Backs Etc. is a friendly family-owned clinic based in the heart of Clapham North. We offer an integrated approach utilising both manual therapy and movement training to find the root cause of your issues, get you out of pain, and back to your everyday activities ASAP. Our approach focuses on keeping you pain-free long-term, rather than just managing symptoms.
What we do
At Backs Etc we offer both hands-on therapy and fitness facilities. Rather than just treating symptoms, we want to get you out of pain with both manual therapy and movement training to find the root cause of your issues. Typically we start with hands-on treatment as the first step to getting you out of pain, followed by restoration of proper function via movement and fitness training. We believe that the aim of treatment and training is the restoration of optimum function.
Many people go to medical doctors to find solutions for musculoskeletal pain. They are often given painkillers or muscle relaxants that merely mask the symptoms. This approach does not address the underlying problem, which is usually not a medical problem, but a functional problem, and therefore it needs a functional solution to restore the balance of the body.
Some of the issues we treat include, but are not limited to:
- Muscle spasms
- Acute/chronic neck pain and related headaches
- Acute/chronic low back pain
- Hip, knee, ankle and foot pain, including osteoarthritis
- Shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand problems
- Sports injuries
- Pregnancy, pelvic and lower back pain
- Post-surgery rehabilitation
- Postural issues
- Nutritional coaching
- Flexibility and mobility
- Muscular endurance
- Fitness MOT
- Weight loss
- Athletic performance
- Injury mitigation
I would thoroughly recommend Backs Etc. This team have a methodical and comprehensive approach to looking at the body in a holistic way. Sue and Jack’s treatments perfectly complement each other and provide an impressive all-round service. For a number of years, I suffered from a pain in my shoulder and neck which I could not get rid of even though I tried various types of therapies. After a few months with Sue and Jack, I am now pain-free. Sue uses simple tests and exercises to effectively demonstrate weaknesses or issues and then uses manipulation or exercises to work on injuries and reduce tensions and blockages. Sue helped me to remove the pain but Jack has helped me to strengthen parts of my body to ensure that the pain stays away. Jack designed a bespoke set of exercises that are easy to follow and can be done for just 5 or 10 minutes, if I don’t have time, or for an all body workout that lasts about an hour. The Backs Etc team don’t have a magic wand, the pains don’t go away instantly but they do provide you with convincing tools to help. I had to work hard to help myself but they continue to support me through this process and have developed a treatment that works for me.Helen London
I was making my journey to the clinic and the taxi driver couldn’t understand why I would travel over 100+ miles “just to see a therapist!” I explained that why would I do anything else if I wanted to see the best therapist I could, who worked in the areas I felt would help me best, specifically Neurokinetic Therapy. I am a dancer, I can’t afford to faff around and neither does the wonderful Sue McCall! I am also a body worker who is very particular about who I allow to treat me. Sue has a wealth of knowledge that I can only admire and learn from. As a client, I want to feel the knowledge of the person I’m putting my trust in – not just hear them talking about it. I want to work with a therapist who will help me understand what has been going on, treat and advise me (or clients I send on) appropriately. Sue works fast and meticulously – attention to detail is demonstrated in her thought and treatment plans. In a very short period of time Sue has helped me unwind and irradiate a range of past injuries that have caused a series of significant problems in my strength and ranges of movement. Alongside the unwinding and change is a very immediate and definite re-stabilisation of all the elements I need to function properly, as a dancer – as a human in constant movement. Sue has helped me literally re-connect my body and I can move better than ever. To anyone out there seeking treatment, especially professional dancers in London - be it living there or passing through, for those who know me … you know I don’t recommend people easily and without genuine sincerity. Sue McCall IS your go-to, multi-skilled, master level practitioner in London, a compassionate therapist and a wonder of help, support and information.Jen London
I initially worked with Sue in order to treat a long term back problem. Through adopting a holistic approach, Sue was able to locate the historical and fundamental causes of my issues rather than just simply providing temporary, localised treatment. Currently, I am working with Jack on functional movement and strengthening to further treat the issues discovered in the appointments with Sue. Most of the exercises revolve around proper breathing and core exercises and I have already noticed a difference! The crucial aspect is how Sue and Jack's combined approach allows a thorough diagnosis and treatment to be followed up with a tailor made strengthening strategy which will help prevent the problems recurring in the future. I would absolutely recommend Sue and Jack!Alex London
Following an injury on the rugby pitch several years ago, I could barely walk without serious pain in my lower legs and back, let alone run. 9 months later after a series of sessions with Sue, I ran my first marathon. Sue’s systematic approach to understanding my injury and identifying and treating muscular issues that other physiotherapists and sports specialists failed to treat properly, meant I saw steady progress in my recovery and am now able to move around pain free. I couldn’t rate Sue’s skills and services more highly.Tom South London
Having suffered with back problems for about 20 years and done the usual Osteo / Chiro / massage route, I was introduced to Sue by a friend of mine. The use of NKT, combined with acupuncture and traditional Osteopathy has been a revelation. Rather than simply curing the symptoms, Sue has worked with me to get to the root causes of my back pain, without the need for heavy duty manipulation and cracking (or the need to keep taking heavy duty pain killers). I now have a set of exercises and stretches that let me prevent the serious bouts of back pain ever happening. Furthermore, by using simple breathing and stretching techniques my day to day flexibility and core strength have improved considerably. Spending 6 months working with Sue has enabled me to achieve a number of goals: play 3 rounds of golf in a weekend, continue my hobby of track driving (without the need for massage before and after every day on track) and most notably, stand up and cook for an hour. Most recently, I completed a 3 week trip that involved 6 flights, sleeping in 9 different hotel beds and included a 5 day road trip. This was all completed without any serious back issues or the need to take a single pain killer. Having received treatment form many Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Massage Therapists, I can whole heartedly say that Sue's approach has delivered far better results in 6 months that I have seen working with other practitioners over a number of years.Adam South London
Sue @ Backs Etc is fantastic- I've been suffering from RSI pain in my back and arm for years and thanks to her treatment I have been completely pain free for months. I've had osteopathy from other specialists in the past, which has been great as a temporary measure, but hasn't solved the issues in the long run. Sue has a very holistic approach to the treatment, taking into account stress and lifestyle for instance, which is making all the difference. Highly recommended.Rejane Clapham
Sue is the best Osteopath I have found and I have been to quite a few in London. Her holistic approach means that you don't just get manipulation in your problem area, you get a whole body treatment with a range of different techniques including acupuncture if you need it. I would, and have already recommended Sue to a number of people and she is my go to lady when I have a niggle! I went to her in chronic pain (I could hardly sleep) in my shoulder, neck and back after a cycling accident. I felt much better after the first session, and continued to see Sue for further treatment. I now see her every 6-8 weeks or so as part of general maintenance for my body. Sue is worth every single penny. Don't suffer with pain, get yourself back to your full health!Chloe South London
I have had a history of back pain for 25 years and have tried numerous treatments with different practices. Two years ago the pain was so bad that surgery was suggested, but following MRI scans and pain therapy I decided to continue with treatment. Little improvement was achieved and in January of this year I was recommended to try Backs Etc. Sue has been fantastic and my level of pain has decreased week on week. She listens to my issues and concerns and totally gets what the problem is. She does set a lot of "homework" and quite intense home exercises-but this is definitely worth following. Recently I have progressed to seeing Jack and concentrating on a tailored exercise program to improve my movement and further decrease my level of pain and increase what I am able to do pain-free. Both Jack and Sue place a huge emphasis on the importance in breathing correctly and good movement and they work this into both exercise and daily life. I would highly recommend both Sue and Jack and it is great that it is a "one stop shop". They work together and come up with the most suitable plan and regimeAndy London
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