It’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:
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.
The sedentary lifestyle that many people are living is seriously damaging their health and this includes the health of their spine. Our chiropractors are keen to persuade everyone where appropriate to be more active and to take regular exercise. Whatever your age, level of ability or health condition there’s a form of exercise that will suit you.
Our chiropractors are committed to helping people take better care of themselves and have developed programmes that help support people in doing this. Two such programmes are The Back Story and Back to Business.
Having seen the effects that modern day living is having on all generations, Arif Soomro, one of our experienced chiropractors developed The Back Story. Arif says, “We all understand the importance of taking care of ourselves; it’s better for our quality of life, especially as we get older. But at Cliffs we’re treating 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.”.
The Back Story enables you to click on your age-group and offers you suggestions for the best forms of exercises you can take to help you increase your energy levels, strength and flexibility. Check it out here.
If you spend hours working at your desk all day, you may very well be complaining of a stiff neck, aching shoulders or a bad back. If any of this sounds familiar, then our Back to Business programme is for you. There are six simple exercises that are really easy to do, especially in the confines of an office. Why not take a look here.
Our chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractic in Southend are committed to help you gain the best possible health.
The Residents Parking Scheme has been extended to include Trinity Avenue and surrounding roads. The Residents Only parking applies between 11am and 9pm and will result in fines from the council for non-compliant drivers.
Expecting that this was coming, Arif has been working with the T.S. Implacable Sea Cadets to provide our patients with secure parking in their car park on Milton Road. This not only helps our patients but helps support this worthwhile charity. Parking is ONLY £1 to be paid into the Car Piggy Bank at the clinic front desk
For the last few months patients have been able to park at the site just a 2-3 minute walk from the clinic. The coded 4 digit entry is sent at the end of your Text reminder and will change regularly to prevent misuse.
You’ll find the car park just over the railway bridge between St Bernard’s School and the clinic.
The parking accommodates 10 cars and is accessible by coded and barrier entry with security lighting. The cost is £1 per visit to the clinic and cars MUST be moved once your time at the clinic is complete to allow other patients to park.
As the days get longer and the weather improves, golfers will be spending more time out on the golf course!
As chiropractors we encourage everyone to stay active and if golf is your thing then go for it. However, we want you to stay safe and be able to enjoy playing for as long as possible.
Our chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractic in Southend have put together some tips to keep you safe:
Keep it light: Golf bags are notoriously heavy and awkward to carry so invest in a light weight bag. Check that you’re not carrying around unwanted objects that add to the weight. In addition to finding a light weight bag find one that has dual harness straps over your shoulders – this will help keep the weight evenly distributed.
Warm Up and Warm Down: Not warming up before teeing off can too often result in muscle strains and injuries. Take a few minutes before heading off to do some simple stretches – focus on your hamstrings, quads, chest and shoulders. Repeat at the end of your round before heading to the bar!
Take care with your trolley: Pull trolleys inevitably mean twisting your back awkwardly – so be mindful if you are using one. Using a power or electric caddy may be a safer option.
If you are suffering a pain or injury then why not book an appointment with one of our chiropractors. Not only will they be able to help ease your symptoms you may just improve your golf game just like one of our patients did – here’s what Keith said:
“I was suffering from severe neck trauma after sharply turning my head. This affected my golf which I play three times a week ,noticing a significant reduction in turn and distance when hitting the ball. Now not only am I totally free of pain but I can achieve the golf I was playing 10 yrs ago when I was a 12 handicap. I am now on 16 handicap but expect to see this come down after a few weeks treatment from Arif!”
Gillian De Normanville surprised even herself when after her 1st visit to Cliffs she was able to lift her arms above her head.
She’s absolutely delighted with her progress, as are we.
Gillian says “I’m so surprised I can put my arms up and straight. I couldn’t do that for a long time because I’ve been so humped at the back.”
Watch Gillian do her Mexican Wave below.
If you know of anyone who you think can benefit from chiropractic treatment at Cliffs then please do let them know that we are here to help. Every day we see the positive difference our team at Cliffs Chiropractic in Southend can make to the lives of people of all ages.
The New Year is quickly coming and you may be making a new year resolution to eat more healthily.
This is a great resolution and we think it’s a worthwhile resolution, however, you do need to set yourself up for success. Our chiropractors at Cliffs Chiropractic Southend have some advice to help you stick to your resolution in 2018.
One of the first steps to take is to make sure that you remove all temptations that may be lurking in your cupboards. Left over treats from Christmas can often cry out for us to eat them!
Next we recommend you find a way of eating more healthily that suits you and your lifestyle and as importantly that you enjoy. Fad diets don’t work, in the main because they are unsustainable and not that enjoyable! Making healthy choices can be confusing so you may need to educate yourself – there are plenty of good books available to help you.
Nothing will take you off track quicker than being too busy to prepare your healthy meals! To avoid calling for that unhealthy take away or grabbing the ready meal at the supermarket – plan your meals out for the week and make a shopping list of the ingredients you’ll need. Make sure you stick to your shopping list and meal plan don’t get side tracked! Make enough food so you have leftovers for the next day or even cook batches so you have healthy meals to hand.
We hope these tips will help you achieve your healthy eating goal in 2018.
You’ll find the car park just over the railway bridge between St Bernard’s School and the clinic.
The parking will accommodate 10 cars and is accessible by coded and barrier entry with security lighting. The cost is £1 per visit to the clinic and cars MUST be moved once your time at the clinic is complete to allow other patients to park.
The facility is owned by Southend Sea Cadets who have kindly allowed Cliffs Chiropractic to install the gated entry for which we are most appreciative. The money raised will assist this Charity to promote and develop its services to the local community.