Tips to keep your kids backs safe as they go back to school from Cliffs Chiropractor Southend


Paediatric care at Cliffs Chiropractor Southend

As children and their families are getting ready to go back to school this September, it is important to remember to look after your children’s back health.

Here are some simple tips from The British Chiropractic Association to help make the return to school a happy and healthy one.


  • Bag it up – a rucksack really is the best option, as long as your child carries it over both shoulders, with the straps are adjusted so that the bag is held close to their back and heavier items are placed at the top of the rucksack.
  •  Keep it light – your child should avoid carrying any excess weight in their bag – check it every day to make sure they aren’t carrying any unnecessary items.
  • Best foot forward – wearing good, soft-soled shoes that are supportive and have a good grip on the ground will make carrying a heavy bag much easier. Ensure shoes laces are tied up properly for support.
  • Move around – staying still for a long time is bad for the spine. Limit your child to 40 minutes on their phone, laptop, tablet, and computer or in front of the TV then encourage them to get up and do something else for a while.
  •  Keep fit – Regular and frequent exercise is best – the fitter they are, the less likely they are to injure themselves.


If you have concerns over a back injury for your child then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us as we offer a lot of help and advice in this area. Contact us on 01702 430430 or email us at to get in touch.

Getting ready for a new school term? What’s in your kids school bag asks Cliffs Chiropractor Southend

Kids school bags advice at Cliffs Chiropractor Southend

As the new school term approaches, it is important to think about your child’s posture, as they will be carrying schoolbooks and stationary in their school bags. It is how your child carries these things that can have the most impact on their health.

Research from The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) has shown that 33% of parents say that their child has suffered from neck or back pain in the past. Back pain can be caused by a number of things but heavy school bags are often a common trigger. Books, lunchboxes, sports gear (including trainers) are the most common found items in a child’s school bag and if these are packed incorrectly it can cause aches and pains.

Below is some very useful information from a BCA Chiropractor.

 Tim Hutchful, BCA chiropractor, comments: “Making sure your child doesn’t suffer from back or neck pain this autumn term can be as simple as checking they aren’t carrying around heavy items with them unnecessarily and that they carry their school bag correctly.I see an increasing number of young people complaining of back or neck pain and often it’s due to the weighty bags they carry. As youngsters have more belongings than ever before, like mobile phones and tablets, there’s a tendency for them to overfill their bags but, by doing these two basic things, you could be helping them avoid painful back problems”.

If you have concerns over a back injury for your child then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us as we offer a lot of help and advice in this area. Contact us on 01702 430430 or email us at to get in touch.

Arif treats Children – See Leo’s visit to Cliffs Chiropractor Southend

Chiropractic treatment for children is safe, effective and enjoyable. If you’re considering chiropractic for your child watch Leo’s experience with Southend chiropractor Arif Soomro.

Leo’s Visit to Cliffs Chiropractor Southend

As you can see by all the giggling and smiling, Leo had an enjoyable time!

As well as adults we also treat children here at Cliffs Chiropractic clinic Southend. It is often little recognised that children and youngsters can suffer with the same problems with the spine and joints as adults. These problems can in turn result in muscles in their neck, back and extremities to tighten. This tightening can cause the bones of the spine or other joints to lose their normal motion or move out of position.

At Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic Southend one of our highly experienced team of chiropractors, Dr Arif Soomro, is one of the country’s more established paediatric practitioners and the areas only Certified Chiropractic Paediatric Practitioner. The clinic also has the equipment and techniques that allow anxious patients or nervous children to gain confidence and achieve results.

If you have concerns over a back injury for your child then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us as we offer a lot of help and advice in this area. Contact us on 01702 430430 or email us at to get in touch.

We love to get your feedback at Cliffs Chiropractor Southend


We all love a bit of feedback, especially when it’s positive feedback. Here at Cliffs Chiropractors Southend, we really enjoy hearing about our patients’ experiences.

We strive to provide an excellent service to our patients and will always look to do the best we can. At Cliffs Chiropractor Southend we believe our professionalism, hard work and expertise combines to provide not only excellent customer service but satisfactory results.

It turns out we are not the only ones who are happy with our service;


Laurelle Gallimore

 I can honestly say if it wasn’t for the care, support and professional guidance I have received over the past 10 months I never would have been able to finish the inca trail. Thank you so much ❤ It’s been trip I will never forget!!

Sarah Morley

Arif and his amazing team are now like family to me. I cannot thank Arif enough for all the help and support he gives me. I’m always in extreme pain and the only relief I get is the treatment I receive at the clinic. The whole team are so dedicated to change people’s life’s and are so welcoming. I would recommend The Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic to anyone!


Being a leading chiropractic clinic in Southend we are happy to help you with any issues you may be having. If you have any back pains or injuries and aches please contact us on 01702 430430 or email us at

The Doctor has chiropractor on hand – Leading Chiropractor in Southend agrees!

We all suffer from back pain from time to time; some of us suffer quite a lot. There are a variety of ways to treat back pain; one of the best methods is to see a chiropractor. We are experts in the area of back pain and as a busy chiropractor in Southend, I know we treat it a lot.

It is a very good idea to go see a chiropractor to help with back pain; in fact it seems that even an ancient Time travelling Time Lord uses one. The BBC has revealed that all their “Doctors have found chiropractor appointments helpful”.

In all seriousness the nature of the job in Doctor Who requires a lot of running around, stunt work and awkward positions on set, it is easy to damage and strain your back in this scenario.

We agree that it is quite right the BBC encourage their “Doctors” to go to chiropractic appointments. If you should find yourself injured during a Darlek attack or just in day to day life you should come visit us at our busy chiropractors in Southend.

You can pop in for a chat or a one-to-one session to help you with any injuries or problems you may have. Contact us on 01702 430430 or email us at

Check out what our customers say about our Chiropractors in Southend!

Any good business or clinic needs to deliver an excellent service and product to survive and thrive. Being a busy Chiropractor in Southend I understand that more than most. We always strive to deliver excellent service and patient satisfaction. We work hard to treat all our patients individually, to diagnose individually, and prepare treatments individually.

Our ultimate aim is to solve your back problems and improve your quality of life. We strive to do this well.

It seems that our patients agree!

If you have any back issues or problems please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can pop in for a chat or a one-to-one session to help you with any injuries or problems you may have. Contact us on 01702 430430 or email us at

Bank Holiday Getaway travelling advice from a leading Chiropractor in Southend

It is a big bank holiday weekend this week and it is a good one. August bank holiday weekend is one where all the kids have been off school for weeks and hopefully the weather is great. Many of you will decide to go visit family perhaps hundreds of miles across the country, a lot of you will decide to go camping or to go to the seaside. Whatever it is you are doing this weekend you are likely to be driving long distances

As part of my duties as a busy North Chiropractor in Southend I often advise my patients on how to keep their back safe whilst travelling, especially with driving long distances.

How to keep your back safe

Keeping your back safe whilst driving does not only involve good posture, you can do a few other things to keep your back in good condition;

Avoid stiffness – You are likely to be stuck in your car for long periods of time this bank holiday weekend, this can mean being in the same position for long periods of time. You should avoid this by doing shoulder shrugs, buttock clenches and foot circles. Keeping loose and moving is important to avoiding back pain.

Take a break – Of course you have to balance the journey time against taking breaks but definitely do not avoid a break. You should be getting up for a walk ever 40 minutes or so but this can be unreasonably on a long journey. Instead when you do stop for petrol or food break please ensure you go for a brief and brisk walk and make sure you stretch a bit. Your body will need it.

Avoid sleeping awkwardly – If you plan on having a nap on your journey (only if you are not driving of course) then make sure you position yourself well. What I mean by this is not resting your head against the window and twisting your back. Invest in a good travel pillow and stay sat upright.

Compensate your lack of movement – Finally it is important to compensate for your prolonged lack of movement. When you arrive at your destination be sure to take a good walk and stretch off. A brisk 20 minute walk will do wonders to avoiding back pain.

At our busy Chiropractors in Southend you can pop in for a chat or a one-to-one session to help you with any injuries or problems you may have. Contact us on 01702 430430 or email us at

Paracetamol and back pain – Advice from a leading Chiropractor in Southend

There are plenty of people suffering from back pain all across the country. It is not a nice thing to suffer from, it can be very painful, and it can make you lethargic and almost lazy and in the worst cases leave you unable to move. For some of us who suffer with back pain we will turn to a painkiller such as paracetamol to help us out, but does this actually do anything? As a busy Chiropractor in Southend one of the most common injuries my clients come in with is back pain and this leaves me well-placed to offer you advice on back pain and how to treat it.

Types of back pain

Back pain comes in all different shapes and sizes and the key to getting your treatment right is finding out which type of back pain you are suffering with. Being a busy Chiropractor in Southend I often have to diagnose the type of back pain. There are a few different types of back pain

Wear and tear –Quite simply as we get older our body gets older and wear and tear may contribute to back pain. The shock absorbing pads or discs on your spine can narrow with age and cause stiffness and pain.

Trapped nerves – Potentially the most serious type of back pain is that of trapped nerves, but essentially this can happen because of wear and tear or mechanical problems.

Mechanical – This is what the majority of people that suffer with back pain have. It means that there are no serious underlying issues and conditions and no trapped nerves. It is not always clear what causes mechanical back pain but it can often be because of poor posture and sitting in an uncomfortable position.

Paracetamol and coping with back pain

As a leading Chiropractor in Southend I get asked by patients if painkillers will help or which painkillers can I recommend. Many of us will take paracetamol to cope with back pain, some of you will think this helps but research carried out in Australia with 1650 sufferers of back pain begs to differ. The research looked at sufferers taking regular doses of the common painkiller and sufferers using a ‘placebo’ and saw no difference in the recovery time of the back pain sufferers.

This isn’t to say that medical advice should change on the basis of one study or that other painkillers won’t help but that paracetamol may not be as effective as you think. In any case a painkiller is likely to increase the recovery time.

Treating back pain

By taking painkillers you are hiding the problem and this can ultimately effect the recovery time. The best way to treat back pain is to visit a chiropractor. We are highly trained professionals that are governed by national regulations and we are experts in the field. As a Chiropractor in Southend I will often assess a patient to discover the true extent of any back pain before deciding upon a course of treatment. This will often involve manual sessions but can come in the form of acupuncture, life-style advice stretching exercises or general rehabilitation.

At our busy Chiropractors in Southend you can pop in for a chat or a one-to-one session to help find the root cause of your problems. Contact us on 01702 430430 or email us at

What are the health benefits of tomatoes? Melanie at Cliffs Chiropractor Southend explains …

Whether you refer to a tomato as a fruit or a vegetable, there is no doubt that a tomato is a nutrient-dense, super-food that most people should be eating more of.

The tomato has been referred to as a “functional food,” a food that goes beyond providing just basic nutrition, additionally preventing chronic disease and delivering other health benefits, due to beneficial phytochemicals such as lycopene.

Tomatoes are a rich source of vitamins A and C and folic acid. They contain a wide array of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants, including alpha-lipoic acid, lycopene, choline, folic acid, beta-carotene and lutein.

As an excellent source of the strong antioxidant vitamin C and other antioxidants, tomatoes can help combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, some studies have shown that people who have diets rich in tomatoes may have a lower risk of certain types of cancer, especially cancers of the prostate, lung, and stomach.

The fiber, potassium, vitamin C and choline content in tomatoes all support heart health. An increase in potassium intake along with a decrease in sodium intake is the most important dietary change that a person can make to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.

High potassium intakes are also associated with a reduced risk of stroke, protection against loss of muscle mass, preservation of bone mineral density and reduction in the formation of kidney stones.

The folic acid in tomatoes may also help with depression.

How to incorporate more tomatoes in your diet.

Make sure to store fresh tomatoes at room temperature. Avoid refrigeration, as this causes tomatoes to lose their flavour.


Tomatoes can be easily incorporated into your daily diet, from using them in sauces and soups to creating a quick bruschetta appetizer.

  • Dip grape or cherry tomatoes in hummus or plain yoghurt dip and have as a side or a snack.
  • Always add sliced tomato to your sandwiches.
  • Add diced canned tomatoes to homemade or jarred pasta sauces.
  • Used canned diced or stewed tomatoes in soups.
  • Have a piece of toast with avocado and tomato slices.
  • Make your own quick salsa with diced tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, coriander and freshly squeezed lime.
  • Dice fresh tomatoes and add them to to your omelets or scramble egg for breakfast. If there is no time to grill fresh have tinned with your bacon and eggs.
  • Drizzle freshly sliced tomatoes and sliced mozzarella with balsamic vinegar and top with chopped basil.

Risks and Precautions

Yes these days there is also a risk to eating tomatoes!!

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) produces a list each year of fruits and vegetables with the highest levels of pesticide residue, known as the Dirty Dozen. Cherry tomatoes are high on the list of produce that the EWG suggests that you buy in the organic version to ensure a lower risk of pesticide exposure. If you cannot afford organic, do not fret; the nutritional benefit of eating conventionally grown (non-organic) produce far outweighs the risk of not eating produce at all.

Beta-blockers, a type of medication most commonly prescribed for heart disease, can cause potassium levels to increase in the blood. High potassium foods such as tomatoes should be consumed in moderation when taking beta-blockers.

What are the health benefits of lavender? Melanie from Cliffs Chiropractor Southend explains …

Lavender is an herb native to northern Africa and the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean. It is highly regarded for skin and beauty and is commonly used in fragrances and shampoos to help wash and purify the skin.

In fact, the word lavender originally stems from from the Latin word lavare which means “to wash”.

However, there are also many medicinal properties associated with lavender.

Lavender is the most versatile of oils, it has relaxing and rejuvenating properties making it useful for relaxing the mind body and spirit. Lavender oil is a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, sedative and promotes healing and prevents scarring.

Research has revealed that the essential oil of lavender may be useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness. Some studies even suggest that lavender can help digestive issues such as vomiting, nausea and intestinal gas.

In addition to helping with digestive issues, lavender is used to help relieve pain from headaches, sprains, toothaches, and sores. It is also used to prevent hair loss and repel insects.

Lavender is one of the only essential oils that can be applied directly to the skin but only use one drop.

Here is how to use it:

  • Massage: Muscular aches and pains, rheumatism, sprains, stress
  • Skincare: Spots, acne, cuts, insect bites, stings, inflammation, burns and eczema

100% Pure Essential Oil – Balancing and Purifying used for:

  • Massage – 5 drops of essential oil to 10ml base oil
  • Vaporisation – up to 10 drops of essential oil
  • Inhalation – up to 4 drops of essential oil
  • In the bath – 2-6 drops of essential oil

One drop can be used neat on insect bites to relieve itching. For mild burns apply ice cold water for 10 minutes then put 5 drops of lavender oil on a dry cold compress and cover the area. Repeat as needed. For headaches mix 1 drop of lavender oil to 1 drop of carrier oil and massage into the temples.

We now stock 10ml bottles of pure French Lavender oil in the clinic, perfect for the first aid kit.