A NEW scheme aimed at helping those with chronic knee and hip pain is set to launch for Redditch residents this month.

The Escape Pain Programme will start on September 13 at Abbey Stadium and is a free 6-week initiative that helps joint pain sufferers by integrating self-management and coping strategies with exercise regimes that have been personalised to each participant.

The tailored approach to the scheme is designed to help people understand their condition whilst teaching them simple self-help strategies to better cope with the pain.

Councillor Joanne Beecham, who has experience in health and wellbeing, said: “Joint pain can be incredibly debilitating, affecting individuals both young and old.

“This specialised course is designed to equip participants with the essential self-management techniques they need to regain a more active life with reduced reliance on medication."

The course will run twice a week on Wednesday and Friday from 11am until 12pm and is aimed at those who are retired or off work due to joint problems.

The programme has already proven popular so those interested are urged to grab a place as soon as possible.

Leader of the council, Matt Dormer, said: “I’m pleased we can work with Rubicon Leisure to expand the reach of the escape pain course.

“The transformations we've witnessed in past participants is testament to the value of this programme, and I hope many more can benefit from this new session at Abbey Stadium.”