Active Rehab for the Spine Webinars

Post Surgery Spinal Stenosis

Learn why hospitals, clinics and rehab centres are recommending the ACTIVATOR poles for spinal conditions post-operative to improve posture, gait pattern and walking tolerance versus canes and walkers (when appropriate).

Webinar includes: Research Review, benefits and guidelines for using poles post-operative in elective surgeries and post trauma, and the ACTIVATOR  technique.

Guest Speaker: Hilary Jebson, physiotherapist

Presenter: Mandy Shintani, BSc (OT), MA, Urban Poling Inc.

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For the past 5 years I have consistently recommended the Activator poles for patients in my surgical practice. They have been especially helpful for spinal stenosis patients who have undergone surgical decompression and extension osteotomy patients who have had surgery for positive sagittal balance. 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.

Charles G. Fisher MD MHSc FRCSC
Surgery of the Spine

Traumatic Spinal Injuries

Learn why rehab centres are recommending the ACTIVATOR poles for trauma spinal injuries to improve pre-gait training, posture, strengthening, confidence and walking tolerance versus canes and walkers (when appropriate).

Webinar includes: Research Review, 2 Case Studies, and the ACTIVATOR  technique.

Guest Speaker: Kristina Ploude, physiotherapist & Mike Stewart who sustained an L2 dislocation

Presenter: Mandy Shintani, BSc (OT), MA, Urban Poling Inc.

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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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