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Health Matters - ESCAPE-Pain

Health Matters - ESCAPE-Pain
07 August 2018

Dr Paul Bowen, our clinical chair, and GP with McIlvride Medical Practice, Poynton

As a GP, I see many patients whose quality of life has been undermined by long-term conditions that reduce their mobility. Sedentary lifestyles are bad news for general physical and mental wellbeing. And, in certain circumstances, lack of movement can actually worsen the condition in question.

Depending on the condition, medicine, physiotherapy and occupational therapy can all have a role to play in keeping people moving. However, there also some excellent exercise programmes to which people can refer themselves without having to see their GP first.

One such programme is ESCAPE-Pain, a knee and hip class running in Cheshire to improve mobility and reduce pain for people with chronic joint pain and osteoarthritis.

The rehabilitation scheme is a free six-week course that provides information, advice and support from qualified instructors alongside a group exercise programme that is tailored to individual need.

It is run by Everybody Sport and Recreation, which is an independent non-profit organisation that provides leisure services in Cheshire East. The aim of the service is to reduce pain while improving physical function, mental wellbeing, self-confidence and self-esteem.

It has been proving popular with patients, with 90 per cent reporting that they are satisfied, and many saying that they “are more optimistic and have a greater confidence in their ability to do physical activity” since completing the programme.

The hour-long sessions are held twice a week at Cheshire East leisure centres, meaning the programme can fit in easily around existing commitments. It doesn’t take much time each week to have a considerable impact on your wellbeing.

I would highly recommend using this excellent service as it is a great opportunity to improve your wellbeing through meeting and socialising with other people living with similar conditions, as well as the obvious benefits to your physical health.

To access the programme you must:

  • Be aged over 55 years.
  • Have had knee and/or hip pain for at least six months.
  • Be inactive – doing less than 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise weekly.
  • Be independently mobile and able to carry out regular exercise.
  • Be committed to taking part in two classes per week over six weeks and returning for a final session in week 12.

ESCAPE-Pain is currently available at Holmes Chapel Community CentreMacclesfield Leisure Centre and Crewe Lifestyle Centre. It will also be starting soon at Congleton Leisure Centre.

To find out more information about ESCAPE-Pain or to book your place, contact Everybody Healthy on 01270 685589, email or visit