The GLA:D Back program is an evidence-based treatment program for individuals with persistent and/or recurrent back pain that negatively affects their everyday life and function. The purpose of GLA:D Back is to help patients manage their back pain themselves through a well-described and structured course of treatment.

The program was developed in Denmark where it has been implemented throughout the country. GLA:D BACK consists of:

    1. Standardized training and certification for physiotherapists, chiropractors and kinesiologists (under supervision from physiotherapists or chiropractors) in how to provide the GLA:D Back
    2. Education and exercise programs for patients
    3. Registration of patient data in a GLA:D registry


In Canada, GLA:D Back is currently available in Alberta (GLA:D Back Alberta) under license to the University of Alberta who are responsible for the certification of GLA:D providers as well as the patient registry.

The program is currently available in Alberta for clinicians and residents of Alberta. Check our website for updates as to when GLA:D Back will be launched in other provinces.

Further information about the GLA:D Back program can be found at: and you can email for further details.