New Therapy Equipment, The Activator Poles

If you’ve been in the clinic lately, you may have seen our newest imagetherapy equipment, the Activator poles. These poles were designed specifically for rehab and are helping many of our clients walk with more comfort, safety and stability.

The poles look just like skiing poles; however, they have unique bell-shaped tips, ergonomic strapless handles, anti-vibration features and a secure button lock system which provides safety and stability while walking. The poles also help encourage a more “normal” arm swing while walking, in comparison to other walking gaits such as a cane or walker.

The company Urban Poling has graciously provided us with a pair of poles to allow our clients to experiment with the design. The Activators have research to support the benefits of walking with them and we are happy to assist our clients to try them. Several clients have showed positive results and have even purchased their own to use at home. The polls allow the user to stand up straighter, while holding the polls higher then the average walking gait, which encourages straightening of the back and assisting in a taller, more upright stance. Although the poles are not suitable for all users, we have found them to be a great piece for someone who has enough strength to support themselves yet still needs that assistance.

imageResearch supports these benefits to using the poles:

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

Click here for more info and research on the Activator!

Michelle Wolfe

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