“I am coping better with my pain.”
“I feel a lot better.”
“I am pain-less for longer.”
These are just some of the benefits experienced by our first group of Escape Pain programme participants which recently took place at Valley Leisure Ltd.’s I Can Therapy Centre in Charlton, Andover.
Further to the success of the first programme, the I Can Therapy Centre team are launching the second programme on Monday 2nd March 2020.
Escape-Pain – Enabling Self-management and Coping with Arthritic Pain through Exercise – is a fresh and functional specialist exercise and advice programme, designed to help people with chronic hip and knee pain caused by Osteoarthritis. It’s a programme that has gained national support via the Health Improvement Network and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
Dr Sam Meredith (PhD) – Assessment Practitioner at the I Can Therapy Centre – has led the delivery of the programme and said “It’s great to get this new group off the ground. Group members have developed a huge camaraderie between themselves sharing their own coping and management techniques for their pain which has encouraged and empowered them in a truly proactive way.”
The new 6-week programme aims to support people to effectively manage symptoms of osteoarthritis through education and exercise, enabling an increase in physical activity levels and improving quality of life in a safe and supportive way.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a major cause of disability with an estimated 9 million people in the UK living with the condition. Nearly 16,000 people in Test Valley are living with hip or knee osteoarthritis.
The ‘I Can’ team are well practiced at enabling those with osteoarthritic pain to move more as it is the most prevalent long-term health condition experienced by users of the centre which provides an inclusive power assisted exercise experience, moving and mobilising joints and muscles throughout natural range of movement.
Liz Murray, Partnerships Development Manager for Valley Leisure Ltd, supported Sam with delivery of the charity’s first programme and said “Escape Pain is a wonderful programme which provides participants with a ‘toolbox’ of coping strategies and techniques to empower and enable them to self-manage their pain. It was a delight to hear that participants on our first programme are now feeling a lot better, they can stand for longer, their balance is better, and they are doing a lot more.”
Bookings are now being taken for the start of the next course starting on Monday 2nd March 2020. For more information and to book a place on the course, please contact the I Can Therapy Centre team on 01264 568241 or email [email protected]
For further information about Valley Leisure Ltd and the ‘I Can’ Therapy Centres please contact:
Partnerships Development Manager
M: 07917 897068