Stick To Your New Year Healthy Eating Resolution

The New Year is quickly coming and you may be making a new year resolution to eat more healthily.

This is a great resolution and we think it’s a worthwhile resolution, however, you do need to set yourself up for success. Our chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractic Southend have some advice to help you stick to your resolution in 2018.

One of the first steps to take is to make sure that you remove all temptations that may be lurking in your cupboards. Left over treats from Christmas can often cry out for us to eat them!

Next we recommend you find a way of eating more healthily that suits you and your lifestyle and as importantly that you enjoy. Fad diets don’t work, in the main because they are unsustainable and not that enjoyable! Making healthy choices can be confusing so you may need to educate yourself – there are plenty of good books available to help you.

Nothing will take you off track quicker than being too busy to prepare your healthy meals! To avoid calling for that unhealthy take away or grabbing the ready meal at the supermarket – plan your meals out for the week and make a shopping list of the ingredients you’ll need. Make sure you stick to your shopping list and meal plan don’t get side tracked! Make enough food so you have leftovers for the next day or even cook batches so you have healthy meals to hand.

We hope these tips will help you achieve your healthy eating goal in 2018.

 

Ouch! That Turkey Really Hurt My Back!

back care advice at christmas from our cliffs chiropractor It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And it’s also the most chaotic! From making sure the house is spick and span ready for those visitors, to mastering the perfect Christmas roast, the festive period can be your back’s worst enemy if you’re not careful! But following these simple tips from our Southend chiropractor can help reduce your risk of picking up a painful back injury this Christmas …

Lift correctly

Avoid bending from your back or twisting while lifting objects. Whether it’s a heavy gift or a 20lb turkey, hold the object close to your body with a good base of support and your legs apart. Then, bend at your knees, lift and turn your entire body from your feet to move objects.

Build strength while standing

If you’re spending long periods in the kitchen rustling up the Christmas lunch, why not get healthier in the process?  Try standing on one leg every now and again (if you haven’t had too many glasses of bubbly!), as this will help to build strength in the core muscles of your lower back and abdomen. (Remember to hold on to the worktop to stabilise yourself!)

Change your position

When standing for long periods of time, such as cooking or cleaning, make sure you widen your stance or change your position regularly. This will prevent repeated stress on the same muscles.

Stand tall when vacuuming

Giving the house a last minute spruce up before the big day? Make sure you avoid bending and pushing while vacuuming. Instead, stand upright with your chest slightly pushed forward and use your legs instead of your back to move forward and backward.

Keep weight close

With Christmas comes a lot of carrying – whether it’s the turkey, boxes of decorations or that mountain bike gift you’ve had stored up the attic for months! Make sure you reach from as short a distance as possible when picking up objects and keep the weight as close to your body as possible. For example, rather than reaching over the back seat of the car to pick up a box, get out of the car, sit next to the box in the back seat, bring the object  close to you and then get out of the car.

There’s nothing merry about back pain, especially during Christmastime!

Keep Your Back Safe at the Office Party

Love them or hate them, it’s that time of year again for the Christmas office party! So while you’re busy making celebration plans, our Southend chiropractor has been busy listing some top tips to make sure you have a safe “do” this year:

1: Wear Suitable Shoes

Ok, so no one is going to expect you to turn up to the biggest work event of the year in your wellingtons, but make sure you pack suitable shoes if you’re walking to and from the party. Pavements can be slippery at this time of year, and let’s face it, ice and high heels don’t exactly mix!

2: Drink Sensibly

Not only will drinking too much leave you with a bad hangover (and maybe some hazy recollections that you’d rather forget) but it will also put you at risk of stumbling and hurting your back.

3: Keep Hydrated

Dancing the night away with only alcohol in your system can lead to dehydration which comes with a host of health risks. Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the night to keep hydrated!

Enjoy and stay safe, everyone!

Our New Car Park Is Opening This Month

It’s been a while coming but we’re very excited to say that our new car park is opening this month.

The car park is just a two minute walk from the clinic and is located at the Sea Cadets facility on Milton Road. The full address is:

Sea Cadets
TS Implacable
Milton Road
Westcliff-on-Sea
Essex SS0 7JP

You’ll find the car park just over the railway bridge between St Bernard’s School and the clinic.

The parking will accommodate 10 cars  and is accessible by coded and barrier entry with security lighting. The cost is £1 per visit to the clinic and cars MUST be moved once your time at the clinic is complete to allow other patients to park.

The facility is owned by Southend Sea Cadets who have kindly allowed Cliffs Chiropractic to install the gated entry for which we are most appreciative. The money raised will assist this Charity to promote and develop its services to the local community.

Mind Your Posture This Christmas!

good postureChristmas is coming and for many of us, this brings the perfect opportunity to spend hours slouched on the sofa. But the importance of maintaining good posture doesn’t go away just because it’s Christmastime.

Here our Southend chiropractor reminds us of some key health benefits of maintaining good posture.

Facilitates breathing: Good posture will naturally enable you to breathe properly. This is why yoga, pilates and meditation exercises pay so much attention on getting your posture and sitting positions right.

Increases concentration and thinking ability: When you are breathing properly, you also increase your thinking ability. Your brain requires 20% of oxygen to do its job properly. And of course, more air means more oxygen.

Improve your image: People with good postures look smarter, more confident and more attractive. A person with a good posture naturally exudes an aura of assertiveness and appeal.

Feel even better about yourself: Even without doing anything different, a good posture will help to make you feel more self confident. You can try it out now. Try sitting in a bad posture now for 30 seconds then switch to a good posture for 30 seconds. Is there any difference in how you felt? Probably a lot!

Avoid health complications: Long term bad posture can result in several complications over time. This can include an increased risks of a slipped disc, back aches, back pain, pressure inside your chest and even poor blood circulation.

A good posture means maintaining the two natural curves at your back – the concave curve from the base of your head to your shoulders and the concave curve from your upper back to the base of your spine.

Start focusing on improving your posture today and it will soon come naturally to you.  Before you know it, standing and sitting in the correct position will be something you do without even putting any thought into. When it comes to maintaining a healthy spine, good posture is up there with one of the best things you can do. It really is that important.