Osteopath London Bridge SE1 and Shepherds Bush W12
Master of Osteopathy (M.Ost)
Yan trained for five years at the British School of Osteopathy graduating with a Master of Osteopathy (M.Ost) degree, including training in cranial and visceral techniques.
His early training was driven by a deep-seated curiosity for how the world worked, leading him to graduate from the University of Cambridge with a degree in mathematics. During this time, he began training in martial arts, where preconceived ideas equating strength with straining, and relaxation with weakness were challenged. From further study in chi-kung and meditation, he learned that health and a sense of relaxed, easy strength were skills that could be taught and learned and which depended on how we use our bodies instead of being purely subject to circumstance. This idea, that vitality and health are profoundly affected by how the body moves, led Yan to study Osteopathy.
As an Osteopath, Yan believes that treatment should always go hand-in-hand with helping a patient to understand how their condition has arisen, and how they can better listen to and work in harmony with their own body.
Yan is particularly interested in how the body remembers posture and movement, and how these can be affected by daily habits, physical trauma, or stress and other emotional factors. Through addressing both the body memory and the physical tissues involved, he enjoys helping athletes optimise their technique and performance and those with long-standing problems regain a sense of wholeness and wellbeing.
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Testimonials: Osteopath Yan-Chee Yu
"I originally approached Yan with shoulder pain which I had been suffering from for over a year and was getting worse. Yan used a combination of gentle touch and body manipulation over a number of weeks and it took very little time for me to begin to notice the difference. Since receiving treatment from Yan I have suffered very infrequently from shoulder trouble and when it does reoccur I am aware of a little discomfort but I no longer feel any pain.
Yan works holistically and though I approached him for help with my shoulder, he has also done a lot of work on my lower back and other areas where I hold tension. Most significantly, Yan is a very accepting and kind person and, as a psychotherapist in training, I have felt that the combination of his body work and bedside manner has been immensely healing. I would highly recommend him to anyone but especially to those in caring professions who need additional support due to the physical and emotional demands of their jobs."
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"To be perfectly honest I did not have any high expectations before my first appointment with Yan. I had been suffering from a very persistent and debilitating prolapsed disc for almost three months. Private medical insurance and a long list of specialists had not only been ineffective – they had made my back worse.
Where other specialists despaired because my back problems did not conform to the textbook, Yan listened to what my body was trying to tell me. He was then able to respond accordingly and help my disc heal. In his very gentle way Yan has shown me that it is not my body’s fault if I am treating it badly.
I have finally been able to return to my rather stressful job in the City. Whereas before I absorbed all the stress around me I am now possibly the most relaxed person in the office – thanks to Yan and much to my colleagues’ envy. I highly recommend Yan and, having experienced firsthand what he can do, trust him completely."
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“Having known Yan for some years now I have seen him develop from a student of Osteopathy to a practitioner. I have received treatment from Yan on a chronic problem with my knee. Yan only needed to give me one treatment and I haven’t been back since as the problems have abated entirely.
What I find most useful is the fact that Yan not only treats but seeks to educate the patient by giving an explanation as to what he is doing, how he does it and methods we can take to prevent the problem from arising again. Somewhat of an unusual approach as in some way he is putting himself out of business! I have no hesitation in recommending Yan.”
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“Yan was recommended to me by a friend as I had been having bad knee pain for more than 2 years. Initially, I was a bit sceptical; the doctors I saw for the last 2 years had been saying that my knees were injured and nothing could be done apart from avoiding painful activities. Thus, I was very surprised when only after my first session with Yan I was already feeling a lot better; I could definitely see the difference in the way I stood, walked and sat. In only two more sessions with Yan, I could go back to living my life as it was before I injured my knees – I could jog, take the stairs, sit down, and stand up without feeling the pain anymore. Yan listened to what my body was telling him and it worked.
What I particularly valued was the time he took to explain to me the methods that he uses and to give me some invaluable tips and techniques on stretching, walking, standing and exercising.
I would definitely recommend Yan. He is a great osteopath and it works – I promise you. I truly believe that Yan can cure any mechanical problem and I am very thankful to him for giving me my knees back.”
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“I have been doing various martial arts over the years, but have found all these exercises had taken their toll on my body. Prior to treatment, I would find that it wouldn’t take me long before my left leg would tire out when standing or walking for long periods of time as my psoas on my right side was shorter than my left as a result of training poorly.
After the initial treatment, I decided to walk instead of my usual cycling to work. I found that my left leg felt a lot warmer than usual due to better circulation. Since then, I have found walking and standing easier and my legs feel a lot more connected to the rest of my body.
I would recommend Yan to anyone as I have found the treatment has been highly effective and feel more balanced than I have in years.”
Osteopathy is a system of manual medicine that diagnoses, treats and helps to prevent problems arising from and within the musculo-skeletal system (muscles, bones, joints, organs, connective tissue)
Osteopathy requires a detailed knowledge of anatomy, physiology and methods of clinical investigation on the part of the practitioner.
What does an Osteopath do?
- Diagnose and treat complaints occurring due to injury, stress, disease and accidents.
- Aim to enable the musculoskeletal system to work as efficiently as possible by disencumbering it from unnecessary stressors.
- Harness the body’s innate healing processes in the search for health and normal function.
- Believe a caring approach and attention to individual needs is paramount.
- Refer patients on to a registered medical practitioner when appropriate.
- Is always appropriate to the patient’s age and condition.
- Is available to all age groups.
- Is based on an osteopathic diagnosis.
- Is always carried out with the consent of the patient.
- Different techniques, eg cranial, soft tissue, structural manipulation are applied as necessary.
- Is a rigorous and demanding course lasting at least 4 years.
- Osteopaths at The Happiness Centre undertake a programme of continuous professional development.
And for peace of mind:
- Osteopathy is a safe and natural approach to health care
- Patients of any age can be treated effectively for a variety of health problems
- Every year over 6,000,000 patients in Great Britain consult an osteopath
- Every osteopath is registered with the General Osteopathic Council
- Every osteopath is properly insured
What can I expect in my Initial Osteopathic Consultation?
During your first appointment
- Full medical and accident history taken
- A physical examination given
- You will be asked to remove some outer clothing and a simple series of movement tests performed
- Points of weakness, strain or specific injury will be identified
- The musculo-skeletal assessment will be considered alongside lifestyle factors
- A treatment plan will be determined and initiated
- Treatment is included in this session
Call 020 8749 3792 to book your session with an Osteopath in Shepherds Bush or London Bridge:
Shepherds Bush Osteopath - Aisha Afzal
Shepherds Bush Osteopath & Cranio Osteopath - Micheal Francis
Shepherds Bush & London Bridge Osteopath - Vijay Netto
Shepherds Bush & London Bridge Osteopath - Yan-Chee Yu
Professional Bodies for Osteopathy
UK Healthcare Regulators
UK Social Care Regulators
Osteopath appointments are available during these hours:
Monday - Friday 8.30am til late
Saturday 8.30am - 5pm
Deep Tissue Massage and Sports Massage are available Mon - Fri plus Saturdays & Sundays 9am - 6pm.
Enquiries & Bookings
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up to 60 minutes £65
Includes Consult and Treatment
up to 45 minutes £55
The number of sessions required depends on the nature of your injury, ailment or health problem. After the Initial assessment and treatment, any follow-up treament you may require is discussed in consultation with your treating Osteopath.
We accept cash and debit / credit cards including Amex.
Health insurance claims welcome such as AXA/PPP, Simply Health, Norwich Union and most other insurers. Check your private or company health insurance policy before booking, as some insurance companies require a referral from your GP.
24 hours notice of cancellation is required or the full fee is payable.