The BSO provides two clinics dedicated to providing osteopathic treatment which is free for people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. The Blanchard Clinic runs from our clinical centre, four days each week. Osteopathic treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS can bring improvements to quality of life by addressing the particular musculo-skeletal dysfunction they often experience. It also complements the drug therapies used to manage HIV/AIDS and may also help in coping with the side effects they can bring.
The Blanchard Clinic runs three times a week (currently Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays) in the BSO's clinical centre. We also run a weekly osteopathy clinic on Fridays at The Royal Free Hospital's Ian Charleson Day Centre at the Royal Free Hospital in north-west London. Treatment in both clinics is provided by osteopathic students supervised and supported by tutors who are qualified osteopaths, and who have a specialist interest in HIV/AIDS, drug therapies, associated pathologies and the musculo-skeletal presentation of HIV/AIDS.
"Lots of people think that, because there is now medication for HIV that can keep people alive you should just be grateful and get on with it, but there can still be lots of problems in dealing with HIV. The osteopathy I get is helping to keep things under control. I don't know what I would have done if this clinic had not been started: it is fantastic that my doctor steered me here."
Sally, a patient at the BSO's weekly osteopathy clinic at The Royal Free Hospital's Ian Charleson Day Centre.
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The BSO's clinic for people with HIV/AIDS at the Royal Free Hospital is generously supported by the Burdett Trust. To find out more about supporting the work of our community clinics please click here.
The BSO runs two clinics for babies and children. We have experience of offering specialist clinics for children for over fifty years.
Osteopathy can help children with a range of physical problems. Many children first come to us when their mothers have a post-natal musculo-skeletal health check.
The BSO's Children's Clinic has treated children from a few weeks old up to the age of 16 years.
Our clinic is run by experienced osteopaths with a specialist interest in treating children, assisted by senior BSO students.
Weekdays: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
Weekend: Saturday from 8.30am – 12.30pm
In addition, we run an off-site clinic at 1st Place Parents' and Children's Centre near Southwark's Aylesbury Estate, which provides services on Thursdays for children from birth to five years of age. This clinic aims to help the children of local families with a range of physical problems.
The clinic runs on Thursdays from 9.30am - 1pm. Bookings at 1st Place are made via the centre.
From January 1st 2015, all children’s clinic appointments are free of charge.
For more information, please click here to download our information leaflet. To make an appointment in the Children's Clinic or call 020 7089 5360
The BSO has run an Expectant Mothers' Clinic since 1980, and currently runs sessions in our clinical centre on Tuesday evenings (17.45 - 20.15) and Thursday mornings (9.00 - 13.00). Many women experience back pain during pregnancy. Osteopathy can help with this and many other problems associated with pregnancy such as leg pains, pelvic pain and pain and tension in the neck and shoulders. Treatment is safe for you and your baby.
Many expectant mothers come to us for treatment of problems caused by changes of posture or weight as well as previous musculoskeletal problems. Postnatal appointments can, for example, evaluate how your musculoskeletal system is functioning. Treatment and advice can be given to support you in returning to normal function.
For more information, please click here to download our information leaflet. To make an appointment in the Expectant Mothers' Clinic please click .
The Sports Clinic runs on Thursdays, treating professional athletes, committed amateurs and gym, fitness and keep-fit enthusiasts.
Osteopathy helps people who enjoy sport at all levels of involvement with joint pain; muscular aches, pains, strains, pulls; back pain; preparation for big events; stiffness and tension; managing problem areas and enhancing stretching regimes. This clinic is also suitable for dancers, actors and other professional performers.
Osteopathy is effective for the treatment and management of sport- and fitness-related injuries. It can help to alleviate the immediate symptoms of the injury and help the patient manage their recovery and return back to active participation in sport.
Osteopaths can work with the athlete in relation to their performance and long-term training goals. Osteopaths look at the relationship between muscle, limb and spine function, the potential underlying cause of symptoms and your lifestyle. By appreciating how these factors may interact they can make adjustments and recommendations to help prevent injury and help you achieve your goals safely.
The BSO's Sports Clinic has provided osteopaths to support participants in major sporting events such as the London Marathon.
For more information, please click here to download our information leaflet. To make an appointment in the Sports Clinic please click .
The BSO has a long tradition of providing osteopathy for homeless people, and has run a weekly clinic on Wednesdays at the Manna Centre, London Bridge since 1998. Erratic and rough sleeping lifestyles have huge impacts on the body. Psychological and social interaction benefits may also be obtained.
Garry, 58, has been living rough on and off for the last 15 years. He suffered head, leg and shoulder injuries when run over by a car some years ago while sleeping rough. "After the accident I couldn't move my shoulder at all. I had a limp too – it was like one leg was shorter than the other" says Garry. In the four years that he has been regularly attending the BSO's weekly osteopathy outreach clinic at the Manna Centre, he has achieved complete movement in his shoulder and completed the 2007 London Marathon for the homeless charity Crisis, raising £2,500.
Appointments at the Manna Clinic are on a drop in basis, via the Manna Centre.
The BSO runs an osteopathy clinic on Wednesdays for older people at Lucy Brown House every three weeks. Residents receive osteopathic care in their own homes. Osteopathic treatment is also offered to older people at the Blackfriars Settlement in Southwark every Thursday morning. Teams of BSO tutors and students working in these clinics aim to help relieve the symptoms of a range of musculo-skeletal conditions associated with the ageing process, predominantly wear and tear, rheumatic pains and osteoarthritis.
"I've been coming for treatment for back pain for several weeks now. I picked up a leaflet about it from the reception desk and I'm pleased I did. I feel the benefit when I've had a treatment: I'm always more mobile when I come out. I've also introduced another lady who has been suffering with her neck. It's a good service: it's free, and they are a very nice, friendly team."
Annie, 82, a patient at the BSO's former outreach osteopathy clinic at Darwin Court.
Appointments at Blackfriars Settlement and Lucy Brown House are on a drop in basis, arranged via the clinic team.
Since 1999 the BSO has an osteopathic clinic at the East Street GP surgery which provides primary health care services for an area off the Old Kent Road in Southwark with very high rates of poverty and social exclusion. Patients are referred to this clinic by their GP or the practice nurse.
The clinic has expanded to two days a week (Thursdays and Fridays) due to demand, and provides treatment which is free to patients for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. Many of the patients are chronic pain patients with complex and challenging sets of health problems and issues. The BSO teams working at this clinic aim to help with the management of long-term conditions.
Appointments at East Street are booked by the practice.
The British School of Osteopathy (BSO) has been awarded a Department of Health Innovation grant to develop OsteoMAP, a new service that integrates Osteopathy, Mindfulness and Acceptance-based approaches to healthcare into a series of six individual sessions for patients with persistent pain. The course aims to support people who are already receiving osteopathy for long-term musculoskeletal conditions that are alleviated but not completely resolved by manual therapy alone.
The OsteoMAP course aims to help people find pathways to living more active and fulfilling lives, by participating in experiential exercises to enhance their own health and well-being, and to guide ‘hands on’ treatment. Participants will be asked to practice mindfulness-based exercises at home during the course, to develop their skills and resilience, and to engage with activities which link to their values and personal goals, to help them create a more meaningful life, despite on-going pain.
For more information, please read the OsteoMAP Patient Information Sheet and Application Form (also available from the BSO Clinic reception desk). For further patient course information, please contact Hilary Abbey, the Project Leader at H.Abbey@bso.ac.uk or on 020 7089 5330.