About Evolution Osteopathy

Evolution Osteopathy is a short walk from both London Waterloo station and Southwark underground station and is situated in The Clinic @ Southbank. Evolution Osteopathy provides osteopathic assessment and treatment for a wide range of complaints and conditions. Osteopathy can be used to help relieve or resolve your muscular or joint pain, postural fatigue, repetitive strain, headaches, arthritis, pregnancy related postural pain, back conditions, as well as complement your sports training, prescribe exercises to improve your posture and much more.

The Team

Mr Matthew Wood MOst. – Principal Osteopath

Matthew Wood MOst

Evolution Osteopathy is led by registered Osteopath, Matthew Wood. Matthew trained at the London School of Osteopathy and has a wide range of skills gained from working with patients from all walks of life, being an Osteopath in Waterloo he works with everyone from pregnant mothers to office workers and athletes. Matthew currently also works with the Southwark Lancers Rugby team and assists in teaching Osteopathic technique at the London School of Osteopathy. Matthew has also completed the DMA Clinical Pilates L1 and Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute L1 Courses and integrates this knowledge into his practice and exercise and is a member of both the British Medical Acupuncture Society and the Osteopathic Sports Care Association

He is originally from New Zealand and moved to London in the late 1990′s. He has a keen interest in Triathlon and its composite sports and has run several marathons and shorter races and so understands first hand how important it is to stay healthy and treat sport injuries quickly. He has a diverse background from working in the Arts, the Public Sector and Sports, and was most recently working on the London 2012 Olympics. Matthew is passionate about Osteopathy and working with patients in order to achieve the best results possible. Matthew is also currently the Osteopath for the Southwark Lancers RFC.

Miss Sophie Bowker – Associate OsteopathSophie Bowker Osteopath

Sophie graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2014 with a BSc (Hons) in Osteopathy. She is passionate about her chosen profession, and uses a structural approach to treatment that focuses on decreasing pain and restoring function.

A keen sailor and hockey player, she has a particular interest in sport injuries and the appropriate rehabilitation programmes: she is currently completing an osteopathic internship with Bath Rugby Club. To compliment her degree, she has completed a basic mat-work Pilates course and gained a sports massage qualification. She enjoys meeting and treating patients from all walks of life.


Mr Zoltan Zavody – Clinical Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist (BTEC 5 Dip.) 

Sports Massage and Remedial Massage

Zoltan is a fully qualified Clinical Massage Therapist (BTEC Level 5), trained at the London School of Sports Massage (LSSM). He came to massage through exploring and slowly resolving injuries of his own, which could not seem to be shifted through simple stretching, exercise regimes, physiotherapy, or various other treatments.

As well as using a range of professional massage methods (deep tissue massage, neuromuscular technique, myofascial release, etc.), Zoltan draws on the experience of working through his own injuries, on his practice of qi gong flow techniques and martial arts, and his academic studies in Systems Theory. Whether you have a little ache or tightness, a more specific injury, or you’re training for / recovering from an event, or you’re just after a relaxing massage – Zoltan’s aim is to treat you as a whole, integrated, connected person.

What do Osteopaths’ treat?

Our body is generally very good at healing itself – We fall down, we bruise, the skins heals after a week or so – we have lower back pain, it often gets better on its own.

Sometimes though the pain does not go away, or it keeps on returning, and this is when Osteopathy can be very useful.

More about Osteopathy and Sports Injuries

More about Osteopathy and Pregnancy related muscle and joint pain

Here is a list of some of the other most common conditions that Osteopaths’ treat and help with:

▪ aches and pains

▪ arthritic pain

▪ backache and back pain

▪ local or minor circulatory problems

▪ cramp

▪ digestion problems

▪ fibromyalgia

▪ frozen shoulder

▪ joint pains

▪ lumbago

▪ muscle spasms

▪ muscle tension

▪ neuralgia

▪ inability to relax

▪ rheumatic pain

▪ rheumatism

▪ sciatica

▪ spasms

▪ sports injuries

▪ tension

Patients have also found osteopathy to be helpful for many other conditions. If you want to find out more, we will be happy to talk to you and discuss any questions you may have.

What to expect on your first visit

On your first visit to the clinic, the Osteopath will take a full case history and medical background, not only to assist in diagnosis of your complaint, but to ensure that you are screened effectively in order to be suitable for Osteopathic treatment.

After the case history, the Osteopath will examine you whilst you are standing in order to see how your body is moving as a whole, sometimes the area that hurts is caused by tissues elsewhere in the body and so it is important in order review the whole body to gain the full picture when first beginning treatment. In order to do this, the Osteopath will ask you to dress down to your underwear, so if you would like to bring shorts or a vest top with you to make you more comfortable then please do.

Once the Osteopath has gained a working diagnosis and ascertained you are suitable for Osteopathic intervention, treatment will commence, treatment on the first session may be limited due to the time spent screening, any further sessions will focus more on treatment as the case history and diagnosis has already been completed.

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to ask on booking or at any time in the treatment session.

About Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. Osteopaths work with the structure and function of the body, and work is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.

To an osteopath, for your body to work well, its structure must also work well. So osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery.  Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, as well as helping your body’s own healing mechanisms.  They may provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and to prevent symptoms recurring. When surgery has been required, osteopathy is highly useful in returning the joint or muscles into health and in restoring movement.

Regulation of Osteopathy

All osteopaths in the UK are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).

Osteopaths are required to renew their registration each year and we provide registrants with an annual licence to practise. As part of this process, the GOsC checks that osteopaths have current professional indemnity insurance, remain in good health and of good character, and have met mandatory continuing professional development requirements.

Protection of Title

The title ‘osteopath’ is protected by law. It is against the law for anyone to call themselves an osteopath unless they are registered with the GOsC, which sets and promotes high standards of competency, conduct and safety. The GOsC can, and will, prosecute individuals who practise as osteopaths when they are not on the GOsC Register.

Osteopaths’ patients include the young, older people, manual workers, office professionals, pregnant women, children and sports people. Patients seek treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including back pain, repetitive strain injury, changes to posture in pregnancy, postural problems caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and minor sports injuries.