Here are some frequently asked questions about osteopathy treatments, and what to expect on your visit to see Lucy at Avon Osteopathy:

  • What should I expect during my first consultation?
    Your first consultation will be slightly longer than follow-up sessions. This is because Lucy will take a comprehensive case history. During the case history Lucy will ask questions about your presenting complaint, more general questions about your daily activities and questions regarding medical history and medication. Although you may think some of these questions may not seem relevant it will help Lucy to treat you safely and appropriately. Following the case history Lucy will carry out a thorough examination to see what areas need to be treated. This may require a standing and active exam as well as further tests to aid with diagnosis.
    After examination and diagnosis Lucy will discuss your treatment plan with you. After gaining your consent she will then treat you by providing advice, reassurance and using appropriate hands on techniques. 

  • What sort of conditions does osteopathy treat? 
    Osteopathy treats a wide range of conditions such as muscle aches and pains, strains, joint stiffness, repetitive strain, sports injuries,  arthritis, head aches, relieves symptoms of some systemic conditions, as well as improves over all well-being. There are many other conditions that may benefit from osteopathy so please do not hesitate to contact Lucy to see whether osteopathic treatment might be right for you!

  • Do I need to be in pain to have osteopathic treatment?
    No! Some people enjoy osteopathic treatment and use it for relaxation and stress relief.

  • How long will my consultation be?
    An initial appointment will be between 45mins-1hour.
    A follow-up appointment will be 30-45mins. 

  • Is Avon osteopathy easily accessible?
    Avon osteopathy is based 1.5 miles outside Welford on Avon. Unfortunately there is not a bus that takes you directly outside Avon Osteopathy however there is plenty of on-site and free parking.

  • What should I wear during my treatment?
    During examination and treatment patients will likely be asked to dress down to appropriate underwear or shorts. This will enable Lucy to examine you thoroughly. If you do not feel comfortable dressing down or do not wish to dress down due to cultural beliefs then Lucy will do her best to examine and treat through clothing, however it will be hard to be as thorough. Patients are also welcome to bring a chaperone if they wish.

  • Do I need a referral from my GP? 
    No you do not need a referral from your GP, patients can self-refer to Avon osteopathy.

  • Can I claim osteopathy on my health insurance?
    Many health policies insurance policies cover osteopathy treatments, but it’s essential to check with your provider about the extent of your coverage and any referral requirements. Lucy is registered with the General Osteopathic Council and will supply an invoice for you to make a claim.

  • Is what I discuss with Lucy during my appointment confidential?
    Yes! Anything discussed during a consultation is fully confidential. The only time we may pass information on is when referring to another professional, however we must have your consent before doing so. You will also have access to any written communication between Lucy and other professionals. 
    If Lucy believes there is a welfare issue concerning you or anyone else she may also raise this with concerning parties.

  • Are osteopathy treatments safe during pregnancy?
    Osteopathy is not advised during your first trimester, however following this osteopathy can provide great relief during and after your pregnancy.

  • How old do I need to be to attend Avon osteopathy?
    Lucy treats anyone over the age of 15 years.

  • How many sessions will I need?
    The number of sessions will vary greatly depending on your symptoms and your response to osteopathic treatment. Your treatment plan will be discussed with you to find what works best with your lifestyle. 

If you have any other questions, feel free to get in touch!