Activator – Improve Outcomes for Gait, Balance & Posture for Parkinson’s Rehab

Activate your treatment programs for those with Parkinson’s with an innovative and effective new tool called ACTIVATOR Poles.  In this seminar, learn how to improve outcomes for key goals of rehabilitation including: all aspects of gait (speed, stride, arm swing), balance, endurance and posture.  Find out why rehabilitation centers  and clinics in Canada, UK and Australia are prescribing ACTIVATOR Poles as an effective alternative to canes and to delay the use of crutches & walkers (when appropriate) .  The patented ACTIVATOR poles & technique were designed by a therapist specifically for conditions affecting balance and gait and are also prescribed  for dynamica seated, standing exercises for neuro -rehabilitation.  This 1.25 hour seminar includes guidelines, tips for treatment and dynamic new exercises that your patients will enjoy!


-Research review on Activator Poles and Nordic walking related to neuro-rehabilitation (15 minutes)
-Urban Poling/Nordic walking technique for patients in the early stages of Parkinson’s (15 minutes)
-ACTIVATOR technique for stability  (15 minutes)
-Guidelines for using Activator Poles for Parkinson’s rehabilitation  (15 minutes)
-Innovative seated, standing and gait exercises with poles for individual and group exercise programs (15 minutes)
-Quiz  (15 minutes)
Approximate timelines of this seminar

Included in this course:

  • Certificate
  • Monthly Newsletter
  • Handouts

Prerequisites:  none
physical therapists, occupational therapists, OTA, PTA

Cost:  $139 per person.  Student fee: $99
Online seminar hosted by Mandy Shintani Reg. OT (BC) and Gerontologist.
Guest Speaker:  Lisa Roberts, physiotherapist

Time Required:  This is a 1.25 hour online seminar.  You will receive a link via email to access the seminar.   Seminar consists of videos and PowerPoint Presentations with audio.  There is a discussion board on each chapter to ask questions or make comments.  Participants are required to achieve 80% on the review quiz.

Note: Participants should only use this knowledge to work within their professional boundaries as determined by their association and college.

Presenter Bios

Guest Speaker:  Lisa Robert, physiotherapist

Lisa Robert has been a registered physiotherapist since 1988 and has extensive experience in acute care, outpatient orthopedics, neurology and geriatric.  She is PWR Trained and LSVT BIG Certified Therapist.  She has been a Master Trainer  for the ACTIVATOR Program for 3 years and is involved with the Health Change Methodology Designing Person Centred Group Education.

Host:  Mandy Shintani, occupational therapist

Mandy Shintani has been an occupational therapist for 30 years and has her Master’s Degree in Gerontology. She is an international conference speaker and has presented at the International 200 years of Parkinson’s Disease Conference in Australia, the National Fall Prevention conference (Canada) and provided a poster presentation in the UK at the ACPIN Neuro conference.

Fourteen years ago, she developed the Activator Poles (patented) and technique specifically for rehabilitation based on the concept of Nordic walking.  5,000 therapists and instructors in Canada as well as Australia, UK, Ireland and USA have completed the courses she developed on the use of Nordic walking for fitness and rehabilitation. She has been featured numerous times in national media including; the Globe and Mail, CBC Early Edition and the Toronto Sun.  She was a finalist in the prestigious YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

Disclosure Statement:  Mandy Shintani is the developer of the ACTIVATOR Poles and technique and course, as well as the co-owner of Urban Poling Inc. that distributes Activator and Urban Poles.

Cancellation Policy/Refund Policy:  Course participants can expect a full refund (minus the $25 registration fee) up to one week prior to the course.  Cancellations up to 48 hours prior to the course will receive 75% of the registration fee.  With less than 48 hours notice, 50% of the registration fee will be returned.

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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