Over the last three years, the British School of Osteopathy (BSO) has been developing a new chronic pain management course called the Osteopathy, Mindfulness and Acceptance Programme (OsteoMAP). It aims to help people with musculoskeletal problems to manage pain by learning more effective coping strategies and creating fuller, more active lives for themselves despite pain.
The course consists of six, one-hour sessions designed for an individual patient, and the sessions include osteopathic treatment and mindfulness-based exercises adapted for each person’s physical capabilities and personal goals. Since September, three clinics have been running each week as part of the BSO community clinic services. The concessionary fees aim to make the course accessible to people on low incomes and disability allowances.
We will be running courses again from January 2016, so please contact us if you would like to apply for a place on this popular course. If you would like to learn more about whether this course might be the right choice for you, please read the information sheet and complete an application form which can be found here.
What have previous participants said about the course?
"Very compassionate and welcoming"
"Gave me positive ways to deal effectively with physical and mental pain and stress"
"A totally different way of looking at pain relief"
"Made me aware of how to relax into the pain rather than running away from it"
"OsteoMAP taught me to slow down and think about things"
"My ability to do day-to-day activities has improved"
"Be prepared to make an effort to get the most out of it"
From June 2013 to May 2016, OsteoMAP was an NHS-approved research study (ISRCTN 04892266), funded by the Department of Health. A summary of the results will be published on this website after the final patient outcome data has been collected in November 2016.