ACTIVATOR Course – Section 4

ACTIVATOR Technique

For this section, you will need your ACTIVATOR poles to practice the technique along with the video instructions.

Questions:

  1. What are the 4 steps of the ACTIVATOR technique and why is it more effective for off-loading?
  2. After trying the ACTIVATOR technique, think about how this device differs from traditional walking devices such as a cane.  What observations do you make?
  3. Some clients may have a negative perception towards traditional mobility devices; how do you think your clients will respond to using ACTIVATOR poles?

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Resources

Manual – Read chapter on ACTIVATOR Technique

ACTIVATOR Poles come with a User Guide and your clients can watch video instructions under “Getting Started”

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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