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


Number 5,
Frankland Lane,
Tel: 0191 383 0677


  • Gold medals all round

       Despite myself I have enjoyed the Olympics from the sportsmanship and athleticism of the Amazonian hockey players to the sheer joy of the gymnast Simone Biles's floor performance. I say despite myself because I'm not an avid sports fan, neither watching or playing. I used to sail and race quite competitively but it is the memories of sailing around Portsmouth Harbour with a friend in a little mirror dinghy that I treasure (probably would be frowned on nowadays..no parental supervision or rescue boat!) or going for a joy ride along the coast in a super cool sailing machine. 

      It does worry me that the 'Olympic legacy' we have now is about elite training, harsh regimes of self sacrifice with family and friends coming second to training, going to the 'job' of sport. This is fine for the few, but what about the rest of us? Are we left feeling that it's not ok just to do something for fun, for fitness, for sociability, for the sheer silliness of sport? In which case why bother?

    Last week I did my annual cycle trip with my son. It was fabulous, we hit that window of fine weather and cycled from Berwick upon Tweed to North Berwick. It was a harder trip than previously in that it was quite hilly, our shortest ride was 9 miles and longest distance was 18 miles but that included the best long downhill bicycle whizz ever :) We don't own a piece of lycra between us nor yet any specialised bike equipment. The cycleways were  empty of traffic.....where were you all?

      My son endures these annual trips because he thinks I'm the funniest thing on a bike and probably the most incompetent. I go because every year I get a bit better on a bike (very small increments) I enjoy being with him and the pleasure of really seeing the countryside. I don't go to pump up and down hills watching the tarmac underneath me. I particularly enjoy the coffee breaks. Surely we cannot count this as sport? Hang on though, I'm increasing my fitness and skills and I'm having fun. Even though I'm not buying into the silly outfits I think I have been doing sport!

      Our bodies work on the premise of movement. Movement, let's be daring and call it 'exercise' lubricates our joints, muscles, fascia and nerves. it helps blood and lymph flow and return and keeps that great muscle known as the heart strong and healthy. It provides our brains with information and feed back, and allows our brains to washed through with stabilizing hormones. It can trigger a great sense of achievement and pleasure and promote social interaction.  Exercise facilitates the  repair of injuries and the upkeep of damaged areas. Muscle strength and agility can be improved at any age, giving us hope  for the future. We actually only have to do some exercise for about 40 minutes a day, and not necessarily in one solid block, to achieve all of these benefits.

      So my plea for an Olympic legacy is that no matter what we do for exercise, if we are getting slightly fitter, slightly stronger, slightly better at it, having fun and maybe encouraging other people to join in we should all feel like medal winners (silliness is optional) 

    P.S....actually no, silliness is compulsory

    PPS I've just heard from my colleague Liz Baker who is currently doing the Hadrian's Wall long distance footpath in the seasonal torrential rain. The group is currently "water-skiing over cowpats". Definitely should be an Olympic sport. 


  • Strong Women


    Why women should do weights

    Osteoporosis is a condition that makes bones more brittle and prone to fracture. Although osteoporosis can effect men and younger people, post-menopausal women are most at risk. One of the best ways to help maintain healthy bones is to exercise regularly – which encourages the bones to absorb calcium and other mineral salts that keep bones strong.

    Weight bearing exercises and weight resisted exercises are best for strengthening bones and muscles and as well as helping to keep bones in good health may also reduce the likelihood of falls as you age. Weight bearing exercises are those where your body is supporting its own weight, such as walking or housework or carrying groceries. Weight resisted exercise involves pushing or pulling against an additional weight, like a dumbbell or barbell or resistance equipment in a gym.

    The younger you start, the better

    Anyone can benefit from weight training but it has been demonstrated that younger women who trained using weights have stronger bones later in life, this essentially means that you can bank bone when you’re younger to help prevent fractures later in life – a kind of insurance scheme for your body. A life time of active living not only protects your bones but also keeps your heart healthy and may protect you from other diseases such as cancer and type two diabetes.

    But starting at any age will help

    Everyone can benefit from increasing their activity levels. Studies have shown that people who have already been diagnosed with osteoporosis can improve their bone health significantly through weight bearing exercising, the key is getting good advice on how to move well and how to self-manage.

    Some more benefits

    Strong muscles burn more calories, so if you need to control your bodyweight, lifting weights can help. It also helps with balance and can help you to regulate your sleep patterns.

    ‘I don’t want to look muscled’

    It takes women a lot of heavy weight lifting, and sometimes the use of controlled substances like steroids and hormones, to achieve the physique of the heavily muscled power lifter. Women don’t normally have enough testosterone in their bodies to develop bulging muscles, but can, with regular, moderate training achieve lean, toned and strong muscles.

    ‘I hate gyms’

    No problem. There are plenty of other exercises you can do that don’t involve a visit to the gym. Dancing, yoga, tennis, Pilates, walking, running, gardening and even housework count – all you are aiming to do is increase your heart rate and make yourself feel a little warmer. You can do it in several short blocks of 15 minute or more but aim for at least a total of 150 minutes per week over at least 5 days per week for the best results. If you’re unused to exercise, start slowly and build up to this target.

    I don’t know where to start

    This is where your friendly local osteopath can help. They can screen you for any health concerns that might affect your ability to exercise, help to resolve any injuries or pain that might be holding you back and advise you on what exercises might suit your goals best. Many can teach you how to exercise correctly, avoiding injuries and how to gradually build up as your ability and fitness levels improve.