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Exercise programme for those with arthritic pain

A six-week course of exercise to help people affected by arthritic pain will start later this month (August).

The ESCAPE-pain programme runs at Inverness Leisure on Bught Lane and aims to get people moving and improve their quality of life.

High Life Highland’s Health and Wellbeing Manager Lynn Bauermeister said: “Physical activity is important for people with arthritis as it can help to reduce pain as well as help improve physical health and mental wellbeing.

“Whilst it will not eliminate pain completely, this programme has been proven to help improve strength, balance, and coordination and support those taking part back to enjoying their normal day-to-day activities and make it possible for them to become more active.”

It will run twice weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays for six weeks starting from Tuesday, August 31.

High Life Highland is working with Versus Arthritis, the UK’s largest charity dedicated to supporting people with arthritis, to deliver the programme.

Versus Arthritis Senior Area Coordinator for the Highlands and Western Isles Marion MacNeil said: “We’re so pleased this evidence-based programme for people with chronic joint pain is now available in Inverness.

“It can help improve physical function, general well-being and quality of life, enabling participants to become more confident in their ability to use exercise as a self-management strategy.

“I’m really excited to see this partnership approach benefit local people.”

It takes place in Studio One between 3pm and 4.15pm and can be booked online at https://summer.highland.gov.uk/connect/mrmlogin.aspx or at Inverness Leisure’s reception.

The course is free for High Life Highland Members, £78 for Pay As You Go members and £6 for budget members.

For more information call 01463 667500.