Joint Pain Programme

What is the Joint Pain Programme? 

This free programme is designed to help you to self-manage your chronic joint pain.

It's delivered with the expert guidance of a Rehabilitation Specialist, using a combination of education and physical activity, as well as psychosocial support. This will equip you with the knowledge and practical experiences to better manage your pain long term and achieve your goals.

As the UK’s largest healthcare charity, working to build a healthier nation, we recognise there’s an unmet need to support and help rehabilitate people with chronic pain conditions, so we’re offering this programme for free. 

Our range of experts means we can offer tailored advice on physical activity to help with your rehabilitation, while supporting you on your journey back to good health and wellbeing. The programme includes educational topics such as, pain management, emotional wellbeing, goal setting, improving sleep, eating for recovery and managing pain.

So far, results have shown an improvement in participants' mobility, pain, general fitness levels and overall quality of life.

How does the programme work?

  • The programme runs for 12 weeks
  • Twice weekly group sessions are run in a Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Centre
  • Sessions are led by our Rehabilitation Specialists
  • Each group will have on average 10 participants
  • A free Joint Pain Health Check will be completed at the beginning, part way through, and at the end of the programme to show your progress
  • The programme is free of charge and gives you full access to the gym
  • The programme is aimed at Non-members but will accept a maximum of two members per group
  • Please note; existing members will not receive any change to their current membership T&Cs
  • Each week, the programme will include two hourly sessions, including:
    • An educational workshop
    • A physical activity session
  • After the initial 12 weeks are completed, an additional 12 weeks are offered to allow you to put what you've learnt during the programme into practice.

Is the programme for you?

If you're experiencing any of the below, then this programme is here to help you:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis 
  • Rheumatoid arthritis 
  • Other arthritis 
  • Gout 
  • Fibromyalgia 
  • Spondylitis 
  • Lupus 
  • Suffered with chronic pain for many years with no formal diagnosis.

How can you take part in the programme?

You can register your interest in the programme by clicking the 'Apply Now' button and filling out the application form.

If your nearest gym isn’t showing on the form, it's currently full and not accepting new referrals at the moment. Do check back to see if your local gym is available.

After you've completed the application form, you'll receive an email with a personalised link to a pre-assessment questionnaire. You'll need to complete this in order to progress to the next stage of the application, as it provides vital information to allow the Rehabilitation Specialists to determine if the programme is safe for you to join.

Please note that our programmes are extremely popular and it may take several weeks for an application to be processed.

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