ACTIVATOR Rehab for the Spine

Evidence-based studies clearly identify poling as a healthy mode of physical activity suitable for rehabilitation. Urban Poling offers proven beneficial effects on key health parameters including:

  • improved posture, balance & stability
  • increased walking tolerance
  • improved strength
  • increased confidence

Activator poles vs. canes & walkers*:

  • promote better posture
  • promote functional gait pattern
  • engage core muscles
  • promote perception of ability over disability

* contact your health care professional to see if ACTIVATOR poles are right for you

For the past 5 years I have consistently recommended the Activator poles for patients in my surgical practice. They have been especially helpful for spinal stenosis patients who have undergone surgical decompression and extension osteotomy patients who have had surgery for positive sagittal balance. They have been instrumental in promoting an upright posture and a functional walking pattern compared to canes and walkers. In my opinion they facilitate rehabilitation and return patients to optimal function faster.

Charles G. Fisher MD MHSc FRCSC
Surgery of the Spine

Rosie Sears, PT – Spinal Stenosis20150419_162000

Read Rosie’s inspiration story on our blog about how she lost 60lbs in preparation for spinal stenosis surgery.

“Without my ACTIVATOR poles, this story would be very different,”she says. “I can honestly say that poling has changed my life.”

 

Robert MacDonald –T10-12 Dislocation

Robert MacDonald

 

 

 

 

 

The ACTIVATOR allowed me to get up and moving, but also allowed me to feel secure.  I believe using the poles instead of a cane or walker allowed me to continue to recover and have the mindset of focusing on progress while staying mobile. In short, they make full recovery and mobility possible!

Visit Robert’s Facebook page to see a video of him using the ACTIVATOR poles.

 

ACTIVATOR™ poles offer these unique features:

  • ergonomic CoreGrip
  • greater weight bearing capacity
  • bell-shaped tips for stability
  • adjustable in length
  • strapless for injury prevention
  • anti-vibration features

ACTIVATOR™ poles are available at select Shoppers Drug Mart, Shoppers Home Health Care, Pharmasave, Motion Specialties, MEDIchair, Drug Trading and independent home health care stores. Click on “Find A Retailer” above to find a store near you.  Contact us for wholesale orders.

 

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Provide variety in your routine, try double poling

Use the standard rhythm and technique, but swing both arms forward at the same time planting the boot tips slightly behind the handles. Then, keeping your arms straight, press down on the base of the handles, walk between your poles and feel your arms extend past your thighs and behind your body.
Barb Gormley, Director of Education

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