Benefits of osteopathy:
A video consultation with a degree-qualified pro
An increase in joint health
Relief from chronic pain caused by your musculoskeletal system
Realign with a pro
An osteopath is to your body what a mechanic is to a car. Great if you just want a thorough check to ensure your joints and muscles are in good working order, and even better if you’ve got a specific injury or issue you’d like help with.
Osteopathy focuses on the structure of the body – things like the musculoskeletal system, connective tissue and ligaments – to realign the entire body and minimise dysfunctions within it. Osteopaths work with people who experience chronic pain, have previous injuries or suffer from migraines to help relieve pain.
Urban osteopaths are all fully registered with the General Osteopathic Council. That means they’ve got a four- or five-year degree programme under their belt, and a minimum of a thousand hours of clinical training. You’re in good hands.
During your treatment
In this private consultation over two-way video, your osteopath will conduct a remote assessment of your musculoskeletal system and create a plan to address any issues that may be found.
They’ll take a detailed history, reviewing past and current symptoms, before sharing their recommendations, which may include specific exercises which they’ll demonstrate.
Your osteopath may ask you to hop into leggings or sportswear so that a full postural assessment can be made, which involves observing how your whole body moves in relation to the problem area.
Probably not the treatment for you if:
You want an in-person session, this is a video-only option.
You’ve got poor internet connection – you’ll need reliable wifi to communicate with your osteopath clearly.
Booking for someone under 18
If you’re booking on behalf of a child under the age of 18, please ensure your chosen osteopath lists paediatrics as a specialism in their bio. An adult will need to be present at the video consultation and during any follow-up sessions.
More info on video osteopathy
Yes, osteopathy is a safe way to treat and prevent physical health conditions. It’s heavily regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) to make sure only qualified professionals can work as osteopaths under strict rules on safety.
The practices of osteopathy and physio can occasionally overlap, but the best way to think about the difference is prehab vs rehab. It’s best to see an osteopath when you’re in fair to moderate discomfort or pain, and concerned your lifestyle might be making a physical health condition worse. It’s best to see a physio after injury or illness for more detailed guidance on rebuilding strength and mobility.
Osteopathy treats the body holistically, meaning it can help to treat a number of conditions both directly and indirectly. So while an osteopath might use manual therapy to treat arthritis, sciatica, lower back pain and plantar fasciitis, the extra work they do to correct your alignment and posture can help with things like sinusitis, migraines, indigestion and tinnitus.
Yes, osteopathy is a safe treatment to book if you’re pregnant, as long as you’re past your first trimester. Browse osteopaths’ individual bios to find a pregnancy specialist.