Why Babies Even Need Chiropractors Sometimes

Walter Russell thxLast month we launched the Back Story campaign. Its aim is to help all of us improve our health and wellbeing by adopting some very simple habits that will have life-changing benefits.

The Echo is backing the campaign, and in a recent edition, Arif raised awareness about helping our children … even when they’re only nine days old like Walter Russell.

Walter is now a happy three-month old boy, however, this is a far cry from the traumatic start Walter had in life. His mother’s 36-hour labour combined with the early breaking of her waters resulted in Walter having sepsis – a life-threatening condition that occurs when the body’s response to infection causes injury to its own tissues.

Walter spent the first five days of his life in Southend Hospital – three days on the intensive care ward then a further two days under close observation before being allowed to go home. The newborn also had to have a lumbar puncture to confirm that he didn’t have meningitis.

Read Walter’s story and how Arif helped him and can help other babies too by clicking on the image below.

Echo Back Story babies and toddlers


Congratulations To Our Official Blood Suckers …

Don’t worry we haven’t recruited Dracula or a host of Vampires.

Arif and Melanie are now both certified phlebotomists. Congratulations to both of them as they bring new skills to the clinic to help more of our wonderful patients.

Arif and Melanie trained to be phlebotomists at Maxis Healthcare. The instructor at Maxis was excellent. They also spent a day in an NHS clinic to gain experience in order to become fully qualified.

Arif says of their qualification “This will expand our services to our patients we will be introducing some comprehensive screening services for many conditions including cardiovascular disease analysis. We’re very excited to be able to offer these services to our patients.”

Just another example of the progressive attitude Cliffs has to the health and well-being of our patients.

A few shots of Arif & Melanie in training.

phlebotomy training


Work On Our Sister Clinic In Chelmsford Is Progressing

Photo 17-06-2017, 11 23 54Melanie has her hands full coordinating the refurbishment of our new sister clinic in Chelmsford. It’s quite an undertaking, however, it’s an exciting time and we can’t wait for the Opening.

We are delighted to welcome back Lisa, who will be front of house at the clinic. The clinic will be a test bed clinic to bring new ideas and ways of running the practice in Westcliff to an even higher standard.

Can Chiropractic Help Enuresis (bed wetting)? Let Young Callum Tell You ……

Enuresis, more commonly known as bed wetting, is a common problem suffered by young children. Half a million children and teenagers in the UK are affected by it. This problem can often affect a child’s self esteem and impact on family life.

Callum, our 5-star patient, shares with you the success he has achieved. We are so proud of him. We have helped many young patients like Callum overcome this problem.

We’ll let young Callum tell you how he has got on …


Common Sleep Mistakes That Cause Back Pain

Getting more back pain than forty winks at night? Check these two common sleeping mistakes from our Southend chiropractor and you could discover the guilty culprit:

Sleeping in the wrong position

Your sleeping position could be causing your back pain. If you sleep on your back, try placing a pillow beneath your knees. If you snooze on your stomach, put a pillow underneath your lower abdomen. And if you’re a side sleeper, tuck a pillow between your knees.

Sleeping on an old mattress

If you’ve had your mattress for 7 years or more, it probably isn’t doing your spine any favours. If you can’t invest in a new mattress right now, adding plywood underneath your existing mattress may help to reduce your back pain and discomfort.

Sleep is crucially important to the overall health of your spine. Don’t let back pain get in the way of a good night’s rest.

Prevent pregnancy back pain

pregnancy back care advice from our southend chiropractorExpecting a baby? Experiencing back pain? You’re not alone!

According to our Southend chiropractor, most women will encounter some degree of back pain or discomfort during their pregnancy. And while back pain may develop at any point during a pregnancy, it most commonly occurs during the later stages as the baby grows bigger.

The good news is there are simple steps you can take to reduce the amount of pain and discomfort you feel. We share these at the end of this post, but first of all, let’s take a look at what causes back pain during pregnancy.

There are a number of factors that can lead to back pain during pregnancy with some women even experiencing an achy spine at the very early stages.

Here are some of the most common reasons for back pain or discomfort during pregnancy:

Hormone surges

Hormones released during pregnancy allow ligaments in the pelvic area to soften and the joints to become looser in preparation for the birth. This change in joints and loosening of ligaments can affect the support your spine normally experiences.

Shift in the centre of gravity

When carrying a child, your centre of gravity gradually moves forward as your uterus and baby grow. This causes a change in posture which can lead to back pain. Poor posture and bending over can trigger or increase the pain you experience in your back

Weight gain

Every pound you gain during pregnancy is an extra pound of weight your spine must support.


Preparing for a new arrival is exciting but also stressful at times. As stress usually manifests in weak areas in the body, and because your back may be weaker due to the reasons above, you can experience an increase in back pain during stressful periods of your pregnancy.

So what can you do to reduce the risk of back pain during pregnancy?

The physiological aspects of growing a child mean that it isn’t always possible to completely prevent back pain during pregnancy. But there are steps that you can take to reduce the severity or frequency.

These include:

  • Carrying out the exercises advised by your health care provider that support and help strengthen your back and abdomen.
  • Squatting instead of bending over when you need to lift or pick up something.
  • Avoiding high heels and other unsupportive shoes.
  • Avoiding sleeping on your back.
  • Wearing a support belt under your lower abdomen.
  • Having your back adjusted by a good chiropractor.
  • Getting plenty of rest and keeping your feet elevated as much as possible.

We wish you a happy and healthy pregnancy!

Three things you should know about chronic pain

It’s hard when someone you care about is in pain. But you can make life a lot easier for your loved one by gaining an understanding of what they’re going through. With that in mind, our Southend chiropractor shares three things you should know about chronic pain.

Pain is real

Never assume that your loved one is exaggerating their pain. Chronic pain is very real, even if there is no known cause. Remember that everyone with chronic pain wants nothing more than to live a pain-free life. So saying things like “It can’t be that bad” or “Stop thinking about it” is just going to fall on deaf ears.

Pain does not equal unhappiness

It is important to understand that your loved one can be happy and experience pain at the same time. Therefore you shouldn’t assume that someone has “healed” simply because they seem to be having a good time.

Pain is personal

Everyone experiences pain differently. It is very common for two people to have the same condition and one may complain of severe pain while the other displays no symptoms whatsoever.  This is especially true when it comes to back pain.  Listen to how the pain feels  for your loved one instead of assuming  that they must feel a certain way because of what you’ve heard from someone else or read in an article.

The more you know about your loved one’s chronic pain, the more you can empathise with them, and the more you can help as a result.





Top Tips To Keep Your Kids Healthy on Holidays

travelling with small children advice from our southend chiropractorGoing on your first family holiday is one of the most exciting things you can do. With every cute little sunhat and bottle of kids sun cream you buy, your mind conjures up a new image of your little one happily building sun castles on a paradise beach. But there’s also the worry: what if your bundle of joy falls ill while in another country? What are you meant to do without the safety net of your family doctor or health visitor on speed dial?

Our Southend family chiropractor recommends that the best thing you can do is be prepared. The more equipped you are for the unexpected, the more confident you’ll be.

Before you set off on your holidays, bear in mind that every environment comes with its own unique health risks. In other words, your children may be exposed to different bacteria and viruses that can take a little getting used to. This may be the culprit if your little one suddenly develops a “cold” while the rest of you swelter in the overseas temperatures!

If you’re travelling to a different climate, your child may also encounter unusual bites, allergies or rashes that may raise an eyebrow or two! But don’t panic; this is very common. The best thing to do is pack plenty of medicines with you that you know your children will respond to. This will save you a lot of stress if you can’t get hold of them at the local pharmacy while you’re abroad.

If your child has a complex medical history, it’s also worth asking your doctor to write a letter outlining any details of the condition, medications and treatment history. Even better, get it translated into the language of the country you’re travelling to.

Similarly if your child has serious allergies, it’s worth arranging a card that details what they’re allergic to and how serious the condition is. Allergy UK offers these cards in 27 different languages. You can find out more at allergyuk.org.

Remember that your holiday is meant to be a fun experience. It’s good to be prepared, but  don’t let your anxieties put your enjoyment in jeopardy. Relax, have fun and lap up a blissful week or two in the sun with your family.

Paz Made It Happen For This Strongman

Richard Ellis visited Cliffs with difficulty breathing and wasn’t at all positive that he was going to be able to compete in his first amateur strongman competition.

But with help from Paz, Richard got in touch to share his outstanding performance with us at the competition!

Richard wrote to us saying:

“I wanted to thank you for all your help. I first came to see Paz as I couldn’t breathe properly as my ribs and spine weren’t agreeing with one another.

I had 3 weeks left to prepare for my first amateur strongman competition and wasn’t positive about being at my best.

To cut a long story short, Paz made it happen. I did really well in my competition and couldn’t have done it without Cliffs Chiropractic.

Please see attached a video from the day.”


Stand Taller, Feel Better & Get Fitter

a spine chilling pictureTo highlight the importance of taking our health and especially our posture more seriously Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic have launched the ‘Back Story’ campaign, using a spine-chilling image to drive home the message.

The Echo is backing our campaign and covered the launch of the campaign at St Thomas More High School. Arif was also interviewed on BBC Essex.

You can read the article in the Echo by clicking on the image below.

Echo Back Story

You can listen to Arif’s interview on BBC Essex below.