Back To School Advice For Parents

back care advice for children from our cliffs chiropractor southendFor many parents the next week will be all about getting the children ready for the start of a new school term. There’s plenty to do from getting the school uniforms sorted out to making the last minute purchases of pencils, papers and pens.

It’s the time of year when our chiropractors turn their attention to reminding parents of the importance of  keeping their children’s back safe.

As chiropractors in our long established and busy chiropractic clinic in Southend we are increasingly treating younger patients. Children, as well as adults, are leading more sedentary lives and many are spending an increasing number of hours hunched in front of computers or over mobile devices. These actions are leading to an increase in back and neck pain in children.

Our chiropractors can’t stress enough how important it is to keep a child’s spine healthy. Maintaining a good posture is an important part of maintaining a healthy spine. The British Chiropractic Association has developed ‘Straighten Up UK’ a simple three minute programme specifically to help with improving posture. It has been developed to be a fun programme that people of all ages can do – a great way to engage your children without the need to nag!

You can view the video below and follow along.

Arif Soomro, one of our chiropractors, has also developed The Back Story programme which is a self help programme designed by age group to set out lifestyle changes that combat the effects of modern day living on our backs.  It starts with Toddles, Under 11s, Teens all the way through to the 80s – you simply click on the relevant age group for the advice.

One of the areas of concerns our chiropractors have is the stress put on children’s spines from carrying bags to and from school. It seems that bags are becoming heavier every year which is why it’s so important that as parents we ensure that bags are fit for purpose and not overloaded.

Backpacks are a good option for carrying, however, they do need to be carried and adjusted properly. The backpack should be carried over both shoulders and adjusted to ensure that the weight is spread evenly across the back and held as closely to the body as possible.

Here is a link to one of our previous blog posts about rucksacks with more information – Back to School Back Health.

At the start of the new term our chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic in Southend wishes all school children a happy and successful school year.

Take Care of Your Back During Pregnancy

pregnacy posture advice, cliffs chiropractic clinic, back pain, arif soomroDuring pregnancy your body goes through significant changes some of which will affect your posture. Unfortunately it’s not uncommon for these changes to result in back aches and pains. Some of the more common changes which can result in back aches and pains during pregnancy include:

  • Lumbar curving increasing due to the increased weight being carried at the front of the body. In turn more pressure is put onto the spinal joints which can cause discomfort mad for some pain.
  • Increased pressure put on the upper back as a result of an increase in breast size can result in upper back aches and pain.
  • During the final stages of pregnancy the releasing of relaxin to soften muscles, ligaments and tendons can cause more problems when over stretching and lifting.

Our chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic in Southend recommend that you take care of your back during pregnancy.  Seeking advice from a healthcare professional to help advise you on exercises and stretches you can do to help support your spine is highly recommended.

Taking appropriate forms of exercise is important, especially exercises that will help strengthen the core. There are specialist pregnancy yoga classes that can be undertaken from 12 weeks. Swimming and aqua natal classes can also be beneficial.

Our chiropractors recommend that you seek the advice of a health care professional such as a chiropractor, your GP, midwife or other healthcare professional to advise you appropriately.

Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic in Southend s a leading chiropractic pregnancy care clinic. Arif Soomro, one of our experienced chiropractors, is a Fellow of the International Chiropractic Paediatric Association. He has helped many ladies through their pregnancies both patients and other chiropractors. Arif is also certified in the Webster Technique.

Arif says, “Caring for an expectant mother is an extremely rewarding experience. It offers an unique opportunity to positively influence two lives at once.”

If you are suffering back aches and pains during your pregnancy why not call us today and book an appointment with Arif.

 

 

Arif’s Hidden Talent Revealed …

Arif has been busy in the kitchen again. Thanks to patient Katie, Arif has turned a big crop of figs from the garden into his first chutney.

He’s looking forward to enjoying his fig and chilli chutney in the winter months’ with some cheese.

Apparently his courgette and french bean crops are in abundance too, so send in your recipes folks and let’s see what Arif can create.

We’re wondering if green fingered Arif is turning ‘chefy’ on us?

 

 

 

These Two Were Destined To Meet …

Arif & Chris at Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic in SouthendAs Arif celebrated his 30th anniversary of graduating as a chiropractor on 16th July 1988, Chris, an inspirational patient of ours was celebrating his 30th birthday.

Chris and Arif were destined to meet.

Some of you may remember Chris as we have shared a heart felt video of Chris receiving treatment from Arif in the past. If you haven’t watched the video yet or if you want to remind yourself of Chris’s Chiropractic story then please take a look.

Read Chris’s Chiropractic Story and watch the video here.

July 4th Went Off With A Bang At Cliffs Chiropractic

celebrating 24 years at Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic in SouthendJuly the 4th went off with a bang at Cliffs Chiropractic as we popped open some bottles of fizz to celebrate the clinics 24th birthday.

We want to thank all our patients who have supported us over the past 24 years. We could not have achieved our vision without serving our patients. And we will continue to do so.

Arif said “I’m reminded of the founder of chiropractic’s son, BJ Palmer, who said “it is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness. We never know how far reaching something we may think, say or do today will affect the lives of millions tomorrow.“”

We’ve been here for 24 years but we haven’t affected the lives of millions, 10s of thousands, yes, and we are still on our quest to help as many people as we can to a better life through physical wellbeing, good nutrition and good state of mind.

Thank you very much for helping us fulfil our vision and we are committed to keeping on our quest.

Watch Arif’s Toast here.

 

Are You Suffering In Silence?

back pain treated at cliffs near leigh on seaIt’s not uncommon for our chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic in Southend to treat patients who have been suffering back pain for weeks and sometimes months. Some have sought other forms of treatment which have not helped with the pain whilst others have simply suffered in silence!

It would appear that putting up with back pain is not confined to the Southend area as recent research* undertaken by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) found that over a third of Brits wait a month or more to seek professional help and one in ten suffer in silence and not seek help at all for their back or neck pain.

The research also revealed that women take twice as long as men to seek help. Women take on average six weeks and men take three weeks.

Our chiropractors recommend that if you have been experiencing back pain for more than a few weeks you should seek professional help.

At Cliffs Chiropractic our experienced team of chiropractors treat patients suffering back pain on a daily basis.  Our aim is to find the underlying cause of your back pain and provide a long term solution to the problem. Chiropractic treatment is suitable for most people. The variety of treatment methods used ensures all age groups who need help, can benefit from chiropractic and once you’re better you will be given help to maintain good health, including being offered exercises, lifestyle and ergonomic advice.

You can read Stories and Testimonials form patients that we have helped at Cliffs.

Of course prevention is better than cure and at Cliffs we encourage everyone to take a proactive approach to their health and well-being. It’s unfortunate that as chiropractors we are increasingly treating patients for the effects of modern day living and are now seeing more and more 20 and 30-year-olds with the kind of neck, shoulder and back problems usually associated with much older people.

Regardless of your age making some simple lifestyle changes can make a big difference. With a view to helping people make these lifestyle changes we have developed ‘The Back Story‘. You can help yourself right now. Just click on your age-group and use the information to learn more about what’s happening to your body and how you can increase your energy levels, strength and flexibility. Remember you don’t have to be perfect! Making a few lifestyle changes today, and sustaining them, can give you benefits that last a lifetime.

However, if you are suffering back pain in silence then out chiropractors are here to help you. You can call us on 01702 430430 to arrange an appointment with one of our team.

Don’t suffer in silence let us help you.

*Consumer research carried out between 28/02/2018 and 07/03/2018 on a sample of 2,066 UK adults aged 16 + on behalf of the British Chiropractic Association.