GLA:D Christchurch

Is Osteoarthritis Causing You Hip And Knee Pain?

Want To Get Back To Doing The Things You Love?

You First Physio are delighted to be now offering a new internationally and research backed programme called GLA:D™.

GLA:D™ is a ground breaking education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms. Over 17,000 people with hip and knee OA have undergone this program in Europe with an average symptom reduction of 32%. Research from the GLA:D™ programme shows a significant pain reduction, reduced analgesic consumption, reduction in perceived need for surgery, and clinically meaningful improvement in joint confidence.

What’s more impressive is that the program works just as well for people with severe OA as it does for those with mild OA. In fact, 72% of people that do the program either delay or avoid getting a hip or knee replacement. If you are awaiting a hip or knee replacement it has been shown to be an excellent pre-operative preparation program with participants having far better outcomes post-surgery. If you have just had a knee or hip replacement it can be an excellent post-operative recovery program.

Pretty much anyone can participate in this flexible program no matter how unfit or immobile you are, as it is adaptable to the individual.

This program is unique in that the education and exercises provided can be applied to everyday activities. By strengthening and correcting daily movement patterns participants will train their bodies to move properly, prevent symptom progression and reduce pain.

You First Physio is one of the first clinics in New Zealand to partner with GLA:D™ to offer this amazing program.

Class Times



10:30am – 11:30am & 6pm – 7pm



10:30am – 11:30am & 6pm – 7pm

The Longhurst-based programme also provides education on pain and diet. We include talks from our Longhurst Podiatrist, Pippa Pettigrew and our Pharmacist, Katrina Azer. Also featured is a talk from a guest surgeon (David Whitehead or Simon Crampton).

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