ESCAPE-pain changes lives for Osteoarthritis sufferers.

By Everybody Sport July 2, 2018

Media Release

ESCAPE-pain changes lives for Osteoarthritis sufferers.

ESCAPE-pain Instructor Kevin with Janice


Do you have knee or hip pain? If yes, join Everybody Leisure’s new programme, ESCAPE-Pain to help you to manage your joint pain. ESCAPE-Pain is a funded, 6 week, evidenced based rehabilitation programme, sometimes called the ‘knee or hip class’, designed to reduce pain and disability for people with chronic joint pain or Osteoarthritis.

Janice who has just completed the 6 week programme shares: “I am 71 years old and I have quite an arthritic left hip, which is also causing pain in my left knee. Before I came on this course, I couldn’t get up out of a chair very well. I certainly wasn’t very mobile, and I didn’t have very much confidence in my physical abilities at all.”

Janice continues, “since coming on this course, I have very little pain in my left hip, I have almost no pain in my left knee. I can get up out of a chair very well and I have a lot more confidence in my ability to do physical things.”

“This class is done in a nice social situation, so we are all in this together. Certainly physically has done me a great deal of good.”

“I think if you sit in a chair like I was doing, then you get the attitude that, I have got a really bad hip and knee and there is nothing they can do about it, and I don’t want an operation so I am going to have to sit here.

Then you come to these classes and start doing bits, and you can do it, and it makes you feel more confident. Even if you cant do them to a great degree, at least you can do them. Then week by week, you just try a bit harder. It’s an optimistic programme physically and mentally.” 

Over the 6 weeks you will receive information, advice and support from Everybody Leisure’s qualified ESCAPE-Pain Instructor’s to help better manage your chronic joint pain and lead a more active life. Take part in a group exercise programme, twice a week over 6 weeks, tailored to your individual needs. A chance to socialise with and learn from other people living with Osteoarthritis and it will result in you being able to carry out normal activities, manage symptoms and be more active.

To access the programme you must be:

  • Aged over 55 years.
  • Have knee and/or hip pain for at least 6 months.
  • Inactive doing less than 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise weekly.
  • Independently mobile and able to carry out regular exercise.
  • Committed to taking part in 2 classes per week over 6 weeks and returning for a final session on week 12.


ESCAPE-pain is available at Crewe Lifestyle Centre, Macclesfield Leisure Centre, Holmes Chapel Community Centre and soon to be starting at Congleton Leisure Centre. To find out more information or to book your place, please contact Everybody Healthy on, 01270 685589, email: [email protected]  or visit  to take a look at the class in action and to meet some members like Janice who have made incredible changes to their lives since joining ESCAPE-pain.


Notes to Editor

Everybody Sport & Recreation – Everybody Sport and Recreation is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. As a Health and Wellbeing Charity, Everybody Sport and Recreation aims to provide ‘leisure for life’ by changing lives through healthy recreation. The charity operates 15 leisure facilities across the Cheshire East region as well as a range of Health, Leisure Development and Outreach programmes and the new Everybody Academy, providing local training and career opportunities. For more information please visit: or follow on Twitter @ebleisure.

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