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.

It’s Official! Our New Sister Clinic Opens In Chelmsford on 16th October

cliffs chelmsford chiropractor clinic under developmentAfter so many setbacks we are pleased to announce that our sister clinic in Chelmsford will open on 16th October.

If you have family or friends in Chelmsford then please let them know that Cliffs will be nearby to help them. All the clinic’s information can be found on the clinic’s website at ChelmsfordChiropractor.co.uk

The Clinic is conveniently located in Hatfield Peverel on the outskirts of Chelmsford.

We aim to provide the same high level of patient care at our new clinic as we offer at Cliffs Southend.

The clinic will provide the following services:

  • Chiropractic
  • Medical Acupuncture
  • Remedial Massage
  • Medical Herbalism
  • Nutritional Advice

Melanie and her team are very excited to finally have an opening date and look forward to treating people in and around Chelmsford.

Acupuncture is possible for the needlephobic

Echo feature on Katie GoodwinTrypanophobia, otherwise known as a fear of needles and injections, is said to affect up to 10 per cent of the population. So what do you do when the only way to relieve your pain is through acupuncture, but needles scare you to death?

Katie Goodwin, 31, 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.

After experiencing severe lower back pain and taking prescribed painkillers every four hour for a month that were not helping, Katie made an appointment to see Arif.

From the initial consultation, which involved an examination and x-rays, taken in the clinic’s on site radiography department, it was clear why Katie was continuing to experience a lot of pain. From his examination Arif could see that the lower back pain was being caused by her right hip. The X-rays revealed there was a loss of joint cartilage in her right hip.

Arif told Katie that the recommended treatment was medical acupuncture and manipulation. Medical acupuncture is a widely-used complementary medical practice that uses needles, inserted into specific trigger points on the body, to ease muscle tension, stimulate the release of endorphins – the body’s own natural pain killer – which alleviates pain, reduce inflammation and encourage healing.

Katie’s initial reaction was one of abject horror at the sheer thought of having needles put into her skin. However, over several weeks with support from Arif, Katie overcame her long-term phobia of needles.

You can read how Arif helped Katie overcome her phobia by clicking the link below to read the full article that featured in The Echo.

Echo feature on Katie Goodwin


Aged 65 I feel fitter than ever

Ray Clark, from Braintree, has been a gamekeeper and farm worker for over 40 years. Ten years ago, the 65-year old, started feeling pain in his knees when he was walking around the estate; X-rays revealed he would need a knee-replacement within the next three years.

He did nothing for a couple of years, then he visited Arif at Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic, for a consultation.

Ray had led a physical life which over time reduced the cartilage lining the bony surfaces of his knees.This is known as degeneration or osteoarthritis. The roughening of the moving surfaces creates friction and inflammation, resulting in joint stiffness and, often, pain in the surrounding muscles and ligaments. Physically examining and x-raying Ray’s knees confirmed the diagnosis.

The treatment would involve chiropractic to adjust and improve the movement, acupuncture to reduce the acute inflammation and supplements and nutrients to improve the cartilage and reduce the chronic inflammation that occurs in conditions like osteoarthritis.

Even though Ray’s osteoarthritis is advanced the treatment has delayed the need for a replacement by several years and he can continue working as normal.

Ray says, “I’ve had eight years of monthly acupuncture, and take daily glucosamine with chondroitin and MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) supplements, which help my flexibility.

“Of course, I have my good days and my bad days but I’ve been able to work on the estate unhindered by pain since I started my treatment. At 65 I feel very fit, in fact fitter than ever and, importantly, I don’t need a knee replacement operation.

“Not yet at any rate.”

When doing what you love causes pain.

Emma SheehanEmma Sheehan, who works in the beauty industry loved her work and when she became a partner at Health & Harmony, a beauty salon in Leigh, she thought all her dreams had come true. However, after many years of working she was in jeopardy of having to give it all up until on the advice of her brother she visited Cliffs.

You may have read Emma’s story in the Echo.

Click here to read Emma’s full story and Arif’s diagnosis and treatment plan in the Echo. You can also learn ways to test your posture.

Emma was treated by Arif at Cliffs. Arif says “It was clear that Emma’s work position had contributed to a 50 per cent wear in the mid cervical spine. This, and poor posture, had led to a loss of the normal forward neck curve, resulting in a stooping upper back, neck stiffness and weak supportive musculature.”

echo years massaging story thumbnailArif was confident that she would respond well to a combined approach of chiropractic and acupuncture. The pain would ease fairly quickly but it would take time of course to fix the root cause by strengthening the area, improving her posture and altering her work and lifestyle.

“After just two weeks the numbness and the pain in my arm, due to a trapped nerve, had completely disappeared, and so had the headaches,” said Emma. “One year on I wake up refreshed and full of energy. I can work all day without getting stiff – although a little stiffness is inevitable in my job, and I’m walking taller because my posture’s better.”

If you’re in pain then why not make an appointment with one of our experienced team of award winning chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractor Southend. Call us now on 01702 430 430.