ACTIVATOR Course – Section 7b

Specific Conditions – Extra Content

In this section you will have access to extra content.  Guest speakers comprising of leading therapists, researchers and diabetic educators will discuss how to use the ACTIVATOR and/or Urban poles with specific conditions and/or new research.  These excerpts were edited from the live ACTIVATOR webinar series.

Pre/Post Hip and Knee Webinar

In this clip, Dr. Daniel Bechard PhD discusses his study at University of Western Ontario (2015) on Effects of Walking Technique on Knee Joint Loading.  This study explains how using the poles in front and applying a downward force on the ledge of the grip (like the ACTIVATOR technique) reduces joint loading for participants with OA knee joint.

Active Living with Cancer Rehab (for professionals)

In this clip, physiotherapist Judy Boivin discusses benefits, precautions  and exercises with ACTIVATOR or Urban Poles for breast cancer and colon cancer rehab.

Active Living with Cancer Rehab (for clients)

Exercise physiologist, Sarah Keller dicusses the benefits, guidelines, precautions and exercises with walking poles for clients going through cancer rehab.

Active Living with Spinal Stenosis

Physiotherapist Hiliary Jebson discusses a trial on the ACTIVATOR poles with spinal stensois at the acute spinal unit at her hospital and guidelines on using walking poles with this condition.

Active Rehab for Traumatic Spinal Injuries

Physiotherapist Kristine Plourde describes 2 case studies of using the ACTIVATOR poles with clients with traumatic spinal injuries.


Dr. Becky Farley (PhD) describes her PWR! Program and using poles with Parkinson’s clients.


Physiotherapist Peter Vavougios discusses how to use poles with clients with arthritic conditions.

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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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