Celebrating 20 years of following our dream share Cliffs Chiropractors Southend

20 year Anniversary Cliffs Chiropractor SouthendOn Thursday 3d July, Arif Soomro, Melanie Cutting ,staff, family with over 120 guests were treated to pink champagne and canapés. Dignitaries attending the event included His Worshipful The Mayor of Southend Mr. Chris Walker and Mayoress of Southend, Sir Teddy and Lady Taylor, Phil Brown the manager of Southend United Football team patients and members of the local business community.

It was a joyful occasion, the weather was hot and sunny and the small marque was packed with people all relating their success stories about their experience of the clinic.

Arif’s speech was heartfelt and moving giving thanks to the many who have helped the clinic on its way; parents, colleagues,staff including the marvellous reception team, the business community and most significantly the patients.

We are celebrating not 20 yrs of being in practice but 20 yrs of following our dream, to heal and improve the lives of as many people as we can…we exist because of you and for you…we feel proud and privileged. 

Afterwards there was hardly a dry eye in the guests. Arif explained the vision of the clinic which is shared by all the team, including Paramjit Nandhra who has been with Arif and Melanie driving the clinic forward for nearly 10 years,

…to be the gold standard for patient car in what we do in the field of musculo-skeletal medicine by serving our patients and staff as we would wish to be treated.

Among their achievements that Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic can list:

  • Being Southend’s oldest clinic.
  • The first UK chiropractic clinic to install computer radiography (even before many hospitals including Southend).
  • One of the first clinics to have organised child screenings.
  • To be one of only 2 chiropractic clinics in England and Wales to be registered with and accountable to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) .
  • To awarded the PPQM in 2012 and the CMQM in 2013 by the Royal College of Chiropractic for patient services and clinical governance.
  • To be awarded in 2014 the “What Clinic” Customer Service Award.
  • To achieve at Fryerning and Ingatestone RC Junior school a back care strategy that included a bi-daily exercise routine and installing ergonomic desks and seats that were individually adjustable to each child.
  • Supported Trinity local junior football team providing them with a full team strip.

Arif finished his speech by quoting from the founder of chiropractic,

It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness. You never know how much you think say or do today can effect the lives of millions tomorrow…

Sir Teddy made a sincere and touching reply telling of the many good stories he had heard about the clinic in the 20 years since he had opened it in 1994. Councillor  Chris Walker also delivered a speech with great humour.

The event was commemorated with the unveiling of a life saving defibrillator that will not only be available within the clinic but also to the wider local community.

Back care advice for gardeners from Cliffs Chiropractor Southend on Sea

It’s that time of year again – the Chelsea Flower Show is just around the corner and the warmer weather is on its way! It can only mean that gardening is on the cards for many of us. on and warmer weather predicted then for many getting out into the garden is on their plans.

However, our team of chiropractors in Southend are sending out this advice if you are planning on doing some gardening any time soon. Watch your back!

Unfortunately it is only too common at this time of year that our experienced team of chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic in Southend treat patients who are suffering as a result of their gardening exploits.

So we’ve put together some basic advice for you to follow and keep your back safe while gardening this summer …

1. Clothing – Choose loose and comfortable clothing to wear and avoid wearing clothing that is too tight or will impede your movement.
2. Warm up – Before you start do some simple stretching exercises. It can really save you from painful injuries and strains.
3. Lighter tasks first – begin with the lighter tasks you have planned and build up too the more strenuous ones.
4. Avoid bending and overstretching –often the causes of injuries and strains so you want to ensure that you get up close to the what you are working on and use long handled gardening tools and equipment to help you.
5. Change potion/activity every 20 -30 minute – so you’re not in one position for too long and you avoid repetitive movements.
6. Take regular breaks and have a stretch while you’re at it.

You’ll find an useful video to watch below that the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) has put together. It reinforces the points above but in a visual way.

Why not book in and get a check-up with one of our experienced team at Cliffs Chiropractor Southend before you get started and avoid injuries and strains.

The Cliffs Chiropractor Southend on Sea team at the Garden Show with Tommy Smith …

tommy walsh & the team at cliffs chiropractor southend   It was great to meet up and help out so many visitors to the Southend Garden Show over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend.

We even had one of the Garden Show celebs pay us a visit. Tommy Walsh best known for his role in the BBC’s Ground Force series was at the show sharing his advice with show attendees.

Tommy came by the stand to say hi! Here’s Tommy with Pas and Lisa at the Cliffs Chiropractor Southend stand.

There’s no doubt that Tommy values Chiropractic treatment to keep him in tip top shape so that he can get on with all his DIY and Gardening jobs.

As this Summer’s Gardening season pick up steam why not follow Tommy’s lead and give us a call at Cliffs Chiropractic. Our experienced team of chiropractors in Southend on Sea are here to help you stay in tip top shape for this Summer’s gardening!

Headaches getting you down? A chiropractor in Southend on Sea offers this advice

Chiropractic treatment at cliffs chiropractor southend on seaAlmost all of us will experience a headache at some point in our life, however, if you are finding that your headaches are getting you down you may want to consider chiropractic treatment as a way to help you.

A new study concluded that trigger point therapy reduced cervicogenic headache pain by 71% for patients. The patients also experienced a 59% reduction in neck pain symptoms, as well as improved range of motion and muscle function.

As a chiropractor in Southend on Sea, we may be able to help you with your cervicogenic headaches. These are headaches arising from your neck. These types of headache are usually caused by misalignment or nerve irritation in the upper neck.

Chiropractors commonly use Trigger point therapy as a treatment to relieve trigger points (TrPs), or hyperirritable spots of pain located in taut bands of skeletal muscles.

Often patients who seek chiropractic care experience immediate relief from the symptoms of their cervicogenic headache following treatment.

If your headaches are getting you down then why not call us now to book an appointment with one of our experienced team of chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractor Southend on Sea.

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.

Get off the sofa this Easter. Cliffs Chiropractor Southend on Sea recommends some local walks

As part of Chiropractic Awareness Week (april 14th to 20th), we at Cliffs Chiropractor Southend on Sea are encouraging parents to limit the time their children spend using technology and instead encourage more active pastimes over the Easter holidays.

In a recent survey undertaken by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) nearly half (46%) of parents questioned acknowledged that their children don’t spend enough time exercising, despite NHS guidelines stating that children and young people between 5 and 18 years old need to do at least one hour of physical activity every day.[1]

Our team of experienced chiropractors in Southend on Sea are seeing more and more people under the age of sixteen with back and neck pain and technology is so often the cause. Young people are becoming increasingly sedentary which is damaging their posture.

We encourage parents and kids to get some exercise this Easter and one of the best and most overlooked forms of exercise is walking.

The great news is that there are some great places to take walks around Southend on Sea.

Here is a link to the WalkinginEssex website which has a list of walks around the Southend on Sea area includding:

  • Benfleet to Leigh on Sea train walk
  • Hadleigh walks
  • Hockley walk
  • Leigh on sea walk
  • Rochford to Burnham on Crouch train walk
  • Southend on Sea to Hockley train walk

So come on all you parents and kids – get outdoors this Easter and take some exercise.

Research was commissioned in 2014 on a sample of 461 UK parents with children aged between 11 and 16 from a wider sample of 1000 parents.

* Statistics taken from 2014 BCA research of UK adults – sample of 152 adults from the East of England.


[1] http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/physical-activity-guidelines-for-young-people.aspx

Spending a lot of time driving? Protect your back with advice from Cliffs Chiropractor Southend on Sea

Consumer research carried out by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) revealed that of those questioned, 25% felt that driving was affecting their posture.

Poor posture can be a contributory factor to back pain.

To make sure your maintain a good posture while you’re driving and reduce the risk of you suffering back pain as a result of your time behind the wheel, one of our experienced chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractor Southend on Sea, Dr Arif Soomro,  has put together a video together to demonstrate the approach to take in setting up your driving seating position.

The video take s you through adjusting your seating position including adjusting :

  • The back rest
  • The seat
  • Your distance from the steering wheel
  • The headrest
  • The seat height.

We hope this advice helps you prevent back problems when driving.

Should you be suffering back pain then why not visit our experienced team of chiropractors in Southend here at Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic and let them help you get back to good health.

Tips to keep your teenager’s back safe from Cliffs Chiropractor Southend on Sea

Dr Arif Soomro, one of our leading chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractor Southend on Sea, is also a Fellow of the International Chiropractic Paediatric Assoc. and member of the Paediatric Faculty of the Royal College of Chiropractic offers the following top tips for parents to help their teenagers reduce the risks of back and neck pain:

  • Get your kids moving: The fitter children are, the more their backs can withstand periods of sitting still. To increase fitness levels, your child should be more active which can be achieved by doing activities including walking to school, riding a bike or going for a run.
  • Teach them how to sit: It’s important that children learn the correct way to sit when they’re using a computer. Teach them to keep their arms relaxed and close to their body and place arms on the desk when typing. Make sure the top of the screen is level with the eyebrows and the chair is titled slightly forward, allowing for the knees to be lower than the hips and the feet to be flat on the floor. Using a laptop or tablet away from a desk will encourage poor posture, so limit time spent in this way.
  • Don’t sit still for too long: Make sure children take a break from the position they’re sitting in on a regular basis and stretch their arms, shrug their shoulders and move their fingers around – this helps to keep the muscles more relaxed.
  • Lead by example: Maintaining good posture and promoting good back health is something that everyone should be doing, adults and children alike. If you make it a priority, it’s easier for your children to see the relevance.
  • Seek medical advice: Seek professional advice if your child is experiencing pain which has lasted for more than a few days. If your child wants to be more active, check that there are no medical reasons why they should not exercise, particularly if they are not normally physically active.

For more information on how to maintain a healthy posture, the British Chiropractic Association has developed ‘Straighten Up’ – a simple, three minute exercise programme for all ages, designed to help strengthen the spine and improve posture and help joints. To watch a video of the exercises you can do, please visit: http://bit.ly/straightenup. You can also find a lot of valuable posture advice at http://bit.ly/bcapostureinf.