcliffe.

He taught at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine from 2001 to 2003, and has been a member of the General Osteopathic Council communications committee.

He is also the founder of the running injury website


James Raiher BSc (Hons) Ost Med, registered osteopath.

James studied sociology and philosophy before training to be an osteopath at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Continually inspired by the breadth of osteopathy, he incorporates a variety of osteopathic methods to tailor his treatment for each individual patient, including structural and cranial work and Kinesiotaping.

He is especially interested in the ways in which the body actively creates health, taking an approach which combines an understanding of physiology, nutrition and the impact of stress.

James is currently involved in research into osteopathic interventions in treating the problem of itching. His other interests include aikido and the cello. He has authored numerous plays and short stories.

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