The GLA:D® program (Good Life with Arthritis: Denmark) is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis (OA) symptoms. OA is the most common lifestyle condition affecting individuals 65 year of age and older but can also affect those as young as 30.

The GLA:D® program is an education and exercise program that has helped thousands of people with hip and knee osteoarthritis (OA) manage their symptoms of pain and loss of function. The program reflects the latest OA research and has been developed based on feedback from people with OA, as well as healthcare professional who provide care to individuals with mild to severe symptoms.

GLA:D® therefore provides an evidence-based approach that works in the real world. The program consists of 2 education sessions and 12-16 exercise classes. It is based upon the GLA:D® Denmark which shows that participants reported less pain, reduced use of painkillers, ease of activities of daily living fewer people on sick leave, and the ability to be more physically active after participating in the program.

The GLA:D® program is currently being offered here at the Fairview Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Clinic. Our physotherapist as well as Dr. Tousignant,  are fully certified trainers for the GLA:D®program.

Program Breakdown

GLA:D Canada is made up of three parts:

2 – 3 Education Sessions will teach GLA:D Canada participants about:

  • What is osteoarthritis, risk factors and symptoms
  • Current available treatment for osteoarthritis
  • How to self-manage your symptoms
  • Why and how exercise can help with your osteoarthritis
  • How to cope with the difficulties of daily activities associated with osteoarthritis 

Neuromuscular Exercise Sessions - group exercise sessions twice a week for 6-8 weeks led by a certified therapist. You will:

  • Learn how to control your movements
  • Work on proper posture and understand why it is important
  • Build muscular strength through functional exercises
  • Learn how to apply these exercises to everyday activities

Data Collections for Quality Monitoring. The program measures how you're doing at your first visit, 3 and 12 months after you have started the program. This information will help us monitor how the program is working for people with osteoarthritis all over Canada and ultimately will help us improve the program.