24 January 2019
The London Orthotic Consultancy is pleased to announce that it is opening a monthly clinic in the Gait Laboratory at the teaching hospital at the University of Salford which is located a mile outside Manchester City Centre.
The Optimal Segmental Kinematic Alignment approach to Rehabilitation (OSKAR) is an orthotic method of treating children with lower limb neuromuscular conditions caused by such conditions as cerebral palsy and spina bifida. It was originally developed by Elaine Owen MBE MSc SRP MCSP, a world-renowned physiotherapist who was awarded an MBE in 2012 for services to children with disabilities.
Impairments from cerebral palsy range in severity, usually in correlation to the degree of injury to the brain. The primary effects of cerebral palsy are impairments of muscle tone, motor functions, balance and posture. Exact symptoms will vary from child to child.
LOC assesses each child on the basis of the International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health which was approved for use by the World Health Assembly in 2001 and provides an objective framework for our clinicians. Gait and walking patterns will be assessed in the university’s gait laboratory. Then goals can be set for the improvements desired from the range of bespoke orthotic treatments we can prescribe.
Sam Walmsley, LOC’s clinical director commented on the opening: "We are delighted to be able to offer this clinical treatment package in a location that will be more convenient for many patients who live in the north. Having worked with Elaine for a number of years we know what a difference we can make to children’s lives in maximising their potential."
Working with LOC and Elaine has been a great experience – they really take the time to look at your child and understand their individual challenges and needs. For parents who are in the same position that we were, I would say do your research – see what clinics are available near you and what the costs are, but my feeling is it’s worth every penny.
After 10 years of daily physiotherapy and swimming, not to mention SDR, hamstring and tendon lengthening, we have finally achieved independent walking – it was a mother’s day gift that would take some beating.
LOC’s video vector technology measures exactly where Austin’s weight is being distributed, how his hips are moving and how his legs are moving. It’s those insights that have made his new AFOs so effective. Even within a few days, LOC’s splints have had more impact on his independence of movement than anything else we have done.
Since his new orthoses, his change has been remarkable. He is more mobile and can walk independently. Jason is now walking indoors and outdoors and is unrestricted. He is now properly enjoying the summer sunshine for the first time in a few years with no complaints of pain.
It has been a breath of fresh air – LOC’s ability to accommodate Sophie’s circumstances and manufacture her orthotics so quickly has taken a huge amount of potential stress away. Alan talks to Sophie as well - she looks forward to seeing him. He has even been able to fulfil her request to have her SMOs decorated with unicorns! It makes her feel special and much happier about wearing them.
I can now go a mile without having to stop, so it is a lot better and I’m walking in a regular pattern now. The orthotic fits perfectly because LOC took proper mouldings and photographs; they were very thorough.
We have the following facilities and amenities at our Kingston Upon Thames location:
We also have the Gait Laboratory for orthotics patients and Onsite Manufacturing for speedy turnarounds and adjustments whilst you wait.
We have the following facilities and amenities at our Cambridge location:
For more information about The Beechwood Complementary Medical Practice, please visit The Beechwood Practice.
We have the following facilities and amenities at our Bristol location:
For more information, visit Litfield House Medical Centre.
LOC’s clinic is based in the University of Salford’s Podiatry Department and provides treatments for orthotics, scoliosis, pectus deformities, positional plagiocephaly and club foot.
It is also the base for LOC’s northern OSKAR clinic which is run by Sam Walmsley, clinical director of LOC, in conjunction with Elaine Owen MBE MSc SRP MCSP.
Due to COVID-19, we have had to temporarily close the Salford clinic and are operating out of another clinic in Bolton.
508 Blackburn Rd,
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