ACTIVATOR compared to other devices
ACTIVATOR Poles (patented) are revolutionizing rehabilitation and being used extensively in all continuum’s of health care. See a comparison below of the Activator Poles compared to (or used in conjunction with) passive mobility devices such as canes and to delay/reduce the use of crutches and even walkers* (under the assessment of rehab professional or physician).
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
*As with any new rehabilitation or exercise program, please check with your physician or therapist prior to use of the Activator or Urban Poles. If you are already using a cane, crutches or walker (or one has been recommended), therapy or exercise may be required for improving core strength, balance and co-ordination prior to use of the poles.
*This chart outlines a comparison to other devices. Therapists should always follow their own assessment results and professional judgement to determine the suitability of poles for clients. Based on your assessment it may be more appropriate for your client to use the ACTIVATOR Poles for treatment sessions and/or daily exercise but continue to use a cane, walker or crutches as the primary walking device.
ACTIVATOR Poles vs other poles
|ACTIVATOR Poles||Nordic Walking/Hiking Poles|
|Straps||Strapless to reduce the risk of injury – Knobloch, 2006||Straps|
|Grip||Ergonomic CoreGrip||Thin handle|
|Wrist position (stress)||Neutral||Extended|
|Weight bearing & locking system||
button lock – 200 lbs/pole (90 kg)
twist lock: 40-90 lbs/pole (18 – 41 kg)
Flip lock: 120 lbs/pole ( 55 kg)
|Core Strengthening||downward pressure on CoreGrip ledge||downward pressure on strap|
|Anti-Vibration||3 features (tip, grip, ferrule)||May or may not|
|Tips||large bell-shaped rubber tips to keep poles vertical for max stability & off loading||no tips, small tips, or boot tips for position on a diagonal|
|Adjustable||Users up to 6′ & collapses for travel. New ACTIVATOR2 Poles for users up to 6’4″ & collapses shorter for travel.||May or may not be adjustable|
Maximum recommended user weight: 300 lbs.
Visit Research & Health to review 8 independent current/recent studies specifically on the ACTIVATOR Poles in hospitals and universities in Canada and the UK.
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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