High Achiever: Michael Houia now walks every day
For many years, Michael Houia had issues with many of his limbs. These included injuries with his elbows, a hip replacement and an ankle replacement.
Each of these made it more and more difficult for him to get out and about, particularly after the last replacement which left him having to rely on crutches to get around. Solution
Michael’s GRx journey - Out with the crutches and into the community garden
After a while, Houia had had enough and decided to do something else. “My goal was to get rid of my crutches,” said Houia after being reliant on them for over three years.
So his GP referred him to Above: Michael Houia in the garden. the Sport Hawke’s Bay Green Prescription programme in March 2017.
“The first session I tried was the aqua session in Flaxmere. It was great because of taking away the weightbearing. I’d never thought of going in the water to help get better movement of my body.”
Houia went back to the aqua sessions and joined in on some of the other sessions that Green Prescription offered, including a range of activities at the Camberley Community Centre.
After just two months of making an effort to get in the pool and making his way to the centre for classes, Houia was able to discard the crutches and hasn’t looked at them since.
“I do a bit of walking everyday now,” said Houia after just finishing a class at the Camberley Community Centre. “It’s great for the mind and body and is much better than sitting around and watching TV.”