GLA;D At Fitwise!

GLA:D At Fitwise!

Do you suffer with hip or knee pain? Are you fed up with achy joints? Do you want to take control of your pain and live your best life?


If this sounds familiar then the GLA:D® program may be perfect for you!

What is GLA:D®?

GLA:D® or Good Life with Arthritis: Denmark is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms.

GLA:D® has been shown to reduce the progression of OA symptoms by 32%, reduce reliance on painkillers and lead to less time off work.

People who complete the GLA:D® program report a reduction in pain by 36%!!!


What is Osteo Arthritis (OA)?

OA is an extremely common condition effecting 1 in 11 Australians.

Current national and international clinical guidelines recommend PATIENT EDUCATION, EXERCISE and WEIGHT LOSS as first line treatment for osteoarthritis.

Despite these guidelines treatment usually focuses on surgery. The GLA:D® program offers a safe alternative that may avoid the need for surgery.

What exactly does GLA:D® at Fitwise involve?

  • A first appointment explaining the program and collecting data on your current functional ability.
  • Two education sessions which teach you about OA, how the GLA:D® exercises improve joint stability, and how to retain this improved joint stability outside of the program.
  • Group exercise sessions twice a week for six weeks to improve muscle control of the joint which leads to reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life.

Who is the GLA:D® program for?

GLA:D® is a program for anyone suffering from hip and/or knee pain associated with Osteoarthritis regardless of severity.


How do I know if I have OA?

You DO NOT need an XRAY to confirm you have arthritis. A diagnosis of osteoarthritis can be made if you have the following symptoms:

  • Pain with weight bearing activities.
  • Stiffness in your hips or knees in the morning.
  • Restricted movement.
  • Bony enlargement.
  • Crunching or clicking in your hips or knees.


If you have noticed any of the above, then this program may be for you!


Please call our friendly reception team on 9486 0512 (East Melbourne) or 9822 4999 (Armadale) for further details and to get booked in for your initial assessment.  Or click here to book in online.


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Our Values

Our values are the basis of everything we do at Fitwise.

Excellence, Respect, Innovation and Fun – For our clients, for our team and for ourselves.

This is evident with the service we provide, the environment in which we provide it, the way in which we operate as a team and how we care for and value our clients, referral partners and ourselves; we live the Fitwise values every day.

Our culture is one where everyone feels supported, respected and safe. Our clients and our team, experience a leading-edge health environment where we remember to have fun along the way.

Our Story

In 2004, Gen McGlashan and Libby Oldfield founded Fitwise Physiotherapy. They first met in 1994.  Libby was Gen’s physio when she had her first child. Gen then worked for Libby for 10 years in Libby’s previous business, located at the Epworth Freemasons Maternity Unit in East Melbourne. They have been a team working together for a very long time!!

Libby and Gen have always had a passion for empowering women, by helping provide accurate evidence based information and treatment to help women live their best lives. Excellence in all that they do, practising and operating in an innovative way has always been their core. Fitwise was the first multi-practitioner practice providing Women’s Health physiotherapy consultations, exercise classes and clinical pilates in Melbourne.

Gen and Libby

In February 2005 Gen and Libby moved their one room practice to Albert St East Melbourne. They had expanded to 2 treatment rooms, an exercise studio and a pilates studio with a small team of physiotherapists and one receptionist. This was exciting as they wanted to be able to help more people and to grow their team – enabling their other passion: teaching and mentoring clinicians who also wanted to work within the Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health arena.

5 years later, they expanded their East Melbourne clinic and in 2015 opened their second clinic in Armadale.

Remedial Massage, Myotherapy and Dietetics have been an exciting addition in recent years, with Podiatry and Exercise Physiology being added in 2022.

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The Fitwise team has now grown to include 18 amazing practitioners and 12 wonderful administrative team members and is still growing!

Libby and Gen have always loved providing a holistic service, treating a variety of conditions in consultations and providing exercise appropriate for different life stages. The community of clients that are part of the Fitwise family, (some who have been part of the journey from the very beginning – over 17 years ago), are the biggest reason they do what they do. For Gen and Libby, it is a privilege to be part of these wonderful people’s lives.