Are you living with low back pain?

By jadegriffin January 6, 2020

Are you living with low back pain?

Get back into exercise and join Everybody Sport and Recreation’s brand new, free, 6 week programme ESCAPE-pain for backs, which has been designed by the Health Innovation Network. Everybody Sport and Recreation are delivering this programme in partnership with NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Health Innovation Network.

ESCAPE-pain for backs is a rehabilitation programme designed to help reduce pain and disability for people with chronic back pain through education and exercise.

The programme is delivered by Everybody Sport and Recreation’s specialist low back rehabilitation instructor’s. You will attend two classes a week for 6 weeks. These classes include educational discussions on self management and coping strategies and a circuit exercise class, which will be individualised and progressive to suit your needs. On completing the programme you will have the opportunity to join Everybody Sport and Recreation’s 12 week exercise referral scheme, to continue exercising and aid progression.

Donna Williamson, Senior Manager – Health Innovation at Everybody Sport and Recreation, says,

“We are delighted to be able to offer ESCAPE-pain for backs in addition to ESCAPE-pain for knee and/or hip pain, which is a very successful programme for those with Osteoarthritis.

“Low back pain is very common and we are grateful to have been given this opportunity to provide this programme across Cheshire East. Thank you to NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group for working in partnership with us to fund places for your patients.”

 The programme teaches you ways to manage your condition more effectively. After completing the 6 week programme you will be able to carry out normal activities, manage your symptoms better and be more active.

Additionally, we hope you will improve your self confidence and reduce depression and frustration that people with chronic pain often feel.

Dr Andrew Wilson, clinical chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG and chair elect of the four Cheshire CCGs, said: “Long-term low back pain can have a seriously negative effect on physical and mental wellbeing. As well as being a misery in its own right, it can make it difficult to take exercise – which causes further problems.

While the rehabilitation programme is unlikely to eliminate pain, it is designed to offer significant relief. For that reason, I’d urge anyone with chronic lower back pain to contact Everybody Sport and Recreation to find out if they’re eligible.”

To access ESCAPE-pain for backs you need to have had at least 3 months of/or recurrent episodes of low back pain, to be 18 years or over, have no medical reason why you should not exercise, be committed to taking part in 2 classes per week for 6 weeks, be independently mobile and able to participate in a group-based exercise programme.   

Courses will be starting from January 2020 onwards in Congleton, Crewe, Holmes Chapel, Macclesfield, Nantwich and Wilmslow. For a full list of courses please click here.

Exclusion criteria applies, to ensure you are safe to exercise, please contact Everybody Sport and Recreation to register your interest and to find out more on: 01270 685589 or email [email protected] or visit


 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.

NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG represents 19 GP practices which together plan and buy healthcare for 206,000 people in and around Alderley Edge, Bollington, Chelford, Congleton, Disley, Handforth, Holmes Chapel, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Poynton and Wilmslow. On 1 April 2020, the CCG will merge with the other three Cheshire CCGs to form a single strategic commissioning organisation. The other CCGs are NHS South Cheshire CCG, NHS Vale Royal CCG and NHS West Cheshire CCG.

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