Cobble Hill

GLA:D® Program

GLA:D® Program is now offered in both locations!

GLA:D® Duncan
Summer Dates: Jul 16th – Aug 29th
Autumn Dates: Oct 15th – Nov 28th
Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: Queen Margaret’s School, Fine Arts Hall
Address: 660 Brownsey Ave. Duncan BC V9L1C2
GLA:D® Cobble Hil
Dates: Coming Soon
Times: Coming Soon
Location: Valley Health and Fitness
Address: 1400 Cowichan Bay Rd #1, Cobble Hill, BC V0R 1L3


Cobble Hill


GLA:D® is open for registration!

This class will be run by Vince Avery, Physiotherapist and Co-Owner of Thrive! To secure a spot, sign up below and we will be in touch ASAP.

    Cobble Hill

    GLA:D® is closed for registration

    Don’t miss our next announcement! To be the first to know when GLA:D® resumes in Cobble Hill, enter your information below.

      Thrive Now is one of the few clinics in all of BC to offer GLA:D® Canada exercise classes for those with hip or knee osteoarthritis (OA)!

      What does GLA:D stand for?

      GLA:D® (“Good Life with Osteoarthritis in Denmark”) is an exercise program, originally developed in Denmark, for those with hip or knee osteoarthritis. It is appropriately abbreviated GLA:D®.

      What is the GLAD Program?

      GLA:D® is a 7-week education and exercise program for those suffering with stiff or painful knees or hips, especially those with knee or hip osteoarthritis. Specifically, it involves:

      • One initial consultation of 30 minutes, one-on-one with a physiotherapist
      • Two 60-minute group education sessions led by a physiotherapist.
      • Twelve 60-minute group exercise sessions, led by a physiotherapist and/or kinesiologist who is specially trained by GLA:D® Canada.

      How Successful has GLA:D® Been?

      There have been over 30,000 participants in the program since it started in 2013. Several measurements for each participant have been taken both before and after the program. These results have shown a reduction in symptoms of 32%. Other outcomes include:

      • Reduction in pain intensity
      • Reduced use of joint related pain killers, and
      • Fewer individuals on sick leave
      • Delayed or prevention of surgery
      • Increased levels of physical activity 12 months after the program

      Since the launch in Canada in late 2016 the results have been very similar. This is by far the most well studied and researched exercise program for those with hip and knee OA. As a result, it has spread quickly and is being adopted by physiotherapists around the world.

      What Makes the GLA:D® Program Unique

      This program was designed with the input of people with OA and health care professionals experienced in treating them. Both groups made it clear that the combination of education and exercise is required and needed for daily activity. By focusing on both loading and unloading arthritic joints with exercise, participants train their bodies to complete functional, everyday tasks properly. This helps prevent symptom progression and reduces pain.

      When and where does the GLA:D® program take place next?

      Announcements will be sent to your inbox, so be sure to sign up using the forms above!

      Do Extended Benefits Cover GLA:D®?

      Unfortunately, the GLA:D® program is not covered by extended benefits. However, the required 30-minute assessment with the instructing Physiotherapist is billable under Physiotherapy. Please check with your specific third-party provider to confirm coverage. 

      *Please note, if you have a health spending account through your employer, this program may qualify. Check with your employer to confirm.

      To learn more about GLA:D®, click here.

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      To learn about some of the many injuries and conditions Thrive Now can help with, click here.

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