Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dave Finally Gets Relief from Pain; Back Pain Affects Many People and Can Put Some off Doing Regular Exercise. Health Reporter HELEN RAE Speaks to One Man Who Has Got a New Lease of Life through Community Exercise

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dave Finally Gets Relief from Pain; Back Pain Affects Many People and Can Put Some off Doing Regular Exercise. Health Reporter HELEN RAE Speaks to One Man Who Has Got a New Lease of Life through Community Exercise

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Byline: HELEN RAE

AFARMER with debilitating back pain has turned his life around after joining weekly community exercise classes to help with his mobility.

Dave Cowton, who owns a farm in County Durham, was in so much agony that at one point he could only walk with the aid of two sticks.

The 59-year-old has suffered with lower back pain after it was brought on by Crohn's disease, a long-term condition that causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive system.

However, a year after joining community exercise classes in the region, Dave's pain has eased significantly and he has seen a big improvement in his ability to move around.

He said: "The pain was terrible. I've got arthritis, particularly in the muscles around my lower back as a side-effect of Crohn's disease."

Dave joined the Fit in a Flash fitness programme, delivered by Thunder Community Trust, which involves a series of exercise schemes.

"It's nothing short of amazing", he explained. Since starting properly targeted regular exercise I now hardly experience any trouble with my back at all.

"This has all happened in such a short period of time that it really does feel like it has changed my life.

"I attend once a week classes which include about 10 other people. I would go more often but because of the farm I don't have the time.

"Without being able to access this programme under such expert supervision I might not have made the same progress and an unexpected benefit has been all the friends I've made as well."

Fit in a Flash fitness programme is designed to encourage as many people as possible to become more active and improve their health.

The project is split into three elements including Thunder Walks, walks of varied length, Thunder gets Active, weekly exercise classes including circuits, boxercise and zumba, and Thunder Touch, a weekly Touch Rugby League session. …

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