Is Your Back Pain Making You Feel Old?

It’s not uncommon for our chiropractors at our busy chiropractic clinic in Southend to hear patients tell them how their back pain is making them feel old.

Back pain can have a tremendous impact on your life and can be quite debilitating for some. For many back pain sufferers simple day to day tasks which we take for granted suddenly become monumental tasks.

Given that at least 4 our of 5 adults will at some time in their lives experience back pain, our chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic, do all that they can to help educate people on actions that they can take to help keep their back and spine healthy.

One such initiative has been developed by our chiropractor, Arif Soomro. The Back Story programme has been developed by Arif to help people at different ages to be healthy and to counter balance the effects that modern day living in particular are having on us. By selecting your age group, you will find out about your body, the food and nutrients and exercise that will be beneficial for you at this age.

If you are currently suffering back pain then our chiropractors recommend that if you have been experiencing the pain for some time that you seek professional advice.

Chiropractic is a gentle, safe and effective treatment for many types of back pain. Low back pain is one of the most common conditions our team of experienced chiropractors treat.

If you would like to book an appointment you can call us on 01702 430 430.

 

 

Backcare Awareness Week 2018 Focuses On Back Pain In Older Adults

back care advice for older people from our chiropractor in southendBackcare Awareness Week is on the second week of October (8th – 12) and this year the focus is on back pain in older adults.

Back pain is one of the major disabling health conditions among older adults aged 60 years and older. Many causes of lower back pain are age-related with physical and psychosocial changes. There is a distinct lack of awareness, especially in older adults to the causes and effects of back pain and pain management. This year’s Back Awareness week wants to shine a light on the subject.

Existing evidence suggests that prevalence rates of severe and chronic low back pain increase with older age. As compared to working-age adults, older adults are more likely to develop lower back pain like osteoporotic vertebral fractures, tumors, spinal infection, and lumbar spinal stenosis. NCBI (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)

Here at Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic we are committed to helping people to live a pain free, full and active life whatever their age. Our founder, Arif Soomro, specifically developed a programme called The Back Story to help people learn more about what’s happening to their body throughout their lives and how they can increase their energy levels, strength and flexibility.

The programme is simple to use and by clicking on an age group your can learn about your body at this age, the food and nutrients that are best for it and the kinds of exercises that are best suited for the age group.

Following this progamme and making a few lifestyle changes today, and sustaining them, can give you benefits that last a lifetime.

Remember you don’t have to be perfect, you just need to start and apply!

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

You can call us on 01702 430 430 to book an appointment with one of our chiropractors in Southend.

Get Walking This Autumn

Summer is slipping away and autumn is nearly upon us, however, it can be such a great time of year to get outdoors and take some exercise. Our chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic in Southend can’t stress enough how important taking regular exercise is both for our physical and mental health.

Walking is a great form of exercise. It is accessible, free and can be done by most people whatever their age or level of fitness.

We are fortunate that Southend and the surrounding areas offer many wonderful places to get outdoors and walk.

Our chiropractors advise that if you haven’t exercised for some time then start slowly. Make sure you wear a good pair of comfortable shoes that provide good support. Build up your walking pace over time. To gain the health benefits from your walking you will need to walk briskly. A good test to check whether you are walking sufficiently fast is to try singing a song – if you find that difficult but can speak it then you’re probably walking at the right pace.

If you have any health concerns then it is advisable to talk to your GP, chiropractor or other health care practitioner for advice before starting any new form of exercise.

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.

Don’t Ignore Your Sports Aches And Pains

sports injuries treated by our southend chiropractorParticipating into sports can bring many rewards from health benefits to mental well-being, it can also have some downsides. Probably the biggest downside is suffering any aches and pains that may be picked up along the way. Whether you are playing a contact sport like rugby or a non contact sport like tennis there’s always a risk of an injury. Professional sport people and amateurs alike are prone to the same kinds of aches and pains.

It’s not uncommon, however, for people to ignore their sports aches and pains and hope that with time they will go away. In some cases this will happen, however, our chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic in Southend recommend that you seek advice and treatment sooner rather than later if you are suffering some sports aches and pains. Receiving the right treatment and rehabilitation advice is vital to ensure that your condition doesn’t worsen and get you back into action quicker and stronger, if possible.

Chiropractic is a profession that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculo-skeletal system and its effects upon the spinal nerves. Our experienced chiropractors use their hands to adjust your spine and limbs where signs of restriction in movement occur, improving mobility, easing pain and inflammation and relieving any pressure on spinal nerves. This treatment or ‘adjustment’ therefore allows the joints to return to normal mobility then the body uses its own healing processes, which we recognise in it’s ability to heal cuts, bruises, broken bones and fight infections.

When you visit our clinic your chiropractor will carry out a full consultation and examination to determine the cause of your problem. You will then receive a Report of Findings which will outline a treatment plan for you.

While the Clinic is founded on providing Chiropractic treatment, we take a holistic approach to caring for your health, and offer a range of complementary therapies.

These include:

  • Medical Acupuncture
  • Remedial Massage
  • Sports Rehabilitation
  • Exercises Classes
  • Nutritional Advice

You also have access to free support and advice to help with supporting you in achieving and, as importantly, maintaining good health.

Don’t Ignore Your Sports Aches And Pains any longer please get in touch with us as we offer a lot of help and advice to get you back up and running as soon as possible. Contact us on 01702 430430 or email us at info@CliffsChiro.co.uk to get in touch.

Tennis Elbow Without The Tennis

Two weeks of wonderful tennis from Wimbledon has had our chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic in Southend thinking about Tennis Elbow or as it medically known Lateral Epicondylitis. Of course you don’t have to have played tennis to find yourself suffering from tennis elbow!

The condition typically develops following strenuous overuse of the muscles and tendons of the forearm. These are the same ones that are used extensively when playing tennis which is how it has come to be commonly referred to as tennis elbow.

Tennis elbow can be particularly painful with symptoms often including:

  • Pain on the outside of your upper forearm, just below the bend of your elbow
  • Pain when lifting or bending your arm
  • Pain when gripping small objects, such as a pencil
  • Pain when twisting your forearm, such as turning a door handle or opening a jar
  • Difficulty in extending your forearm

It is not uncommon for tennis elbow to clear up after a few days, however, should you find your symptoms persist for longer then our chiropractors recommend that you seek medical advice.

Our experienced chiropractors at Cliff Chiropractic are trained to diagnose, treat, manage and prevent disorders of the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, and muscles), as well as the effects these disorders can have on the nervous system and general health. They treat a range of conditions including elbow pain or tennis elbow from back and neck problems.

If you are suffering elbow pain or tennis elbow why not give us  call on 01702 430430 to book an appointment with one of our chiropractors who can help treat and advise you.

 

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.

 

 

How Richard Powered Through To Success

Being strong means knowing when to back off. Despite being super fit, back problems threatened to derail strong man hopeful Richard Ellis’ dreams of competing. Last year the 30-year-old from Westcliff was persuaded by his friends to enter the Strong Man competition.

However, a few weeks prior to the competition, disaster struck, which is when Richard decided to to seek help. Having asked around and heard positive reviews he came to see Paz at Cliffs.

An article about Richard’s experience and how Paz helped him achieve a personal goal of competing in the Strong Man competition appeared recently in The Echo and The Gazette which you can read here.

Since achieving his goal of competing in a Strong Man competition, Richard has turned his attention to jiu jitsu, a martial art and combat sport system. He has also set up an IT business, Relltek, with his brother. We wish him and his brother all the best with their new venture. There’s no stopping Richard!

You may remember that last year we featured an item about Richard in one of our Newsletters after receiving a Thank You note from him. You can read what Richard said and also watch a video of him in action in the competition here. It really is impressive:)

An Amazon Echo Dot Is Up For Grabs …

Google Reviews help people decide on the products and services they invest in. We strive to obtain Google reviews that are reflective of patients’ experience at the clinic. This gives others an honest and valuable resource when making their health decisions. The reviews also help us to improve our service and to improve patients’ experiences in the clinic.

We are delighted we have 116, 5-star reviews and we are not surprised when new patients mention to us that the reviews encouraged them to make an appointment. We’d like to thank all of you who have taken the time to add your reviews.

However, never ones to rest on our laurels, we are on a mission to increase this number and help more people benefit from our services at Cliffs.

All new Google reviews entered before COB Friday 29th June will be entered into a draw. ONE review will be drawn on Wednesday 4th July and the reviewer will receive an Amazon Echo Dot.

Why the 4th of July – well it’s Independence Day and also (more importantly – we think) our 24th birthday – Yipee.

What’s An Amazon Dot …

It’s a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms and more. It connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable to play music from Amazon Music, Spotify and TuneIn. You can use it to call or message anyone hands-free who also has an Echo device or the Alexa App. Also, you can quickly connect to other Echo devices in your home using just your voice. You can control lights, switches, TVs, thermostats and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Sony, Hive, Netatmo, Nest, tado° and others.

The Amazon Dot will hear you from across the room with 7 microphones for far-field hands-free voice control, even in noisy environments or while playing music. It includes a built-in speaker so it can work on its own as a smart alarm clock in the bedroom, an assistant in the kitchen, or anywhere you might want a voice-controlled device.

Always getting smarter – Alexa updates through the cloud automatically and is continually learning, adding new features and skills

Meet Our New Team Member Sophie

We welcome Sophie to the Cliffs Chiro work family.

Sophie has started her training and with a big smile, great energy and enthusiasm Sophie fits perfectly into our team and we are delighted to have our team at full strength to give outstanding care and service to our fantastic patients and yes that’s YOU.

We’ll let Sophie introduce herself to you …

Hi my name is Sophie, the newest member of the wonderful reception team. For the last 7 years I have been a full time Mum to my two gorgeous children & before that I worked in London as a PA. The Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic is renowned for patient care & satisfaction so when I saw the position for a new Receptionist advertised, I knew immediately that I wanted to be part of this fantastic team. Thank you to everyone for being so welcoming & I look forward to meeting many more of you as I settle in.

We received hundreds of applications for the role and Arif says “After sifting through hundreds of applications we were impressed with Sophie’s energy, enthusiasm and open face which we felt naturally lended her to joining our team culture and contributing to the patient experience.”

We’re really excited to have Sophie join us and we’re sure she is going to be an invaluable member of our team.