The Disability Foundation is a registered charity based at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore Middlesex. Its prime function is to provide complementary therapies to the disabled, carers (including NHS workers) and people suffering and recovering from illness.
The therapies include: Osteopathy, Massage, Counselling, Reflexology, Reiki, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Acupuncture and Chiropody. TDF provides care, comfort and tranquillity which doctors and drugs cannot always offer. Unless you come and visit TDF, it is difficult to envisage how successful and unique the centre is.
Imagine waking up and not being able to jump out of bed and a carer has to physically help you, as well as shower and dress you. For many living with constant pain that not even the strongest painkiller can reduce decreases their ability to enjoy life. But there is a medicine which is sometimes cast aside, its called “human touch”. Our therapies work on the premise that human touch is a significant form of medicine. A client with Parkinson’s Disease whose body unconsciously jerks begins a Reiki session (Reiki is a hands on healing treatment) and within minutes can be brought back to stillness. An autistic client who usually cannot show emotions smiles during their massage.
Mr D, who has suffered a stroke, visits the centre once per week. ‘TDF provides me with an hour of harmony and I look forward to each treatment.’
‘Doctors are clinical and can’t give me a medicine to help me relax.’ ‘My hour of reflexology has no side effects and helps to take away the worries my illness brought,’ says Mrs D who is in remission from cancer.
Right now, because of the economic crisis, charities are struggling to survive and fundraising in these austere times is proving more difficult, as well as the removal of much government funding. The Disability Foundation wants to continue to offer reduced rate therapies for the disabled and carers. The therapies help provide peace, reduce pain, offer time to offload and so much more. As one client stated ‘TDF saved my life and helped me cope with my disability in a way no-one else could.’
The Disability Foundation is open
weekdays from 9.45am to 5.15pm and Saturdays 10am to 1pm.
020 8954 7373