Acupuncture is possible for the needlephobic

Echo feature on Katie GoodwinTrypanophobia, otherwise known as a fear of needles and injections, is said to affect up to 10 per cent of the population. So what do you do when the only way to relieve your pain is through acupuncture, but needles scare you to death?

Katie Goodwin, 31, was faced with this dilemma. In fact she thought she’d have to live with her lower back pain until she eventually faced up to her biggest fear with Arif’s help.

After experiencing severe lower back pain and taking prescribed painkillers every four hour for a month that were not helping, Katie made an appointment to see Arif.

From the initial consultation, which involved an examination and x-rays, taken in the clinic’s on site radiography department, it was clear why Katie was continuing to experience a lot of pain. From his examination Arif could see that the lower back pain was being caused by her right hip. The X-rays revealed there was a loss of joint cartilage in her right hip.

Arif told Katie that the recommended treatment was medical acupuncture and manipulation. Medical acupuncture is a widely-used complementary medical practice that uses needles, inserted into specific trigger points on the body, to ease muscle tension, stimulate the release of endorphins – the body’s own natural pain killer – which alleviates pain, reduce inflammation and encourage healing.

Katie’s initial reaction was one of abject horror at the sheer thought of having needles put into her skin. However, over several weeks with support from Arif, Katie overcame her long-term phobia of needles.

You can read how Arif helped Katie overcome her phobia by clicking the link below to read the full article that featured in The Echo.

Echo feature on Katie Goodwin


Benefit from a Massage from Sophie Our New Masseuse

Sophie smlWe are happy to introduce our new masseuse, Sophie.  Having been a patient at Cliffs herself, she is now a member of our team and we couldn’t be happier.

She is passionate about massage and its benefits as she knows how much massage can help people as she has experienced the benefits first hand from receiving regular treatments herself.

We all know that massage feels good but this is only one benefit of regular massage.

Many studies have shown that remedial massage can be beneficial for a number of problems from back pain to insomnia. Let’s run through some of the benefits of regular massage:

Corrects problems

Using specific techniques, a remedial massage therapist can address various problems such as injuries, joint issues or postural problems.

Reduces Stress

Massage brings on a feeling of calm and relaxation by encouraging the release of endorphins which are the chemicals that make us feel good. In turn stress inducing hormones are reduced.

Boosts immunity

The reduction in stress inducing hormones enables the immune system to function more effectively. Th effectiveness of the immune system is given a further boost with the increase in circulation and improvement in lymphatic drainage that massage stimulates.

Increases Mental Alertness

Mental clarity and alertness in increased as massage brings about a state of relaxation and removes stress.

Releases Muscle tension and pain

By focussing on problem areas with specific techniques massage can release muscle tension and pain whilst at the same time be oxygenating cells and removing toxins.

Increases Joint mobility

Massage can increase the range of movement in a joint by releasing tension around it.

Improves posture

By lengthening muscles and balancing the body, massage can correct many postural alignment issues. Many of these issues originate in the neck, shoulders and lower back.

Sophie is now on hand at Cliffs to help you benefit from the wonderful powers of remedial massage. You can call our reception team on 001702 430 430 to book an appointment with Sophie.

You can find out more about Sophie here.

Lisa Is Following Her Dream But There Is Hope At The Clinic

Hope smlAfter 5 fantastic, dedicated and laughter filled years at Cliffs Chiropractic, Lisa, decided it was time to follow her dream to help animals and train as a veterinary nurse.

We will all miss her but she will find it hard to forget us when she receives her monthly delivery of chocolate from Montezuma every month over the next year😊

But there is Hope at the clinic. Hope has joined the team with a big smile and keenness to learn from the front of clinic team.

What we look for in a new team member is enthusiasm, an empathetic spirit, fun loving, and a desire to contribute their uniqueness as part of a team that adds  positive note to your day.

We’ll let Hope introduce herself to you …

My name is Hope Spicer, I’m 23 years old and a professional dancer. I started dancing at the age of 2 and then carried on to a professional performing arts college.

Since graduating two years ago I have been lucky enough to perform on a UK tour and on a worldwide cruise ship travelling around Asia and the South Pacific.

I am really enjoying working at the Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic because it is always a busy, social environment and all the patients who attend are friendly and chatty and I love chatting!

Functional Medicine Will Be Available To You At Cliffs This Year

Functional MedicineIf you watched the BBC series, Doctor in the House, where GP, Dr Rangan Chatterjee, spent time with three families for several weeks to see first-hand how the way they lived was directly affecting their health you would have witnessed the amazing results that Functional Medicine can have on the health of people.

The Functional Medicine approach to health is entirely consistent with our own belief and approach to health both personally and for our patients who we value so highly.

Both Arif & Melanie will be offering Functional Medicine before the end of the year to both new and existing patients and are currently reviewing how best to integrate what they believe to be the future of medicine within the clinic.

In May Arif & Melanie will be training and hope to certify in Phlebotomy which will allow them to take blood for analysis in addition to DNA testing. This will build a unique patient profile of their health status and predispositions.

What’s the difference between Conventional Medicine and Functional Medicine?

Conventional medicine usually bases itself on how to treat disease states or a ‘down stream approach’, waiting for a condition to present with signs and symptoms when it can be labelled with for example Type 2 Diabetes and treated with a variety of drugs.

Functional Medicine employs an ‘upstream approach’ where the patient’s overall physical, metabolic, nutritional and lifestyle is assessed and predisposing factors so intervention can be earlier to optimise the patient’s overall health and divert the conditions that cause the patient to progress towards a state of increasing dysfunction or disease.

Ouch! That Hurts! Top Tips to Avoid RSI.

Repetitive Strain Injury – or RSI as it is commonly known – is a potentially disabling condition brought on by prolonged repetitive hand or wrist movements. Office workers are among those most prone to developing RSI due to frequent computer use. Although the condition doesn’t generate as much media attention as back pain, RSI can lead to life-altering symptoms such as shooting pains in the hands, wrists, forearms and back.

We’ve treated many patients with RSI here at our Southend chiropractic clinic; and lots of these cases could have been easily prevented by doing simple things.

While modern ergonomics can be very effective at minimising the risk of conditions such as RSI, quite often, you simply just need to look at the basics such as ensuring you maintain good posture while you work and taking frequent breaks away from your desk. In fact; one of the best ways to reduce your risk of developing RSI is to ensure that your keyboard and mouse are in the right position. Ideally, your keyboard should be as close to you as possible and your mouse should be right next to your keyboard and close to the front edge of the desk.

So do these things:

  • Maintain good posture while you work
  • Take regular breaks away from your desk
  • Keep your keyboard and mouse positioned close to you

RSI can be a complex condition, but it’s usually really simple to prevent.

Designed For Less? How Modern Life Affects the Spine

neck care advice fom our southend chiropractorHas the enterprise of technology started the demise of the human spine? It’s a worrying possibility, according to our Southend chiropractor who treats an increasing number of people for technology-associated back and neck pain.

Technology has evolved rapidly over the past few decades which has changed the way we live tremendously. For thousands of years, the human race spent time hunting and gathering for food, and running and fighting for survival.  Of course, we adapted and evolved, but over the last twenty years or so, we have become much more sedentary as a species. And the effects are a rise in diabetes, heart disease, certain forms of cancer and poor musculoskeletal health.

Neck pain is a common reason why patients visit our chiropractic clinic; and much of this is a result of poor posture when using (or overusing) technological devices. But think about it… if neck pain is becoming a common condition in the adult population, what will be the effect on our children who are using technology at such early stages in their lives and at crucial periods of their skeletal development?

Our chiropractor worries that the younger generation could begin to develop back and neck problems at an earlier age and risk the development of future illness. The earlier postural patterns develop, the more difficult they are to adjust and improve later in life.

So how does technology use pose such a danger to our spines?

Most technology involves flexing the head and neck forward, which results in looking down rather than straight ahead. This generally won’t cause problems when done on a temporary basis, but using technology for hours on end can be seriously bad news for our spines. To be specific, we’re talking about the risk of symptoms such as neck and back pain, shoulder pain, headaches and neurological symptoms like pain, numbness and pins and needles in the arms.

The solution is simple – limit the amount of time you and your children spend using Smartphones, tablets and technological devices in general. The spine simply wasn’t designed to cope with the stresses of modern technology. Expecting the human spine to withstand the overuse of technology is like thinking a castle will stand on quicksand; it just won’t.

They say technology is advancing at break-neck speed; that’s not far from a literal statement.


Your Lower Back Will Thank You if You Do These Daily Things

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give too much thought about how you can protect your back on a daily basis. But according to our Southend chiropractor, this could lead to serious back problems over time.

Knowledge is power when it comes to maintaining a healthy spine, so we’ve highlighted two simple things that you can do every day to protect your back.

1: Move Every 20 Minutes

You may not know this, but your body can safely withstand being in the same position for only about 20 minutes. If you regularly sit or stand in one position for longer than this, you can risk reducing the elasticity of your back muscles, tendons and ligaments. This can put extra stress on your lower back, which can lead to discomfort and pain.

2: Eat Good Food Every Day

Being overweight can certainly contribute to your back pain, but binge dieting or following fad eating plans won’t provide you with the consistent flow of nutrients that your spine and body needs.

Try to avoid processed foods, and instead incorporate lean meats, fruits, vegetables and whole grains into your daily diet.

Daily healthy habits or daily back pain? We know what we’d choose!

Help Your Kids Prevent Back Pain

back care advice for children from our southend chiropractor We tend to associate back pain with age, but the worrying truth is more and more young people are experiencing back problems.  So what can you do to protect the health of your children’s spines and to minimise their risk of developing back pain as they grow older.

Here our Southend chiropractor has two surprising tips that will help you look after your kids’ spines. (The second one will shock you!)

1: Choose the Right Footwear

Sure, kids can be particular about what they wear, but hang fire before you pick up the latest pair of Batman trainers or whatever your children are into at the moment.

When buying trainers, make sure you choose the type that supports the bones of your children’s’ feet. Certain types of trainers tend to be too soft which can lead to flat feet and back pain. Some trainers also tend to quickly wear out and loose shock absorption, so change them every six months if your children wear trainers on a regular basis.

Lace-up shoes are the best choice for protecting your children against back pain. This is because they tend to “hug” the feet and keep them firmly in place. Shoes with wide straps are also effective at keeping your children’s feet snug.

2: Turn Your Children Upside Down

This is probably going to sound quite strange to most of you, but holding your children upside down by their calves can be really good for protecting the health of their spines. Yes, we are being serious!

This exercise (which your children will find great fun, by the way) is not only effective in creating space between each vertebrae, but it can also unlock stiff joints and relieve tight muscles.

Obviously, you should only ever carry out this exercise in a safe place. Always place a soft mat beneath your child. DO NOT RISK INJURY IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM.

Ask your child to kneel on all fours, and then pick them up steadily by their calves. Never lift a child by their arms or their feet as you could dislocate their shoulders or ankles.

Most chiropractors recommend holding your child in this position for a few minutes at least three times a week for toddlers and children up to 10. But of course, be careful not to strain your own back! If your child is too heavy, don’t do the exercise!

We regularly treat children here at Cliffs Chiropractic clinic. For specific advice on your child or on the tips provided in this article, get in touch. We’ll be happy to help.