Stella Durnall Physiotherapist | MCSP, BSc (Hons), MSc, MMACP
Stella graduated from the University of the West of England in 1999 and from there built her Physiotherapy expertise in the management of musculoskeletal conditions at The North Bristol NHS Trust; a regional Orthopaedic Centre. Stella’s later role there involved assisting in the day-to-day running of the department and the teaching of junior staff members. Stella worked closely with GP’s, Orthopaedic and Spinal Consultants and gained extensive experience in rehabilitating patients after joint surgery, accidents, work-related pain and fractures. During her time in Bristol she took a 9-month career break to work in a Hospital in Nepal.
In 2007 Stella completed her Masters degree in Musculoskeletal Manual Therapy from Coventry University, where she gained membership to the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) and a distinction in her dissertation; ‘The effects of joint mobilisation on neck pain’. The MACP qualification shows that a standard of excellence in examination and treatment has been reached. MACP is highly sort after and protected title.
Stella moved to Cornwall with her husband Mark in January 2008. She left Bristol to raise her family in one of the most beautiful parts of our country. In 2009 she cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats for Motor Neurone Disease, but these days, when she is not caring for her young family and patients you will find her running and walking on our incredible coast.
Stella has always been passionate about sport from a young age and she competed in cross-country at national level. Stella’s interest in Physiotherapy was initiated when she was part of a team with Jo Pavey; who gave Stella the inspiration to become a musculoskeletal physiotherapist to help others maintain their highest sporting ability. Stella’s interest in sports injuries was further developed by working for a period of time at Bristol City Football Academy and she travelled to the world championships as Physiotherapist for the GB Ultimate Frisbee team.
After moving to Cornwall in 2008 Stella worked at Treliske hospital as a Spinal Clinical Specialist. In this role she was responsible for managing acute and chronic back pain conditions. She now works as an Extended Scope Practitioner for the Spinal Service within Ramsay Health. This involves assessing patients with complex back problems where spinal surgery might be required. She works alongside the spinal surgical team at the Duchy Hospital.
Stella is a qualified Pilates instructor and has also been practicing Acupuncture since 2002. She uses Dry Needling as a highly effective way of treating myofascial pain. She has been involved in teaching locally; encouraging and developing other physiotherapists in this highly effective treatment. Stella opened ‘SPhysio’ in 2012. She has developed a highly skilled and passionate team who work closely together and pride themselves in providing the highest standard of Physiotherapy care.