The mobility action programme (MAP) is a free 8-week programme for people with osteoarthritis that affects their hip or knee. It's been shown to help people move more easily and be able to do more in their everyday lives. Times and Locations: Mobility action programmes start regularly throughout the year and are held during the day or evening at various places in Canterbury. Each weekly session lasts two hours and includes: an interactive education session, a five-to-10 minute break, physical activity, and a short theory session followed by a practical session. Cost: The Canterbury DHB funds MAP so there's no cost for you to attend. Ask your GP or an allied health professional if the mobility action programme is right for you. They can refer you to the MAP coordinator who will contact you to enrol you in a programme. Good to know: Online sessions are also available.
If you have a breathing disorder, it's important that you maintain and improve your fitness. Community groups in several places around Canterbury provide support and exercise classes. The exercise classes typically include gentle, medium to high level weight, Theraband, stress ball, and scarf exercises, led by a trained health professional. Times: Morning and afternoon classes are available (refer to website link). Cost: Range from $2.00-$5.00. Locations: Christchurch, Kaiapoi, Amberley, Rangiora, Darfield, Ashburton. Good to know: Many people go to these classes to get started before taking part in the Better Breathing - Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme.