Feel Less Stress And Feel Better

Stress is the bodies way of helping us avoid a potentially life threatening situation. In order to cope the body goes through some major changes which include:

  • stress hormones being released
  • an increased heart rate
  • rapid and shallow breathing
  • glucose flooding the body
  • brain activity changes
  • tensing of muscles
  • reprioritisation of bodily functions

These changes are appropriate to help get us out of danger, however, being continually in this state is not good for our health.

If you experience stress on a frequent basis here are 6 techniques you can use to reduce it:

  • ensure you get good quality sleep
  • eat a healthy diet
  • participate in relaxation techniques such as yoga
  • practice mindfulness
  • spend time with people you love
  • take regular exercise

Take the above on-board and feel less stressed and feel better.

Poor Enzo But He’s Such A Brave Boy

Poor Enzo hurt his paw while running around on a long walk. Being a very brave dog, Enzo, had some acupuncture to help him. He was a very good boy throughout and had a lovely liver treat at the end of it all

Watch Enzo be a very brave boy here.

At Cliffs you can receive acupuncture treatment as a stand-alone treatment or combine it with chiropractic treatment. Arif and Paz are happy to discuss the best treatment options for you. Be sure to ask them if Medical Acupuncture maybe of benefit to you.

But what if you have a phobia of needles and injections? Katie Goodwin was faced with this dilemma. In fact, she thought she’d have to live with her lower back pain until she eventually faced up to her biggest fear with Arif’s help.

Read Katie’s story here.

Have A Happy And Healthy Christmas & New Year And Receive A Free Treatment On Us

All you have to do is fill in the Christmas Card Cracker and hand the entire card to a relative or friend. We’ll give them a consultation and assessment for only £36 and a FREE set of x-rays (one area – if needed).

As a ‘thank you’ you’ll receive a FREE treatment with our compliments.

The Offer runs from 3 December 2018 – 1 February 2019.

Click on the image below to download your Christmas Cracker card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Myths About Back Pain That May Not Be Helping You

sports injuries treated by our southend chiropractorAt our busy chiropractic clinic in Southend, our chiropractors treat many patients each week. Our patients come from all different types of back grounds and all different age groups. We treat the very young through to patients who are in their 80s. Whilst our patients are diverse the one thing many of them have in common is back pain.

Speaking with patients, our chiropractors often hear patients repeat common myths held about back pain. Some of the most common myths held about back pain can slow down a patient’s recovery time and some may prevent a complete recovery from back pain.

Some of the most common myths shared with our chiropractors include:

Myth #1: I didn’t think I would suffer back pain

Some patients find it surprising that they are suffering from back pain. They have fallen for the myth that back pain doesn’t happen to everyone. Unfortunately this is not the case.

Back pain is on the increase. It is highly likely that most people will suffer back pain in their lifetime. A contributory factor to the increase in incidents of back pain is the sedentary lifestyle that more and more people are living.

If you are suffering back pain then our chiropractors recommend that you seek professional medical advice from a chiropractor, GP or other health care professional.

Of course prevention is better than cure which is why our chiropractors proactively seek to educate people in ways to maintain a healthy back and help avoid back pain. The Back Story programme developed by one of leading chiropractors, Arif Soomro, provides information, segmented by age group, that will help build strength and flexibility and also increase energy levels.

Myth #2: Rest is what I need 

Many back pain sufferers fall into the trap of believing that if they rest up for a few days and give their back a rest their back pain will disappear. In many instances rest is not going to help. In fact it can make the situation worse.

Research published in the Lancet earlier this year shows that exercise and manipulation with a move away from drugs to be the most effective treatment for low back pain.

Which leads us onto the third myth …

Myth #3: I just need some painkillers

Reaching for painkillers may seem like a good option but unfortunately is unlikely to provide a long term solution to your back pain. The research published in the Lancet suggests we are over medicalising low back pain.

Perhaps one of these myths has held you back from seeking help with your back pain.

The good news is that chiropractic offers an effective, safe and gentle treatment for back pain. In addition to spinal manipulation our chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractic provide a package of care which includes:

  • chiropractic
  • medical acupuncture
  • remedial massage
  • exercise
  • nutrition and
  • lifestyle advice

Our chiropractors aim to find the underlying cause of your back pain and provide you with a long term solution for managing your back and overall health and well being.

If you are suffering back pain or want to maintain a healthy back our chiropractors are here to help you.

 

Watch Your Back Putting Up The Decorations

If you’re planning on putting your Christmas decorations up in the next few weeks (as many of us are!) our chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic want to remind you to take care of your back. After all you don’t want to ruin your Christmas with back pain!

It’s surprising how much lifting, carrying and stretching is involved in this fun task!

From rummaging in the attic for the decorations, buying the tree, getting the decorations up, wrapping the presents there’s plenty of stresses put on your back. There’s also a possibility you may even need to use a ladder!

Why not spend a few minutes watching these two videos that demonstrate how to lift, carry and use a ladder and keep your back safe.

Yes we know the Lift and Carry one is done for gardening and the DIY one is for well DIY but the techniques all hold true for Christmas Decorating.

One thing that’s not covered in the videos is wrapping the presents! Avoid using the floor as it puts to much stress on your back so find a table or work top to work at instead.

Happy Christmas Decorating from our team at Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic in Southend

 

 

 

 

 

 

Give Yourself A Gift Of Being Back Pain Free

back care advice from our chiropractor in Southend Suffering back pain is not fun at all! Unfortunately back pain is becoming more and more common with four out of five people experiencing back pain at some point in their life.

Equally disturbing to our team of highly experienced chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic in Southend is the number of people putting up and suffering with back pain for extended periods of time. Research has revealed that over a third of British people suffer with back pain for a month or more before seeking professional medical help with one in ten people never seeking any help!

Our chiropractors often have patients share their stories of life with back pain and many of them have come to believe that they would have to live with their pain for the rest of their life.

Low back pain is one of the most common conditions that our chiropractors at Cliffs treat. There are many causes of low back pain from wear and tear to lifting things incorrectly to poor posture. Lifestyle plays an increasing part in the cause of back pain with our chiropractors treating more and more patients due to their lifestyle.

Acute, chronic and general low back pain responds well to chiropractic treatment. Guidelines from NICE and the Royal College of General Practitioners both suggest the early referral for manipulative treatment, such as chiropractic is the most effective way of dealing with acute and chronic low back pain.

Here are feedback we have received from two of our patients where they share their experiences of back pain and how Cliffs has helped them:

“If you have pain in your back, neck and/or shoulders, and live in the Southend area, I would highly recommend Cliffs Chiropractors! I was wary at first, but the team made me feel completely at ease, and my doctor, Paramjit Nandhra (Paz), is one of the friendliest, smiliest people I’ve ever met! I started going a few months ago when I was in severe pain. It has gone from a 9/10 to just 3/10 and I have even had some days completely pain free! I’m confident that if I continue, it will go completely.

Paz has taught me that a lot of the pain I had is not ‘normal’ like I had thought. Most people just put up with it not realising it can be fixed.

I’m personally not a fan of having the adjustments and find it quite uncomfortable (some people love it apparently!), but it is so worth it in the long run! I have also had X-Rays at Cliffs Chiropractor (so much easier than going to hospital) and have had acupuncture which is good. I’m also learning a lot and Paz always encourages me to ask questions.

I would highly recommend getting yourself a consultation 

“6 years ago and I’d reached the end of the line with the NHS, they’d given up trying to figure why my back and my shoulder gave me constant pain and sent me to their pain management clinic who wanted to put me on low dose muscle relaxants for the rest of my
Life – it was at this point that my friend recommended trying Paz at Cliffs Chiropractic, I was dubious but within a couple of months the difference was huge! I now visit once a month to make sure my back stays in tip top condition and honestly could not recommend them more highly! Friendly reception staff upon entering, highly skilled chiropractors in a modern, professional practice! I have since recommended the cliffs to several friends and family including my father, my wife and my mother in law and all would give a similar glowing review, if you are suffering from back pain and not visiting this clinic then you to get up and to and give it a try, you will not be disappointed!!” Chris B (Facebook Review)

If you are suffering back pain our chiropractors at Cliffs in Southend are here to help you

Give yourself a gift of being back pain free and visit us at Cliffs.

 

Get Your Body Winter Ready

healthy living advice cliffs chiropractor southendIt’s Time! The clocks have gone back and as winter approaches, daylight reduces and delightful children bring various ‘bugs’ home, yes, it’s certainly time to get your body winter ready.

Here are our Southend chiropractors top tips for getting your body winter ready:

  1. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables: Of course this is good advice throughout the year but if your fruit and veg intake has waned over recent months now is a good time to get your fruit bowl full and dig out some great winter warming recipes that use lots of veggies. Root vegetables that are in good supply over the winter months are great for soups and adding to casseroles. Keep dried fruits and nuts to hand and eat them instead of reaching for the sweets, chocolates and other unhealthy snacks!
  2. Start your day as you mean to go on: Eat a big bowl of porridge to set you up for the day and stop those mid morning cravings. Add fruit and nuts as toppings to get in your early doses of fruit for the day. Use water or non dairy milk such as almond or oat to make your porridge and avoid adding any sugar.
  3. Take regular exercise and get outdoors: Exercise is important for maintaining a healthy body and has so many other benefits such as boosting our mood and immune system. Getting outdoors can have similar effects so wrap up warm and step outside.
  4. Boost your immune system: Your gut is the epicentre of your immune system so take Vitamin D3 and Zinc daily to boost it. Keep Echinacea on the shelf for a quick anti viral response should a cold start to tickle.
  5. Visit a chiropractor: A good chiropractor will be able to help you with any pains or discomfort you may experiencing. They can also provide nutrition and lifestyle advice to support your good health.

Our experienced chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic in Southend are here to help you keep well throughout the year.

 

 

 

Don’t Let Christmas Shopping Online Be A Pain In The Back

christmas shopping advice from our southend chiropractorWith the clocks turning back, the nights closing in and the shops starting to line their shelves with Christmas goods, your attention may be turning to your Christmas preparations. For many this starts with getting the Christmas shopping underway. More and more people are turning to the convenience of shopping online these days.

Shopping online can protect our backs from some of the rigours of going to the shops, however, spending time online on your PC or laptop, especially if you are not maintaining a good posture, can have a detrimental effect on your back.  A poor seated posture can causes many stresses and strains and slouching compresses the joints in the spine, discs are squashed and incorrect muscles are engaged.

Our chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic in Southend want to share their top pieces of advice for keeping your back safe when Christmas shopping online.

  1. Avoid sitting/slouching on the sofa: As we mentioned slouching is not good for your back in general and adding hunching over your laptop or tablet on your sofa only adds to the stresses and strains on your back and neck. If you are going to spend hours online Christmas shopping then set yourself up at your desk or table.
  2. Maintain a good seated posture: Make sure your desk and seat are set up to help you maintain a good posture. Arif, one of our chiropractors has written an article and made a video to help you maintain a good seated posture. You can access the article and video by clicking this link here.
  3. Take regular breaks: Sitting for prolonged periods is not good for your back so make sure you take regular breaks at least every 30 minutes. Stand up and move around and why not take the opportunity to do some simple stretches.

Online shopping this Christmas doesn’t need to be a pain in the back if you follow our chiropractors’ advice.

Happy online shopping.