Active Rehabilitation for Veterans

Active Rehabilitation for Veterans

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Active Rehabilitation for Veterans and Service Members - Webinar

Presenter: Mandy Shintani, Reg. OT(BC) & Gerontologist

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Activator® Poles Are Evidence Based

Backed by over 300 published studies and 10 studies specifically on the Activator Poles and Program, two of which were conducted at a Veterans hospital in Montreal, Quebec Canada.

Analysis of balance and gait pattern with Stepscan Pedway© technology, in individuals 80 years and older before and after a 12-week Nordic walking program with Activator℗ Poles.

Participants in the Activator℗ pole Nordic walking program improved their balance as measured by the BERG balance test and there were no falls while the program was active.  This improvement in the BERG balance test and reduction in number of falls were not maintained after the program was over.  Although the sample is very small, this project suggests that Nordic walking could be an appropriate intervention to maintain functional independence and prevent falls for the elderlyFerland & Robbins (current) Ste-Anne’s Veterans Hospital, Montreal. Unpublished.

Clinical Feasibility Project: Outdoor Walking Program with Activator℗ Poles and Their Impact on Balance, Muscle Strength, the Risk of Falls and Bone Health of Veteran Inhabitants in a Long-Term Care Centre.

Outdoor walkers with dementia used Activator poles in an innovative geriatric rehabilitation approach. These data suggest that the use of Activator walking poles contribute to the strengthening of the upper limbs while improving balance and could reduce the risk of falls from users. Bone density, walking speed and strength in the lower limbs were maintained, which is clinically significant for individuals in this population. Chassé, Germain, Ferland & Gareau (2017) Ste-Anne’s Veterans Hospital, Montreal. Unpublished.

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