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Specialist and community clinics

In addition to our General Clinic, Demonstration Clinic and Associates Clinic, the BSO runs a number of specialist clinics for specific patient groups. An outline of these is provided on this page.

Children's and Paediatric Clinics

These are dedicated clinics for the treatment of babies and children aged between 0-16 years old. The BSO has been offering osteopathic care for children for over 50 years, and all appointments are delivered by qualified osteopaths with specialist paediatric experience, assisted by senior BSO students. 

Our Children's Clinic is run by experienced osteopaths with a specialist interest in treating children, assisted by senior BSO students, and our Paediatrics Clinic is run by qualified osteopaths who are training for our postgraduate qualification in Paediatric Osteopathy. They are supervised by tutors who have trained in paediatric care.

The Children's Clinic runs on Monday (all day) and Thursday (afternoon) at the BSO Clinic.

The Paediatrics Clinic runs every Saturday from 08:30 - 12:30, and every third Friday afternoon at the BSO Clinic.

All appointments for babies and children are offered free of charge. 

We also run a community 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 is open to local residents only and bookings must be made via the centre.

Expectant Mothers Clinic

The BSO has run an Expectant Mothers' Clinic since 1980, offering specialist antenatal and postnatal care for pregnant women. Osteopathy may be able to help with a variety of problems experienced during pregnancy, including aches and pians as a result of changes to posture and weight, and pre-existing issues. Postnatal appointents can help patients return to normal function after the birth. Treatment is safe for the patient and baby. 

For more information, please click here to download our information leaflet. 

The Expectant Mothers Clinic runs on Tuesdays, 17:45 - 20:15, and Thursdays, 09:00 - 13:00 at the BSO Clinic.

Sports Clinic

This clinic is dedicated to sports and fitness injuries, experienced by a wide variety of patients, from professional athletes, committed amateurs and gym, fitness and keep-fit enthusiasts, to dancers, actors and oter professional performers.

Osteopathy may be able to help with alleviating immediate symptoms of an injury, aiding recovery and supporting overall performance and long-term training goals. Osteopaths look at the relationship between muscle, limb and spine function, the potential underlying cause of symptoms and lifestyle. By appreciating how these factors may interact they can make adjustments and recommendations to help prevent injury and help patients achieve 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. 

The Sports Clinic runs on Thursday mornings at the BSO Clinic.

OsteoMAP Clinic

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 

The OsteoMAP course is for people who are already receiving osteopathy for long-term musculoskeletal conditions that are alleviated but not completely resolved by manual therapy alone. It aims to help patients 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 are 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 ongoing pain.

For more information, please read the OsteoMAP Patient Information Sheet pdf  and Application Form word  (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.

Blanchard Clinic and the Royal Free Clinic

These clinics are dedicated to offering osteopathic treatment to people living with HIV. All appointments are offered free of charge.

Osteopathic treatment can bring improvements to quality of life by addressing the particular musculo-skeletal dysfunction often experienced by patients with HIV. It also complements the drug therapies used to manage HIV/AIDS and may also help in coping with the side effects they can bring.

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, drug therapies, associated pathologies and the musculo-skeletal presentation of HIV.

The Blanchard Clinic runs on Wednesday mornings, Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings at the BSO Clinic.

The Royal Free Clinic is run at the hospital's Ian Charleston Day Centre on Friday afternoons, and is generously supported by the Burdett Trust.

"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.

Manna Clinic

The Manna Clinic is a specialist community clinic offering free osteopathic care to homeless people via the Manna Centre in London Bridge. The clinic has been running since 1998, and aims to help address some of the physical, psychological and social impacts of erratic and rough sleeping on patients. 

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.

The Manna Clinic runs on Wednesday mornings at the Manna Centre and appointments are run on a drop-in basis.

Blackfriars Clinic and Lucy Brown House Clinic

These clinics offer dedicated care for older people in the community, working to relieve symptoms of a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions associated with the aging process, including 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.

The Blackfriars Clinic treats patients who are 55 and over, and runs on Thursday mornings at the Blackfriars Settlement in Southwark.

The Lucy Brown House Clinic runs on Wednesday afternoons and delivers treatment to residents of Lucy Brown House in their own homes.

Appointments at Blackfriars Settlement and Lucy Brown House are on a drop in basis, arranged via the clinic team.

East Street NHS Clinic

Since 1999 the BSO has an osteopathic clinic at the East Street GP surgery which provides primary health care services for an area in Southwark with very high rates of poverty and social exclusion. Patients are referred to this clinic by their GP or the practice nurse for treatment 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 East Street Clinic runs on Wednesday and Friday afternoons and appointments are booked through the GP practice.