LOC opens OSKAR Clinic

Photos courtesy of the University of Salford.

Photos courtesy of the University of Salford.

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LOC opens OSKAR Clinic

BY Daisy

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 Kinematics 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.

Photos courtesy of the University of Salford.

Photos courtesy of the University of Salford.

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."

For appointments at the new clinic in Manchester ring 020 8974 9989 or e-mail [email protected]




We have the following facilities and amenities at our Kingston Upon Thames location:

  • Free parking
  • Wheelchair ramp
  • Disabled toilet
  • Baby changing facilities

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:

We have the following facilities and amenities at our Bristol location:

  • Free parking directly outside the clinic
  • Large Waiting Room
  • Free tea, coffee and water
  • No Toys (Due to Health & Safety Requirements of the clinic)
  • Baby changing space (In clinic room)
  • Fully wheelchair accessible
  • Short walk to Clifton Village centre for shops, restaurants & cafes

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,

Astley Bridge,




For more information, please visit The Good Health Centre 

If you are a concerned parent with a child who is experiencing movement difficulties due to a condition such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida or acquired brain injury, we can help. Take a look at our paediatric orthotics pages to get started, or contact LOC directly.