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Frequently asked questions

Osteopathy is always adapted to the individual patient. Below are a few common questions


What should I expect from my first visit?

Your first appointment will usually last about an hour. During your appointment we will register you as a patient, collecting medical and contact information and discussing our consent form with you. 

Once you are registered your osteopath will talk with you for 15-20 minutes to gain an understanding of your current symptoms. This will include any information about your medical history, current medications and your lifestyle that could be relevant.  We will share a patient information sheet with information about Avalon Osteopathic clinic and the treatments we offer and you will have a chance to discuss your expectations and ask any questions you might have. 


What should I wear to my appointment?

Movement is an important part of our assessment, so it is important to wear clothes you feel comfortable in that allow you to move freely. We can provide gowns for your assessment or some people like to wear yoga or sports wear.  


What type of treatment can I expect?

Osteopathic treatments consist of hands on massage and stretching techniques, joint mobilisations and occasional highly-focussed manipulations. We will work with you to agree the style of treatment and if there are treatment types you would prefer to avoid we can work to your preferences.
If it is appropriate, we may suggest exercises or other lifestyle advice for you to practice in between sessions.


How long will my treatment last?

Treatment lengths can vary as your treatment will be personal to you. We will make a recommendation based on information from your initial appointment and how we both agree to progress. However, it can be difficult to give an accurate treatment length as many aspects of your life can have an impact on resolution. 


What’s the difference between an osteopath and a chiropractor?

A chiropractor will focus more exclusively on the alignment of the spine and how this impacts the musculoskeletal and neurological systems. Chiropractic treatment tends to focus on realigning the spine so treatments can be shorter but more frequent.
Osteopaths take a broader approach, focussing on the relationship between your body’s musculoskeletal structure and overall health. Osteopaths also offer a broader range of treatments, using a greater variety of techniques in order to rebalance the structure of the entire body. 

How much does it cost?

We offer a FREE 15 min consultation. This allows our osteopaths to suggest specific advice about your symptoms, with no obligation for you to proceed.  

If you wished to proceed or just book in for an appointment, the first treatment will be 60mins and costs £45. Follow-up appointments are 30 mins long and cost £40. 


You can visit the Courtyard Natural Health Clinic website or call them on 01749 673070. Alternatively, you can book through us, specificing clearly that you would like to book an appointment in Wells. 

can i see you under my private medical insurance?

We are regristed with some private medical companies, including BUPA, so please ring to check. 


I leave the practice feeling restored, refreshed and revitalised after experiencing a treatment which is totally created for me.

J.K.H., Hinton Blewett


Bishop Sutton

  Monday: 8am-12pm   Tuesday: 8am-4pm   Wednesday: CLOSED   

Thursday: 8am-6pm   Friday: 8am-12pm


  Monday: 1:30pm-5:30pm   Friday: 1:30pm-5:30pm

Mid-week evenings and weekend mornings are available by appointment only

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01275 268001

Avalon Osteopathic Clinic, Unit 2, Westway Farm, Bishop Sutton, Somerset, BS39 5XP