World Arthritis Day- How we can help you to manage your pain.

By jadegriffin October 10, 2018

According to Arthritis Research UK an estimated 8.75 million people in the UK live with osteoarthritis. Everybody Sport and Recreation has been awarded funding from Sport England to deliver the ESCAPE-pain programme, a six-week exercise and education programme to help people with osteoarthritis and/or chronic joint pain in the knee or hip to self-manage their condition.

The ESCAPE-pain programme covers all exercise recommendations for people living with the condition including; mobility and flexibility exercises to help maintain joint mobility & range of motion, strengthening exercises to sufficiently maintain joint stability and cardiovascular exercises. This is to help people maintain cardiovascular fitness and prevent associated conditions such as hypertension and coronary heart disease. All exercises prescribed to each person are tailored to their needs, to ensure they fully benefit, improving on active daily living tasks that are specific to them.

To help people better manage their condition the ESCAPE-pain programme covers different education topics including;

  • Joint pain & benefits exercise.
  • Goal setting.
  • ICE & Heat use.
  • Relaxation techniques.
  • Each session aims to help educate people to have a better understanding and offers different strategies to help manage symptoms of their condition.

The evidence shows this programme is safe and effective for people to take part and helps to reduce healthcare utilisation.

People coming on to this programme can expect to attend a pre-introduction session which will allow each person to:

  • Meet the ESCAPE-pain Instructor
  • Familiarise yourself with the facility
  • Learn about the programme and what you will experience during the 6 week course.
  • Complete a questionnaire regarding your condition.

After the pre-introduction session people will be invited back and to take part in a group exercise programme, twice a week over 6 weeks, tailored to their individual needs. During these session’s people can expect to receive:

  • Information, advice and support from our qualified ESCAPE-pain Instructor’s, to help better manage chronic joint pain and lead a more active life.
  • A chance to socialise with and learn from other people living with Osteoarthritis.
  • Gain the ability to carry out normal activities, manage symptoms and be more active.

So we ask the question “Do you have hip and/or knee pain?” If yes, join our funded, 6 week, evidenced based rehabilitation programme, ESCAPE-pain, to help you to manage your joint pain or osteoarthritis. You will soon see how we can help you manage symptoms of the condition and improve your quality of life.

Free Specialist Circuit Class Taster Session- 

Come and join us for a free session of the ESCAPE-pain class, to give you a taster of what the 6 week programme will involve in the new year.  New course dates will be released very soon for you to book on to, keep an eye on our website for more details.

When: Monday 15th October 2018

Time: 11:30am-12:45pm.

Where: Crewe Lifestyle Centre.


When: Tuesday 16th October 2018

Time: 13:30pm – 14:30pm

Where: Macclesfield Leisure Centre 

This class is specifically for people with osteoarthritis/ chronic joint pain in the knee, hip or both. Specific exercises for the knee and hip will be incorporated to help you to cope with pain management, whilst improving strength and fitness.

Spaces are limited so please contact us to book, you can contact the centres directly on:

Crewe Lifestyle Centre: 01270 685580

Macclesfield Leisure Centre: 01625 383981

Or you can book online here.

Here is what our members have to say about the programme: