What is GLA:D®?
GLA:D® (Good Life with osteoArthritis in Denmark (GLA:D®) is an 8 week education and exercise program for those with stiff and/or painful knees and/or hips, or those with knee and/or hip osteoarthristis.
Kendra Wilson has run our program for a few years and has witnessed great success. Our participants have experienced decreased pain, and increased function.
This program is unique in that it has been designed with the input of individuals with osteoarthritis (OA) and health care professionals who treat people with mild to severe OA. These individuals made it clear that the focus on both education and exercise was required and that it needed to be applied to everyday activities. By strengthening the muscles in functional movements and correcting daily movement patterns, participants train their bodies to move properly, thereby preventing symptom progression and reducing pain.
About our Program
GLA:D® Assessment & Classes at our Sturgeon Medical Clinic location
Includes 2 education sessions, and 12 exercise sessions
The GLA:D® program is made up of 2 components:
The Education Sessions
These two educations sessions are extremely beneficial to attend as they will provide you with information that you will take with you throughout the program, and through your continued recovery.
The sessions teach participants about OA, including the degeneration process in the joint, how the GLA:D® Canada exercises improve joint stability, and how to retain this improved joint stability through day to day self-management techniques.
The Exercise Sessions
Neuromuscular exercise sessions twice a week for six weeks to improve muscle control and stability of the joint, which leads to reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life. Participants are educated on how to include the neuromuscular exercises in daily physical activity and advised to continue to be physically active to ensure that the improvements in muscle stabilization are maintained in the long term.