Patient & Client Reviews / Testimonials

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Knee OA - reducing pain, increasing mobility

Review for GLAD program

Date: September 21, 2021 Written by: Meg From: Vancouver, British Columbia

When I began the GLAD program with Nadine, I could barely walk a block and stairs had become a formidable barrier. I needed to lose weight and moving so little made that objective much more difficult.

I am 77 and could not do as many repetitions as my more active classmates, but after a couple weeks, I could feel more fluidity in my knee joint and much less pain. In fact, most days now I do not need any pain medication. That is a big change - I was taking tylenol for arthritis every 8 hours.

The exercises are simple - and most can be continued at home - but having Nadine watching and making suggestions has been very important.

GLAD makes one feel that there is a way to control and manage OA. We do not need to be passive recipients of the discomfort.

Knee OA Treatment - GLA:D program has changed my life for the better!

Review for Non-Surgical Treatment Option for Knee Pain

Date: May 6, 2021 Written by: Nancy W From: Vancouver, British Columbia

In 2019 I became a client of Nadine’s after my family physician referred me to her for unresolved shoulder pain from a car accident. During the course of my shoulder treatment we got talking about other parts of my body that needed treatment. I have had surgeries on both knees for various issues and was told that knee replacement surgery would be in my future. I definitely wanted to avoid that! Nadine informed me about the GLA:D program and she suggested that I research the program, which I did. There was a GLA:D class that started in January 2020 and I join it.

The class size was kept small and it was very educational and fun. I learned a lot about pain and pain management. It was part of the program to be aware of which exercises caused pain, how long it lasted and what was the level of pain. Adjustments to the exercises could be made if necessary to keep the pain at a workable level. But we still had to do the work! Nadine has a wealth of knowledge and experience. She kept the classes engaging and informative. We learned about osteoarthritis and how to improve and maintain joint stability by doing the exercises on a regular basis. It is important to follow through with the program to build neuromuscular memory for proper joint alignment and stability. While I know this, I am not very regular in my current structured exercise program...

I have been able to maintain a regular program of walking approximately 5-6 km per day. I have been able to loose weight to lessen the load on my joints, which is extremely important. I am much more aware of my alignment when ascending and descending stairs and carrying objects.

The help and knowledge that I received from Nadine has changed my life for the better. I am able to participate in regular physical activity. I feel better and am currently living without hip or knee pain.

Thank you Nadine for your expertise and ability to deliver an excellent program.

Thanks to Nadine, I know how to manage my knee pain better now!

Review for Physiotherapy Program

Date: December 8, 2020 Written by: Eleanor M From: Vancouver, British Columbia

In early 2020 I enrolled in a specialized physiotherapy program designed to help manage and improve the symptoms of knee and hip osteoarthritis. I’m a somewhat active woman in her late 40's, so I was surprised to hear the word "osteoarthritis" and "your knee" used in the same breath. Although I’m a health care worker I’d always associated OA to be something that "older people" suffered from, so was surprised to meet another woman in the class about the same age as myself.

Nadine deliberately keeps the class sizes small - even before COVID - which enables her to spend a good amount of time with each participant. The exercises, while not arduous, do become monotonous by the time you get half way through the 6 week program, however it was within the repetition that I gradually noticed an improvement in my knee pain. I gradually found that my balance improved, that I was able to walk both up and down stairs with minimal discomfort; I no longer had to haul myself up off the seat on the bus, and I could lower myself onto a seat without discomfort!!

All these changes came gradually over the course of several weeks, and while I did have set backs I learned that they could be temporary and was given the tools to help reduce the length and severity of a flare up.

It's been a few months now since I completed the series of classes, and while I've not been diligent in continuing with the "maintenance" exercises, I know how to manage my knee pain better now. If anything, writing this review has reminded me of just how far I've come, and how its probably time to stop slacking off!!

I’m sure Nadine agrees :)

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