Enabling Self-management and Coping with Arthritic Pain using Exercise
Do you have knee or hip pain?
What is ESCAPE Pain?
An education and exercise programme for people with chronic joint pain or arthritis. This is a nationally recommended exercise programme with proven benefits, now available in Silsoe.
ESCAPE-pain is a group-based, NICE-approved rehabilitation programme for the management of osteoarthritis of the hip and/or knee. Classes are run by osteopath, Deborah Smith, and delivered over 12 classes (2 classes per week over 6 weeks). Each class integrates education and exercise:
Educational session (~20mins):facilitated group discussion on self-management and coping strategies
Exercise (~40mins): circuit-type, individualised and progressive
The new Silsoe Classes will be available on a Monday and Thursday for 6 weeks. You can book through our appointments page. Please make sure you will be available for both sessions for the full 6 weeks.
Benefits – supported by clinical evidence
Improves physical function
Improves mental wellbeing, self-confidence and self-esteem
Reduces healthcare and utilisation costs
Information, advice and support from an osteopath to help better manage chronic joint pain and lead a more active life
A group exercise programme tailored to your individual needs
A chance to socialise with and learn from other people living with arthritis
Aged 45 years or older
Chronic joint pain for at least 3 months
Needing a supervised exercise programme
Independently mobile and able to carry out regular exercise
Available to attend classes for 6 weeks
You don’t need a referral to come to the classes. Just book on line or call us. Once you book in, we will send you a short questionnaire to make sure the class is suitable for you.
FALSE: I might hurt myself.
TRUE: Gentle physical activity has been proven to be safe, improve pain, mobility and wellbeing without making arthritis symptoms worse.
FALSE: I’m too old, it’s too late for exercise to have any effect.
TRUE: Physical activity benefits anyone at any age. It’s never too late to become more active.
FALSE: I will eventually need a joint replacement or surgery.
TRUE: Not everyone with arthritis will need a joint replacement. There are many non-surgical treatments, such as exercise, that can help reduce pain and maximise your ability to do what you want.
(from other classes)
“I am very pleased that my arthritic knees are not as painful and my overall ability to carry out everyday activities has really improved.”
“It has really changed my life in the way that I manage my knee pain, and the confidence it has given me.”
“I have benefited 100% from the class. My knee is much improved and I have a training programme to help me with the rest of my life.”
“I started barely able to walk with two sticks and in constant pain. It has taken time, nearly two months, but today I am walking without help and generally pain free.”