Active Living with Arthritis
Learn why therapists and rheumatologists recommend ACTIVATOR™ poles & technique for active therapy to improve ROM, strength, posture, walking tolerance and reducing pressure off of painful hip, knee, ankle and foot joints. It is also an effective tool for staying active with friends and family and has a greater effect on depression compared to regular walking. The unique ACTIVATOR poles & technique were designed by an occupational therapist with an ergonomic CoreGrip and other features specifically for increasing safety and stability. They are being used extensively instead of passive mobility devices such as canes, crutches and even walkers (under the assessment of a therapist).
Webinar includes: Research (over 187 studies – PubMed), ACTIVATOR technique to achieve greater off-loading and balance, addressing specific arthritic conditions like Ankylosing Spondylitis, Psoriatic Arthritis, RA, OA (hips & knees) & OP, Urban Poling/Nordic walking technique for your own wellness & training for Arthritis Walks and tips on how to motivate your challenging client to stay active to maintain their function.
Guest Speaker: Peter Vavougios, Physiotherapist, Montreal
Presenter: Mandy Shintani, BSc (OT), MA, Urban Poling Inc.
Date: Wed Oct 19 at noon -12:45 pm EDT. Please adjust for your time zones.
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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