Mandy Shintani

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Shintani, Mandy

About Mandy Shintani

Mandy Shintani, has been an occupational therapist for 30+ years and is a gerontologist. She is an international conference speaker on walking poles for rehabilitation and recently presented at the International 200 years of Parkinson’s Disease Conference in Australia, Parkinson’s Foundation, PMD Alliance, Davis Phinney, ACPIN Neuro conference (UK), Western Regional USA Occupational Therapy Conference and the National Fall Prevention conference (Canada) 5,500+ therapists and wellness professionals worldwide have completed the courses she developed. These courses are CCU approved in the USA with ProCert (Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy USA), ACSM, ACE and FAI and 9 associations in Canada. Fifteen years ago, with her skills as an OT, she developed the evidence- based Activator Poles (patented) and technique specifically for rehabilitation, which are the focus of 15 current independent studies. She has been featured numerous times in media and was a finalist in the prestigious YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

Why Nordic walking is the Treatment Approach in Canada for Improving Mobility, Posture and Balance for Parkinson’s

Learn about a researched treatment approach that addresses the key goals that your client with Parkinson’s is seeking from fitness and rehab programs. Most people with Parkinson’s want to feel more confident about their ability to walk, reduce their fear of falling and remain active within their community. Find out how Nordic walking achieves your client’s key goals by improving balance, core strengthening, posture and all aspects of mobility. The webinar will introduce the evidence-based and patented ACTIVATOR poles and technique which were designed specifically for people with Parkinson’s. Developed by Mandy Shintani, a Canadian occupational therapist and gerontologist, the ACTIVATOR Poles and Technique are the focus of 15 independent studies. Find out how you can also use Activator walking poles for innovative seated and standing exercises to improve confidence for performing and sustaining larger movements. A sample of 5 new exercises with poles will be demonstrated.


1 - Participants will be able to discuss 5 researched benefits of Nordic walking for Parkinson’s rehab.

2 - Participants will be able to identify 5 benefits of using ACTIVATOR Poles as an effective alternative to canes and to reduce or delay the use of walkers when appropriate.

3 - Participants will be able to differentiate how the Activator technique can increase balance and how the Urban Poling/Nordic walking technique can increase gait speed and intensity.

4 - Participants will be able to identify 5 strategies for using walking poles for seated and standing exercises to promote large movements and motivation to exercise!


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