Car Park Usage

car parking at cliffs chiropractor southendWe have received such great feedback from our patients about the car park facilities that have been made available to us with the kind permission of the local Sea Cadets.

Unfortunately it seems that the car park is being used by some at times when the clinic is not open.

We really want to be respectful of the generosity of the Sea Cadets in allowing us to share their facility and therefore remind all our patients that the car park is only to be used when visiting the clinic.

The charge is £1 for parking which can be paid on arrival at the clinic.

We really appreciate your support with this.

Helping Heroes – Aaron’s Story

Aaron Hicks was serving in Afghanistan when he suffered life changing injuries by an improvised explosive device (IED) nearly eight years ago.

He got thrown from his vehicle and fractured his spine and L1 and his hip. His driver and his commander died in the explosion. Aaron considers himself very fortunate and lucky to have survived.

He was flown out of Afghanistan to Birmingham for surgery where he had his left hip fused and he had a spinal fusion to the L1 above and below.

However, even after extensive surgery, Aaron still suffered significant pain.

Aaron has been able to seek help at Cliffs with funding received from Help for Heroes for which he is extremely grateful.

It’s been about four weeks since Aaron started treatment at Cliffs and he says himself that he can already see a massive difference in those few weeks.

It’s a real privilege for us to take care of Aaron and we thank him for coming along to Cliffs and also for sharing his story with us.

Watch Aaron’s Video Below

Is Your Spine Ready for Spring?

With the end of winter finally in sight, many of us are thinking about getting our bodies in ship shape for the change of season. If you suffer with back pain, spring and summer can take its toll on your emotional and physical well being. You know the picture – everyone seems to be enjoying fun activities in the sunshine and you’re battling chronic pain. But did you know that one of the best ways to manage your back pain is by exercising regularly? According to our Southend chiropractor, if you want to reduce your back pain in time for summer, you should start exercising now!

Exercise is absolutely essential when it comes to maintaining a healthy spine and rehabilitating an injured spine. A basic routine that focuses on stretching and strengthening the back, hamstrings and abdominal muscles will help to distribute nutrients into your spinal discs and soft tissues. This will then accelerate your healing process and keep your discs, muscles, ligaments, and joints healthy.

No one wants to be laid up during the sunny seasons, so get moving and move pain out of your life this Spring and Summer!

Increased Hours Now Available For Massage At Cliffs

massage at cliffs chiropractor southendEmma has been with us for 5 months and has been embraced by both the team and patients alike. Focused on providing a deeply effective massage combined with an intuitive feel, Emma was running out of appointments. However, we are delighted to now offer increased hour for massage, with availability on Tuesdays 8am – 4pm, Thursdays 12pm – 4pm and Fridays 2pm – 7pm.

Many patients find the combined effects of chiropractic and massage to be the perfect complement for sustained benefits.

It is worth remembering massage can reach beyond simple muscular tension relief as Emma demonstrates with Sharon’s case study …

Massage is most well-known for complementing chiropractic care by releasing tight muscles, which may cause symptoms such as aches and pains. The techniques used stimulate blood circulation in the muscles, which helps to remove the build-up of waste substances and promotes tissue repair. Treatment isn’t only beneficial for patients with specific areas of muscle tension. It can also aid in relaxation to help reduce stress, anxiety and to promote general well-being.

massage client at cliffs chiroractic southendSharon Wimbledon has been a patient at the clinic for over 20 years. She suffers with fibromyalgia and ME which affect her by causing increased sensitivity to pain, stress and also extreme fatigue.

Recently, Sharon started massage therapy with Emma as part of her care plan and has discovered the advantages it brings.

Prior to treatment Sharon could feel extremely stiff and experience multiple areas of discomfort. After treatment Sharon feels lighter with has less pain but most significant is the mood elevating effect. With treatment helping to improve her quality of life. Sharon now looks forward to her regular appointments.


How not to injury yourself during the Winter Olympics

back care advice from our southend chiropractorWith the Winter Olympics soon set to hit our screens, many of us will be spending a good few hours in front of the TV. But did you know that sitting down for prolonged periods can be seriously harmful to your spine and other aspects of your health? According to our Southend chiropractor, more than half of us spend over six hours sitting down each and every day, which can have short- and long-term effects on our health and bodies. So if you’re planning on slumping in front of the TV this February, take a look at the damage it could do to your health:

1.  It can cause weak legs and glutes

If you don’t use them, you lose them as they say. Sitting for long periods of time means you don’t have to depend on your powerful lower body muscles to support your weight. This can lead to weakening of the muscles. Without strong leg and glute muscles to stabilise you, your body is at risk of injury.

2.  It can lead to weight gain

Regular movement causes your muscles to release important molecules which help to process the fats and sugars you eat. If you spend most of your day sitting, less of these molecules are released and you become at risk of gaining more weight.

3. It can result in tight hips and back pain

Your hips and back will almost certainly suffer from sitting for too long. When you are sitting down, your hip flexors shorten which causes them to become tight and stiff. On top of this, if you have bad posture or you don’t use an ergonomic chair, the health of your spine will suffer! Poor posture while sitting can cause compression on the discs in your spine which can lead to premature degeneration and chronic pain.

Similarly to your lower back,  your shoulders and neck are also likely to suffer from prolonged periods of sitting. This is especially true if you tend to sit in a hunched or slouched position.

Relaxing in front of the TV may seem like quite a benign thing to do, but the health implications of sitting down for too long can be enormous!

Take the 30 Second Spine Health Check!

Want to check the health of your spine in just 30 seconds, our Southend chiropractor recommends that you try this simple posture test:

Stand with your feet flat on the ground, and make sure your heels are about 6 inches away from the wall.

Put your back flat against the wall.

Next, place your head against the wall and tuck in your chin.

Stretch your arms out to shoulder height and bend your elbows. The tips of your fingers should be pointing forward, and your elbows should be straight out from your shoulders.

Now rotate your arms upward at the elbows, keeping them bent, and try to touch the back of your wrists to the wall.

If your back arches, or you can’t get your wrists to touch the wall, that suggests you have poor posture.

Maintaining good posture is one of the simplest ways to maintain a healthy spine, so give this quick and easy test a try!

Love Your Back This Valentine’s Day!

back care advice from our southend chiropractorIt’s the month of romance, but are you giving your spine the love and attention it needs? Your spine is an amazing structure, but it needs TLC to function properly. Millions of people are affected by back pain every day. And of course, as well as living with the pain itself, chronic back pain can affect your quality of life, causing you to miss work and social activities that you enjoy  In some cases, it can even prevent you from being able to carry out simple, everyday tasks. So it goes without saying that taking care of your spine will help you to reduce your chances of experiencing back pain later on in life.

Here are simple yet important adjustments to make for good spine health from our Southend chiropractor:

Lift correctly.

It’s very easy to twist the wrong way and injure your spine if you don’t lift correctly.  When lifting, our chiropractor recommends that you stand as close to the object as you can, and use the weight of your legs and knees rather than your back or upper body to pull up. It will also help if you bend your knees so your arms are at the same height as the object you’re lifting.

Sleep tight.

Sleeping well is important to good health, and this includes your spine health! Your body needs a good night’s sleep to repair itself, so don’t underestimate the power of quality sleep. To encourage good spine health, it’s also important to invest in a supportive mattress as well as a pillow that promotes proper alignment of your neck.

Stretch out.

Keeping flexible can help to maintain normal joint function and a good range of motion. It can also reduces the risk of back injury..

Stay active.

Despite what many people believe, being inactive will increase your risk of back pain and is likely to worsen any existing pain condition. Whether you make regular visits to the gym, walk, bike, swim, or play with your kids, it’s super important to stay active and keep your body moving to maintain a healthy spine.

Maintain a healthy weight.

Exercise, along with a healthy diet, will help you to lose any excess weight or maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese, or quickly gaining a significant amount of weight, are major risk factors for low back pain — extra weight (especially around your midriff) can put added stress on the muscles, ligaments, and tendons in your lower back, which can lead to pain and discomfort.

We hope these tips help you to love and look after your spine! We’re always here to help with any advice you need!