New Activator Education Bulletin
March 9, 2017 | By Urban Poling
To find out about the latest news on our education events & current research, we have launched the New ACTIVATOR Education Bulletin which will be posted bi-annually. Check out our exciting line up of webinars and new courses for the Spring 2017.
Active Living webinars
These free 45-minute webinars feature guest speakers on the use of ACTIVATOR™ Poles (specialized Nordic walking poles) for rehab.
Upcoming webinars – register on urbanpoling.com under Education. You will automatically receive the recorded webinar if you register & are unable to attend.
- Active Living for Stroke Rehabilitation – Date & Time: Wed, March 29 9 am PST
- Active Living for Primary Health Care – Date & Time: Thurs, April 20th 9 am PS
Recorded webinars – access from urbanpoling.com under Education
- Active Living with Parkinson’s with Dr. Becky Farley, PhD (PT), PWR
- Active Rehab for Pre & Post Hip/Knee Surgery with Dr. Daniel Bechard (PhD)
- Active Living for Cancer Rehab with Judy Boivin, PT, Clinical Lead for Cancer Rehab (LifeMark)
- Active Living with Spinal Stenosis with Hilary Jebson, PT Acute Spinal Unit
- Active Rehab for Traumatic Spinal Injuries with Kristina Ploude, PT Toronto Rehab Centre
- Active Living with Arthritis with Peter Vavougios, PT (French)
COURSES register on urbanpoling.com under Education
ACTIVATOR Online Course (2017 edition) – $99.00 includes ACTIVATOR poles (Reg. 189.99) with coupon code MAR2017 (expires Mar 31, 2017). This course is loaded with videos, case studies and exercises for sitting, standing and pre-gait.
New- Be Balanced Online Course – $30
Physiotherapy exercises with the ACTIVATOR™ Poles based on a multidimensional approach addressing the following areas: flexibility, strength and endurance, centre of gravity control training, multi-sensory training, postural strategy training and gait pattern enhancement training. Presenter: Cathy McNorgan, PT
There are 6 Canadian studies specifically using the ACTIVATOR™ Poles & 200 studies listed on PubMed on walking poles.
In a study of older adults using Activator poles – There was a significant change in the following tests: Timed Up and Go, Stride Length, and Single Leg Stork Stand, which are all indicators for falls risk. Gwynn-Brett & Hudec, 2017 (ongoing study) Cape Breton University. Visit urbanpoling.com under Health & Research for the newest studies on Parkinson’s, back pain, older adults, OA knee joint & more.
Physiopedia: Get patients outdoors again with the Activator Poles
I have trialled Activator walking poles with several patients, and the results are pleasing.
Review post by: Wendy Walker, neurological physiotherapist in the UK
ACTIVATOR™ Poles & Technique
Available online and at select Shoppers Home Health Care, Pharmasave, IDA, Guardian, Rexall, Motion Specialties and independent stores across Canada. Visit urbanpoling.com under Find A Retailer to find the closest store.
–videos available on urbanpoling.com under Getting Started
Urban Poling is proud partners with these organizations.
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