ACTIVATOR Rehab for the Spine

Evidence-based studies clearly identify poling as a healthy mode of physical activity suitable for rehabilitation. Urban Poling offers proven beneficial effects on key health parameters and benefits may include:

  • improved posture, balance & stability
  • increased walking tolerance
  • improved strength
  • increased confidence

Activator poles compared to canes & to reduce/delay use of walkers*:

  • promotes a upright posture
  • promotes a functional gait pattern
  • engages core muscles
  • promotes perception of ability over disability

* contact your health care professional to see if ACTIVATOR poles are right for you

For the past 5 years I have consistently recommended the Activator poles for patients in my surgical practice. They have been especially helpful for spinal stenosis patients who have undergone surgical decompression and extension osteotomy patients who have had surgery for positive sagittal balance. 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.

Charles G. Fisher MD MHSc FRCSC
Surgery of the Spine & Past President of the Canadian Spine Society

Rosie Sears, PT – Spinal Stenosis20150419_162000

Read Rosie’s inspiration story on our blog about how she lost 60lbs in preparation for spinal stenosis surgery.

“Without my ACTIVATOR poles, this story would be very different,”she says. “I can honestly say that poling has changed my life.”


Robert MacDonald –T10-12 Dislocation

Robert MacDonald






The ACTIVATOR allowed me to get up and moving, but also allowed me to feel secure.  I believe using the poles instead of a cane or walker allowed me to continue to recover and have the mindset of focusing on progress while staying mobile. In short, they make full recovery and mobility possible!

Visit Robert’s Facebook page to see a video of him using the ACTIVATOR poles.


ACTIVATOR™ poles offer these unique features:

  • ergonomic CoreGrip
  • greater weight bearing capacity
  • bell-shaped tips for stability
  • adjustable in length
  • strapless to reduce the risk of injury
  • anti-vibration features


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Going downhill

For moderately steep slopes, simply decrease the pressure on the base of the handles or drag your poles behind you. For steep slopes, keep your poles upright and in front and out to the side slightly, so if you do fall you won’t land on your poles. Bend your knees and elbows, and slow down any momentum. For long descents, it may be helpful to lengthen the poles.
Barb Gormley, Director of Education

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