New Year, New Prospects! Could You Be a Chiropractor?

Ready for a change of career in 2017?  Thinking of going into the highly rewarding field of chiropractic care but don’t know where to start?

Here our Southend chiropractor runs through the basics:

First of all, you’ll need to get studying for your chiropractic degree. Typically, this will take you about 4 years of full-time studying. However, you should be aware that if you don’t have the necessary entry requirements for a chiropractic degree course, you may need to take an undergraduate course beforehand.

The General Chiropractic Council (GCC) is responsible for regulating and setting the standards in all stages of chiropractic education. This ensures that members of the public can be confident that they will receive a safe level of care from registrants.

If you’re interested in becoming a qualified chiropractor, contact universities that offer chiropractic courses in the first instance to check each one’s entry requirements.

Good luck!

A New Attitude for Better Health!

health living advice from our southend chiropractorThinking about making positive changes in 2017 but worried that your goals will turn into nothing more than New Year “could-have-beens”?

Our Southend chiropractor wants to reassure you that it is normal to face challenges and setbacks along the way. The problem is too many of us stunt our growth and stop ourselves from achieving our goals by having a fixed mindset. We hear an inner voice that tells us that our goals are impossible or that we do not have the determination or skills to make our dreams happen. And we listen to it.  But this kind of thinking is simply not true. We all want things, but to get them, we have to believe in our abilities. We have to change our thinking from “I can’t” to “I can and I will!” It is like the famous saying, “Whether you tell yourself you can, or you tell yourself you can’t, you’re right.”

Don’t be afraid to fail. So many people fail at something and decide that that is an end point. (How many people pack in their New Year healthy eating plan just because they slipped up and opted for a burger instead of a salad? How many people go back to smoking full-time after having one cigarette on a night out or during a moment of weakness?) The key to success is looking at your failures as a lesson and identifying what you can learn from them. Some of the most successful people of our time have also encountered the greatest failures. It’s not the falling over that matters (or how many times we fall), it’s the getting back up!

So the next time you consider giving up on getting what you want to achieve, don’t!

Put a list of your goals, dreams and desires somewhere that you will see them every day.  The fact that you have to see them all the time can be very encouraging, and it can give you that extra motivation that you need when things get tough. Just imagine the motivating power of looking at a section of your list and saying “I did that.” Now imagine if you could say to yourself, “I did all that!” And do you know what? It really is possible with the right frame of mind.

Pain Free For the first time since the early 90s

One of our patients, Geoffrey wanted to share his story with you.

Geoffrey is a a renowned classical guitarist although he is far too humble to describe himself as such. He has been teaching and performing since the late 70s.

He came as a patient to Cliffs looking for help as he suffered from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and had been in pain since the early 90s. Geoffrey has also undergone back surgery.

Watch Geoffrey’s very interesting story below:



Pupil posture … taking care of your back starts at school

back care advice for children from our cliffs chiropractor southend Is school bad for your health? We all understand the importance of looking after our backs, especially as we get older, but should concern for our posture start even sooner…even at school age?

Arif certainly thinks so, “Over the past four years I’ve been treating more and more cases of back, neck and shoulder pain in children and teenagers and it all seems to start at school.”

“We need to take action to help them now or they will suffer in the long term.”

As a specialist paediatric chiropractor, based here at Cliffs Chiropractor Southend, Arif believes parents and carers need to understand the effect mobile devices, poor school seating and heavy rucksacks is having on the spine.

Read more on this subject in an article by Arif published in The Echo: Pupil Posture … Taking Care Of Your Back Starts At School.



Indian Head Massage for £10 – Limited Time Offer

Receive a super relaxing Indian Head Massage from Shirley Young for only £10 (normally £25).

It has to be experienced to be believed. It is a 20 minute seated treatment and there is no need to change or gown up for it.

It’s a limited offer so if you want to experience pure relaxation you’ll need to call now to book an appointment.

Indian head massage originates from Ayurveda and has been practiced in India for thousands of years.

Indian head massage focuses on your head, neck and shoulders. It is a deep massage, which uses a variety of pressure and techniques that tap into your seven “‘chakras” or paths of energy and encourage healing and balance in your whole body.

It particular it focuses on the three higher “chakras” – mind, body and spirit and is therefore focussed on the core of your energy centre.

It is incredibly relaxing. However, it can offer more than pure relaxation and offers all kinds of other benefits.

It can relieve aches, pains and tension in your neck, back and shoulders. It can help improve the texture of your hair and encourage it to grow.

As an Indian head massage stimulates the flow of blood, lymph and oxygen in your upper body it can be beneficial in many ways such as:

  • clearing your sinuses,
  • relieving stress and
  • helping you sleep better.

All in all, an Indian head massage will leave you feeling happier and more relaxed all round.

❤❤❤ With Valentines fast approaching how about as a suggestion you book an Indian Head massage for a unique experience? ❤❤❤

Fantastic News and Thank You

The team at Cliffs Chiropractor SouthendFantastic news. 2016 was the most successful year at Cliffs Chiropractic and we’d like to thank all our team and you our wonderful patients for your continued support.

We have some outstanding plans for 2017 with added services, new equipment, increasing training and love in abundance.

We are SO grateful for the privilege to serve you all. We aim not just to ease pain but to enhance lives so you can be your best. We can’t wait for tomorrow.

If you have a Christmas voucher it’s an amazing offer and you can use it for referring and a free treatment for yourself until end of January 2017.

Click on the image below to download your Christmas Cracker card

Back Pain Striking Women in Their 20s!

For most people, life as a twenty-something is a time to reap the freedom of being a healthy, young adult. It’s a time to achieve career dreams, post hashtag clad pictures of exciting worldly adventures or maybe settle down and start a family. But for a massive one fifth of women, it’s also a time when back pain begins.  A recent study conducted by the British Chiropractic Association has revealed that over a fifth of women aged just 28 have experienced, or currently suffer with daily back or neck pain. Men seem to fare slightly better, beginning their battle with back pain at 32.*

In light of these shocking statistics, our Southend chiropractor is urging youngsters to be mindful that back pain and age doesn’t necessarily come hand in hand. Look after your spines, folks, no matter how old (or young!) you are!



Back to Work. Tips on Staying Pain Free!

back care advice from our southend chiropractorThe New Year is upon us and that means back to early morning wake up calls and back to the grind! But if you work in an office, getting through your January workload may be the least of your problems. According to our chiropractor in Southend, an office is one of the riskiest places for picking up a back injury. Hunching over a computer all day is a leading reason why 80% of people develop back pain at some point during their lives. But a few simple changes in the way you work can significantly reduce your risk of developing a painful back injury.

Here’s what to do when you return to the office this January (after sobbing by the water cooler for ten minutes, of course!):

1: Avoid leaning forward at your computer. Focus on aligning your head and neck directly above your shoulders.

2. Move your mouse closer to you. Ideally, your mouse should be right next to your keyboard to ensure you don’t overreach and twist when you’re clicking away.

3: Make sure your office chair has a good lumbar support for your lower back. You should also tilt the back of your chair so that it very slightly reclines.

4: As you work away at your desk, focus on breathing from your tummy. As you inhale, draw your naval towards your spine. This will help to engage the core muscles that support the upper body.

5: Make sure your torso is no more than about an arm’s length away from your computer screen. This should also be 2-3 inches above eye level.

6: While sitting at your desk, keep your feet flat on the floor and shoulder-width apart. Not only will this position help your spine, but it will also help to ease tension in your knees and ankles.

7: Try and keep your knees bent at a 90 degree angle when you’re sitting at your desk. With your knees directly over your ankle, your spine will remain comfortably upright.

8: However heavy your workload, make sure you get up at least once an hour – even if it is just to go to the bathroom or to do some shoulder rolls. Moving around and changing position will help to boost your circulation and reduce pressure on your spine. The result? You’ll be more flexible and less stressed!

Our team of experienced chiropractors at Cliffs have developed a programme specifically to help you called Back to Business. There are six simple exercises you can incorporate into a daily routine which are really easy to do, especially in the confines of an office. If you can make them a part of your daily routine, you’ll be alleviating all those symptoms associated with lack of movement while improving your overall sense of wellbeing at the same time. We’ve created a series of videos for you to follow so be sure to check them out here.

Returning to work after December’s festivities can be painful enough without picking up a crippling back injury too! Follow these golden rules to keep your back safe at the office this year!