ACTIVATOR® Course for Rehab Professionals









Learn about the dynamic ACTIVATOR Program prescribed as best practice for rehabilitation centres, clinics and community programs across Canada, the UK & Australia to improve outcomes in gait, balance and core strength while inspiring active living.  

ACTIVATOR Poles are an evidence-based, patented tool that is revolutionizing rehabilitation.  Prescribed extensively in all continuums of health care for therapy and to reduce the use of passive mobility devices such as canes, crutches and walkers.

“They have been instrumental in promoting an upright posture and a functional walking pattern compared to canes and walkers. In my opinion they facilitate rehabilitation and return patients to optimal function faster.”
Dr. Charles G. Fisher MD MHSc FRCSC, Past President of the Canadian Spine Society

Course Participants Will:

    • Understand research studies on the ACTIVATOR Poles & 250+ on Nordic walking (PubMed)
    • Perform the Activator Technique for better balance and off loading.
    • Discover an effective alternative (or in conjunction) to passive devices, such as canes, and to delay/reduce the use of walkers and crutches.
    • Understand how to utilize the design of the Activator Poles for improved core strength, improving gait outcomes including speed, stride, reduce gait variability & arm swing
    • Enhance their exercise programs using poles to improve upper and lower body movement flow and promote proper posture.
    • Understand how to determine the proper technique and adapt seated, standing and pre-gait exercises for specific conditions such as Parkinson’s, Stroke, Geriatric, Aged Care, Pre/Post Hip and Knee Surgery, Cancer Rehab, Spinal Conditions.
    • Learn how to inspire clients in wellness & weight management programs and increase intensity for rehab using the Urban Poling/Nordic walking technique.
    • Course Bonus: New Be-Balanced Module on innovative & effective exercises programs using tons of new seated and standing exercises to specifically target balance and mobility.

Live Course Agenda (3-4 hours)
Introduction and Benefits -15 minutes
Research Review – 30 minutes
ACTIVATOR Adjustment & Technique -45 minutes
Seated, Standing & Pre-Gait Exercises – 45 minutes
Urban Poling/Nordic walking Technique – 30 minutes
Contraindications & Guidelines for Specific Conditions – 30 minutes
Group Exercise Guidelines -15 minutes
Assessments & Manual Review – 15 minutes
Quiz – 15 minutes.
*Timelines vary depending on the interest, experience and number of participants.

Online Course Agenda (4 hours) Approved by APTA 3 CEU
Research Review – 30 minutes
ACTIVATOR Adjustment – 15 minutes
Activator Technique -30 minutes
Seated, Standing & Pre-Gait Exercises – 30 minutes
Urban Poling/Nordic walking Technique – 30 minutes
Contraindications & Guidelines for Specific Conditions – 30 minutes
Group Exercise Guidelines & Insurance Coverage -15 minutes
Assessments & Manual Review – 45 minutes
Quiz – 15 minutes.  70% grade requirement.
*Schedule is based on suggested timelines for practice sessions and reading the manual.  

Extended Live Course Agenda (5 hours) Approved by APTA 4 CEU
Intro & Research Review – 45 minutes
ACTIVATOR Adjustment & Technique -45 minutes
Urban Poling/Nordic walking Technique – 45 minutes
ACTIVATOR Program for Specific Conditions
-Contraindication -15 minutes
-Neuro-Rehabilitation-45 minutes
-Orthopedic – OA & Pre/Post Hip & Knee Surgery – 45 minutes
-Cancer Rehab – 45 minutes
Quiz – 15 minutes. 70% grade requirement.
*Timelines and specific conditions may vary depending on the interest and experience of learners.

Included in this course:

  • Certificate.  Course is CEU approved by the ProCert (Extended Live Course). ACSM*, CCAA, BCRPA.  Upon request with CSEP.
    Monthly Newsletter
  • Online comprehensive Manual
  • Special Pricing on Activator & Urban Poles*

The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that “Urban Poling Inc.” meets the criteria ACSM Approved  Provider status from (2019 – December 2022). Approved Providers and their content reflect the concepts of their respective organizations and do not necessarily represent the positions or policies of ACSM. Provider-ship # 843871.  ACSM approved provider-ship of this program does not imply endorsement of the sponsoring organization’s products/services

Audience:  physiotherapists, occupational therapists, RA, kinesiologists, COTA, PTA, exercise physiologists and students of these disciplines.
Prerequisites:  None

Cost:  Live and Online Course $269.99.  Extended Course – $359   Email for onsite group and student rates.
Time Required:  This is a 3.5 to 4 hour course and 5 hours for the extended course.  Online course that can be completed on your own timeline.   You will receive a link via email along with a special password to view the course on your computer.   Course chapters consist of videos and PowerPoint Presentations with audio.

Register Online Course Register Live Canada
City Date & Time Location & Price Presenter Registration
Tallahassee, Florida

Sat March 21, 2020



reg. $269.99 (comes with ACTIVATOR Poles)

Lisa Dykeman, physiotherapist info & registration;  contact
Denver, Colorado

Thurs, Feb 13, 2020

6 to 9 pm

Hyatt Place & Hyatt House Denver Downtown

440 14th Street
Denver, CO 80202

2 min walk from Colorado Convention Center
reg. $269 (comes with ACTIVATOR Poles)

Guest Speaker:  Jon Schultz,MPT, ECS, OCS, PRC
Presenter:  Mandy Shintani Reg OT(BC) & Gerontologist
Registration US


Victor, NY  Tuesday – Dec 3rd, 2019 – 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm Safe At Home PT 1290 Blossom Drive, Suite B, Victor, NY Sunhan Anderson, PT
Bio:Sunhan received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2006 and Bachelor of Sciences in 2002 from the University of Minnesota.  She has over 13 years of professional experience in the United States and Canada.  Sunhan is certified in LSVT BIG, Urban Poling Activator, PWR! Moves, and Rock Steady Boxing.  She is currently working towards a diploma in Advanced Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy
Registration US


  • 1 Set of Urban or ACTIVATOR poles
  • On-Line Manual Access
  • Participant Certificate Cost $199.99 (reg. 269.99) Activator Poles included

Excerpt from the ACTIVATOR Course:

Dr. Jack Taunton was the Chief Medical Officer for the 2010 Olympics and has had 7 major spinal surgeries.

Susan Yackulic is using the ACTIVATOR Poles at 2 weeks post hip surgery under the assessment of her physiotherapist and surgeon.

Note: Participants should only use this knowledge to work within their professional boundaries as determined by their association and college.

Online Course Presented by Mandy Shintani, BSc (OT), MA (Gero) with excerpts from  physiotherapist webinar guest speakers including: Dr. Becky Farley, PhD, founder of Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery; Lisa Robert; Judy Bovin; Hilary Jebson; Kristi Plourde; Rosie Sears and Peter Vavougios.

Presenter Bio 

Mandy Shintani has been an occupational therapist for 30+ years and is a Gerontologist. She is an international conference speaker and recently presented at the International 200 years of Parkinson’s Disease Conference in Australia, the National Fall Prevention conference (Canada) and provided a poster presentation in the UK at the ACPIN Neuro conference.

Fourteen years ago, she developed the evidence-based ACTIVATOR Poles (patented) and technique specifically for rehabilitation based on the concept of Nordic walking.  5,000 therapists and instructors in Canada as well as Australia, UK, Ireland and USA have completed the courses she developed on the use of Nordic walking for fitness and rehabilitation. She has been featured numerous times in national media including; the Globe and Mail, CBC Early Edition and the Toronto Sun.  She was a finalist in the prestigious YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

Disclosure Statement:  Mandy Shintani is the developer of the ACTIVATOR Poles and technique and course, as well as the co-owner of Urban Poling Inc. that distributes and sells Activator and Urban Poles.

Cancellation Policy/Refund Policy:  Course participants can expect a full refund (minus the $25 registration fee) up to one week prior to the course.  Cancellations up to 48 hours prior to the course will receive 75% of the registration fee.  With less than 48 hours notice, 50% of the registration fee will be returned.


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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