Dunelm Osteopaths

We offer high standards of Osteopathic care in a welcoming and supportive environment. We want you to leave us feeling more positive and in control than when you arrived; so that you can get back to enjoying your life.

Dunelm Osteopathy

Osteopaths are skilled healthcare professionals who use their knowledge and skills to treat people of all ages. We try to understand what is causing your symptoms and if we think that they are due to the mechanics of your body not working well we use hands on techniques to try to change the situation. For example we may treat your foot because that is where an injury has occurred or we may treat your foot because its mechanics are causing your knee pain.

The techniques involve massage and stretching, articulation (movement) through the joints and manipulation. We treat all areas of the body, if it’s muscular or got joints we want to get our hands on!

Osteopaths acknowledge the need for healthy lifestyles and will give advice or guidance on exercise, diet and mental attitude. We do our best form a partnership with you, helping you to gain the ability and skills to manage your physical health.

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The Clinic

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Number 5,
Riverside,
Frankland Lane,
Durham,
DH1 5TA
Tel: 0191 383 0677

Blog

  • The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs

    I'm a big fan of Dr Chris van Tulleken and his forays into drug free treatment. If you've missed these programmes I urge you to watch them (BBC I player The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs) but prepare to be alarmed. The last programme in the two part series was extra-ordinarily hard hitting, looking at the use of anti-deppressants in teenagers. This is not the place to go into detail watch the programmes for that but of the many questions/issues left in my mind here are two.

    The first is a spin off question, not addressed by the programme. Dr Chris was raising the question as to why the sales of child paracetamol (calpol) have raised exponentially in the last ten years. It seems like clever marketing is encouraging us to give our children calpol for the slightest bump, graze or fever. The worry is that children are almost addicted to the stuff, but also come to believe in 'a pill for every ill'. So from my area of interest does this mean that if we are not allowed to experience pain from normal bumps and bruises then do we become more and more scared of this unpleasant sensation called pain? Pain is is normal and necessary for life. It is usually being sent to us by our brains to inform us about something that has happened or may be about to happen. However the amount of pain we feel does not always reflect the amount/chance of damage and usually resolves itself, our bodies are fabulous self healers. So how many unnecessary tablets are we popping in, damaging our livers, kidneys and bank balances. And if we are so scared by pain what effect is this having upon our mental health? Will 'bigger ills' lead to us reaching for 'bigger pills'.

     The second thing is actually an issue which we MUST all become aware of. Lots of jokes are made about 'Dr Google' but it is now normal for us to turn to the internet for help with our health issues. PLEASE, whatever you read, scroll down until you find who has sponsored the site, and then think about the information and advice and where it fits with the company who has generously paid for the article to be written. I have to admit to being slightly anxious when I checked a blog that I follow avidly about gut microbiota, only to find that it is sponsored by Danone. So far I have not seen any covert marketing but I have raised some levels of scepticism. We have to be pragmatic and accept that research and dissemination of information costs money, multi-national companies have that money. But we don't have to be lead like sheep.

  • walking the walk
    Well don't tell anyone. I'm doing the couch to 5k running programme after years of denial due to arthritic knees and feet. I decided that it was time to put my money where my mouth is and do the 'valued activity'. I've spent plenty of time working on mobility and hip stability but was still making excuses. You know the ones; I haven't got time, I need good footwear but it will be a waste of money if I really don't find the running to be enjoyable, every one will laugh at me..... So how's it going? Well thanks. Some runs are harder than others, my knees are certainly no worse and my feet getting over the shock. I haven't heard anyone laughing and now I don't care if I do. I definitely have more energy in the evenings and I am enjoying the time I'm spending purely on me, for me. For info, I'm using the NHS app. Jo Whiley accompanies me at the start of each week with empathy and encouragement. Some runs I do with Michael Johnson because he's too scarey to let down. Maybe I'll see you out there sometime?