Backcare Awareness Week 2018 Focuses On Back Pain In Older Adults

back care advice for older people from our chiropractor in southendBackcare Awareness Week is on the second week of October (8th – 12) and this year the focus is on back pain in older adults.

Back pain is one of the major disabling health conditions among older adults aged 60 years and older. Many causes of lower back pain are age-related with physical and psychosocial changes. There is a distinct lack of awareness, especially in older adults to the causes and effects of back pain and pain management. This year’s Back Awareness week wants to shine a light on the subject.

Existing evidence suggests that prevalence rates of severe and chronic low back pain increase with older age. As compared to working-age adults, older adults are more likely to develop lower back pain like osteoporotic vertebral fractures, tumors, spinal infection, and lumbar spinal stenosis. NCBI (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)

Here at Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic we are committed to helping people to live a pain free, full and active life whatever their age. Our founder, Arif Soomro, specifically developed a programme called The Back Story to help people learn more about what’s happening to their body throughout their lives and how they can increase their energy levels, strength and flexibility.

The programme is simple to use and by clicking on an age group your can learn about your body at this age, the food and nutrients that are best for it and the kinds of exercises that are best suited for the age group.

Following this progamme and making a few lifestyle changes today, and sustaining them, can give you benefits that last a lifetime.

Remember you don’t have to be perfect, you just need to start and apply!

If you are currently suffering back pain then our experienced team of chiropractors are here to help. Acute, chronic and general low back pain responds well to chiropractic treatment. Official government guidelines from the NICE and guidelines from the Royal College of General Practitioners suggest the early referral for manipulative treatment, such as chiropractic is the most effective way of dealing with acute and chronic low back pain.

You can call us on 01702 430 430 to book an appointment with one of our chiropractors in Southend.

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Parkes

A big congratulations to Carly & Anthony on their recent marriage. Carly said, “It was an amazing day – just perfect”.

Carly was happy for us to share some of the photos taken on the day.

We’re sure you’ll agree she was a beautiful bride. Anthony looked smart too – can’t leave out the bridegroom!

And Callum and Jayden are just adorable.

View the photos by clicking on the images below

 

 

The Photo Gallery

 

Back Safe Baking …

baking back care advice from our southend chiropractorIt’s that time of year again, baking mania has hit our shores as The Great British Bake Off is underway on out TV screens. Paul, Prue, Sandie and Noel are back in the tent along with contestants eager to showcase their baking talents. So far the contestants seem like a talented lot as Paul is handing out what seems like way more handshakes than usual.

Sales of baking tools and supplies surge at the start of each series as bakers eagerly await the start of the contest. And why not as baking can be so much fun and is something that all the family can get involved in.

Whether your new to baking or a seasoned hand our chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic in Southend want to make sure you keep your back safe when baking. Following some simple pieces of advice can often be the difference between a pain free back and a visit to our clinic!

Bakers and chefs can find themselves standing for hours at their kitchen counter tops so it may not come as a surprise that their counter tops can often be the cause of back pain that they experience. A counter top that is too high can really cause your back problems as you have to stoop over it. If your counter top is too high then spread you feet as wide as is necessary so that the surface is the right height for you. You may also want to use a chopping board of the right thickness to bring the work surface up to the right height for you.

Baking can involve quite  bit of lifting, bending and carrying.  It’s important to do these in a back safe way! You don’t want to know how many patients we have treated over the years who have bent over to pick something up and have ended up in pain!

When lifting, bend at the knees and keep a straight back.Bending over from your back is never a good idea.

When carrying an object, face the direction you are going to go in. Avoid twisting whenever you are lifting  or carrying an object.

Take regular breaks and do some simple stretches.

Keep your back ‘bake safe’ and happy baking.

If you are suffering back aches and pains our experienced chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractic are here to help. Call us on 01702 430 430 to arrange an appointment.

Get Walking This Autumn

Summer is slipping away and autumn is nearly upon us, however, it can be such a great time of year to get outdoors and take some exercise. Our chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic in Southend can’t stress enough how important taking regular exercise is both for our physical and mental health.

Walking is a great form of exercise. It is accessible, free and can be done by most people whatever their age or level of fitness.

We are fortunate that Southend and the surrounding areas offer many wonderful places to get outdoors and walk.

Our chiropractors advise that if you haven’t exercised for some time then start slowly. Make sure you wear a good pair of comfortable shoes that provide good support. Build up your walking pace over time. To gain the health benefits from your walking you will need to walk briskly. A good test to check whether you are walking sufficiently fast is to try singing a song – if you find that difficult but can speak it then you’re probably walking at the right pace.

If you have any health concerns then it is advisable to talk to your GP, chiropractor or other health care practitioner for advice before starting any new form of exercise.