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3rd Jul, 2022

Redditch Joint Effort classes to combat arthritis increase fourfold

Ross Crawford 18th Mar, 2022

NEW Joint Effort classes have been hailed a success after almost 100 residents’ reported benefiting from the sessions.

The programme, which began on February 3, has proved so popular that organisers are having to run four sessions instead of just the one originally planned.

The classes are designed to help residents struggling with arthritis to learn techniques which will help them live a less painful life.

The classes help participants to strengthen and mobilise arthritic joints and are led by a qualified instructor who can offer help and advice on a personal basis.

Thanks to Versus Arthritis and Sport England, Redditch Borough Council’s sports development team were able to offer this programme for free for the initial 12 weeks and more than 90 residents took up the offer.

Classes take place every Thursday, with two running from 1.15pm to 2.15pm, and two from 2.15pm to 3.15pm at The Windmill Centre, Ryegrass Lane, Walkwood, Redditch, B97 5YE.

“These classes have been an incredible success. I was fortunate enough to visit one of the classes and from talking to the participants, it is clear that the sessions are really helping them to not only manage their pain but become more mobile too,” said portfolio holder for leisure services Councillor Jo Beecham.

Both the NHS and Versus Arthritis advocate exercise as a way to manage the symptoms of arthritis.

Residents can discuss the sessions and find out if they are be suitable by calling the sports development team on 01527 881404 or email Hayley.gwilliam@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk.

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