COVID 19 Guidelines & Protocols

Cliffs Chiropractic remains open and safe

We are pleased that we are permitted to continue providing our usual high standards of care inclusive of chiropractic, medical acupuncture and massage.

Please read through the infographic below to familiarise yourself with the simple processes put in place to keep you and us safe.

We really look forward to seeing you and helping you.




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.

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.


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 In The Lancet Shows Best Treatment For Back Pain

Excellent news – The Lancet has recently published research backing exercise and manipulation with a move away from drugs as the most effective treatment for back pain.

We’re sure this comes as no great surprise to our patients at Cliffs Chiropractic!

With the continued increase in the numbers of people suffering low back pain worldwide, the publications of these three papers in the Lancet is very timely.

The three papers published have been produced by leading authors in the field of low back pain including contributions from Jan Hartvigsenn and Alice Kongsted, two leading researchers in the field of chiropractic.

The papers address the trends in diagnosis and treatment of low back pain around the world. The first paper covers the complexity of the condition and the contributors to it. The second paper outlines recommendations for treatment of low back pain and the scarcity of research into its prevention. The final paper highlights that disability associated with low back pain needs to be recognised and that social and economic factors and personal and cultural beliefs about back pain cannot be ignored.

Chiropractic – the Natural, Safe & Effective treatment for low back pain

Chiropractic treatment involves safe, gentle and specific spinal manipulation to free joints in the spine or other areas of the body that are not moving properly.  However, treatment offered by chiropractors is not limited to spinal manipulation. In addition to spinal manipulation, chiropractors can offer a package of care which includes exercises, self help advice and lifestyle changes.

At Cliffs we offer a package of care which encompasses:

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

Chiropractic treatment is suitable for most people. The variety of treatment methods used ensures that all age groups can benefit from chiropractic. Once you are better we can provide you with help to maintain good health, including providing you with exercise, lifestyle and ergonomic advice.

At Cliffs we aim to find the underlying cause of your pain and discomfort and provide a long term solution for your continued good health.

However, we want to do more than make people better. We are constantly looking for ways to educate and support people to achieve better back health. Two of our latest campaigns have been Back To Business and The Back Story.

The Back To Business campaign provides a series of exercises that can be done to support your back and keep it stay healthy. Arif took the campaign out into workplaces in and around Southend to educate workers of the need to protect their backs and received fantastic feedback.

The Back Story campaign was developed to provide different age groups with appropriate advice for keeping their backs, necks and shoulders safe. The Echo supported our campaign and published articles monthly to support the campaign and we included these in our Newsletters so hopefully you read them!

If you are suffering low back pain then our team of experienced chiropractors are here to help and support you.






Driving This Easter? Keep Your Back Safe

Easter is nearly upon us and many if us will be taking to the roads to get away. While it’s great to get away unfortunately spending hours at the wheel can take its toll on our bodies including our backs.

In a survey undertaken by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA), 25% of people surveyed felt that driving affected their posture. This is important to consider as if your driving position is negatively impacting your posture it may lead to back pain or neck pain.

One of our experienced chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractic in Southend, Arif Soomro, wants to share some tips to make your driving more comfortable and to give you less chance of getting neck and back pain.

The first step to consider is to enter your car comfortably. That means try and avoid twisting your back and keep your knees close together.

There are several stages to finding a comfortable driving position which requires adjustments to the back rest, seat, steering wheel, headrest and safety belt.

Arif has created a video to take you through step by step the necessary adjustments. You can watch the video below.


Of course driving comes with a lot of stress which can also cause tension in the back and neck. To avoid as much stress as possible here are a few tips to follow:

Allow plenty of time for your journey. Take into account traffic and weather conditions that could impact on the time and factor in plenty of breaks if it’s a long journey.

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Leave the tight clothes and high heels at home.

Take regular breaks. Stop for a break at least every two hours and get out of the car and have a walk around and a stretch. If you are in discomfort then you should stop more frequently.

If you are stuck in traffic, and it’s safe to do so, do some exercises in your seat. Buttock clenches, shoulder shrugs and circles are all good stretches you can do in a seated position.

Remember to relax and enjoy the journey.

If you heading away this Easter then drive safely and have a great journey.





Increased Hours Now Available For Massage At Cliffs

massage at cliffs chiropractor southendEmma has been with us for 5 months and has been embraced by both the team and patients alike. Focused on providing a deeply effective massage combined with an intuitive feel, Emma was running out of appointments. However, we are delighted to now offer increased hour for massage, with availability on Tuesdays 8am – 4pm, Thursdays 12pm – 4pm and Fridays 2pm – 7pm.

Many patients find the combined effects of chiropractic and massage to be the perfect complement for sustained benefits.

It is worth remembering massage can reach beyond simple muscular tension relief as Emma demonstrates with Sharon’s case study …

Massage is most well-known for complementing chiropractic care by releasing tight muscles, which may cause symptoms such as aches and pains. The techniques used stimulate blood circulation in the muscles, which helps to remove the build-up of waste substances and promotes tissue repair. Treatment isn’t only beneficial for patients with specific areas of muscle tension. It can also aid in relaxation to help reduce stress, anxiety and to promote general well-being.

massage client at cliffs chiroractic southendSharon Wimbledon has been a patient at the clinic for over 20 years. She suffers with fibromyalgia and ME which affect her by causing increased sensitivity to pain, stress and also extreme fatigue.

Recently, Sharon started massage therapy with Emma as part of her care plan and has discovered the advantages it brings.

Prior to treatment Sharon could feel extremely stiff and experience multiple areas of discomfort. After treatment Sharon feels lighter with has less pain but most significant is the mood elevating effect. With treatment helping to improve her quality of life. Sharon now looks forward to her regular appointments.


How Well Are You Taking Care Of Yourself?

functional medicine offered at cliffs chiropracticResearch shows that people who take time to recharge and restore are more creative, happier and more successful.

So how well are you taking care of yourself? To check, take a test put together by the Institute for Functional Medicine. It is designed to help you identify the areas of your life that are well-tended and those that could use more time and attention.

You may be surprised by the results!

Click the link to download the Functional Medicine test: Self Care Questionnaire

How Can Functional Medicine At Cliffs Help You?

Functional Medicine asks how and why illness occurs and restores health by assessing the root causes of disease for each individual.

In the Functional Medicine model the patient’s full story is of central importance. Instead of preoccupation with how to name a disease the critical questions become:

  • Where does the symptom come from?
  • What has caused or triggered it?
  • What keeps it going?
  • And what can be done to change that dis-eased state?
  • Where intervention and treatment can be most effective?

A timeline of the patients’ life is created beginning at prenatal time through birth and childhood to present day. It is surprising how often when creating this there is a revelation of a “never been well since moment”.

This is then integrated with the patient’s clinical imbalances, assessing the systems of digestion and absorption, defence and repair, elimination, structure, transport, communication and energy regulation. Mental, emotional and spiritual well- being is also put into the Functional Medicine framework. An individual personal plan is created and presented to the patient with personalised treatments and lifestyle modifications which may include advice on diet, nutrients, herbs and exercise.

The right treatments that address the cause of illness or dis-ease will have lasting benefit way beyond symptom suppression.

Melanie and Arif are Members of The Institute for Functional Medicine, British Chiropractic Association and British Medical Acupuncture Society, Melanie is also a Member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and Arif a Certified Chiropractic Paediatric Practitioner. Being very experienced and having such a varied background with a wide range of treatment options they are ideally placed to take a holistic approach and identify the root cause of your problem and devise a treatment a treatment plan to match your needs and lifestyle.

If you are interested in this approach please give us a call and Arif or Melanie will be happy to discuss your options before making an appointment.

You can find out more about Functional Medicine on our Southend and Chelmsford websites.

Little Callum Makes The News

patient story at cliffs chiropractor southendWe featured Callum in last month’s newsletter. He’s an amazing little seven year old boy and we’re so proud of him. With Arif’s help and support from his loving parents, Callum has been able to overcome his bedwetting.

Callum’s story has hit the news with a feature in a recent edition of The Echo. The article covers Callum’s journey and how Arif has been able to help him. Arif also shares his top tips to cope with bedwetting. Please share this with any parents you know that have a child that may be suffering as the information really can be life changing to them and their parents.

Read Callum’s story and how Arif helped him by clicking here.

Arif’s Top Tips To Cope With Bedwetting

There’s no hard and fast solution to bedwetting, and if chiropractic treatment is not the answer, these tips might help your child and you:

  • Reassure your child. It’s important for them to know they haven’t done anything wrong, and it will get better. Don’t tell them off for wetting the bed, this won’t help and could make matters worse.
  • There’s usually no obvious reason why children wet the bed, but it could be because they produce more urine than the bladder can cope with; have an overactive bladder (where the bladder can only hold a small amount of urine); are deep sleepers, so they don’t react to the signals telling their brain the bladder is full or there’s a family history.
  • Sometimes bedwetting is stress related – if there’s a change in family structure, you’ve moved home or your child is being bullied – try to work on is anxiety before you start a new regime.
  • Bedwetting isn’t something your child can control, so rewards shouldn’t be based on whether they wet the bed or not. You may want to give rewards for things like having plenty of drinks during the day or remembering to have a wee before bed. If your reward scheme isn’t working after about a week, try something else.
  • Make sure your child has easy access to the toilet at night, leave a light on in the bathroom and put a child’s seat on the toilet.
  • Use waterproof covers on your child’s mattress and duvet.
  • A bedwetting alarm is useful once a few dry nights have been achieved. This helps to create awareness at just the right time and trigger a trip to the toilet.