GLA:D® Program Canada

Managing Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis

Have you heard about GLA:D?

GLA:D® is an 8-week education and group exercise program developed in Denmark for people with symptoms of knee or hip OA.  GLA:D® is being launched across Canada as GLA:D™ Canada.

What can GLA:D™ Canada do for you?

• This program will teach you the right way to move to
reduce your OA symptoms.
• In Denmark, people taking the GLA:D® program have reduced pain, taken fewer pain killers and taken less time off work and are able to be more active.
• GLA:D™ Canada is for everyone with symptoms of hip or knee OA!

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Our Facilitator

Kristen Blair is a Registered Physiotherapist with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. Kristen’s areas of interest include acute and chronic orthopaedic conditions, complex spinal pathologies, as well as concussion rehabilitation. She is also now a GLA:D Certified instructor!

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2 Education Sessions

Two 90-minute 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
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12 Neuromuscular Exercise Sessions

60 minute group exercise sessions twice a week for 6 weeks led by a certified therapist. You will:

  • Learn how to control your movements and proper posture
  • Build muscular strength through functional exercises
  • Learn how to apply these exercises to every day activities
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Data Collection 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.   Visit for more information.


WHEN?  First cohort is 8-weeks starting March 7th, 2023. Classes will run Tuesdays/Thursdays at 10am. Classes are available both in-person and VIRTUALLY!
COST? $500 for current ALPHA patients $600 for new patients (includes initial assessment)
WHERE? ALPHA Health Services East – Located within Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital

Contact Us

To register, or if you have any questions at all, please email us at or call us at (647) 670-3454

ALPHA Midtown

40 Holly Street, Suite 901
Toronto, ON M4S 3C3



14 St. Matthews Rd G.008 (Located within Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital) Toronto, ON M4M 2B5