Nordic walking after Stroke
August 21, 2017 | By Urban Poling
This very interesting article reviews the first study on the long term beneficial effects of using Nordic walking (treadmill) to improve balance, gait and ADL for hemiplegic participants (Kang et al. 2016). Find out why the authors of this review, Shintani & De Nino are excited by the results of this new study but suggest future studies focus on regular Nordic walking rather than on a treadmill for stroke participants. Hopefully this study will also provide a greater understanding of the benefit of using Nordic walking poles over traditional devices like canes and walkers when appropriate. Click here to read this article, post on the Australia website Changing Stroke hosted by Dr. Isabel Hubbard.
Urban PolingCo-directors Mandy Shintani and Diana Oliver are women at different stages of life with very different professional backgrounds, yet they share a dream – to help others realize the many benefits Urban Poling has given to them.
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