MSK self-help resources

This resource has been compiled to signpost to online resources to help self-manage musculoskeletal conditions and maintain (or increase) physical activity during the coronavirus (COVID-19) social distancing.

It has been created to provide support for individuals, patients and clients. There is a varied suite of activity and exercise to access online, from therapeutic exercises to help with pain and stiffness through to high-level exercise to build endurance and strength.

This might feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of resources online to try, that could help wellbeing.

This is just a selection of activities that suit all abilities to use whilst movement restrictions are in force and we must stay at home and avoid other people.

If you have any materials you feel would enhance this website, please feel free to share them with me at: [email protected]


Therapeutic Exercise Resources for Clinicians and those self-managing conditions

Tyneside Integrated Musculoskeletal Service self-care page: Self-care for specific joints, resources for persistent pain and links to the pain tool kit.

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Keele University and the Jigsaw Project

British Society for Children’s Orthopaedic Surgery

Guidance for clinicians and parents during the COVID-19 Pandemic

NHS Resources for Exercise

Online and Virtual Gentle Exercise for the older person

Online and Virtual Exercise for the fitter person

Escape Pain

    ESCAPE-pain is now established in the North East, therefore the AHSN NENC support of ESCAPE pain has ended. However if you would like more information about the programme, please contact [email protected] or [email protected] Click here for the latest…

Versus Arthritis

Versus Arthritis is formed from the 10 million people living with arthritis. They are the carers, researchers, healthcare professionals, friends, parents, runners and fundraisers all united in an ambition to ensure that one day, no one will have to live with the pain, fatigue and isolation that arthritis causes. Their website contains education and exercise resources to support living with arthritis.

Healthiness Ltd

Healthiness Ltd is a not for profit health promotion company funded by the Big Lottery, Henry Smith Foundation and Sport England with the NHS. They offer a variety of fitness classes and social opportunities throughout Liverpool and online, including 50+ exercise.


iCareiMove are experts in Physical Activity, teaching fitness and speciality fitness programs around the world. Today you are likely to see the team, teaching classes around ageing. They often talk about “menopause and beyond”. There are some free workouts on the website but icareimove can also allow access to other programmes by use of a username and password.

Active Northumberland

Active Northumberland’s library of workouts are suitable for every age group. Their Get Inspired section has variety of workouts, which the whole family can enjoy from home. Workouts can be accesses via their Active Northumberland Facebook page and YouTube Channel

Sport England

Sport England is an agency working towards helping everyone in England to get active, regardless of their age, background or ability. They do that by working collaboratively to run campaigns, award funding and build partnerships with organisations big and small. Their Stay in, work out campaign links to various activity that can be performed from home.