Digging can be rewarding but … Cliffs Chiropractor Southend offers this warning

It’gardening tips from cliffs chiropractor southends that time of year when many of us are turning our attention to digging in the garden! Enzo is no different and it seems his digging has turned up a big juicy bone – he’s one happy dog!

Unfortunately not everyones digging and gardening exploits have such a happy ending!

At this time of year our chiropractors at Cliffs see far too many patients who have ended up doing themselves some damage while gardening. If you’re planning some gardening then here are our five top tips to keep your back safe.

Five top tips for back safe gardening from Cliffs Chiropractor Southend

1. Wear comfortable and loose fitting clothing to avoid constricting your movement.

2. Warm up by starting off with the lighter jobs. This will lessen the chance of muscle strain – remember  gardening is just like taking any other form of exercise!

3. When pruning get as close as possibe to the plant you are pruning to avoid overstretching. Long handled secateurs are a great investment to avoid overreaching and overstretching.

4. Using a ladder or steps? Always face the ladder and keep your shoulders, hips and knees pointing in the same direction when using it. Always avoid leaning or reaching when on the ladder by moving it regularly to be as close to where you are working as possible. Always remember to firmly and safely plant the ladder in position before climbing it. Even better, have someone else on hand to hold it securely in place.

5.  Take regular breaks every 20 – 30 minutes and avoid spending any more than this time on one activity.

If you do find you have over done it in the garden then don’t hesitate to contact us and let our experienced team of chiropractors at Cliffs in Southend help sort you out.

Improve memory and concentration while calming a nervous stomach and alleviating stress

lemon balm nutrition advice from cliffs chiropractor southendLemon balm or Melissa Officinalis has a long tradition of use as a herbal medicine. Used mainly to calm spasm in the gut and as an anti- depressive it has more recently been found to improve memory and concentration. This makes it ideal for anyone who suffers from a nervous stomach or could be a good idea this time of year for children under exam stress. Further aided by the fact it is antimicrobial and decongestant it may help keep colds away, which no one wants when they are studying.

nutrition advice from cliffs chiropractor southendIt is safe and gentle herb and very easy to grow, tolerant of a range of conditions and unaffected by many pests and diseases. It also has the added benefit of attracting bees, which feed on the small white flowers. A handful of leaves in a mug of hot water make a very pleasant soothing tea.

nutrition advice from cliffs chiropractor southendFor real ease of use that has added benefits Lamberts have produced Theanine and lemon Balm complex. L-Theanine is a fascinating amino acid that is present in normal tea and is believed to be responsible for that unique ‘nice cup of tea’ feeling.

It has been shown to raise levels of GABA and alpha waves in the brain and this can result in a calming effect without drowsiness. As a result, L-Theanine is widely recommended for those during times of stress and anxiety.

Three relevant B vitamins are also included. Folic acid and biotin both contribute to normal psychological function and pantothenic acid as it contributes to normal mental performance.

For a naughty treat why not use Lemon Balm in a dessert!

Lemon meringue ice cream with lemon balm (courtesy of Mary Berry)

Lemon balm gives a gentle citrus tang to this impressive but easy ice cream. Try serving it with a raspberry coulis or summer berries.

nutrition advice from cliffs chiropractor southendIngredients
300ml/½ pint double cream
1 lemon, zest and juice
1 jar good quality lemon curd
50g/1¾oz meringues, broken into chunky pieces
2 tbsp chopped fresh lemon balm
3 passionfruit, halved, pulp and seeds scooped out
sprigs of lemon balm, to garnish

Preparation method

Line a 450g/1lb loaf tin with clingfilm, overlapping the sides. Whisk the cream lightly until the whisk leaves a trail, add the lemon zest and juice and half the jar of lemon curd then fold in the meringue and chopped lemon balm.

Spoon the mixture into the loaf tin, cover with clingfilm and freeze for at least six hours.

If the ice cream has been freezing overnight or longer, remove it from the freezer for 10-15 minutes before turning onto a plate. Lift the ice cream from the loaf tin, invert it onto a board and remove the clingfilm. Dip a sharp knife in boiling water and cut the ice cream into thick slices.

Mix the other half of the lemon curd with the pulp and seeds from the passion fruit.

Place a slice of ice cream on a plate and top with a spoonful of the passionfruit sauce. Decorate with sprigs of lemon balm.

What is Shirley’s BIG secret of youthfulness? Cliffs Chiropractor Southend shares the secret …

Shirley a patien at Cliffs Chiropractor SouthendMeet Shirley – it’s hard to believe she is 80!

She is a great advocate of keeping active. Yoga, swimming, long walks and a zest for life all keep her young.

But Shirley’s has a BIG Secret to her youthfulness ….



Shirley’s secret?  “My regular check ups with Arif, couldn’t do it without my adjustments :)”

Thank You Shirley – we love treating you and all our patients at Cliffs – you make what we do every day worthwhile.