Active Living with Stroke
Evidence based studies clearly identify poling, with the proper training, as a healthy mode of physical activity suited for improving quality of life.
- Increased balance & stability
- Improved gait
- Increases independence in activities
Click here for more info on research studies.
Once he ( stroke patient) tried the Activator poles his gait improved enormously, with a more even stride cadence and length. The result was instant. So we were both happy: he felt he had regained his independence when outside, and I was pleased with the marked improvement in gait.
Wendy Walker, neurological physiotherapist, Physiopedia (Dec 2016)
As with any new rehab or exercise program, consult your physician or therapist before using the Activator poles. Also, if you currently use a cane or walker or would benefit from a device for walking, you may require additional rehabilitation for core strengthening or balance prior to using the Activator Poles. This page outlines the benefits of using Activator poles for strokes. Health care professionals should determine the suitability of Activator poles for their clients based on their own assessment results and professional judgement.
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, stroke client
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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