High Achiever: Michael Houia now walks every day

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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.”

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