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.


Mums Keep Your Backs Safe

With Mother’s Day being celebrated this Sunday we thought we would give all you wonderful mums a gift to keep your backs safe:)

Our chiropractor at Cliffs Chiropractic Southend recommends you follow these three simple pieces of advice to keep your back in ship shape condition throughout the year.

Firstly, improving your level of fitness and muscle tone is a good way to reduce the likelihood of injuring yourself. Speak to your chiropractor, GP or other healthcare provider for advice about exercises you can do to develop your core strength. Simple activities such as stretching and should shrugging are also great ways to keep your back in line.

Secondly, remember to always lift with your spine straight and with your knees bent to avoid leaning, stretching or bending.

Thirdly, avoid sitting for long periods of time by taking regular breaks, standing up, stretching and walking around. When you are sitting maintain a good posture. Keep as much of your body in contact with the seat as possible with your knees lower than your hips.

Happy Mother’s Day from all our team at Cliffs Chiropractic in Southend.



Three Things Your Spine Wants You To Do!

back care advice from our southend chiropractorApart from the sniffles, back pain is the number one ailment that sends patients to the doctors. It’s actually the fifth most common reason for hospitalisations and the third most common cause of surgery.

Let’s just say it’s a pretty common complaint!

There are many possible causes of back pain, which means there are also many solutions, according to our Southend chiropractor. Back pain is not usually the result of one significant event, but rather several situations coming together to create pain. And it turns out that some seemingly minor everyday habits can take a big toll on your back over time.

But that’s good news. Because if you can control what’s causing your pain, you can control what reduces it. With that in mind, here are a few things you can do to look after your spine:

Sit Less

Sitting puts three times as much pressure on your spine than standing. While the modern way of living forces many of us to spend prolonged periods of time hunched over a laptop or computer, there’s nothing stopping any of us from getting up on our two feet and moving more. Even taking a break from your computer every half an hour or so can make a significant difference to the health of your spine. If you want an easy way to avoid back pain, sit less and stand more. It’s as simple as that!

Improve Your Posture

Poor posture is one of the biggest culprits for back pain. It’s easy to get into the habit of slouching or slumping – especially when we’re tired or snuggled up on the sofa. But this is one of the worst things you can do for your spine. The next time you feel your spine curling up, think about the pressure you’re putting on those delicate discs and the kind of pain that is likely to develop as a result. Make a focused effort to straighten up now and good posture will soon become a positive habit that improves the health of your spine.

Drink More Water

Apart from oxygen, there’s nothing your body needs more than water. Without enough water, your body cannot deliver enough nutrients to your spine. And without enough nutrients, your spine cannot function properly.

Take these three tips on board and we are certain you will soon notice a difference in your back pain symptoms. You have more control over the health of your spine than you think!

Sofa, So Bad … Why Posture Is Paramount For Back Pain

arifWith the Christmas season up on us, many of us may be thinking about chilling out on the sofa in front of the TV a little more than we normally do. However, time spent lounging on the sofa watching TV could be making us ill.

In a recent interview published in The Echo, Arif, explains how damaging sitting down can be to our health. He also shares his own secrets to vitality and good health.

Read the interview here:  Echo-feature-on-Arif-Soomro