Specialty Group Rehab - Back Program


Group Back Program - GLA:D ® Back

Do you experience persistent or recurrent low back issues?

We offer GLA:D ® Back, an international research study and program designed to help people with persistent or recurrent low back pain. GLA:D ® Back was designed by researchers and therapists at the University of Southern Denmark in partnership with the University of Alberta. You may have heard of the GLA:D ® hip and knee program which consists of education and exercise sessions for patients with hip or knee osteoarthritis. Based on the success of this program, GLA:D ® Back was built similarly for people with back pain! It is specifically designed to assist individuals experiencing chronic low back pain (lasting greater than 3 months).

Most types of lower back issues are often referred to physiotherapy one of the first-line treatments. Physiotherapy helps restore the client’s ability to perform daily activities with little-to-no discomfort. Physiotherapy for low back most often includes guided therapeutic exercises that strengthen the lower back muscles and condition the spinal tissues and joints.

Some of the Other Health Benefits of Moving Regularly for People Living With Low Back Issues:

  • Increased pain relief
  • Strengthen muscles that support the spine
  • Alleviating stiffness and improving mobility
  • Improved circulation and blood flow
  • Enhance your quality of life
  • Restored strength and endurance

Always consult with your healthcare provider before starting any exercise program.

Bellefleur Fitness has a rehab program for individuals with low back issues that are supervised by our qualified physiotherapists.

GLA:D ® Back

Designed and supervised by a registered Physiotherapist, these weekly classes will help you to relieve low back pain and discomfort that makes it hard to move around and do everyday tasks. 

Bed rest and prolonged rest were previously very popular treatments for low back pain. However, we now know that people with low back pain who remain active do better in the long-term. In fact, it appears that the longer a person stays in bed because of low back pain, the worse their pain, disability and ability to work becomes.

This program is designed for those suffering from persistent or recurrent low back pain, usually for more than 3 months.

Please note that this program is not suitable for individuals with acute back pain (<3 months), complex medical history related to back pain, pregnancy, or those under 18 years of age. For those individuals, please visit our Back Pain page to learn how physiotherapy can be helpful for you.

Who Can Register?

  • Increasing pain with lifting and bending.

  • Worsening pain when resting, sitting, walking, or standing.

  • Back pain that comes and goes.
  • Stiffness in the morning when awakening and lessened back pain with activity.

Program Outline

  • 9 weeks (2 x per week)

  • An initial one-on-one assessment to determine your starting level and discuss your goals.
  • 2 x 60-minute education sessions that will teach you about back pain symptoms and associated risk factors, treatment and self-management options, as well as tips on how to overcome everyday challenges.
  • 16 x 60-minute exercise sessions guided by a Physiotherapist that will help improve posture, build strength and you will learn how to apply these exercises in everyday activities.
  • A final one-on-one visit to assess your progress and discuss your ongoing plan.

Investment = $700 

Classes may be covered by private health benefits under certain conditions. Please contact us for more information.

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