British school of Osteopathic Children’s Clinic
The British School of Osteopathy has provided specialist clinics for children for over fifty years. At the beginning of 2015, we ended charges for children attending our clinics – making all appointments for babies and children completely free of charge. We are delighted to be in a position now to expand our provision with a new children’s clinic on Saturday mornings.
Working with local children
To date, we have offered specialist clinics for children over three days each week in our Clinical Centre, as well as a clinic at 1st Place SureStart Centre near Southwark’s Aylesbury Estate which provides services for children from birth to five years of age. Many children first come to the clinics when their mothers have a post-natal musculoskeletal health check, providing a valuable assessment for both mother and child in the weeks after birth.
During the week, our Children’s Clinic is run by experienced osteopaths with paediatric training, assisted by senior BSO students. From Saturday 18 April 2015, our new clinic on Saturday mornings will be run by qualified osteopaths who are training for our postgraduate qualification in paediatric osteopathy. They will be supervised by tutors with specialist training in paediatric care.
In our clinics
Osteopathy can help children with a range of physical problems. The Children’s Clinics see children from a few weeks old up to the age of 16 years. Babies and children who attend the clinics come for a wide variety of reasons and at different developmental stages. For example, we see babies who may be fretful or hard to settle – sometimes after a difficult labour. Other babies present with feeding or digestion difficulties.
At a first consultation a thorough case history is compiled, followed by a detailed examination of a child’s muscles, ligaments, joints and other relevant structures. Once a diagnosis is reached a detailed explanation is given to the parents and child and options for treatment or referral are discussed. The following video shows the kind of examination that our osteopaths would make when a child first visits our clinics.
Other common presentations seen in our clinics include digestion issues and common childhood injuries from sports or falls. The clinicians have an important role in identifying where osteopathy can help the child’s complaints and where a GP or other health professional should be responsible for care of the problem. Local GPs, health visitors, midwives, occupational therapists, children’s mental health workers and hospital breastfeeding consultants all refer patients to the services that the School offers.
We are delighted to launch our new clinic on Saturday mornings. By expanding our provision, more children will be able to access our free osteopathic services and in particular our weekend clinic will allow schoolchildren to make appointments without interruption to their education.
To make an appointment click here to email us. or telephone 020 7089 5360.