Perfect Posture This Summer

posture advice from our southend chiropractorArif often gets asked by patients how they can improve their posture. He has made a short video, ably assisted by Susan, to demonstrate a very simple exercise you can do at work, at home or anywhere you like which will help you straighten up and improve your posture. Do this exercise 3 times a day and you’ll soon be on the way to a straighter taller you.

The Exercise

If you have a therapy band then use this to do this exercise or you can use an old pair of tights. However, don’t worry if you have neither, you can do it with just your arms, making sure you clench and squeeze the muscles between your shoulder blades whilst staying upright.

When doing the is exercise stand with your feet slightly wider than your hips apart – thinking of the shape of the Eiffel Tower will help.

Pull your chin into your Adams apple while still looking straight ahead.

Bend both elbows to 90 degrees. Keep your elbows tucked into your sides and gentle try and stretch your hands outwards to 90 degrees as far as you can and bring your hands slowly inwards.

Repeat about 5 times.

This exercise will help to strengthen your upper back and by keeping your chin into your chest it will strengthen the deep flexors in your neck.

If you want a straighter taller you then do this exercise 3 times a day and let us know how you get on.

Arif’s Intro


Watch Susan demonstrate the exercise


Is Your Neck Pain Becoming a Headache?

Many people suffer from frequent headaches, but quite often the cause of the pain doesn’t originate from the head itself. For many of the patients that visit Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic in Southend, neck problems and headaches come hand in hand.

The tendons and ligaments found in the neck are common examples of soft tissues that are easily damaged. Routine habits such as sleeping in a particular position, poor posture or sitting in front of the TV or computer screen for too long can overstretch these tissues and cause the muscles of the neck to become strained.

Pain, stiffness and headaches are often the result.

If you suffer from headaches with no known cause, it may be worth getting your neck evaluated. It could just be the root of your problem.

Often patients who seek chiropractic care from our experienced team of chiropractors find relief from their cervicogenic headaches (headaches caused by neck problems). Patients suffering with migraine and tension-type headache may experience a significant reduction in the frequency and severity of headache episodes.

Seek prompt medical advice if your headaches are severe, persistent or worsening.