When Erika Maude founded Scoliosis SOS 10 years ago
, she opened a clinic in Martlesham, a village in her home county of Suffolk. Word quickly spread, and patients flocked to the Scoliosis SOS Clinic from miles around, eager to see if the Clinic's exercise-based scoliosis treatments could give them a better quality of life and eliminate the need for invasive surgery.
In 2009, Erika and the Scoliosis SOS team decided that, in order to better serve the needs of scoliosis sufferers from further afield, the Clinic should relocate to its present-day home in London. Non-surgical scoliosis treatments are still not widely available in a lot of countries, and many scoliosis sufferers wanted to travel to our clinic from abroad but found it difficult to get to a small village in Suffolk.
Left: Our old clinic in Martlesham, Suffolk.
Right: Our current location in the City of London.
By contrast, our current location on Mansell Street in London is easily accessible from just about anywhere. London, of course, is served by several international airports, and Mansell Street is within easy walking distance of several railway stations (Fenchurch Street, Liverpool Street) and London Underground stops (Aldgate, Aldgate East, Tower Gateway and others). We are also able to provide comfortable accommodation in the heart of London for patients who do not live locally. Our fully-furnished, self-catering apartments are situated within the clinic building, and each one can sleep up to four people (ideal if you are travelling with your family).
We're very lucky here at Scoliosis SOS - our clinic
in the City of London is staffed by a skilled team of chartered physiotherapists, all of whom are utterly dedicated to helping our patients to change their lives for the better.
Jason Black is our Clinical Manager and Consultant. He completed a BSc Hons Degree in Physiotherapy at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, and like all of the physiotherapists in our London clinic, he is registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). Jason is also registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and recently gave multiple presentations at the 2016 SOSORT-IRSSD conference in Banff, Canada.
In addition to all of this, Jason is an accredited Dynamic Movement Orthotics Practitioner and an accredited Langer & Quadrastep Orthotics Practitioner. He holds a National Sports First Aid Certification and a Foundation Skills qualification in Massage and Soft Tissue Manipulation; he is also certified in the SEAS method and FITS concept.
Originally from Northern Ireland, Jason has a keen interest in sport, and can often be found running or playing hockey matches for his local club.
All of our physiotherapists are certified practitioners of the ScolioGold method, our own unique therapeutic method that is specifically designed to combat scoliosis and other spinal conditions. If you would like to find out whether our physiotherapists can help you, please contact us now to arrange an initial consultation at our clinic in London.
Chrissy Pilcher is one of our Deputy Clinical Manager. She has a master's degree in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Brighton, as well as a BSc Hons Degree in Exercise Science from Bournemouth University. She is a chartered physiotherapist (registered with both the CSP and the HCPC), and she has been trained in Integrated Myofascial Therapy (Level 1), Mulligan Concept Mobilisations with Movement (Level 1), and acupuncture. She is also an accredited Langer practitioner.
Our ScolioGold Therapists
Charlotte Daly holds a BSc Hons Degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Liverpool. She is a chartered physiotherapist (registered with the CSP and the HCPC) and an accredited Langer practitioner; she is also qualified in APPI: Mat Level 1.
Georgie Frere graduated from Cape Town University in South Africa with a BSc Hons Degree in Physiotherapy. She is both a chartered physiotherapist (registered with the CSP and HCPC) and an accredited Langer practitioner. She also holds Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications in Dry Needling.
Johanna Häkkinen holds a BSc Hons Degree in Physiotherapy from the Savonia University of Applied Sciences in Finland. Like our other ScolioGold Therapists, she is a chartered physiotherapist (registered with the CSP and HCPC).
If you're interested in attending one of our ScolioGold treatment courses, the first step is to undergo an initial consultation with one of our scoliosis specialists. This allows us to assess whether or not our ScolioGold programme could benefit you.
Your initial consultation will take one of two forms:
- Visit to our Clinic - If you are able to travel to our London clinic, one of our consultants will evaluate your symptoms in an appointment lasting 40 to 60 minutes.
- Remote Consultation via Telephone/Skype - We treat many patients from all over the UK and the rest of the world, and so we are more than happy to carry out your consultation over the phone if you are unable to visit our clinic in person. These appointments are conducted in the same way as our face-to-face consultations, although we will require you to send over some photographs of your back and/or your X-rays beforehand so that we may assess your condition properly.
What will happen during my consultation?
First, one of our expert consultants will go through your medical history and symptoms, gathering information about your condition and any previous treatments you may have received. The consultant will then evaluate your spinal measurements, a process that includes a radiation-free back scan if you visit our clinic in person. The consultant will then outline the treatment options available to you, offering their recommendations for a treatment plan along with expected outcomes and a rough time scale.
If you are interested in finding out how our treatment courses could dramatically alter the symptoms of scoliosis without surgery, get in touch
with Scoliosis SOS and book your initial consultation today!
The Scoliosis SOS Clinic is situated on Mansell Street in London, but don't assume because of our location that all of our patients are British! People travel from all over the world to receive scoliosis treatment from our therapists; in fact, 30% of the patients who attend our treatment courses are from overseas. We've met scoliosis sufferers from Australia, Zimbabwe, and everywhere in between, and each of them benefited hugely from the non-surgical therapeutic methods in which we specialise. This map
shows the locations of some of our former patients:
As you can see, our treatment courses have helped people from right across the globe to overcome their spinal conditions. Having looked at that map, you may well be wondering why people go to such great lengths to visit the Scoliosis SOS Clinic – why would someone from Texas or New Zealand or Saudi Arabia travel thousands of miles to undergo treatment at a clinic in the United Kingdom? In other words...
What makes us worth the journey?
We are a team of chartered physiotherapists and consultants specialising in non-surgical treatments for scoliosis and other spinal conditions. Clinics like ours aren’t common – as we often point out, we’re the only non-surgical scoliosis clinic in the UK, but a lot of countries aren’t even fortunate enough to have the one. Every year, countless scoliosis sufferers worldwide are told that surgery is the only effective way to combat their condition; the people who come to our clinic from other countries do so because they discovered (usually via the internet) that there was an alternative after all.
Take Nadia Browne
, a teenage girl from New Jersey, USA. As a great lover of sports, Nadia was shocked to be diagnosed with scoliosis, especially when she was told that she would need a nine-hour operation to correct her spinal curvature. Desperate for an alternative solution, Nadia attended started seeing a chiropractor, but after two years, it became clear that these sessions were not having the desired effect.
It was at this point that Nadia's parents conducted an internet search for non-surgical treatment options and discovered the Scoliosis SOS Clinic. It wasn't an easy decision to make, but the Browne family eventually came to the conclusion that the 3,500-mile journey across the Atlantic Ocean would be worth it if Nadia could avoid a risky surgical procedure.
Here's what Nadia herself had to say after completing a ScolioGold
"Being told you need to have a major operation is incredibly scary and I am so glad the Scoliosis SOS Clinic gave me an alternative. I have been able to return to all my sports lessons and no longer suffer any pain."
The Scoliosis SOS Clinic is located in London, England. Treatment courses typically last for four weeks, and accommodation is available within the clinic building (details here). No matter where in the world you live, we would be happy to hear from you – please contact us now to discuss your situation and arrange an initial consultation.