Active Rehab for Strokes with Specialized Walking Poles
Find out about the use of evidence-base specialized walking poles (ACTIVATOR Poles) to improve balance, posture, bilateral movement and mobility for stroke clients for one-on-one sessions or group programs. The webinar will cover researched benefits, videos on gait changes with stroke clients, innovative seated and standing exercises to promote bilateral movement from early stages of recovery to community rehab. Learn how the ACTIVATOR Poles (patent) and technique which are the focus of 8 current studies and designed by a Canadian therapist for stability can be a more effective mobility tool than other traditional passive devices when appropriate. ACTIVATOR Poles promote the concept of active living for your clients while improving outcomes for recovery.
Webinar Presenter: Mandy Shintani, BSc (OT), MA
Date: July 31, 2018
Recording available with registration. Link for the recording will be sent in the
follow-up email, 3 days after the presentation.
Cost: free (Reg. $30)
Target audience: EP, Physiotherapists, OT (Australia, USA, Canada, Europe)
Certificate upon request for OT, PT and EP education portfolio
The ESSA Professional Development Committee certifies that this Professional Development offering meets the criteria for 1 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Points.
Previously Recorded Webinar
Presenter’s Bio: Mandy Shintani is a Canadian occupational therapist and has her Master’s Degree in Gerontology. She is an international conference speaker on Nordic walking and presented at the International 200 years of Parkinson’s Disease Conference in Australia, the National Fall Prevention conference in Canada and provided a poster presentation in the UK at the ACPIN Neuro conference.
Twelve years ago, she developed the Activator Poles (patent pending) and technique specifically for rehabilitation. Over 3,500 therapists and instructors in Canada as well as UK, Ireland and USA have completed the courses she developed on specialized walking poles for fitness and rehabilitation. She was a finalist in the prestigious YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
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.
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