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These are run in the community by highly trained tutors who also have health conditions (including pain) themselves but have learned to become good self managers. SMP's are run by Versus Arthritis and the Expert Patients Programme.
PMP's are in some areas. Your GP can help you find a local PMP or visit the British Pain Society. Remember, PMP's and SMP's can provide you with many self-management tools, but you have to do the work!
The Pain Tookit is collating information, as to where Community Based Pain Management Programmes, courses or workshops are being run. Click here to find out if one is being run in your area
This service can provide information that may help you in locating other support services. You can contact them via your local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group or visit NHS Choices and search via your postcode
Your local Library is a good starting point as they hold useful information (access to the internet, books, DVD's, CD's and cassettes) about other local health and community initiatives.
GP exercise on referral: If you are unsure about becoming active or exercising, your GP can refer you to their GP exercise on referral scheme. These types of schemes are run with local gyms and fitness centres and can include facilities for swimming and many other gentle, but beneficial exercise and keep fit regimes. Ask at your GP surgery for more information and about other pain management support available.
Walking for health - Remember: Walking is the cheapest and easiest form of exercise. You can find out more about 'Walking for health’, these are usually run locally by your local Borough Council. Please also visit the Walking Health Initiative website.
Sometimes it can seem like there are as many exercise programmes as there are different makes of cars on the road. A few common ones include Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates (pronounced Pil ar tes).
Please make sure that your teacher is a qualified and experienced in teaching people with persistent pain. Remember, you should be encouraged to exercise at a pace that feels right for you.
Some people go to a Gym to get fitter and because for them its social, but if you don’t want to, then you could attend the NHS Fitness Studio. They have visual stretching and exercising classes, including Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates. And yes, all classes are free and available 24hours.
Looking after your body is very important and you will need to think about the following;
Eating healthy food, Sleep (sleeping only at night and avoiding cat naps during the day), Hygiene, including washing and grooming your body daily.
Looking after your body is very important and so it is vital that you look at what you put in to it, that you get enough of the healthier types of food and the right amount of sleep and that you also keep yourself clean.