GLA:D originates in Denmark.
Based on its success in people with osteoarthritis, the Danes have decided to develop a similar program for back pain. I was lucky to be one of the first practitioners qualified in Switzerland to be able to provide this great new treatment option in Basel.
GLAD Back involves a combination of great education and exercise. The education, support and guidance we provide as physiotherapists to improve people’s understanding of pain and how to reach their goals is often under-valued.
GLA:D Back provides people with so much great education to address the many myths about back pain, such as:
- My back hurts because I have a weak core
- My back hurts because I have poor posture
- I need a scan to find out what is really wrong
For some of you reading this, these examples may not seem like myths at all – but I promise you they often are, and not knowing the greater complexities of back pain makes many people choose ineffective treatments and strategies. For instance massage, fango and passive treatments.
Similar to what we teach in the GLA:D osteoarthritis program, GLA:D Back teaches you about the many things that can increase or decrease symptoms that are not always obvious. Importantly, this allows you to develop strategies to make changes in your life that will help improve things now and in the future. People will leave the GLA:D back program with a much better understanding of why their back might hurt and what treatments and strategies might actually help.