Activator Improve Outcomes

Activator Improve Outcomes


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

“Activator Poles should be called Confidence Poles.  It gives me the confidence to go into a crowd, go into a airport, go for a longer hike.  I can say YES!  

Larry Gifford, host of the award wining podcast When Life Gives You Parkinson’s & host of the Michael J Fox Foundation podcast.

My brain has developed new neurological pathways for walking and other noticeable improvements in stride, speed and mood!  An absolutely game changing experience.  

Rob McIntyre, person with PD

Activate your Parkinson’s treatment programs with an innovative and evidence based tool called ACTIVATOR® Poles.  Learn how to significantly improve outcomes all aspects of gait (speed, stride, arm swing), balance, endurance and posture with a highly motivating tool.  Find out why ACTIVATOR Poles are best practice in Canada and provide your client with 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 to maximize outcomes for balance and gait and are also implemented for dynamic and fun seated, standing exercises for neuro-rehabilitation.  This 1.0 hour seminar includes guidelines, tips for effective treatment and new exercises to promote  large movements. 

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  • Introduction & Benefits (10 mins)
  • Research review on Activator Poles and Nordic walking related to neuro-rehabilitation (5 minutes)
  • Urban Poling/Nordic walking technique for patients in the early stages of Parkinson’s (10 minutes)
  • ACTIVATOR technique for balance  (15 minutes)
  • Guidelines for using Activator Poles for Parkinson’s rehabilitation  (5 minutes)
  •  Innovative seated, standing and gait exercises with poles for individual and group exercise programs (10 minutes)
  •  Quiz  (5 minutes)
    Approximate timelines of this seminar

Included in this course:

  • Certificate
  • Monthly Newsletter
  • Handouts
  • Prerequesites: none
  • For: Physical therapists, Occupational therapists, OTA, PTA
  • Equipment:  ACTIVATOR Poles are required for this webinar. 
  • Cost:  $79 per person.  Student fee: $39
  • Online seminar hosted by Mandy Shintani Reg. OT (BC) and Gerontologist.  
  • Time Required:  This is a 1.0 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 Bio:

Mandy Shintani, occupational therapist

Mandy Shintani has been an occupational therapist for 30+ years and is a Gerontologist. She is an international conference speaker and has presented at the International 200 years of Parkinson’s Disease Conference (AUS), Davis Phinney Foundation, Western Regional USA OT Symposium, PMD Alliance, PD Foundation,  the National Fall Prevention conference (Canada) and the ACPIN Neuro conference (UK).  

Sixteen years ago, she developed the Activator® Poles (FDA registered) 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.  

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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.

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