Even Super Heroes need the occasional help of a chiropractor at Cliffs Chiropractor Southend

zackery being treated at cliffs chiropractor southendThis photo just goes to prove that even Super Heroes need the occasional help of a chiropractor at Cliffs Chiropractor Southend!

It comes as a surprise to many people that children and babies can suffer with the same problems of the spines and joints as adults. In addition babies and children have their own range of problems.

A specialised approach at Cliffs

Many patients who visit Cliffs for the first time are often surprised to find our waiting room is packed with young children and mums with prams. The reason being for this is that parents and their families travel from a wide area to visit Arif Soomro. Arif is our resident chiropractic paediatric specialist and co-founder of Cliffs.

To diagnose and treat new babies and young children additional chiropractic skills are required. Arif is one of the UK’s more established paediatric practitioners and is Southend’s only Certified Chiropractic Paediatric Practitioner.

Don’t assume your child will ‘grow out of it’

Unfortunately, it is all too common to find that a child’s pain may be put down to growing pains. It is not uncommon in these instances that further treatment is not sought.

“Don’t assume your child will ‘grow out of it’.” Arif says. “I encourage any parent to seek advice from a qualified chiropractor as chiropractic care could provide fast effective relief.”

Cliffs Clinic is fully equipped with equipment and techniques to ensure that even the most nervous child and anxious parent can gain confidence in our approach and treatment.

You can find out more about our approach to treating children and babies on our website.

If you have any questions regarding your baby, child or teenager’s complaint then we encourage you to contact the clinic to discuss your concerns with one of our team of clinicians. You can contact us at Cliffs Chiropractor Southend on 01702 430430.

Rosewater Cardamom and Almond Cake (gluten free) recipe from Melanie at Cliffs Chiropractor Southend

cake recipe from Melaine at Cliffs Chiropractor SouthendWe had so many requests for the recipe for this cake during our Macmillan Coffee Morning Fundraiser that Melanie has kindly written out all the instructions for you.

220g butter
220g unrefined caster sugar
275g ground almonds
3 large eggs
150g polenta
1 tsp baking powder (gluten free)
12 green cardamom pods

For the syrup
The juice of a large ripe lemon
5 tbsps mild honey such as orange blossom
5 cardamom pods
1 tbsp rosewater

You will need a non-stick loose-bottomed cake tin about 20cm in diameter, greased and lined on the base. Set the oven at 180C/ fan 160C/ gas mark 4.

Put the butter and caster sugar into a bowl and beat until light and fluffy.
Break the eggs into a small bowl and beat lightly with a fork then stir them into the mixture. Mix the polenta and baking powder and then fold it into the mixture with the zest and juice. Crush the cardamom pods and extract the little black seeds, then grind them to a fine powder. You can use a pestle and mortar or coffee grinder. Add the spice to the cake mixture.
Transfer the cake mixture to the lined tin the smooth the top level. Bake for 30 minutes, then turn the heat down to 160 C/140C fan/gas mark 3 for a further 25-30 minutes or until the cake is firm to the touch.

To make the syrup, squeeze the lemon juice into a stainless steel saucepan then bring it to the boil and dissolve the honey. Add the cardamom pods lightly squashed. Keep the liquid boiling for 4-5 minutes until it has formed a light syrup. Remove from the heat, stir in the rosewater and leave to cool a little. Spike holes into the top of the cake, still warm and in its tin with a skewer, then spoon over the warm syrup. Leave to almost cool in the tin and lift out. Serve in thin slices with a little Greek yoghurt.

The taste of the cake largely depends on the freshness of the cardamom pods and the quality of the rosewater. Please make sure you use rosewater and not rose essence.

Is your child’s posture and spinal motion important to their health? Arif Soomro from Cliffs Chiropractor Southend explains more

How important is posture and spinal motion to your child’s health? Well in short the answer is VERY.

Arif, our resident Certified Chiropractic Paediatric Practictioner and Fellow of the International Chiropractic Paedriatic Association explains the importance of caring for your child’s spine.

Most people are amazed how many complaints are influenced by poor posture and joint or muscle problems especially in the back or neck.

Look at these new shocking statistics
• One quarter of UK secondary school pupils suffer from regular or daily back pain.
• School bag burden was associated with a ten-fold higher rate of back pain.
• Back pain was also linked to prolonged sitting.
• 14 year old school girls have the same incidence of back pain as the adult population.

Parents have their children’s teeth and eyesight checked with preventative and curative treatments, allowing normal development, but your spine is just as important to good health.

Our screenings take about 15 minutes and are £10 all of which will go to BackCare the charity for back pain. They include a questionnaire about your child’s health. Discussing the findings and recommendations directly with the parents and children is an important part of it. We are able to reassure and educate parents in what to look for, or recommend a more detailed investigation of children if treatment is indicated.

Children can suffer back and neck pain just like adults do. There is really no such thing as growing pains, bad posture and poor habits can cause joint and muscle problems exactly the same as adults.

One of the most common complaints we see in patients is scoliosis or spinal curvatures. The causes as to why these occur are still poorly understood, however, they develop in early life. These children will often have a dropped shoulder, one leg turned in or a crooked crease in the buttocks. One of the earliest symptoms can be knee pains or headaches. By the time these children reach adulthood they may have already had knee surgery or be taking painkillers on a regular basis. Early detection could prevent their suffering and reduce the severity of the scoliosis.

In 1994 The Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic pioneered the first spinal screenings for children, which went on to be a national campaign.

Over the last hundred years school furniture has reduced in height by 10 centimetres whilst children have increased in height by the same figure. Additionally the majority of school furniture does not meet the individual and variable requirements for children’s various sizes or support correct spinal posture. The correct sitting position will cause an open body posture with improved lung capacity and hence cerebral oxygenation aiding concentration.

Arif says “Ingatestone and Fryerning School asked me to advise and assist in obtaining and installing ergonomic desks and chairs for their students. They were Britain’s first school to do this with the aim of improving the children’s posture and aid concentration, combining it with a daily exercise routine.

I strongly believe prevention is better than cure and if spinal problems could be corrected early on a lot of suffering in adult life could be prevented.

Being a chiropractor is rewarding in its own right, no matter what age the patient, but to treat a child and see their spine changing shape literally before your eyes makes a lasting impression on their lives, altering their development.”

All proceeds from our child screenings will go to BackCare the charity that provides information and advice to all people and organisations affected by back pain.

A child will not reach its full potential unless it is healthy. As chiropractors, it is our duty to recognise and correct neuromuscular-skeletal disorders and restore postural imbalance, releasing the child or adult to their full potential.

To book an appointment for a child screening please call direct on 01702 430 430

Childrens’ Spinal Screening Week 5th – 11th October

BackCare Awareness Week from the 5th – 11th October focuses on the issue of back pain in children and in recognition of this campaign we at Cliffs Chiropractor Southend will be holding screenings for Childrens’ Backs during this week.

Parents have their children’s teeth and eyesight checked with preventative and curative treatments, allowing normal development, but your child’s spine is just as important to their good health.

We invite all parents to call 01702 430 430 and book an appointment now for their child’s screening. The screening will take about 15 minutes and is £10 all of which will go to BackCare the charity for back pain.

Cliffs honoured to be included in The Parliamentary Review

Parliamentary ReviewCliffs has been highly honoured to be the first BCA chiropractic clinic in the UK chosen to be in The Parliamentary Review. The Review highlights best practices in the private healthcare industry with a strategic aim of raising standards. It is considered an indispensable guide to best practices in the industry and highlights how leaders in their field have been innovative and responded to economic and political change. Forwarded by George Osborne MP, the Chancellor of the Excheque and Nigel Hunt MP Secretary of State for Health we are immensely proud of this remarkable achievement. In fact this is such a remarkable achievement within the chiropractic profession that the whole British Chiropractic Association membership has been e-mailed to be told about it! Cliffs rocks!

The Parliamentary Review was released at the end of September and you can access it by clicking on the image on the right and we’d love to get your feedback on it.