Welcome Toby …


As summer blazes forth (well some where that is true!) and you prepare for the hols or enjoy the garden let us help you allow those sinews to unwind.

Toby our new rehabilitation therapist and masseur is celebrating his arrival at Cliffs Chiropractic with 30 minute massages for only £15.50, thats half price but it is going to end at the end of July and places are limited so don’t miss out! You deserve it! Just call or e-mail for your one to one massage time.

More about Toby …

We are delighted to welcome Toby Simons to the clinical team at Cliffs Chiropractic. Toby will be our new Sports Therapist and masseur.

Toby is keen to get started so to celebrate his arrival and prepare you for the summer hols (and hopefully sunshine!), book a £15.50 half price massage so your body can be both relaxed and flexible. (Normal fee £31, time 30 minutes).

Toby was sent to Coventry to study and gain his degree in Sports Therapy in 2015, but now he is back in his home town of Southend. A keen sportsman he enjoys cricket, having played at Essex County Club, running and cycling. During his pre and post degrees Toby has gained experience assisting leading physiotherapists in various sports and whilst working at Cliffs will continue as Sports therapist with Southend United Football Club.

Toby says, “My key interests are problem solving, diagnosis and developing targeted exercises that are both effective and fun. Working in a chiropractic setting is a brilliant opportunity and I knew I was in the right place when even Arif and Melanie’s dog Enzo gave me a hug! I am excited to do my very best for the patients and be part of an outstanding award wining team where my skills can grow and be put to great use.”

One last thing about Toby , he plays guitar and loves Frank Sinatra!





So What Exactly Is Craniopathy and How Can It Help Babies

In an article in a recent edition of the Your Healthy Living magazine, Arif, explains what Chiropractic Craniopathy is, what it does, and what happens during a treatment.

As a Fellow of the International Chiropractic Paediatric Association and a member of the Royal College of Chiropractors Paediatric Faculty, Arif, has a large practice treating many babies, children and expectant mothers, many who travel many miles to receive his specialized experience, knowledge and care.

Your Healthy Living - baby craniopathy, May 2016



Why Not Make It A Summer Of Herbs

herbal and nutrition advice from cliffs chiropractor southendThe days are longer, the sun is supposed to be shining but even in this wet summer weather the extra high pollen count can lead to aggravation.

Common herbs or medicinal plants are capable of cooling the body, aiding digestion, cleansing the system, supporting healthy skin or providing a gentle waft of aromatherapy to lift the spirits.

So why not get outdoors this summer and harvest a few medicinal plants. Many of you will have these herbs in your garden or they can be found on walks in the countryside.

Here are a few tips for harvesting medicinal plants.

Pick them when the flowers are just forming and first thing in the morning when the dew has dried. During the growing season leaves and flowers are best gathered and used fresh. However, herbs that are worth storing are those that could be useful for treating winter coughs or colds such as hyssop, thyme, marjoram, chamomile, yarrow or elderflower. Freeze them or dry them for later use. Elderberries made into a syrup or even home-made wine is an excellent old-fashioned cure for respiratory infections.

Make a Herbal Tea

To make a herbal tea use 50g of herb per pint of water or 2 teaspoons per cup. Cover to stop essential oils escaping and leave to infuse for 10-15 minutes. Infusions like this are best drunk whilst still hot and are taken usually three to six times a day to be effective.

herbal and nutrition advice from cliffs chiropractor southendRed clover

Red clover is a common cover crop for replenishing soil nutrients. It’s one of the oldest cancer preventative medicinal plants and contains trace minerals, such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. In tea or tincture form, the herb stimulates your immune system, cleanses the blood and as it is oestrogenic can be used for menopausal problems. Topically, you can use it to treat psoriasis and combat itchy bug bites.

herbal and nutrition advcei from cliffs chiropractor southendMint

Mint cools the body and the scent is invigorating. It’s commonly used as a digestive aid, it is analgesic and decongestant for headaches and colds. For a refreshing drink, make “sun tea” by placing a jar filled with fresh mint and lemon balm leaves with water in the sun for a half-hour. Chilled in the fridge this is delicious. Mix the tea with hibiscus flower for an added kick of colour and Vitamin C.

herbal and nutrition advice from cliffs chiropractor southend Lemon Balm

Lemon balm has a long tradition of being used to improve memory and promote longevity. It is great for soothing the nervous system and settling anxiety, elevating the mood at the same time. Taken as a tea regularly it is antimicrobial, decongestant and has anti-histamine properties so is helpful with hay fever and colds. The fragrant plant was traditionally used in Europe as a “strewing herb,” thrown on the floor to freshen a room.

herbal and nutrition advice from herbal and nutrition advice from cliffs chiropractor southendRose

Splashing your skin with rose water is a great way to rehydrate during the hot summer months. The water helps soften your skin, maintain elasticity and also treat bug bites. A few drops of rose oil, diluted in carrier oil (around 60,000 Damascus roses are needed to make just one ounce of pure rose oil) reduces scarring and promotes healing in minor cuts. The flowers are uplifting and calming and are used for insomnia, depression and irritability especially with fatigue. Rose hips, the fruit from the rose, are also high in vitamin C and taste delicious as a tea or jam.

Home Made Rosewater

• Organic Roses (as many as you like-I use 6-7 stems)
• Distilled water (enough to cover the rose petals- I used about 1.5 litres)
For the Homemade Rosewater Face Toner:
• 25ml pure rosewater (recipe above)
• 100ml of distilled water (or enough to fill your spray bottle)
Instructions for Rosewater
• Remove petals from stems and run them under luke-warm water to cleanse.
• Add petals to a large sauce pan and top with enough distilled water to just cover (no more or you’ll dilute your rosewater).
• over medium-low heat bring the water to a simmer and cover.
• Let simmer for 20-30 minutes or until petals have lost their color and are a pale pink.
• Strain the mixture to separate the petals from the water.
• Discard petals and place water in a glass jar to store.

For the Homemade Rosewater Face Toner:
• Combine all ingredients in spray bottle and shake.
• To apply: spray directly on face or spray a cotton pad and wipe face to remove any residue.

Note: Using 7 stems makes around 1.5 litres of rosewater. This seems like a lot but it keeps for a long time in the fridge. Just store in a sealed, glass container until ready to use.




Chiropractic – the Power Behind Outstanding Athletes!

The Euros are in full swing, Wimbledon starts next week and the Rio 2016 Olympics are just around the corner, to name but a few. It may come as a surprise just how many sports men and women benefit from chiropractic treatment. Here are just a few famous faces.

Please share with friends or relatives that could benefit from chiropractic but may be sceptical or anxious to try it.

Chiropractic is fundamental in sports medicine and many trainers will encourage it before, during, and after any physical performance, giving many athletes the edge that makes them world class.

Here are a few examples of how chiropractors have kept the sports world in motion.

Usain Bolt

Yes the fastest man on earth benefits from regular chiropractic treatment. Usain Bolt has shared that to help him keep in top shape he couldn’t do without his regular chiropractic care. His strenuous training regime includes regular sessions with his chiropractor.

Tiger Woods

Considered as one of the greatest professional golfers of all time, Tiger Woods has had numerous visits to chiropractic clinics throughout his career. In fact he says chiropractic care has helped him enhance his physical well-being. He goes on to say that chiropractic care is as vital as his daily training and exercise.

Evander Holyfield

Known as “The Real Deal,” Evander Holyfield is a world renowned American boxer who became the champion in both heavyweight and cruiserweight categories. As a boxer, Holyfield admits that before his training, he makes sure that he first visits his chiropractor. In fact, he has at least three chiropractic sessions in a week.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger started weight training when he was 15 years old. Arnold claims that chiropractic care has been largely beneficial to his overall health. In fact, he believes that a timely visit to his chiropractor is hugely responsible for his long-lasting vigor!
“He (his chiropractor) adjusts my wife, my kids, me, everybody gets an adjustment. And we feel always great when Franco leaves. Even when I have athletic injuries he’s always there for me and helps me.”

Dan O’Brien

Decathlon Gold Medalist, “If it were not for chiropractic, I would not have won the gold medal”.

Chiropractic Care at the Olympics

For years, chiropractors have worked with world-class Olympic athletes to improve their strength, endurance, and range of motion while training. For the first time ever in 2012 chiropractic care was offered to athletes at the Olympic games in 2012. They worked as part of a large multi-disciplinary team in the polyclinic. In addition many countries sent their own team chiropractors, with the US team sending over 100 chiropractors to treat their athletes

In the run up to the 2012 games UK chiropractors treated Usain Bolt to recover from a back injury and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins has been having treatment since 2008.

In fact US exercise physiologist Sean Atkins estimates that at least 90% of elite athletes use chiropractic on a regular basis to prevent injuries and enhance performance.












How to Choose a Good Back Support

Back support belts (often called back braces) are available in a variety of materials and designs, depending on the role in which they are intended to play. According to our Southend chiropractor, many people suffering from back pain find it difficult to choose the correct back support simply because of the large selection available.

But choosing the right back support doesn’t have to be a difficult decision.

Instead of feeling daunted by too much choice, consider what you need the support for. Will you be using it for sport, work or everyday chores? Next, think about what qualities you are looking for in a back support. Are you looking for comfort, compression, stability or flexibility? The answers you give to these questions will prompt you in the direction of the right back support for you. Your chiropractor can also advise what kind of support is suitable for your back condition and requirements.

It’s Never Too Early for Good Posture Habits

posture advice for children from Cliffs chiropractor sounthendAs a family chiropractic clinic, we are immensely proud of our reputation for providing chiropractic treatment to children. With the knowledge that’s available now,  our children have a real chance of living their entire lives without the burden of back pain; that’s why it’s so important for good habits to start early.

Arif, one of our leading chiropractors at our Southend clinic, is a Fellow of the International Chiropractic Paediatric Association and has been a Certified Chiropractic Paediatric Practitioner for fourteen years.He has created the following top tips on encouraging a major healthy habit in children – developing and maintaining good posture:

1: Be a Good Example

Demonstrating good posture is the best way to encourage your children to do the same.  Be mindful about how you’re sitting and standing – especially in front of your little ones.

2: Use Positive Reinforcement

Instead of simply telling your child to “sit up straight” when they’re slouching, give them motivating reasons to improve their posture. Tell your child that they look more grown up or taller when they sit up straight, for example. This praise will help your child to want to engage in such positive behaviour.

3: Use Visuals

Young children learn incredibly well through visuals, so try using images to teach your child about good posture. Other creative outlets such as making up a song or putting on a short play can also be really effective in helping your child to develop healthy posture habits.

4: Play Posture-Boosting Games

 There are many games you can play with your child to encourage good posture. The more creative you are the more fun your child will have and the more likely they will be to maintain new positive habits.

“My Fair Lady” is a timeless classic where your child has to walk across the room carrying a book on their head without it falling off. By playing this game, your child will learn how to position their head and neck in the correct way for good posture. Why not join in with the fun and set up a points system where the player who carries the book on their head for the longest amount of time wins a small prize? Your child will think you’re great fun and you’ll probably improve your own posture in the process!

5: Get cycling

Take your children for bike rides regularly. Sitting and balancing on a bike can result in improved posture.

Poor posture is a major cause of back pain. Don’t let your children pick up the bad habits of our generation. By working together, we can give them the chance of reaping the benefits of a lifelong healthy spine.

Get Peddling!

Here at Cliffs Chiropractor Southend, we encourage everyone to take part in any event that benefits health and fitness – and this month it’s all about cycling!

Dig out your body-hugging shorts (classic cycling attire!), dust down your helmets and get those wheels in motion by joining in with this year’s Bike Week.

Taking place between the 11th and 19th June, Bike Week is set to attract hundreds of thousands of people to join cycling events, rethink their commutes and journeys and switch to cycling as their first choice of transport.

Bike Week 2016 has a particular focus on encouraging people to cycle to work and many participants will take part in fun workplace challenges such as finding the easiest route to their workplace or “buddying  up” with riding partners.

Southend on Sea Borough Council has a dedicated website about cycling – CycleSouthend.  We are sure you’ll find some fitness-boosting and scenic cycling routes which certainly beats sitting in spine stiffening traffic jams!

Are you going to join the hundreds of thousands of people taking part in Bike Week? You never know; it could be the start of a whole new you!

You can find out more by clicking here: http://bikeweek.org.uk/us

Will You Be Stuck To the Sofa This Summer?

back care advice from chiropractor leigh on seaAhh, summer is such a wonderful season; long lazy days, relaxing weekends… it’s all about sand, sea and… sports!

If you’re a sporting fan then the perfect summer’s day probably involves you relaxing in front of the tele watching your favourite players battle it out against the rival competition. While the country goes “beach and barbeque crazy”, you’re more likely to be found fixated with the small screen schedule.

But while your sporting heroes may come out on top this summer, becoming a “seasonal couch potato” could mean your spine health may take a few knocks and blows.

Sitting incorrectly puts almost twice as much pressure on the back than when standing. Arif, one of our experienced team of chiropractors at our clinic near Leigh on Sea, warns that sitting for long periods of time could cause or worsen back pain. With 35% of people experiencing back pain after sitting for extended periods*, this common trigger is a real concern.

But it’s not all doom and gloom! By following our simple advice, you can enjoy watching all your favourite sports this summer without putting strain on your back:

1: Make sure that you change position every 20 minutes. It will significantly help your spine so stand up and move around regularly.

2: Use any mid-game breaks to do some light exercise. Instead of flicking through the TV channels during the 15 minute interval, get those back muscles moving by taking a walk round the block or even around the garden.

3: Avoid slouching and be mindful of your posture. If you’re sitting on a sofa, make sure you sit right back so that your spine rests against the back of the seat.

4:   Dehydration can contribute to muscle inflammation which is a major cause of back pain – so drink as much water as possible. If you’re partial to a beer (or three!) when you’re watching sports, drink plenty of water in between.

Small changes can make a big difference to your back health. It’s really worth following this advice – good health is the best goal you’ll ever score!