Beat The Post Holiday Blues!

You excitedly plan for your summer holiday for months on end and within a week or two it’s all over. Yep, the holiday-blues can hit you harder than those post-cocktail hangovers. Fortunately, our Southend chiropractor has some great tips on regaining your summer smile following your trip:

1: Start a New Hobby

Think about something that interests you, and take the plunge and get started. You may have a surprising talent or you may discover that you don’t enjoy it after all. But the fun is in trying.

2: Learn

Enrolling in a class or workshop is a great way to distract you from the holiday blues and add some excitement to your life. Knowledge is invigorating!

3: Make Healthy Lifestyle Changes

It’s really difficult to feel good on a bad diet.  Remember that the choices you make for your body will have a direct impact on how you feel emotionally. If you’re feeling blue following your holiday, dump your bad habits and turn to healthy food and regular exercise. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you start feeling happier.

Stay happy, stay healthy!

Back Pain in Kids and Teens

back care advice for children from our Southend chiropractorWhile back pain is very common for adults, children and teenagers are much more resilient and flexible. However, according to our Southend chiropractor, due predominantly to lifestyle choices, children and teenagers are increasingly falling victim to back pain. This is why at Cliffs our chiropractors are encouraging good spine health and proper posture from a young age.

Back Pain in Younger Children

Because younger children are less likely to put their spine under the same severe stresses as older children and adults, any back problems are usually short lived. Also, younger children tend to self-limit their activities and choose not to repeat painful actions. This helps in their recovery if an episode of back pain does occur.

With this in mind, any persistent back pain in a young child should be taken very seriously.  

Back Pain in Teenagers

Some teens are very active and are often involved in sports or other strenuous hobbies. As with any physical activity, there is always the possibility for a back injury to occur. This risk is even higher for teens who are involved in contact sports, such as rugby, football and martial arts.

On the other end of the scale, there’s the fact that most teenagers these days spend a whopping amount of time hunched over a Smartphone, tablet or computer. Frequent inactivity and poor posture are leading causes of back problems amongst younger generations, especially teenagers. As a parent, you should always treat any kind of back injury in your teenager as a serious concern and seek an accurate diagnosis from a healthcare professional.

There is also a variety of non-physical issues which may cause back pain to develop during the teenager years. The pressures of school and growing up can be overwhelming and may lead to anxiety-induced back pain in a number of young people. Emotional stress can also worsen any existing back pain symptoms.

This type of pain affects many young people, but often the true cause is misdiagnosed.

It is never too early to teach your children the importance of looking after their spines and our chiropractors at Cliffs in Southend really do encourage you to do this. Please visit our ‘Back Story‘ page for more information on proactive ways to keep your children’s backs safe.

Summer Sandals Could Harm Your Spine

Most of us like to dress our feet in stylish sandals during the summer, but did you know that wearing flimsy footwear can lead to or worsen back pain? According to our Cliffs chiropractor in Southend, shoes play an important part in the health of your spine.

They need to be supportive – even when the sun is out! If your feet are wobbling, slipping, and sloshing around, the extra movement travels all the way up your leg and into your spine. Think of a flip-flop – that’s exactly what they make your feet do: flip and flop!

A good shoe supports and controls the heel with a strap or a cup. With a heel that is stabilised, you provide a solid foundation for your entire spine.

The bottom line? Before you grab the trendiest pair of sandals off the shelf this summer, spare a thought for your poor spine first!

17 Year Old Ambassadors To Spread The Word For Healthier Living

healthy livig advice from our southend chiropractor‘Stand up straight’, ‘take exercise’, ‘eat healthy non-processed food’ are a big turn off, but ‘looking good’ can be a far more persuasive argument these days.

When Arif launched the Back Story campaign – using some strange, but very important exercises, like the ‘chin tuck’ (that’s it in this picture!) in May, he was delighted to be able to do this to Year 12s at St Thomas More High School. Earlier this month, Arif was back again hosting a round table discussion with a group of 17 year olds who came up with their own idea of how best to spread the word for healthier living.

The aim of the round table discussion was to work out how we can communicate the healthier living message to young people more effectively. The group of 17 year olds included Brogan, Conor, Eloise, George, Oscar and Samantha and after a lively debate on why good posture, diet, exercise and fresh air is important, Conor had the great idea of creating ambassadors to give the Back Story more relevance.

So, as he’s been volunteered, Samantha agreed too. Once they’ve been to the Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic in Southend and seen first-hand how chiropractic can prevent or improve conditions, they’ll turn this into a presentation that they’ll be making to their peers at school.

We’ll report back after the first presentation. There will also be accompanying videos too, so watch this space!

Little Callum Makes The News

patient story at cliffs chiropractor southendWe featured Callum in last month’s newsletter. He’s an amazing little seven year old boy and we’re so proud of him. With Arif’s help and support from his loving parents, Callum has been able to overcome his bedwetting.

Callum’s story has hit the news with a feature in a recent edition of The Echo. The article covers Callum’s journey and how Arif has been able to help him. Arif also shares his top tips to cope with bedwetting. Please share this with any parents you know that have a child that may be suffering as the information really can be life changing to them and their parents.

Read Callum’s story and how Arif helped him by clicking here.

Arif’s Top Tips To Cope With Bedwetting

There’s no hard and fast solution to bedwetting, and if chiropractic treatment is not the answer, these tips might help your child and you:

  • Reassure your child. It’s important for them to know they haven’t done anything wrong, and it will get better. Don’t tell them off for wetting the bed, this won’t help and could make matters worse.
  • There’s usually no obvious reason why children wet the bed, but it could be because they produce more urine than the bladder can cope with; have an overactive bladder (where the bladder can only hold a small amount of urine); are deep sleepers, so they don’t react to the signals telling their brain the bladder is full or there’s a family history.
  • Sometimes bedwetting is stress related – if there’s a change in family structure, you’ve moved home or your child is being bullied – try to work on is anxiety before you start a new regime.
  • Bedwetting isn’t something your child can control, so rewards shouldn’t be based on whether they wet the bed or not. You may want to give rewards for things like having plenty of drinks during the day or remembering to have a wee before bed. If your reward scheme isn’t working after about a week, try something else.
  • Make sure your child has easy access to the toilet at night, leave a light on in the bathroom and put a child’s seat on the toilet.
  • Use waterproof covers on your child’s mattress and duvet.
  • A bedwetting alarm is useful once a few dry nights have been achieved. This helps to create awareness at just the right time and trigger a trip to the toilet.

Is Your Medication Making You Ill?

health living advice from our southend chiropractorPrescription drugs have many side effects and at Cliffs Chiropractic we know that medication from your GP or consultant can save your life or improve it, but it can also come with unwanted side effects. It’s important to remember that drugs are not necessarily safe and to be aware of the side-effects.

Your medical history is important to us and we need to know all the medication you are taking. Make sure you let your chiropractor know about the drugs you are on – read on to find out how we can help you.

Record numbers of people are suffering or dying as a result of prescription drug side effects. All medications, both over-the-counter and prescription, have some kind of undesirable and sometimes dangerous after effects, from muscle aches to death.

Prescription pills are Britain’s third biggest killer with psychiatric drugs reckoned to be the third biggest killer after heart disease and cancer. For instance, antipsychotics, commonly given to dementia patients to keep them quiet, raise the risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Psychiatric drugs also make falls more likely, and breaking a hip can shorten life significantly, while some antidepressants are linked to a potentially deadly irregular heartbeat. More than one million people in the UK are addicted to sleeping pills and anti-anxiety drugs, according to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Involuntary Tranquiliser Addiction, even though for years official advice has been to not prescribe them for longer than four weeks.

At Cliffs Chiropractic we have recently had a big increase in patients suffering from the side effects of their drugs, they had symptoms such as heart arrhythmia, gastric reflux, nausea, headaches and they were all being given further drugs and even a pacemaker to cover up the symptoms.

The answer is not to stop taking your drugs, they may be very necessary. However, if you are experiencing symptoms do look up yourself if they could be a side effect of a drug you are taking. Read the leaflet that comes in the packet or Google it. GP’s are busy people and cannot remember the side effects of all drugs so take control yourself. Go and ask your GP and remind him about the possible effects of what you are taking.

Ask your chiropractor for advice he will be able to guide you and help you with a natural solution to the side effect. There are plenty of natural alternatives that are safe and may help relieve your symptoms.

Possibly the most common side effects of any prescription drug are gastric issues, such as nausea, constipation and diarrhoea, because most drugs go through the digestive system to be absorbed. Other common after effects include drowsiness, pain, dizziness and skin reactions.

There may be a simple solution such as always eating with your medication or sipping chamomile tea afterwards or taking a ginger capsule for nausea. Other solutions could include drinking more water to stay hydrated, eating more often and smaller meals.

Melanie Soomro says, “As a Medical Herbalist I can successfully treat many of these conditions naturally and my aim is always to reduce prescription drugs as much as possible (in conjunction with your GP). As the liver is the centre of detoxification for the body including dealing with the end products of drugs often a simple liver cleanse can do away with the side effects of these drugs. It is our aim to help the body function at its optimum and with the right herbs, supplements and lifestyle advice we can minimise the use of drugs”

If you would like advice please talk to Arif or Paz at your next appointment or book an appointment to see Melanie for an assessment and get your body functioning optimally.


It’s Not Only About The Back …

Many people think chiropractic is about back pain but it’s so much more than that.

Craig came to see us for many reasons including an ongoing health problem with his stomach and in his words “bad guts”, he had no energy and couldn’t sleep properly. All these problems were having a significant impact and strain on his already stressful life.

Within two weeks of starting treatment at Cliffs Craig shares how his life has changed.

Craig from Fowler Cafe/Bistro in Leigh-on-Sea says of Arif “This guy has turned my life around I can only thank him and fully recommend all of their services and advice”.

When talking about Craig’s story, Arif stresses, “People think that chiropractic is only about the back but it’s so much more than that.”

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Summer Holiday Health Tips

healthy living advice from our chiropractor in southendMost of us look forward to welcoming some warm weather during the summer holidays whether it’s at home in the UK or overseas on holidays, but when it’s too hot for too long, there can be health risks for us and our kids. Sure, you’d rather see your children running along the sand than cooped up playing video games, but the great outdoors may pose a danger if a heatwave hits.

Why is a heatwave dangerous?

The main risks that come with a heatwave are: 

  • dehydration 
  • overheating
  • heat exhaustion and heatstroke

Who is most at risk?

A heatwave can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people are:

  • people over 75
  • babies and young children
  • people with serious chronic conditions
  • people who remain physically active during periods of intense heat

While you can’t control the weather, you can control how it affects you and your family with these great tips from our Southend chiropractor:

  • When it’s very hot outside, shut your windows and close your curtains/ blinds. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
  • Avoid periods of intense heat: Make sure your children stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, as this is the hottest part of the day. If you are outdoors during this time, make sure you and your children stay in shaded areas and that you have access to cooler, indoor facilities.
  • Keep your rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If you are unable to do this, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed.
  • Make sure your children have plenty of cool baths and showers. If you’re outdoors, take a water sprayer along with you or go somewhere that has access to a cool swimming pool.
  • Offer your children plenty of water and avoid drinks that are high in sugar.
  • Plan ahead for any day trips to make sure you pack enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications.
  • Identify the coolest room in your home.
  • Dress your children in loose, cool clothing, and always ensure they wear a hat, sunglasses and sun screen when outdoors.

We hope you’ve found these tips helpful. After all, safety puts the “fun” in “sun”!