ACTIVATOR Fall Prevention Webinar
We are launching this presentation as a webinar in response to the warm reception it received at the National and Alberta Fall Prevention Conferences.
There are over 140 independent studies listed on PubMed demonstrating the benefits of walking poles, which include key factors relating to falls. These factors include improved balance, core strength, posture and walking tolerance; reduced impact on painful joints; and increased confidence for walking.
The ACTIVATOR poles and technique were co-designed by an occupational therapist specifically to improve the safety and stability of walking poles. They are used extensively in rehab settings instead of canes and walkers, and in group exercise programs.
The 45 minute webinar covers a research review, features of ACTIVATOR poles, techniques and exercises in sitting and standing.
Designed for: PT, OT, PTA, OTA and kinesiologists
Presenter: Mandy Shintani, BSc (OT), MA (Gero)Click Here to view recorded webinar
Mandy Shintani has been an occupational therapist for over 25 years and has her Master’s Degree in Gerontology. Her specialty area has been in community-based therapy for older adults. Ten years ago she co-developed the ACTIVATOR poles and technique specifically for older adults as well as for those with chronic conditions who may be at increased risk of falls due to poor balance. ACTIVATOR poles are now being used extensively in hospitals, clinics and retirement homes across Canada. ACTIVATOR poles were recently featured in the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Practice magazine and BC Physiotherapy Association magazine.
Note: This webinar is not intended to replace the 3.5 hour ACTIVATOR Course
Our strapless ergonomic handle was designed to develop “core fitness” as you walk. Pressing the outside edges of your hands against the wide base of the handle engages your core muscles and creates resistance that propels you forward.
– Mandy Shintani, OT
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