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Durham Clinic

Our clinic is conveniently located on the ground floor of the Graham Sports Centre right in the centre of Durham University’s sports campus, just 15 minutes’ walk from the city centre. If you’re travelling by car, the clinic is just off the A177 and parking is free.

Address:

The Graham Sports Centre
Maiden Castle
Durham

DH1 3SE

Contact:

0191 653 1071

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The Graham Sports Centre, Maiden Castle, Durham, , DH1 3SE

Services

Our clinic in Durham offers a wide range of specialist physiotherapy services and sports therapies that aim to improve your quality of life, relieve pain, manage an existing condition, or simply restore your freedom of movement.

Whether you’re suffering from a work-related or postural problem, a sports injury, muscular or joint pain; our team of chartered physiotherapists, clinical specialists, massage therapists and our podiatrist are here to help.

Kinesio taping

What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy uses physical techniques such as exercise, massage, manipulation, mobilisation and soft tissue release to restore movement, strength and mobility and reduce pain. It focuses on conditions that affect your muscles, nerves and bones, your heart and lungs and can help you recover after an injury or surgery.

What can physiotherapy treat?

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy can help improve the symptoms of a number of problems including:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Sprains and strains
  • Joint, muscle and tendon injuries
  • Work-related problems 

What can I expect?

Physiotherapists are the experts in managing musculoskeletal problems. At an initial assessment, your physiotherapist will ask about your symptoms and examine you. They will then advise on the diagnosis and either offer a programme of treatment for you or advice on how you can improve the problem yourself.

A full explanation of your problem will be given to you and you will be advised on the best course of action. There are a number of different treatment techniques your physiotherapist may use and these will be individually tailored to you and your condition. If necessary, they may refer you to your GP for further investigations. 

The benefits of physiotherapy

A musculoskeletal physiotherapist has an in-depth understanding of how your body moves and works, and will work closely with you to assess and treat your condition, then develop an effective, personalised plan to get you moving again. As well as treating a wide range of conditions, they can also give you advice on how to reduce pain and inflammation, prevent further injury, improve mobility, strength and flexibility, posture and physical wellbeing.

What is chiropody and podiatry?

Chiropodists or podiatrists are foot care specialists that can diagnose and treat abnormalities of the lower limb. Connect chiropodists and podiatrists are trained to treat the majority of problems that occur in the feet, and offer professional advice on taking good care of your feet, foot products and ways to prevent problems occurring. We can also recommend the most appropriate footwear for work, home or sports.

What can chiropody and podiatry treat?

A wide range of conditions can be treated with chiropody and podiatry including:

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Verrucae
  • Bunions and blisters
  • Nail and toe deformities, including ingrown toenails
  • Athlete’s Foot
  • Foot pain - plantar fasciitis (heel) and Metatarsalgia (ball)
  • Tendinopathy and foot muscle strains

Your chiropodist or podiatrist can also give you advice on custom-built or off-the-shelf insoles.

What can I expect?

On your first visit to Connect an initial assessment will be carried out. You will be asked a number of brief questions about your medical history and lifestyle, so we can build up an accurate picture and identify any contributing factors. Depending on your condition, you will have a physical examination and your chiropodist or podiatrist will then discuss the treatment options available to you. You can ask questions at any time, and only when you’re satisfied, will we proceed with the treatment.

The benefits of chiropody and podiatry

Your feet are good gauge of your body’s general health. Around 75-80% of adults have some form of foot problem. And problems in the feet and ankles can sometimes affect other parts of the body, particularly your knees and hips. Our chiropodists and podiatrists aims to keep your feet as comfortable and pain-free as possible, and can advise you on how to manage foot problems effectively. Chiropody and podiatry can benefit people of all ages, and plays an important role in helping older people stay mobile and independent.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of ancient Chinese medicine where very fine needles are inserted into certain points on the body. Physiotherapists use acupuncture to enhance pain modulation by stimulating the brain to release neurotransmitters such as endorphins. These help the body’s healing process and can relieve pain.

What can acupuncture treat?

A wide range of conditions can be treated with acupuncture:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Headaches and migraine
  • Acute and chronic pain
  • Soft tissue injuries (sprains and strains)
  • Osteo-arthritis and joint pain

Acupuncture can also be used safely in pregnancy to help treat:

  • Heartburn
  • Rib pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Pelvic joint pain
  • Pubic pain
  • Low back pain
  • Sciatica

What can I expect?

A slight scratch sensation may be felt as the needle is inserted, although many patients are not even aware of this. You may then experience a sensation known to the Chinese as de-qi (pronounced de chee). This sensation can be felt as warmth, heaviness or a dull ache. Although common, this sensation is not necessary for an effective treatment. All needles are pre-sterilised, disposable and single-use only.

The benefits of acupuncture

Research has shown that many people, but not everyone, can gain relief from pain with acupuncture. Strong reactors may show changes in pain immediately after the first treatment, whereas the majority of patients experience a gradual change in symptoms. Occasionally, the symptoms may feel slightly worse at first and this is usually a good indication that a condition will respond.

What is craniosacral therapy?

It is a gentle, hands-on treatment that works directly with the body's natural capacity for self-repair. The name comes from the bones that make up the system; the cranium (skull bones including the face) and sacrum, which is at the base of the spinal column. Just as the more well known cardio-vascular system and respiratory system influence many body functions, so too does the craniosacral system.

What can craniosacral therapy treat?

Craniosacral therapy or CST can treat a wide variety of conditions including:

  • Longstanding or chronic pain
  • Headaches and migraines,
  • Jaw problems such as TMJ
  • Stress, anxiety and neuralgias

Babies and children:

  • Colic
  • Sleeping problems
  • Feeding problems
  • Difficulties following traumatic birth (for Mum and/or baby)
  • Hyperactivity

What can I expect?

Your initial appointment will include taking a detailed history of your problem, asking questions and giving you the time to explain your condition or ailments. We also aim to include some treatment on your first visit. CST is done through your clothes, usually while you’re lying on your back. This can be different for babies and children, but your physiotherapist will be happy to discuss this with you. Most people finding CST very relaxing, as it uses the lightest and gentlest of pressure to achieve effective and lasting results. Subsequent treatments may follow a similar pattern, depending on the response to treatment and the findings of any reassessment.

The benefits of craniosacral therapy

CST has an extremely high success rate with most people noticing a difference quite quickly, and some, even after only a few treatments. As well as improving your original symptoms or ailments, the therapy often has other additional benefits; an increased sense of relaxation, a reduction in the effects of past trauma, a greater capacity to manage life in general, and an unintentional improvement of 'other symptoms' you may have had. For example, you may have had CST to treat a back pain, and you notice that your migraines have also improved.

This gentle, non-invasive therapy can treat a wide range of problems, including headaches, migraines, chronic pain and jaw problems. It can also be applied to babies and children to help with colic, sleeping or feeding, hyperactivity or behavioural issues.

What is reflexology?

Reflexology can be used to reduce the effects of stress-related conditions by calming the nervous system and bringing your body into balance. It is based on the principle that reflex points on your feet and hands are linked to corresponding parts of your body by energy pathways. Stress, illness and injury can block these pathways and by stimulating with specific finger and thumb massage techniques, the movement of energy can help to unblock these pathways. 

What conditions can reflexology treat?

Reflexology is a proven holistic therapy suitable for all ages, and can relieve a range of acute and chronic conditions including:

  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Menopause
  • Back pain
  • Migraines, headaches
  • Sleep disorders
  • Digestive problems
  • Circulatory problems
  • Stress related disorders
  • Arthritis

Reflexology is used to aid healing to the whole person and not just the prevailing symptoms.

What can I expect?

If this is your first reflexology treatment, our therapist will put you at ease and explain how reflexology works. They will also ask you a few simple questions about your health and lifestyle to build up a complete picture, and answer any questions you may have.

There is no need to undress, but we recommend wearing loose comfortable clothing. You will only be asked to remove socks or tights and your shoes.

Treatment begins with gentle relaxation techniques followed by applying pressure to each of the reflex points. The pressure should be firm but not painful. Hand reflexology works in the same way as foot reflexology and is popular with people who work with their hands, the elderly, the chronically ill and those who use computers and handheld devices.

After your treatment, you should drink plenty of fresh water; this helps flush toxins from your body.

The benefits of reflexology

Applying pressure to specific reflex points on the feet improves circulation and lymph flow, which helps cleanse the body of impurities and revitalises energy. This encourages the body to restore its own healthy balance quite naturally. Reflexology can be soothing, stress-relieving and relaxing to your mind, body and spirit. Your reflexology treatment can be pleasurable and extremely relaxing to receive, as well as invigorating and energising.

What is massage therapy?

There's no denying the power of massage – it can do you the world of good. No matter how you describe it; pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic, massage therapy has many benefits. Whether you have it as a luxurious treat, to relieve stress or manage pain it can reduce anxiety, improve your quality of sleep, give you more energy, improve your concentration, increase circulation and reduce fatigue.

Sports massage tends to be deeper and more intense than other types of massage, but the benefits are equally impressive. It can reduce the stress and tension that builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. It can also treat and help prevent recurring injuries. Whether you’re an athlete, a fitness enthusiast, a once-a-week jogger, or simply have a physically demanding job, you could benefit from sports massage.

What can massage therapy treat?

Massage is proven to treat a wide variety of psychological and physiological conditions including:

  • Lower back pain
  • Weak, tight or atrophied muscles
  • Depression, anxiety and stress
  • Post-surgery adhesions and swelling
  • Spasms and cramping
  • Injured, tired, and overused muscles
  • Scar tissue and stretch marks
  • Migraine pain 

What can I expect?

Sports massage is based on the elements of Swedish massage and incorporates a combination of other techniques involving stretching, compression, friction, toning, and trigger point response techniques similar to acupressure and shiatsu. Your experienced therapist will use a blend of techniques, during treatment, to help alleviate pain, improve performance and keep you injury-free.

The benefits of massage

Whether it's an intense sports massage focusing on an injury, or a relaxing, stress-relieving massage, the benefits of this therapy are numerous:

  • Improves the condition of the body's largest organ, your skin
  • Enhances immunity by stimulating lymph flow
  • Prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts
  • Increase joint flexibility
  • Pumps oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs
  • Release endorphins - amino acids that work as natural painkiller

Research shows that massage can cause physiological and chemical changes with profound effects:

  • Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain
  • Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow
  • Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety
  • High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones
  • Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping
  • Preterm infants have improved weight gain.

What is kinesio taping?

Kinesio tape is a therapeutic tape that when applied using specialist techniques will support joints and muscles, without restricting range of motion. It was developed Dr Kenzo Kase, a Japanese chiropractor, in the 1970s. It’s multi-coloured applications can be seen being used by many professional sportsmen and women today. The tape supports the injured region without restricting your movement, so you can keep active.

 

What can kinesio tape treat?

Kinesio tape has been used effectively for a wide range of conditions including lower back, neck, knee pain and muscle injury. In fact, almost any injury can be treated with kinesio taping.

 

What can I expect?

Your physiotherapist will apply the tape to your injured body part directly onto your skin. The tape is waterproof and can be worn when bathing. The tape usually stays in position for about three to five days and is often seen as a treatment in between treatments. Where appropriate, your physiotherapist can show you how to apply the tape yourself.

 

The benefits of kinesio taping

Kinesio taping can be offered as part of a treatment package that may include other physiotherapeutic treatments such as massage, manipulation and rehabilitation exercises. It is proposed that Kinesio taping can correct mechanical joint problems, facilitate weak muscles, inhibit overactive muscles and aid in the resolution of swelling.

Meet our Team

  • Amanda Marsh
  • Bill Heather
  • Dr Graeme Wilkes
  • Kathryn Henderson
  • Vicky Percy
  • Vicky Smith

Amanda Marsh BSc (Hons) MSCP ACPSM AACP - Clinic Manager and Senior Physiotherapist

Amanda joined Connect in 2003 and is now Clinic Manager at Durham. She is also a captain in the Territorial Army having previously served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Amanda uses her invaluable experience of rehabilitating military personnel alongside manual therapy, clinical pilates, exercise-based rehabilitation and acupuncture.

Bill Heather MCSP (Dip.PT) - Clinical Specialist

Bill has worked for Connect for over ten years. Prior to that he was at Tottenham Hotspurs Football Club and Bristol City Football club. As well as offering specialist sports injury and musculoskeletal treatments, Bill is a key contributor to our physiotherapists training and development programmes.

Dr Graeme Wilkes MB BS MRCP MRCGP MSc FFSEM - Sport and Exercise Medicine Consultant

Dr Graeme Wilkes is one of few sport and exercise medicine consultants based in the North East. He has worked with professional and elite athletes, including the Newcastle Falcons, Team GB Hockey, and is currently working with British athletes competing in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. We’re delighted to be able to offer Dr Wilkes specialist knowledge, wealth of experience and expertise.

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Kathryn Henderson MHFST - Massage Therapist

Kathryn qualified in sports massage from Gateshead College in June 2005, and in Reflexology in June 2008 from Newcastle College. Since qualifying she has worked with Blaydon RUFC, Durham County RFC, Northumberland County RFC, Durham University RFC, Winlation RFC and currently Ryton RFC , Nike and the Great North Run.

Kathryn joined Connect in August 2009 and works at all 3 of our clinics, Low Fell , Durham and Gosforth. She has quickly established herself as a knowledgeable and extremely hands on therapist and she works closely with our physiotherapists and podiatrist to ensure optimal results for her patients.

She is currently studying Equine Remedial and Sports Therapy and looking forward to linking horse and rider treatments for optimal results. In addition to the treatments Kathryn provides ,she is a retired rugby player herself. She now enjoys obstacle races, horse riding and (attempting ) to fell run.

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Vicky Percy BSc (Hons) MCSP - Senior Physiotherapist

Vicky is the newest member of the team at Connect Durham, but joins us with a wealth of experience in the NHS and private clinics. Vicky also works at Connect Gosforth and with the English Institute of Sport, where she treats private patients, and works with both semi-professional and elite athletes on a weekly basis.

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Vicky Smith BSc (Hons) MCSP MMACP - Clinical Specialist

Vicky is one of our longest-serving physiotherapists having also worked in the community and with patients in our corporate contracts. Vicky successfully became a member of the Manual Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MMACP).

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