Gait Assessment Lab

Walking without Poles

Lab gait assessment results (without poles)

  • Speed 43.5 cm/s
  • Short step lengths (26.6 cm for left and 29.0 for right)
  • Stride width 26.8 cm
  • Gait variability – GVI of 136.1
  • Cadence – 93 steps/m

 

Walking with ACTIVATOR™ Poles

Lab gait assessment results (with ACTIVATOR poles)

  • Speed 59.8 cm/s (increased 37%)
  • Step lengths: 43.4 cm for left and 29.0 for right
  • Stride width 24.8 cm (decreased) 
  • Gait variability – GVI of 117.7 (improved)
  • Cadence – 79 steps/m (decreased 15%)

Past Medical History

88 year old female, has used the ACTIVATOR poles for several years.
-2 Shoulder Replacements
-2 Hip Replacements
-2 Knee Replacements
-Neck Fusion – C1 & C2
-Ankle – past soft tissue injury

Conclusion

The use of ACTIVATOR™ poles was found to help to improve gait speed by increasing the step length and also contributed to a better control of the dynamic balance while reducing variability.

Summary of comparison of walking with ACTIVATOR™ poles vs. walking without poles.:
– Significant increase in walking speed
– Significant increase in step length
– Stride width decreased
– Improvement in gait variability
– Cadence decreased

Gait assessment performed  at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, Canada on the Zeno Walkway with the ProtoKinetics Movement Analysis Software

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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