Born out of a passion for helping people
Kennington Osteopathic Practice was established in 2013 by Sophie Jones, a registered osteopath. Sophie graduated from Oxford Brookes University with an honours degree in Osteopathy.
Since moving to Oxford, Sophie became aware of the high costs associated with living within the Oxford area and the distinct lack of parking. Sophie decided that the main factors that the practice should provide were a high quality service for Osteopathy, while aiming for this to be affordable, along with free car parking within the Oxford ring road.
Sophie’s main focus whilst treating patients is to educate and provide patients with the skills to help with their presenting issues to provide long term benefits, whilst enabling patients to have the confidence and control to manage their conditions.
where to find 'KOP'
The practice is located within The Village Centre building in the heart of Kennington, Oxford, which offers plenty of free parking and disabled access. Since opening the practice, Sophie has been fortunate enough work alongside some other great local professionals. We are all very much dedicated to providing excellent care to all our clients and patients.
Please feel free to give Sophie a call on 07787 404419 for a
free no obligation chat today!
Chiropractic, Osteopathy, and Physiotherapy are three similar yet distinct therapeutic approaches, all aiming to alleviate pain and enhance structural and functional well-being. Chiropractors prioritise a healthy nerve supply, while Osteopaths emphasise the harmony between body function and a well-functioning blood supply. Chiropractors focus more on spinal manipulation, whereas Osteopaths use a broader range of techniques. Physiotherapists take a less hands-on approach, often using machines like ultrasound and laser therapy, along with prescribing home exercises. Osteopathy is characterised by a holistic approach addressing the whole body and its underlying causes. I always adhere to this philosophy, treating patients with the same care they would want for themselves.
My treatment sessions are up to 1 hour for the initial session and 30-40 minutes for follow-up appointments.
Osteopaths' patient demographic encompasses a diverse range of individuals, spanning from the young to the elderly, manual laborers to office professionals, expectant mothers to children, and athletes. These patients seek treatment for a wide spectrum of conditions, such as back pain, repetitive strain injuries, pregnancy-related posture changes, postural issues resulting from driving or workplace strain, arthritis-related pain, and minor sports injuries.
Osteopaths employ a diverse array of gentle manipulative techniques tailored to individual factors like age, fitness level, and diagnosis. Treatment varies for each patient but commonly includes methods like soft tissue massage and joint articulation to alleviate tension, enhance muscle flexibility, alleviate pain, and improve joint mobility. Occasionally, during joint manipulation, you may hear a 'click,' akin to the sound of cracking knuckles, which is a normal occurrence.
Osteopathic soft tissue treatments may occasionally induce mild discomfort during the procedure. Your osteopath will provide guidance on what to anticipate and encourage you to communicate if you experience any discomfort. It's common to feel slightly stiff or sore after treatment, but this is a typical and healthy reaction that typically dissipates quickly. Osteopathy is widely regarded as a safe and effective form of treatment, with the majority of patients experiencing significant improvement in their well-being as a result.
Sessions required vary from patient to patient, depending on the diagnosis and the way that patients respond to treatment. Sophie will discuss with you the best approach for your diagnosis.
You do not need to see your doctor first if you are paying for your own treatment. However, some insurance companies require you to see your doctor first. Osteopathy is available on the NHS in some areas – and national guidelines say it should be available everywhere for low back pain. Osteopaths are skilled in diagnostic techniques and trained to identify when a patient needs to be
referred to a GP.
Many private health insurance policies include coverage for osteopathic treatment. To potentially claim for a treatment course, it's essential to inquire with your insurance provider beforehand to determine the extent of coverage available and whether a referral from your GP or a specialist is required. This proactive approach ensures you have a clear understanding of your insurance benefits in relation to osteopathic care.
Osteopaths undergo a comprehensive four to five-year undergraduate program, akin to a medical degree but with a stronger focus on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine, which includes over 1,000 hours of osteopathic technique training. It is mandatory, under law, for all osteopaths to register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), and it is an offense for anyone not registered to refer to themselves as an osteopath. Notably, the British Medical Association advises that doctors can safely refer patients to osteopaths. Furthermore, osteopaths are committed to ongoing professional development, requiring them to complete a minimum of 30 hours of Continuing Professional Development each year throughout their careers.
The standards of osteopathic training and practice are provided and promoted by the General Osteopathic Council, the profession’s statutory regulator established under the Osteopaths Act 1993.
Osteopathy boasts a strong safety record, with evidence indicating it ranks among the safest medically associated professions. Osteopaths receive training to discern complaints or conditions for which osteopathic treatment may not be suitable, and in such cases, patients are referred to the appropriate healthcare provider. Similar to how a general practitioner prioritises safety when prescribing medication for patients, Osteopaths also prioritise safety as their foremost concern when determining the most suitable treatment approach.
The most common side-effect is some general aching/soreness for 24-48 hours, however, most people do not experience any side effects at all.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/osteopathy/ is an independent public body that provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care in England. NICE recommends manual therapy to be an effective form of treatment of lower back pain. Working within these guidelines osteopathy can provide effective pain relief for many complaints such as neck pain, back pain, headaches, joint pain and sciatica.
Sophie specialises in providing pain relief and self management techniques through the use of hands on therapy and health care expertise.