Julie Sainsbury-Osteopath

Julie is a highly experienced Osteopath that can help patients with pain of most kinds. She has been practicing for over 13 years within the UK, Canada, and now Australia. She was initially drawn to Osteopathy due to its philosophy that always endeavours to see the body as a whole. For her, its strength has always been how it encompasses every patient’s journey of dysfunction and pain, from the physical knocks to the emotional strains. 

Julie has recently moved here from Nova Scotia, Canada to join the team here at Shift. A graduate from the British College of Osteopathic and Naturopathic Medicine (BCOM) London UK, she studied Human Biology and Psychology before completing her Osteopathic training in 2008.

As part of her training in Osteopathy in London, her school also introduced graduates to naturopathic modalities alongside osteopathic technique. Julie has further qualification and post-graduate training in cranial-sacral technique, visceral and structural osteopathy, as well as Pilates. 

This breadth of training and experience makes Julie a valuable member of our team at Shift, as her holistic mindset helps her to understand the whole person, and what they need the most to progress them through the healing journey. 

Julie believes that when treating the individual, you must endeavour to look beyond the structural and take time to listen to the patient and their pain. Throughout her treatment, she places great importance on many naturopathic and holistic modalities including hydrotherapy, visceral osteopathy, nutrition, lifestyle management and exercise prescription. As a result of her previous degree and research, she also has a personal interest in psychological aspects such as stress, which can initiate and maintain pain.

Julie enjoys practicing all the various aspects of Osteopathy and is excited to be part of your healing team.


Our osteopath helps Brisbane patients to recover, heal and thrive.

Osteopathy is one of the best modalities if you’re experiencing pain, discomfort or headaches. At Shift at Brisbane Natural Health our osteopath has over 10 years experience in getting you balanced and back to living your best life. 

Osteopaths use advanced techniques that work with the natural rhythms of your own body to correct postural misalignments, areas of tension and pain and help you recover from injury.

Under the gentle care of an osteopath your body can be gently coaxed and encouraged back to where things need to be. Our osteopath uses a holistic model of health care that looks at your musculoskeletal system and where the pain originates, but also takes into account what other issues in your body may be adding to the issue.

What can osteopathy help with?

At our Brisbane clinic, our osteopath Julie Sainsbury works with patients from all walks of life – the young, the elderly and even pregnant women. Julie has over 13 years experience and has helped thousands of patients in her years of practice.

Here’s a list of the most common issues we help patients with at Shift at Brisbane Natural Health.

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Sciatica
  • Knee or foot pain
  • Hip pain
  • Muscular pain
  • Fibromyalgia

Is there any evidence for osteopathy?

The evidence behind the use of osteopathy is mounting. Because osteopathy is an individualised treatment no 2 patients will be treated the same, so it can be difficult to conduct research on the modality as a whole. Here are a collection of studies that show benefit of specific osteopathic techniques for headaches and neck pain. Here is a list of studies showing benefits for lower back and pelvic pain issues.

In most cases, we find osteopathy to be very helpful to those that are in pain.

What to Expect in Your First Treatment

Your Medical History

Your appointment will begin with a thorough medical history assessment. Your practitioner will take the time to listen to you, and ask questions so that there is a more complete understanding of the situation and circumstances that have brought you to seek help. If relevant, questions may be asked about your work routine, diet, pattern of exercise, sleep habits, etc., as these may give clues to help our assessment.  


In addition to a detailed medical history, Osteopathic assessment consists of postural observation, mobility testing and hands on palpation. The Osteopath will perform a physical examination of any structures and systems that could be related to the presenting concerns. Standard orthopaedic and neurological evaluations are performed to ensure osteopathic treatment is appropriate. If further medical investigation or medical follow up is necessary, you will be referred back to your family physician for their intervention. Osteopathy is a form of complementary medicine, designed to work together with your M.D., or other health-care practitioners.

Your Treatment

Osteopaths use a wide range of gentle manipulations, depending on your age, fitness and diagnosis. Treatment is different for every patient but may include techniques such as different types of soft tissue massage, visceral and joint manipulation to release tension, return muscles to their normal length, help relieve pain and mobilize your joints.


At your initial appointment, your osteopath will use several diagnostic techniques to assess your health. Many of these would be similar to what you’d experience in a physiotherapists office. From this information, your osteopath can then develop a custom treatment that will be able to help you as much as possible.


Your osteopathy treatment will help to begin correcting the issue right there on the table. Your recovery and results really depends on how severe the issue is, how long you have had it and what particular factors the therapist is dealing with.


Our main aim is for you to get back to where you want to be. We want to help you  resolve or manage your issue so you can live a life that you love.

We help clients from all over Brisbane – North Brisbane, South Brisbane, and the CBD.

Our clinic is located in Milton, just a short drive from Paddington, Red Hill, Toowong, Indooroopilly, Brisbane city, Kelvin Grove, and many other inner-city Brisbane locations.  The Milton train station is right across the road and there is a bus stop right out front. Treat yourself to an hour of healing and renewal – book your initial appointment today.

Call our Milton clinic to find out more

Call us on 07 3367 0337 or click the online booking button to make an appointment with an osteopath at Shift at Brisbane Natural Health and start feeling great again!

Watch our client story video to see how 3 of our clients – Tessa, Tammy and Sam went through their wellness journey with us.