Learn about ACTIVATOR

Learn about ACTIVATOR



Welcome to Urban Poling, Inc.

Recommended by leading surgeons, physicians and therapists, our evidence-based ACTIVATOR® Poles were designed by an occupational therapist & gerontologist specifically for rehab and long-term conditions.
This unique patented design enhances strengthening, stability and off-loading with your safety in mind.

Mandy Shintani, OT (BC & Gerontologist) | Developer of Activator® Poles

Mandy is an occupational therapist, gerontologist and the founder of Urban Poling. Her mission is to inspire all Canadians toward active living and wellness through innovative pole designs and education.  As an avid proponent of life long fitness, she has experienced herself how Urban Poling fuels a healthy and fun lifestyle that includes, using poles with other exhilarating activities such as snowshoeing, hiking and adventure travel, which she is passionate about.  As a therapist, her design of our patented ACTIVATOR Poles was rooted in her desire to create a tool that would revolutionize mobility and rehabilitation programs.  She is an international presenter and is considered to be one of the leading experts on this activity.  She was a finalist at the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards in the category of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

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For Patients

  • What is Activator® Advantage
  • How it Works
  • What You Can Expect
  • How to Obtain your Activator® Poles
  • Testimonials from other Patients
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Activator® Videos

For Healthcare Professionals

  • The Activator® Poles Advantages
  • Research and Publications
  • Research Posters
  • Therapist Testimonials
  • How to Prescribe
  • How to Become Certified
  • Activator® Videos

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