Common Mistakes to Avoid With Back Pain

back pain treated at cliffs near leigh on seaIf you’re suffering from chronic or acute back pain, you’ve probably tried various things to alleviate your discomfort. But are you causing more harm than good?

Common mistakes that many back pain sufferers make include:

Mistake No.1: Assuming Your Back Pain Will Go Away On Its Own

While it’s true that some types of back pain can naturally go away, don’t assume that yours is one of them. Too many patients that visit our chiropractic clinic near Leigh on Sea have been suffering in silence for too long. It’s critical that you receive the correct diagnosis and treatment plan as early on in your condition as possible. After all, why suffer unnecessarily?

Mistake No. 2: Becoming Too Reliant On Your GP

If you’ve been making frequent visits to your GP regarding your back pain and your symptoms haven’t improved then your case should be referred to a specialist health care provider. Typically, General Practitioners don’t have in-depth training in spine medicine, so for most patients it is not possible to receive an accurate diagnosis by visiting their GP only. Chiropractors have five years full-time training in neuro-musculoskeletal disorders as well as general diagnosis. So if they can’t diagnose your problem they will refer you to a specialist who can undertake all the appropriate tests. Make sure that you are completely honest about your symptoms (many people underplay their pain to a GP) and be persistent in seeking the help you need.

Mistake No 3: Focusing On Your MRI Results

Remember that MRI scans show pictures; they do not show pain. In other words, it is possible to receive a “normal” scan result and still be in severe pain. If this is the case, your physician should be able to combine your results with a full work-up to come to an accurate diagnosis. For chronic back pain sufferers, a “normal” MRI can be extremely frustrating, but keep working with your health care professional until you receive the correct diagnosis and treatment plan.

Mistake No. 4: Becoming Inactive

Of course, if you are in severe pain, then a few days of professionally-recommended rest can be helpful. Consistent inactivity overtime, however, will probably lead to even more pain. You can speed up your recovery and reduce the risk of future pain by keeping your back and its supporting structures strong and flexible. Ask your healthcare professional for advice on what exercises are right for your specific condition and work together to put a realistic plan in place.

For more advice or to book an appointment with our award winning team of chiropractors, contact Cliffs Chiropractor near Leigh on Sea on 01702 430430.

Eat Your Way to Better Health With This Delicious Recipe

Gluten-Free French Onion Soup

Looking for a healthy meal that will warm those winter taste buds this February? How about French Onion Soup –immune stimulating and antibacterial for winter!

Here’s the recipe: (You’ll love it!)

What You Need:
  • 800g brown onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted organic butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon raw sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons gluten-free plain flour
  • 2 litres of beef stock
  • 125ml red wine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper
How to Cook:

Place a large saucepan over a medium-low heat and add olive oil and butter to the bottom. Once melted, add your sliced onions and stir until they are evenly coated with the oil and butter. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes until they are very tender and clear.

Next, take off the cover, add the salt and sugar, then mix. Raise the heat to a medium and continue cooking the onions. Make sure you stir frequently to allow them to caramelise until they turn to a deep golden brown. (This will take approximately 30 to 40 minutes).

Once your onions are caramelised, turn down the heat to medium-low and sprinkle flour over the onions. Next, brown the flour for about 2-3 minutes and stir constantly. Add the wine, the bay leaf, the thyme and the stock (add the stock a bit at a time).

Next, add salt and pepper to taste and continue to add the rest of your stock (stirring as you do so). Simmer for 30 minutes then remove the bay leaf.



By the way, if you’re a vegetarian, mushroom stock is a great substitution.

To book an appointment with our award winning team of chiropractors, contact Cliffs Chiropractor in Southend on 01702 430430.

Protect Your Child’s Back. Advice on Backpacks From A Leading Southend Chiropractor

back care advice for children from cliffs chiropractor southendAs a Certified Chiropractic Paediatric Practitioner, Arif, one of our experienced team of Southend chiropractors, regularly treats children and teenagers that are suffering from back conditions. While the causes of adult back pain significantly vary, back pain in children is often the result of heavy backpacks being worn incorrectly. And it’s ironic really; as backpacks worn the correct way are actually much safer than other types of bags.

Most backpacks include many compartments that help children carry their books and papers to school and back. Unlike shoulder bags, backpacks allow the strongest muscles in the body (the back and abdominal muscles) to support the weight that they’re carrying around. Children who wear their backpacks correctly allow the weight to be evenly distributed across their body; making neck and shoulder injuries far less likely.

But according to Arif, a leading chiropractor in Southend, children are risking strained muscles and joints if their backpacks are too heavy (more than 15% of their body weight) or they are carrying them in the wrong way.

So what is the wrong way to carry a back pack and is your child doing it?

If your child’s backpack is too heavy, the force of the weight will start to pull your child backwards. To compensate, your child is likely to bend forwards at the hips or arch their back. As a result, their spine will start to unnaturally compress, which can cause back, neck and shoulder pain.

If your child wears their backpack on one shoulder (which many children do), they may start to lean to one side to offset the additional weight. Again this can cause both upper and lower back pain as well as strain on the neck and shoulders.

Arif also warns that backpacks with tight, narrow straps may dig into the shoulders and have a negative impact on circulation and nerves. This can contribute to numbness, tingling and weakness in the hands and arms.

So the next time your child head off to school, make sure you’ve checked the following beforehand:

  1. Your child is wearing the backpack on both shoulders
  2. The straps are thick, soft and are not digging into the shoulder blades
  3. The backpack does not weight more than 15% of your child’s body weight.

Small changes can make a big difference to your child’s spinal health.

To book an appointment with our Arif or another member of our award winning team of chiropractors, contact Cliffs Chiropractor Southend on 01702 430430.

Love Your Back This Year. Our Cliffs Chiropractors offer this simple advice

back care advice from Cliffs Chiropractor Southend With so many of us spending hours at a time hunched over our computers or mobile phones our backs are under attack.

In a recent article published in Your Healthy Living, Arif and Melanie share the one simple thing you can do to love your back more this year.

If you are suffering back pain then why not make an appointment with one of our team of chiropractors at Cliffs. Call now on 01702 430 430.


When doing what you love causes pain.

Emma SheehanEmma Sheehan, who works in the beauty industry loved her work and when she became a partner at Health & Harmony, a beauty salon in Leigh, she thought all her dreams had come true. However, after many years of working she was in jeopardy of having to give it all up until on the advice of her brother she visited Cliffs.

You may have read Emma’s story in the Echo.

Click here to read Emma’s full story and Arif’s diagnosis and treatment plan in the Echo. You can also learn ways to test your posture.

Emma was treated by Arif at Cliffs. Arif says “It was clear that Emma’s work position had contributed to a 50 per cent wear in the mid cervical spine. This, and poor posture, had led to a loss of the normal forward neck curve, resulting in a stooping upper back, neck stiffness and weak supportive musculature.”

echo years massaging story thumbnailArif was confident that she would respond well to a combined approach of chiropractic and acupuncture. The pain would ease fairly quickly but it would take time of course to fix the root cause by strengthening the area, improving her posture and altering her work and lifestyle.

“After just two weeks the numbness and the pain in my arm, due to a trapped nerve, had completely disappeared, and so had the headaches,” said Emma. “One year on I wake up refreshed and full of energy. I can work all day without getting stiff – although a little stiffness is inevitable in my job, and I’m walking taller because my posture’s better.”

If you’re in pain then why not make an appointment with one of our experienced team of award winning chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractor Southend. Call us now on 01702 430 430.


Do you know anyone a bit nervous of visiting a chiropractor? This patient was before visiting Cliffs

patient at cliffs chiropractor southendStuart was one such person but since Arif helped “fix” his back he’s changed his mind completely.

Share the love by sharing this video with anyone who’s in pain and feels a bit nervous of visiting a chiropractor. Hopefully watching it will help them make a decision to seek out our help.

We love a triumphant success story here at Cliffs and nothing quite gives us job satisfaction like watching the journey of a patient bouncing back to good health! This brings us onto Stuart, an electrician who had been suffering from chronic back pain for many years. With a career that involves daily bending and squeezing into small spaces, Stuart thought that he would probably never be able to eliminate his back pain. But that soon changed with some treatment from Arif…

When Stuart first visited us at Cliffs, he was suffering from constant pain in the right side of his back that was actually a result of a knee problem. He was also living with pain on the other side of his back that he said was at number 8 on a pain level scale of 1 – 10. “I always thought it was sciatica” Stuart recently told us, “I had (it) for years.”

Like many of the patients that seek our help, Stuart had been putting up with chronic pain for far too long; and really unnecessarily. After being properly diagnosed by Arif and following a bespoke treatment plan, the pain in the right hand side of Stuart’s back has now “totally gone” and the pain in the left side has “improved enormously!” (Down to 2-3 on the pain level scale!)

We recently caught up with the new and very much improved Stuart and asked him what advice he would give to others suffering from chronic back pain. His advice was this:

“Don’t be frightened to visit a chiropractor. I was quite concerned at first. Arif put me at ease and fixed me.”

Like Stuart, some people suffering from back pain may feel apprehensive about visiting a chiropractor because of the “cracking” sound associated with the technique. In reality, the “cracking” or “popping” sound some patients experience during gentle manipulation (which most find incredibly pleasant) is simply caused by gas bubbles in the fluids that surround the joints. Contrary to some assumptions, chiropractic treatment does not involve “cracking bones”!

A good chiropractor will look to discover the cause of your condition and create a bespoke care plan that describes the diagnoses and suggested treatment. This may involve gentle manipulation techniques as well as advice on diet, exercise and lifestyle, and a rehabilitation programme for you to follow in your own time.

Patients like Stuart are proof that it is never too late to get your back addressed.

If your in pain why not call us to make an appointment with one of our award winning team of chiropractors at Cliffs. Call now on 01702 430 430.

When Arif Met Melanie & Paz Met Aisha

Remember the movie ‘When Harry Met Sally’?

Well the team at Cliffs have a few of their own ‘When Harry Met Sally’ tales and we did say we would share some with you …

When Arif Met Melanie

Cliffs Chiropractor SouthendIt was 1984 and Melanie was in her final year of the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic. There was a local pub the students frequented and one autumn evening Arif was quietly sitting at a table with friends when there was a commotion- a girl had been unceremoniously grabbed and held upside down by some male ‘’friends” kicking someone’s drink over on the way.

Arif looked over and this was his first view of Melanie.

Afterwards being extremely embarrassed she extracted herself from the situation and sought a friendly face, she saw Arif across the room and thought, “I like the look of him” and the rest is history.

When Paz Met Aisha

Paz and AishaPaz says “Believe it or not, I met my wife through a blind date set up by my uncle and his financial advisor (now my father-in-law)! I had just recently graduated and thought it would be fun.

We talked for ages. She was amazing!

Apparently I left an impression too!

That was 11 years and 3 kids ago. I’m truly blessed to have found my best friend.”


How Cliffs helped love blossom

Sue at Cliffs Chiropractor SouthendWe’re sure you’ll recognise Sue but what many of you may not know is how Cliffs played a pivotal role in Sue meeting her partner of 11 years.

When Sue arrived at our clinic to start her shift on the 14th February 2005, she assumed it would be like any other working day. But little did she know that a delivery from a patient would change her life forever …

Sue’s journey into work was pleasant but uneventful and as always, she arrived happily; all set for a day ahead at our busy chiropractic clinic. But as she walked through the clinic doors, something was different; as lying on the doormat in a bright red envelope was a card addressed to her. And of course, it was Valentine’s Day.

Intrigued by the mystery delivery, Sue opened the neatly sealed envelope to find a beautiful Valentine’s card signed by none other than “Guess Who?” She didn’t recognise the handwriting, there were no other obvious clues as to who the anonymous sender could be and her close colleagues at our clinic seemed to be no more in the loop than her. So she put it to the back of her mind and carried on with the rest of her working week.

Two weeks later, however, Sue arrived at work to excited colleagues telling her that her secret admirer would be calling her that afternoon. And right on cue, he did! A gentleman named Paul told Sue he had sent her the Valentine’s card after seeing her when he had recently visited the clinic for an appointment. Forgetting to ask for his surname in the excitement, Sue later checked the appointment book for the date of Paul’s appointment only to discover that there had been three Pauls visiting the clinic on that date! But with a touch of Sherlock-Holmes-style-handwriting-investigation and a process of elimination, Sue was finally able to identify her mystery admirer.

She remembered him fondly.

On the 7th March (which happened to be his birthday) Sue called Paul and they arranged to go out for a meal together on the following Friday. Ever the gentleman, Paul picked Sue up from her home and had a beautiful bunch of roses waiting for her on the front seat of his van. Off they headed to Spaghetti Junction for their first of many dates.

This March, Sue and Paul will celebrate their 11th year together.

You see, Cliff’s Chiropractic Clinic really can change your life for the better!

We love to be our best for you at Cliffs Chiropractor Southend

CMAM Award presented to Melanie at Cliffs Chiropractor Southend We’re proud to announce that Cliffs has been awarded the Clinic Management Quality Mark (CMQM) 2016 – 18. Melanie received the award from Mark Gurden of the Royal College of Chiropractors on behalf of Cliffs at the end of January.

So what does this mean to you our patients?

Melanie says, “Achieving the College’s Quality Marks is part of our constant striving for the highest professional standards so patients can be sure in the knowledge they are safe and are treated with the optimum level of care. This has to be reflected throughout the whole team not just the chiropractors. It is this desire to constantly improve and innovate within a warm and friendly environment that has allowed us to achieve a massive 96% of patients rating the clinic staff as very good to excellent in our recent patient satisfaction survey. The whole Cliffs Team would like to thank all our patients for entrusting their health to us. We couldn’t do it without you!”

The Royal College of Chiropractors, which promotes professional excellence launched the Clinical Management Quality Mark (CMQM) in 2008/9.
The CMQM recognises excellence in terms of operating within a structured and managed clinical environment. Applicants must demonstrate excellence in a range of areas including: clinical audit, risk management, incident reporting, outcome measurement, patient satisfaction, emergency procedures and operational policy.

It’s The Month for Romance. But Do You Really Love Your Back?

It may be the month for love and romance but how much do you cherish your back? If you’re like a large chunk of the population, then the answer is likely to be “not enough”. According to our leading Southend chiropractor, not enough people take the appropriate measures to look after their spinal health – and chronic pain and discomfort is often the result.

Our trusted chiropractor in Southend has put together three simple-to-implement tips so that you can give your back the TLC it truly deserves (it is an incredible mechanism, after all!):

1: Get Your Posture Sorted
Don’t slump in your chair, don’t hunch over your desk and avoid walking or standing with those rounded shoulders. Maintaining a good posture is possibly the simplest way to achieve a healthy back and avoid developing long-term painful back conditions.

2: Get Moving
Exercise is one of the best ways you can strengthen your back muscles with walking, swimming and cycling being the most effective.

3: Get a Good Mattress
Visit a reputable mattress shop and get professionally advice on whether your mattress provides the right support for your weight and build and any back condition you have.

To book an appointment with our award winning team of chiropractors, contact Cliffs Chiropractor in Southend on 01702 430430.