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.

 

 

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.

Summer Travelling Can Take Its Toll On Your Back

In our recent post Are you up up and away this summer? our chiropractors at Cliff Chiropractic Clinic in Southend shared advice to help keep your back safe if you are flying to your holiday destination this summer. However, for many, reaching their destination may mean driving, taking the train or hopping on a bus.

Regardless of the means of transport, our chiropractors want you to travel safe and keep your back in tip top condition. Here are our chiropractors top tips for back safe travel this summer:

Keep moving: Keeping your body loose and avoiding stiffness is imperative. If you are confined into a tight space or even sitting in your car in traffic there are simple exercises you can do such as shoulder shrugs, and buttock clenches which will help keep you moving. Avoid sitting for long periods in one position by moving around. If you are in the car, stop at regular intervals, this is not only good for your body it is important for your safety. The last thing you want is to fall asleep at the wheel! When you reach your destination get moving as quickly as possible.

Stay hydrated: Keeping you body hydrated is important for your overall health and the health of your spine. Drink plenty of water.

Watch your back lifting and carrying: Holidays inevitably mean luggage! Usually heavy luggage which sometimes can be awkward or stored in awkward places. Always be mindful of your back when lifting and carrying your luggage. Lift with a straight back, your legs at hip  distance apart and bend at the knees. Avoid twisting your body when lifting. Reverse the process when putting the luggage down.

If you are driving to your holiday destination then you may want to remind yourself of how to adjust your driving position to protect your back by watching a video that Arif, one of our experienced chiropractors at Cliffs has made.

 

Are You Up Up And Away This Summer?

back care advice from our southend chiropractorIt’s summer time and while the weather here in the UK is sensational at the moment, many people will be hopping on an airplane for their summer breaks searching for what is usually elusive sunshine!

Taking a break can be a very good thing and our chiropractors recommend it, however, it can lead to us doing things we wouldn’t normally do, which can increase the risk of injury. Picking up heavy luggage, twisting the back pushing a luggage trolley and sitting awkwardly in a confined space for long periods are just some examples of things we wouldn’t do on a daily basis which can all lead to back pain.

Our chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic in Southend want your summer holidays to be a time to relax, enjoy and have fun and not be ruined by a bad back. With this in mind they have put together some simple things you can do to protect your back when flying and it all starts with some preparation:

Prepare wisely:

  • Use lightweight cases, preferably with wheels, to minimise the weight you have to carry. It’s best to choose a case with wheels that allow you to push the case in front of you than having to twist your body to pull it.
  • Depending on your airlines rules, it is best to use two lighter evenly balanced cases than one heavy one.
  • Pack as lightly as possible. Most of us are guilty of packing way to many clothes and accessories for our time away.
  • Make your luggage stand out from the crowd so that you don’t have to lift too much luggage off the carousel mistakenly! A simple way to do this is to tie coloured ribbon to the handle.
  • Get a good night’s sleep before heading off to the airport. Tiredness can lead to mishaps!

At the airport:

  • Avoid using a luggage trolley if possible, especially if your luggage has wheels. Trolleys so often have  a life of their own and can result in a lot of effort and body contortions to keep then going in the direction you want.

On the plane:

  • Take care lifting and removing any luggage into and out of the overhead containers.
  • Avoid stiffness during the flight by doing some simple exercises in your seat. Shoulder shrugs, foot circles and buttock clenches are good exercises to do.
  • If it is convenient then stand up and take a walk around the plane.
  • Stay hydrated. Flying is dehydrating on the body so drink plenty of water or juices. Avoid drinking alcohol as this will add to the dehydration.

After the flight:

  • Get walking as soon as possible after you get off your flight. This will help get your joints moving. Avoid using travelators or walking along the travelators.
  • Take care lifting your luggage off the carousel.
  • Don’t forget to avoid using a luggage trolley if possible.

As much as we love to see our patients we really do want to help you avoid back pain and a trip to the clinic. Follow these simple steps to help avoid back pain if you’re flying this summer and do have a safe and enjoyable holiday.

Summer Festivals – Have Fun And Keep Your Back Safe

back care advice from our southend chiropractorSummer is here and the Summer Festival season is well underway. We Brits can’t seem to get enough of them – there are all sorts organised across the country. Whatever your interests are there’s  a festival out there somewhere for you. From arts, music, literature, food and so much more, getting out and experiencing the fun of a festival is a great way to spend a day (or more).

Here in Sounthend we have festivals happening over the summer. This year the Southend Festival is on from 1st July through to the 15th August and is inspired by events like the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It’s a six week programme of cultural events in venues around Southend. The events combine art, comedy, music,literature and pride.

Whatever Festival you are intending to go to this year there are some things you will inevitably find yourself doing such as standing for long periods, sitting (or sleeping) on hard surfaces or carrying bags around. One or all of these can put pressure on your back.

Our chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic in Southend want you to have a fun time whilst keeping your back safe. With this in mind they have put together their advice to help you keep your back safe.

Clothing: Wear comfortable shoes and loose clothing. You’ll thanks us after all the walking and standing you’ll do!

Carrying: A rucksack offers the best option for carrying provided you wear it appropriately. Slinging it over one shoulder isn’t going to help your back. However, if you wear it over both shoulders and adjust the straps so that the rucksack sits against your back with the weight inside evenly distributed, it will help keep your back safer. If you are using traditional carrying bags and have a heavy load, it is better for your back to split the weight evenly across two bags and carry one in each hand rather than carry all the load in one heavy bag.

Standing: Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Standing this way will help support your back and hips.

Drinking: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Not wanting to dampen the spirit but do remember that alcohol will cause dehydration.

Camping: If you’re planning to camp at the event then invest in a good quality camping mat and inflatable pillow.

Have lots of fun and follow our chiropractors’ advice to keep your back safe.

 

 

Will Your Back Love You After A Summer Of Sport

If you haven’t heard, the football World cup kicks off on 14th June and goes through to 15th July – yes a month of football coverage on TV. And that’s only a small fraction of sport that will be played out in living rooms and other venues across the UK this summer.

If you’re a sports fan the chances are this summer you may well be clocking up some serious hours in front of the telly cheering on your favourite team or sports star. However, our chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractic in Southend want to make sure you stay safe and don’t cause your back too many problems.

Many people are unaware that sitting for prolonged periods of time can trigger back pain. To help you keep your back safe our chiropractors have put together some tips for you to follow.

  • Sit right back in the chair or sofa  so that your back is fully against the back of the chair or sofa. Check your posture from time to time and if you find you’re slouching or slumping then readjust your position.
  • Stand up and move around at least every 20 minutes. During a break in play, say at half time, do a few simple stretches.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Sorry but alcohol doesn’t count!

Follow this advice and keep your back safe this summer.

 

Let’s Talk Handbags And Back Pain

Whilst small handbags are making a comeback it doesn’t appear that leaving behind larger and heavier bags is going to go away anytime soon. There’s always too much stiff to carry around, right?

Unfortunately there’s often a price to carrying these large and heavy bags around. Research* undertaken by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) in 2017 revealed that oversized bags and those worn on one side of the body was in the top 5 most worn clothing item that may cause back pain in women.

Our team of chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractor in Southend offer this back safe advice to all of you who can’t leave the house without a large and heavy bag:

  • Declutter: Empty your bag out and leave behind all the unnecessary clutter. It may be surprising just how much clutter there is.
  • Avoid certain types of bags: Bags that must be carried in the crook of your arm, for example, result in the bag being carried away from the body, pulling one shoulder lower than the other and twisting the neck and spine, which is not a good thing.
  • Alternate shoulders: If your bag has a strap then alternate the shoulder you are carrying it on.
  • Wear the bag across your body: If your bag has a long enough strap then wear it across your body.

If you are experiencing back pain for more than a few days then you seek professional help. Our chiropractors at Cliffs advise that an undiagnosed problem could lead to longer-term problems if left untreated. If you are in pain, you can call our friendly reception team and they will make an appointment for you to visit one of our chiropractors.

*The 2017 research was carried out between 14/02/2017 and 20/02/2017 on a sample of 2,082 UK adults aged 16 + on behalf of the British Chiropractic Association

Most popular clothing choices among women which could cause neck and back pain:

Women
Skinny jeans 48%
Bags worn on one side of the body 46%
Coats with large fluffy hoods 37%
High heeled shoes 26%
Oversized bags 24%
Backless shoes e.g. mules 20%

 

Back pain ‘cures’ we wouldn’t recommend

Suffering back pain can be challenging. It’s surprising how much of what we do involves our spine. The slightest movement can be excruciating. Therefore, it comes as no great surprise that some people suffering back pain will take up some of the strangest suggestions for ‘curing’ it.

Members of the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) have shared some of the strangest ‘cures’ back pain sufferers have tried. These include using WD40, drinking ones own urine and hanging off door frames.

Whilst we can only describe some of these as wacky, one common belief that many people have is that they should rest a bad back. Consumer research carried out by the BCA revealed that 50% of people believed this to be the case. This percentage increased to 64% in the 16 – 24 years old age group.

It may seem like a good idea to rest when you’re suffering back pain, however, in most cases this is the last thing we would recommend. It is important to keep moving and take moderate exercise even with back pain.

It is also important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

Chiropractic offers a safe, effective and drug free treatment for back pain. With at least four out of five adults experiencing back pain at some point in their lives, low back pain is one of the most common conditions our team of experienced chiropractors treat at Cliffs Chiropractic in Southend.

If you are suffering back pain why not give us a call on 01702 430 430.

 

 

Research reveals the state of backs across Britain

chiropractor southend consultationThe British Chiropractic Association (BCA) has revealed the results of consumer research undertaken to ascertain the state of backs across Britain. The research has highlighted the significant differences in the number of people experiencing back or neck pain across different regions of the country.

The numbers are quite significant between some regions, for example, 57% of people in Northern Ireland responded to say that they currently have back or neck pain whilst in the South East this number was 40%. That’s a 17% difference. By comparison the national average was found to be 44%. This research highlights yet again the increase in back and neck pain with the national average rising by 12% since 2017.

As far as frequency of back or neck pain is concerned, the Scots suffer the most with a third experiencing back or neck pain on a daily basis. Londoners on the hand suffer the least with only 17% suffering.

The top trigger reported for back and neck pain for all regions was lifting and carrying. Sitting still for long periods followed this.

The research also highlights the fact that back and neck pain are affecting people at a younger age, however, it also interesting to note again the variation in rates across the regions. In the Midlands, 70% of people responded to have experienced back or neck pain by the age of 30. In the East of England this number was 48%.

As chiropractors we cannot stress enough that prevention is better than cure. Keeping your back in good health is so important and it doesn’t need to be difficult. Keeping active and incorporating physical activity into your daily routine is key.

Our Back to Business programme has some simple exercises that you can incorporate into your daily routine to help you.

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.

If you are suffering back or neck pain, our experienced team of chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractic in Southend are here to help you. Call us on 01702 430 430 to arrange an appointment.

 

 

 

 

 

Yeah … It’s National Gardening Week

We love our gardens in the UK. Now the weather is warming up gardeners will be flocking to Garden Centers all over the country to stock up on plants, compost and other assorted accessories and equipment to get their gardens in tip top shape.

On 30th April, National Gardening Week starts. This year the focus is on encouraging gardeners to share their love of gardening. At Cliffs Chiropractic, our chiropractors think that gardening is a great activity for people of all ages and encourage people to get outdoors and indulge in a spot of gardening. However, we do want everyone to stay safe and healthy doing so.

Unfortunately gardening can result in all types of injuries and strains. It can be particularly onerous on backs, muscles and joints. With this in mind the British Chiropractic Association has put together a 3 minute video with advice for keeping your back, muscles and joints safe whilst gardening.

Our chiropractors recommend you take 3 minutes before heading out to the garden as it could save you a trip to the Clinic!

If you are unfortunate enough to suffer back pain, muscle or joint strain then our chiropractors are here to help you. Call us on 01702 430 430 and one of our team will make  an appointment for you to visit us.