Active Living with Parkinson’s Webinar
Harry McMurtry who has Parkinson’s, just completed the highly acclaimed 500 Miles for Parkinson’s from New York to Toronto by walking 15 miles per day. Part way through this journey, Harry started using the ACTIVATOR poles. Quote from the therapist on his support team,
“Within minutes and with guidance, Harry integrated the use of the Activator poles into his gait. His cadence was steady and coordinated. He was mobile, aligned and stable. His risk of falls is diminished as his base of support has increased. His postural asymmetry is decreased allowing him an increased visual field. I could go on. Harry was able to adapt readily and the positive outcomes were immediate.”
Jasmin Joan Cameron, MSc(RHBS), BSc(OT)
Find out why therapists and neurologists are recommending ACTIVATOR Poles for Parkinson’s for improving gait patterns, balance, posture, factors related to falls and mood. The ACTIVATOR poles and technique were designed by a therapist for improving safety and stability compared to other poles and is being used extensively in rehab settings instead of canes and walkers (under the assessment of a therapist).
Guest Speaker: Jasmin Cameron, OT presenting on how the poles were used by Harry McMurtry.
Guest Speaker: Lisa Robert, PT presenting on guidelines and sample sitting & standing exercises based on PWR! principles for group exercise programs.
Host: Mandy Shintani, OT presenting on brief research review (including NEW studies specific to Parkinson’s disease and symptoms) and how to do the ACTIVATOR technique for balance.
For: Therapists, PTA, OTA, Kins & Staff working directly with Parkinson’s DiseaseClick Here to view recorded webinar with Lisa Robert, PT Click Here to View Recorded Webinar with Dr. Becky Farley, PWR Webinar Service Information
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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