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By West Norwood Therapies Team, Jan 25 2018 10:00AM

Osteopath and yoga teacher Yinka Fabusuyi shares some thoughts on her approach to her work and the subtle effects of yoga.


The recently ended festive season has been a good opportunity to meet new people and make contact with old friends. I was asked a few times over the party season what I did for a living, and I said I was an osteopath and a yoga teacher. As is often the case with the start of a new year, I have been doing some thinking about my work. Osteopathy and yoga for me are about working with the whole person and I am interested in what people do with their bodies on a day to day basis, and how this may have some bearing on what has brought them to me. This patient centred approach addresses stress points (physical and mental) by helping people to see the connection between the two, and coming up with a tailor made treatment strategy.


My osteopathic treatment involves helping to decrease pain, improving mobility, supporting people through exercise and recovery from injury or surgery and signposting things that may be of additional help. The pathway of care starts with a discussion, and moves onto observation and examination. This is followed by a joint agreement to proceed with hands-on treatment. My approach to yoga has some overlapping features including using my observational skills to modify and adapt my small group classes for the needs of the individual. I aim to allow all who have come along to participate fully. This can sometimes mean doing things a little differently, going slowly, changing the pace of the class, and modifying techniques or postures.


This can have unexpected benefits, for example I was really touched when a new comer to my yoga class told me that she had been able to run up the stairs for the first time in ages with no problem. She said “All due to yoga– 20 years of gym work have not achieved this!” Resolving to exercise can involve all forms of strengthening and conditioning, osteopathic treatment and yoga, whilst not for everyone might be what your body needs.


Yinka Fabusuyi

Osteopath and Yoga teacher.




By West Norwood Therapies Team, May 24 2017 08:00AM

Osteopath and yoga teacher Yinka Fabusuyi considers how gardening can give you some good exercise out in the fresh air at this time of year


Fresh air and exercise is for many people a great combination. Gardening is fantastic exercise and gets you out. Some gardening tasks are strenuous or require repetitive movement through the joints. Whilst most people will feel a little stiff and achy after a stint of gardening which quickly passes, others may find that they have prolonged pain in the lower back, knees or other joints. Osteopathy has a lot to offer. Treatment can reduce pain, improve mobility and get you on the road to recovery. As well as giving you advice and exercises which may reduce the chances of recurrence, my consultations allow time to explore your symptoms, offer treatment, and discuss ways forward.


The human body is strong and designed for movement, however there are some things to encourage, and things to avoid when gardening if possible.


1. When lifting heavy weights bend your knees and keep the weight close to your body in order to decrease leverage through the spine and joints of the arms.


2. Vary your gardening tasks to avoid overuse strains on your neck, back and shoulders.


3. Consider having raised beds made if you have chronic lower back pain.


4. Use mulch on bare patches of soil to discourage weed growth which adds more labour to your gardening tasks.


5. When using a spade or large fork, lean your whole body weight down through the handle rather than thrusting with your shoulders and back.


6. Keep your garden tools in good repair. Keep shears and secateurs sharp and get loose handles repaired to reduce strain to your back, wrists or shoulders. Independent garden centres sometimes offer a tool sharpening service. (My local one does).


Have a fruitful summer.


Yinka Fabusuyi




By West Norwood Therapies Team, Feb 1 2017 09:00AM

Osteopath and yoga teacher, Yinka Fabusuyi, shares her top tips for keeping your mattress in tip top condition to help support a healthy spine


I hope that you have had a good festive season and wish you a happy and prosperous New Year. As part of your goal for a healthy year, which includes keeping your spine in tip top condition, do not overlook the importance of a good mattress. After a busy day there is nothing quite like getting into bed and feeling comfortable, relaxing and waking up feeling refreshed. If this is not the case might your mattress.


Top tips

1. Use a washable mattress (and pillow) cover to protect your mattress from stains. Buy them in a purpose-made ‘barrier’ fabric if you have a dust allergy.


2. Throw back bedclothes in the morning and leave the bed to air for 20 minutes to allow body moisture to evaporate.


3. Turn your mattress over and end to end every three or four months. For new mattresses do this every week for the first three months, to help upholstery fillings settle down more evenly. Mind your back when doing this and don't do it on your own.


4. To keep your mattress at its best, do not let children bounce on it.


5. Do not sit on the edge of the mattress.


6. Try to avoid your mattress getting wet. If it does air dry it. If necessary use gentle detergent and water to spot clean. Do not use solvent based cleaners on visco-elastic foam mattresses.


7. A good quality mattress that is used regularly will last about 8-10 years. Poorly cared for mattresses will not last as long. High quality mattresses may last longer.


Yinka is at West Norwood Therapies on Wednesdays and ad-hoc www.westnorwoodtherapies.com/yinka-fabusuyi

Osteopath and Yoga teacher


By West Norwood Therapies Team, Nov 16 2016 11:00AM

Our osteopath and yoga teacher, Yinka Fabusuyi, explains the importance of choosing a good bra and some care tips to maximise their efficacy and life span


If you choose to wear a bra the right fit may make a huge difference to comfort and possibly posture. A good fit can make all the difference in the world to a painful mid or upper back, pain across the top of the shoulders or sore ribs. If you notice your bra strap digs into your shoulders or is leaving a deep mark, the fit may be wrong, larger breasts are heavier and may require more support and so a wider strap may be necessary. It is not unusual for your bra size to change if you lose or gain any weight, and also consider a new bra if you have just come to the end of breast feeding. Post birth and feeding breast tissue may require a different style of bra and your width fitting may have increased due to changes in the rib cage following pregnancy. The correct fit is paramount, and I think the only way to achieve this is to go and be fitted. Once you have the perfect bra, look after it. Here are some basic pointers:


1. If possible hand wash your bra. Alternatively and possibly more realistically use a delicate machine wash cycle.


2. Do not tumble dry your bra, the heat can have a negative effect on the elastic.


3. Get refitted if your clothing size changes.


4. If you use a different bra for the gym, yoga or to run in, and try to wash it as soon as you can after exercise.


5. See your bra as an important part of your wardrobe and invest in a good one.


6. Once you are happy with your bra brand, design and size you can always look for a better deal online.



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