ACTIVATOR Poles vs other rehab devices
ACTIVATOR Poles (patent pending design) are revolutionizing rehabilitation and being used extensively in all continuum’s of health care. See a comparison below of the Activator poles compared to passive mobility devices such as canes, crutches and even walkers* (under the assessment of rehab professional or physician).
They have been instrumental in promoting an upright posture and a functional walking pattern compared to canes and walkers. In my opinion they facilitate rehabilitation and return patients to optimal function faster.”
Dr. Charles G. Fisher MD MHSc FRCSC, Past President of the Canadian Spine Society
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*As with any new rehabilitation or exercise program, please check with your physician or therapist prior to use of the Activator or Urban Poles. If you are already using a cane, crutches or walker (or you would benefit from a device for walking), therapy or exercise may be required for improving core strength, balance and co-ordination prior to use of the poles.
*This chart outlines a comparison to other devices. Therapists should always follow their own assessment results and professional judgement to determine the suitability of poles for clients.
ACTIVATOR Poles vs other poles
|ACTIVATOR Poles||Nordic Walking/Hiking Poles|
|Straps||Strapless for injury prevention – Knobloch, 2006||Straps|
|Grip||Ergonomic CoreGrip||Thin handle|
|Wrist position (stress)||Neutral||Extended|
|Weight bearing & locking system||button lock – 200 lbs/pole (90 kg)||
twist lock: 40-90 lbs/pole (18 – 41 kg)
Flip lock: 120 lbs/pole ( 55 kg)
|Core Strengthening||downward pressure on CoreGrip ledge||downward pressure on strap|
|Anti-Vibration||3 features (tip, grip, ferrule)||May or may not|
|Tips||large bell-shaped rubber tips to keep poles vertical for max stability & off loading||no tips, small tips, or boot tips for position on a diagonal|
Visit Research & Health to see recent studies on the benefits of Nordic walking for rehab and 7 independent studies specifically on the ACTIVATOR poles.
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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