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

Provide variety in your routine, try double poling

Use the standard rhythm and technique, but swing both arms forward at the same time planting the boot tips slightly behind the handles. Then, keeping your arms straight, press down on the base of the handles, walk between your poles and feel your arms extend past your thighs and behind your body.
Barb Gormley, Director of Education

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