Back problems in children on the rise. Cliffs Chiropractor Southend offers advice to keep your child’s back safe

Back problems are not confined to adults! You may be shocked to find that 8% of young children suffer chronic or back problems and this rises to 13% in 10 to 16 year olds.

It’s ‘Back to School’ time and so we thought it was a good time to offer some advice to all you parents out there for ways to help protect your children’s backs.

Here are a few simple pieces of advice our team of experienced chiropractors at Cliffs recommend you follow:

  • Bag it up – a rucksack really is the best option, as long as your child carries it over both shoulders. The straps need to be adjusted so that the bag is held close to their back and always place heavier items at the top of the rucksack.
  •  Keep it light – we’re all prone to carry too much and this is true for children as well. Check your child’s bag daily to ensure they aren’t carrying any unnecessary items.
  • Best foot forward – wearing the right shoes can make carrying a heavy bag much easier. Make sure yoru child wears good, soft-soled shoes that are supportive and have a good grip on the ground. If they have shoes laces then these need to be tied up properly to provide adequate support.
  • Move around – staying still for a long time is not good for the spine. Limit your child to 40 minutes on their phone, laptop, tablet, and computer or in front of the TV then encourage them to get up and do something else for a while.
  •  Keep fit – the fitter your child is the less likely they are to injure themselves. Make sure your child is taking regular and frequent exercise.

If you have concerns over your child’s back then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us as we offer a lot of help and advice in this area. Contact us on 01702 430430 or email us at to get in touch.

What is Shirley’s BIG secret of youthfulness? Cliffs Chiropractor Southend shares the secret …

Shirley a patien at Cliffs Chiropractor SouthendMeet Shirley – it’s hard to believe she is 80!

She is a great advocate of keeping active. Yoga, swimming, long walks and a zest for life all keep her young.

But Shirley’s has a BIG Secret to her youthfulness ….



Shirley’s secret?  “My regular check ups with Arif, couldn’t do it without my adjustments :)”

Thank You Shirley – we love treating you and all our patients at Cliffs – you make what we do every day worthwhile.

Painful Knees? Margaret’s Story.

After suffering with 1 1/2 years of increasing knee pain and difficulty walking a mum listened to her daughter. After just 3 weeks of care at Cliffs Chiropractic Margaret has a message she would like to share. If you suffer with your knees or are sceptical about chiropractic you may want to watch this.

Did you hear Arif from Cliffs Chiropractor Southend on BBC Essex? Parents heed his advice …


Chiropractor Southend Dr Arif SoomroAs part of Chiropractic Awareness Week, Dr Arif Soomro from Cliffs Chiropractor Southend on Sea , was interviewed by BBC Essex.

Arif is a leading chiropractor in Southend on Sea and Essex and was interviewed by Dave Monks on his morning show at BBC Essex.

Dave also interviewed, Samuel, one of Cliffs; Chiropractor Southend young patients. Samuel had suffered back problems for nearly 5 years before coming to Cliffs Chiropractor in Southend for treatment by Arif.

You can listen to both interviews above.

Arif is the only Paediatric Chiropractor in Southend on Sea and he has 2 great pieces of advice for parents with youngsters and teenagers:

1. Get your kids moving, so ask them maybe to walk to school, ride a bike or go for a run.
2. Also as a parent try and lead by example. If as a parent you can maintain good posture and get attended to quickly if you have a problem – your children will see the relevance of what you’re asking them to do.

If your young child or teenager is suffering back pain then don’t delay a visit to the chiropractor it can make all the difference to your child.

Why not call Cliffs Chiropractor Southend on Sea and book an appointment today.