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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ACTIVATOR™ Poles Canes 4 wheeled walkers
Support Bilateral Unilateral Bilateral
Weight bearing 200 lbs/pole (90.7 kg) Varies 300+ lbs (136 kg)
Stability 2 contact points 1 contact point 4 contact points
Posture Upright Leaning to one side Kyphotic
Arm swing Normal Limited arm swing on affected side static
Gait pattern Functional Leaning to one side Smaller stride & shuffle
Core strength Increases Limited engagement of core muscles Limited engagement of core muscles
Wrist position (stress) Neutral Extended Extended
Rest option Seat
Basket Yes
Portability Easy-collapses & 3 lbs (1.36 kg) Easy Difficult
Cost <100.00 <100.00 200.00 – 400.00
Research ~200 on walking poles – Pubmed
Self-image Ability Disability Disability
Activator Walker cane walker

*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.

 

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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