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ESCAPE Pain for Backs

Enabling Self-management and Coping with Arthritic Pain using Exercise

ESCAPE-pain is a rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain that integrates educational self-management and coping strategies with an exercise regimen individualised for each participant.

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How are ESCAPE Pain workshops helping people in Cardiff and the Vale?

It helps people understand their condition, teaches them simple things they can help themselves with, and takes them through a progressive exercise programme so they learn how to cope with pain better. 

The programme will not completely cure your pain. It aims to reduce your pain, improve your physical function, as well as your confidence in your ability to manage your condition.

Cardiff and Vale offers two separate ESCAPE Pain programmes:

Click here to learn more about the ESCAPE Pain Programme

What does the ESCAPE Pain Programme for Back pain involve?

  • The programme is 6 weeks long
  • You will attend 2 classes each week (12 classes in total)
  • 15-20 minutes group discussion on a specific topic relating to back pain
  • 30-40 minutes of different exercises designed to improve your movement and function
  • You will be asked to complete a questionnaire before and after the programme. You will be provided with your own individual results, which will be useful to see how much progress you have made.

Where can I attend ESCAPE Pain for Back Pain?

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board offers the ESCAPE Pain Programme for back pain at the following locations:

Eastern Leisure Centre

  • Mondays and Wednesdays 

Western Leisure Centre

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 

Barry Leisure Centre

  • Tuesdays and Fridays 

Penarth Leisure Centre

  • Mondays and Thursdays 

How do I refer myself?

If you are interested in participating in any of the above programmes, please complete the referral form below. You will be contacted by telephone in the coming weeks to book your place on your chosen leisure centre.

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ESCAPEE Sessions

ESCAPEE events are follow-up exercise sessions for people who have attended the ESCAPE Pain programme for hip, knee or back pain. Graduates of ESCAPE are welcome to drop into any of these sessions.

September 2023
Sep 29
29 September 2023
Eastern Leisure Centre, Llanrumney Avenue
Cardiff, CF3 4DN United Kingdom
October 2023
Oct 02
02 October 2023
Eastern Leisure Centre, Llanrumney Avenue
Cardiff, CF3 4DN United Kingdom
Oct 02
02 October 2023
Penarth Leisure Centre, Andrew Road, Cogan
Penarth, CF64 2NS United Kingdom
Oct 03
03 October 2023
Barry Leisure Centre, Greenwood Street
Barry, CF63 4JJ United Kingdom
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