ACTIVATOR Poles for Balance, Strength & Active Living

Learn about the new dynamic Activator Program. Prescribed as best practice for older adults in independent living to skilled nursing care and post acute rehabilitation in Canada, the UK & Australia for improving outcomes for balance, strength, posture, gait and inspire active living.

Activator Poles are an evidence-based, patented tool that is revolutionizing exercise programs for less active older adults and can be an effective option to reduce the use of passive mobility devices such as canes and walkers when appropriate.

This practical seminar is an introduction of the research on the Activator Poles and Nordic walking for older adults; the Activator technique developed for stability; and samples of dynamic seated, standing and pre-gait exercises with poles for individual & group exercise programs.

Date:  TBA.  Stay tuned.

Introduction – 10 minutes
Research Review – Activator Poles & Nordic walking with Less Active Older Adults – 10 minutes
Case Review – Gait Assessment Lab – 5 minutes
Activator Poles – Design & Adjustment – 5 minutes
Activator walking Technique for less active older adults (with and without assistance) – 10 minutes
Contraindications for Use & Tips for Safer Programming – 5 minutes
Seated, Standing & Pre-Gait Exercise for Less Active Older Adults
3 Sample Exercise for Independent Care & Rehabilitation – 5 minutes
3 Sample Exercise for Assisted Living to Skilled Nursing – 5 minutes
Quiz – 5 minutes
*70% is required to pass

Included in this course:

  • Certificate
  • Monthly newsletter on upcoming seminars, research and articles
  • Summary of Seminar
  • Special Pricing on Activator  & Urban Poles*

Audience:  physiotherapists, occupational therapists, RA, kinesiologists, COTA, PTA, exercise physiologists and students of these disciplines.
Prerequisites:  None

Cost:  Regular – $50.  Students – $25.
Time Required:  This is a 60 minute  Live online seminar.    You will receive a link to access the seminar.   Seminar consists of videos and PowerPoint Presentations.  You will receive a recording of this webinar 3-5 days after the live session.

Presenter Bio 

Mandy Shintani has been an occupational therapist for 30 years and is a Gerontologist. She is an international conference speaker and recently presented at the International 200 years of Parkinson’s Disease Conference in Australia, the National Fall Prevention conference (Canada) and ACPIN Neurology Conference (UK) Poster Presentation and CAOT Presentation.

14 years ago, she developed the Activator Poles (patented) and technique specifically for rehabilitation based on the concept of Nordic walking.  4,000 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 and sells Activator and Urban Poles.

Cancellation Policy/Refund Policy:  Participants can expect a 50%  refund ($25 registration fee) up 48 hours prior to the seminar.


Second Nature

The most important aspect of Nordic walking is to just enjoy yourself.  After a while, the technique will become second nature and you will feel confident, efficient, and ready to take on the world!
– Mandy Shintani, OT

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