ACTIVATOR Course – Section 1

Introduction

This section provides insight into the development of the ACTIVATOR poles and examples of the benefits of poles with a few inspiring individuals.

Questions

  1. What do you think are the possible benefits are of using poles for rehab?
  2. Why is there a more positive perception of using poles vs other devices?
  3. When watching the video of Harry McMurtry, please write down your observations of Harry’s gait and posture when walking without poles and with the ACTIVATOR™ Poles.

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Resources

2018 update:  There are now over 250+ available now on PubMed.  There are 8 current/recent pilots studies on the ACTIVATOR Poles in Canada and UK.

Going downhill

For moderately steep slopes, simply decrease the pressure on the base of the handles or drag your poles behind you. For steep slopes, keep your poles upright and in front and out to the side slightly, so if you do fall you won’t land on your poles. Bend your knees and elbows, and slow down any momentum. For long descents, it may be helpful to lengthen the poles.
Barb Gormley, Director of Education

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