Active Living with MS
Find out why MS clients are giving accolades to the patented evidence-based ACTIVATOR Poles compared to canes for promoting improved posture, balance, endurance, mood and confidence for walking. Learn how specialized walking poles promote the concept of active living and ability compared to the perception of traditional mobility devices.
Webinar includes: Research review, Benefits for MS clients with guest speaker; neurology physiotherapist, Steven Kanter, Case review at a Gait Assessment Lab using Zeno Walkway, Activator technique developed for stability and balance and using poles for innovative seated, standing and pre-gait exercises. Exercises available through PT Helper App.
Date: March 25, 2020
Presenter: Mandy Shintani, Reg. OT(BC) & Gerontologist
Guest Speaker: Dr. Steven Kanter. Director of Rehabilitation Services at the International Multiple Sclerosis Management Practice (IMSMP) in New York City.
Audience: PT, OT, Kin, RA
Link to a recorded webinar will be sent with registration within one week.
Register – Recorded Webinar
This past recorded webinar was with physiotherapist, Lisa Robert from AB, Canada.
Read how Soprano’s actress and MS ambassador Jamie-Lynn Sigler uses her ACTIVATOR Poles; click here to read article.
Bio: Stephen Kanter, PT, DPT, ATC
Dr. Stephen Kanter is a licensed physical therapist and athletic trainer in New York and New Jersey. He is the Director of Rehabilitation Services at the International Multiple Sclerosis Management Practice (IMSMP)in New York City. He is a nationally recognized expert in rehabilitation for people with MS and has worked to develop the AthCare MS Rehabilitation Professionals Network to promote education and clinical collaboration to improve the care provided to people with MS and their families. In 2015, Dr. Kanter was inducted into the National MS Society Healthcare Professionals Volunteer Hall of Fame. As a homecare clinician and accessible design specialist, Dr. Kanter works primarily with patients with balance, gait, and endurance impairments as well as providing accessible design consultation services for individual homes, offices and commercial spaces. Along with his clinical work, Dr. Kanter is a professor at Seton Hall University, where he teaches Biomedical Ethics, Human Anatomy, and Sports Pharmacology. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University at Albany, SUNY, and his Masters of Science and Doctorate Degrees in Physical Therapy at Rutgers University – School of Health Professions (formerly UMDNJ). Prior to earning his doctorate, Dr. Kanter worked on the sports medicine staff of several professional sports teams including time with the New York Football Giants (NFL). Dr. Kanter is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation Professionals.
Use the standard rhythm and technique, but swing both arms forward at the same time planting the boot tips slightly behind the handles. Then, keeping your arms straight, press down on the base of the handles, walk between your poles and feel your arms extend past your thighs and behind your body.
–Barb Gormley, Director of Education
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