Parkinson’s Awareness Month

April 27, 2016 | By Urban Poling

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April is National Parkinson’s Awareness Month – Learn the Benefits of the ACTIVATOR program!

Urban Poling is pleased to work with Parkinson Canada and support them in their mission in various regions across the country.  As always, Urban Poling representatives are happy to work with your organization or support group by either providing information on how our program can help your participants, or by offering a live demonstration. Please contact us at info@urbanpoling.com to learn more.

We are excited to share the many benefits that the Urban Poling ACTIVATOR program offers those living with Parkinson’s.

Health professionals are recommending the ACTIVATOR™ poles for Parkinson’s clients as research studies clearly show walking with poles is an effective, safe and enjoyable physical activity*. Physical activity, such as walking with poles, can improve motor skills, balance and gait quality, as well as protect and enhance brain function**. Clients with Parkinson’s and participants of Parkinson’s-specialized programs agree, and report that, using the ACTIVATOR™ poles promotes greater independence and improves quality of life. Our ACTIVATOR poles have even helped our customers achieve the SuperWalk.

I was steered to use the Activators by my Parkinson’s physiotherapist and I am very pleased that she did. My gait has improved and I have reduced my time to complete my walks by some 30-50%, so now I am focusing on going greater distance. My therapist has remarked that I am no longer shuffling.
– Keith

Please watch this video to see the benefits for yourself!

Research Benefits

Evidence based studies on Parkinson’s clearly identify poling, with the proper training, as a healthy mode of physical activity suited for improving quality of life. Walking poles offer proven beneficial effects on general key heath parameters, including:

  • Increased balance & stability
  • Improved posture
  • Increase in core strength
  • Increase in walking tolerance
  • Increases independence in activities
  • Increased confidence
  • Decreased stress, anxiety and depression

References: *Nordic walking improves mobility in Parkinson’s disease (van Eijkeren et al 2008)
Impact of physical exercise on reaction time in patients with Parkinson’s disease-data from the Berlin BIG Study. (Ebersbach et al 2014)
**PubMed published research relating to Nordic walking and Parkinson’s

Also, take the time to visit Active Living with Parkinson’s for more information.

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Co-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.
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