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Escape Pain programmes available throughout Moray

A group rehabilitation programme for people in Moray with chronic pain conditions starts in Aberlour on Tuesday 18 January and Elgin on Monday 7 February.

Moray Council is delivering a number of health and wellbeing programmes through local leisure and community facilities, with the hips and knees the first area of concern to be tackled in Speyside.

Funding has been received from Versus Arthritis for the Escape Pain programme, which is aimed at people with chronic knee, hip and back pain.

Qualified instructors assist participants in helping them to understand their condition, taking them through a progressive exercise programme so they can learn to cope with their pain.

Over two sessions a week for six weeks, the programme targets those with osteoarthritis, musculoskeletal and chronic joint pain.

In 2021 sessions took place in Keith and Elgin with the new programme running in Aberlour and Elgin in January, February and March.

The Escape Pain programme was announced as the winner of 2021’s Self Care Innovation Award by the Self Care Forum. 

The programme uses a free website and app for users to follow the programme and repeat it when required.

Escape-pain Programme


Back pain: Elgin Community Centre, Mondays 2.30pm & Thursdays 10am - starting Monday 7 February.

Hips & Knees pain: Elgin Community Centre, Mondays 3.45pm & Thursdays 11.15am starting on Monday 7 February.


Hips & knees pain: Speyside Sports & Community Centre starting on Tuesday 18 January.

Price: £3.50 per session (free for Fit-Life? members)

Funding permitting it’s hoped to run more programmes in the future.

For more information or a referral form please phone Steven Hamilton on 07583 093951 or email

Contact Information

Moray Council Press Office