A Healthy Body Needs a Healthy Spine!

We’re living in the most health conscious era yet, but not many people consider the health of their backs as relevant to their overall wellbeing. But a healthy spine can have a very positive influence on your health in general.

Our Southend chiropractor explains that the spine’s primary function is to surround and protect the spinal cord, through which every message from the brains travels to the rest of the body.  It is these nerves that control every single bodily function, from limb movements to organ control.

So if you have a damaged or stiff joint in the spine, and it impinges a nerve, it can cause a lot more than just back pain – a nerve pathway can become disrupted and other areas or organs of your body may suffer as a result.

Good spine health is more important than most people realise. Look after your spine – it serves you well!


Swap the school car run for a walk to school

back care advice fom our southend chiropractorSeptember’s here and parents across the nation will once again be tackling the daily school run. But have you considered swapping your wheels for your legs?

According to our Southend chiropractor, walking is one of the best ways to benefit from exercise without aggravating the structures in the lower back. Not only will you benefit from the exercise but walking provides a whole host of health benefits to your child.  These include:

  • Strengthening the muscles in their feet, legs, hips, and torso. Walking increases the stability of the spine and conditions the muscles that keep the body in the upright position.
  • Nourishing their spinal structures.  Regular walking encourages strong circulation, which helps to deliver vital nutrients into soft tissues.
  • Improving their flexibility and posture. Walking, along with regular stretching, allows greater range of motion, which can help to prevent awkward movements and lower the risk of future injuries.

Why else is walking good for kids?

Here are just a couple more reasons to start walking your child to school:

  • Walking to school from a young age will help them to develop road awareness in time for independent walking as a teenager.
  • Walking is fun and interesting. Your children will get to notice things along the way and meet different people in your local area.
  • Walking helps to improve physical and emotional health and can even boost mood and self esteem levels.

Of course, when you have a busy family life, it can be very tempting to jump in the car to ferry the little ones to school. But swapping just a few of those car journeys for walks will be easier than you think. About a third of all the journeys we undertake are less than a mile, which is only about a 20 minute walk! And the best part is that you won’t have to hunt for a parking space when you get to the school!

Walking is a fantastic activity that you and your children can do together. It’s never too early to start walking your child to school.

What’s stopping you from walking your children to school? After all, there’s nothing more important than the health of your kids

Fibromyalgia and Chiropractic Care

Are the symptoms of fibromyalgia getting you down? Are you fed up of dealing with persistent backaches, leg cramps, and foot pain? If so, then chiropractic treatment may be just the perfect thing for you! Chiropractic care is becoming an increasingly popular treatment option for fibromyalgia sufferers because of the pain and stress relief that it can provide

Fibromyalgia can cause numerous tender points all over the body and many fibromyalgia patients experience back pain, neck pain, and leg cramps. According to our Southend chiropractor, simple adjustments to the neck and spine can restore the carriage of the whole body. As a result, many fibromyalgia sufferers find that alignments of the spine can significantly reduce pain all over their bodies.

Remember that chiropractors can do more than just heal back pain!



Back to School Back Health

back care advice for children from cliffschiropractorsouthendIt’s back to school and back to backpacks! Many things can lead to back pain in children, such as playing sport or poor posture. But some kids have back pain because of what they’re lugging around in their backpacks everyday!

According to our Southend chiropractor, children should not carry more than 10% to 15% of their body weight in their school bags.

Backpacks come in all sizes, colours, fabrics, and shapes and help kids of all ages express their own personal sense of style. However, it is important that the backpack is safe for them.

Here are some other great tips to ensure your child stays safe when carrying their backpack this school term:

Always ensure your child uses both shoulder straps and that they wear the backpack on their back rather than over one shoulder.

Pack the largest and heaviest objects first so that they are carried lower and closest to the body.

Fill available compartments so that the load is evenly distributed throughout the backpack and items do not shift when your child moves around.

Adjust the straps so that the backpack  fits snugly to your child’s body, holding the bottom of the backpack two inches above the waist and keeping the top just below the base of the skull.

Make sure your child lifts their backpack by using their leg muscles and keeping it close to their body, rather than bending over with extended arms.

If your child wears their back pack correctly, the weight will be evenly distributed across their body, and they will be less likely to experience shoulder and neck injuries than if they carry a one shoulder bag. And of course, when they’re used properly, they’re incredibly handy!

By being aware of the advice in this article, you can help to make a big difference to the health of your child’s spine!

Our team of chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractor Southend are experienced in treating children of all ages. If you have any concerns about your child’s back or spine then our chiropractors are here to help you. You can call us on 01702 430 430 to make an appointment with one of our chiropractors.


Why Mobile Mania Leads To Text Neck In Teens

why mobilemania leads to text neck in teenagersThe truth is out there. Figures show that British teenagers now spend more than NINE hours a day online, including around 40 minutes a day on social media.

The rise of the ‘selfie culture’ has meant teens also spend 15 minutes a day taking pictures of themselves to send to their friends or post online.

In a recent article published in the Echo, Arif highlights how the ‘selfie culture’ is storing up health problems for teens …

Click the link to read the Echo article: Why Mobile Mania Leads To ‘Text Neck’ In Teenagers


Part Time Radiographer Needed

neckWe are looking for an additional radiographer to join our team at Cliffs for a few hours a week on Friday mornings and some Wednesday evenings.

If you are interested then please check out the job description. If you know of anyone who may be interested, we’d appreciate it if you could please forward this to them.

Click on the link below for the Job Description:
Part Time Radiographer Needed


A Sneak Peek At What’s Happening At Our Chelmsford Clinic

cliffs chelmsford chiropractor clinic under developmentUnfortunately, the opening of the Chelmsford branch of Cliffs has been hampered due to the building needing a lot more work than expected!

However, we thought we would share with you a sneak peek at what’s been happening and what wonderful things we have in store at the clinic.

The opening is planned for late September but no date has been officially set yet – the cement mixer has to go first!

At last the damp proof course has been completed and plastering is well under way. The signs are up and looking good, we are keeping the look similar to the Westcliff clinic. The upstairs rooms are the closest to being finished they are  light and airy and the massage room features colourful light washed walls that can change colour to music. Melanie and Lisa plan to make Monday nights “Party Night” with  smoothies and disco music!

Reception still has a cement mixer in it! And bags of plaster are still all over Melanie’s main treatment room. Very little has run smoothly with the building work and we have found many problems as we go along and unfortunately delaying the opening slightly.  This week some of the kitchen doors delivered were the wrong colour and there was insufficient work surface!!

Melanie loves a tester pot of paint as you can see by the huge array on the windowsill – she is now well known at Kent Blaxills.

We’re also pleased to announce that Sophie Carpenter our massage therapist at Westcliff will be joining us at the Chelmsford clinic when it opens.


Welcome To Emma Our Latest Recruit

Emma Chaplin massage therapist at cliffs chiropractor southendWe’re pleased to welcome our latest recruit to our team at Cliffs.  Emma Chaplin has joined our therapy team as a masseuse.

She has already had her hands on patients and they came out smiling:)

Emma’s personal passion for health and fitness led her to pursue a career as a massage therapist.

Emma says “When the chance arose to become part of the Cliffs Chiropractic team I was overjoyed. Having the opportunity to work within highly this respected award winning clinic, alongside like-minded professionals and provide treatment that compliments the healing process is fantastic! Each day I am able to make a difference to how people feel is a fulfilling and rewarding experience.”

You can read more about Emma on our Meet The Team page.

Emma is looking forward to meeting you and helping enhance your life.