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(@cynthia-ryan)
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Does anyone use walking poles to help them balance? Does it increased your confidence to be more active? Has it contributed to your vestibular recovery?


   
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(@krmizrachgmail-com)
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Yes. I bought a set of poles a couple of years ago in order to begin practice walking. It was a huge help and got me started on the recovery process. I started using them on a school track, where I could stop when needed to rest on the bleachers. Eventually I became more confident and ventured out to a nearby park. The poles, or a walking stick, are a wonderful grounding aide. 


   
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(@alferdhitchcock)
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Yes I use poles when I feel unbalanced. They give me confidence and help me get in my cardio.


   
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(@jonaswood)
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Yes, I think this is the best way to make a balance and increase confidence. 


   
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(@jessi5)
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Yeah, My uncle used them, I would recommend getting some cheap ones and seeing how you like them. if you find them indispensable then save up for a nice light pair.


   
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(@betth)
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I don't see anything wrong with using them. At the very least, they should always be in the house.


   
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(@bereniceperalta)
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If it helped me keep my balance.

 

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(@akenealy)
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Do you hav3 any recommendations on styles, types, etc?


   
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Every time I leave the house I use a hiking pole. The help with proprioception keeps me from getting wrung out too fast.


   
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(@krmizrachgmail-com)
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@akenealy 

VeDA partners with a walking pole company - https://vestibular.org/veda-partners-with-urban-poling-2/

But basically any hiking poles that are adjustable will do for a start. When you are walking on a solid surface be sure to use the rubber flat tips rather than the points (which are good for actual hiking on dirt or gravel). It's a great way to begin moving again. 


   
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(@cloneclub)
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This is interesting and helpful. I didn't know about this, so I bought a regular cane from walgreens.


   
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