Active Living for Stroke Rehabilitation

Seniors ActivatorLearn about an innovative tool to improve the outcomes for stroke clients for facilitating movement of the affected side, normalizing arm swing and gait patterns, improving balance and posture.  Find out how therapists are using the ACTIVATOR Poles (patent pending) & technique to facilitate a more normal gait pattern compared to canes, crutches and walkers and using poles with seated, standing and pre-gait exercises.

The Activator Poles by far are the most effective tool I’ve ever used! Overall It’s been great for my Rehab and great for my Recovery.
Lynn Bellanger, CVA client

Agenda

  • Brief Review of evidence based studies
  • Case Studies of 2 CVA Clients
  • Activator technique for stability and balance
  • How to modify the technique for CVA clients
  • Learn about a new grip prototype for clients with limited grip strength
  • Videos of exercises for improving balance, movement and awareness of the affected side

Presenter:  Mandy Shintani, BSc (OT), MA (Gero)
Grip prototype:  Elaine Darling, DesignAbility Coordinator, March of Dimes
Video Exercises by Cathy McNorgan, PT

Audience:  Physiotherapists, OTs, RA, RT, Kins, OTA/PTA, other rehab professionals, Fitness Trainers with Older Adult Certified Training, March of Dimes staff.

Register below to listen to a recording of the webinar from May 31, 2017

Recorded Webinar

 

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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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