How Activator Poles Improve Gait-Speed, Stride & Balance

Learn how to use Activator Poles (patent pending) to improve all outcomes of gait:  balance, stride length, arm swing, speed and less gait variability.  A case study from a gait assessment lab will be reviewed as well as other videos of gait changes with clients with Parkinson’s, stroke, ABI and older adults.

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 Belanger, stroke client


  • Brief review of 8 current/new studies on Activator poles – mobility and fall prevention
  • Activator technique for stability and balance
  • A case study with the ProtoKinetics Zeno Walkway Gait Analysis System
  • Videos of other gait changes for clients with Parkinson’s, stroke, ABI & older adults
  • Sample exercises for improving standing tolerance and pre-gait skills

Date:  Thursday September 20th 2018, 12:00-1:00pm (EST)

Presenter:  Gabriella De Nino, Kinesiologist
Guest Speaker: Patrick Roscher, Chief Technical Support Engineer, ProtoKinetics Zeno Walkway Gait Analysis System

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ACTIVATOR™ Gait Assessment Case Study

Case study gait assessment with the Zeno Walkway and ProtoKinetics Movement Analysis Software of walking with ACTIVATOR™ poles vs. walking without poles:

  • Significant increase in walking speed
  • Significant increase in step length
  • Decreased stride width
  • Less variability
  • Decreased cadence












Going downhill

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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