Walking sticks vs.
Currently established walking aids, include canes and walking sticks
With the shorter canes, the holding point at the wrist is not sufficiently high to promote the upright posture. And the reach too short for going up or down stairs and for ascending/descending on inclined terrains. The cane is only useful on level grounds for those who need a walking aid. For everything else, specially in irregular terrains, a walking stick is a far superior walking aid
A Senior Neurologist Design
As a retired neurologist from forty years of patient care, I found myself on rehabilitation after a hip replacement. One month after graduating from a two-hands walker, I started a daily experimentation with the canes and crutches suggested by my physical therapist but also with a simple walking stick I had owned before. That generic walking stick, ended up being my regular aid for all my walking at home and outdoors while recuperating from surgery.
During these six months of rehabilitation I had the time to ponder the features that, as a neurologist, I wanted incorporated in a walking stick design. My main concern with generic walking sticks was inconsistency in height and weight, and poor handle features. Grips at multiple points are essential for adjusting to all terrains while staying in balance. Further, the stick should be strong but light, and no taller, and heavier, than needed for individual heights. My chosen features required that the staff be lathed from a solid wood block. Style was also important and demanded wood quality and best finish. The challenge was to match functionality with style
Read on UPRIGHT POSTURE and WALKING in subpage below
Selecting the wood
After testing the potentials of oak, cherry, maple, walnut and other woods, I chose the NeuroStaff to be made in American tiger maple wood.because of the beauty and variety of the curly figures in the stained staffs.
Approval & new designs
The NeuroStaff was met with enthusiastic support from medical colleagues, senior costumers, hikers of all ages, and collectors of unique wood staffs. All of them motivated us to introduce the SherpaStaff with an additional palm rest, lathed in the handle. And in December 2013 we added the Traveler model with special brass ferrules that make the staff easily detachable in half for traveling and camping as well as convertible to a shorter 37" cane for use around town and in social occasions
The All Around model came later as a way to better address people in the 5'-5'7" height range. it is shorter at 50" and 55" and has a smooth handle for continuos easy gripping and adaptation to terrains. The grip may rest on a clipped cane holder(see images)
Later by the Spring of 2014, I accepted to introduce a "Town Cane" with same style and wood as all other Tiger Maple Staffs, but cane wrist size so it will be convenient for home and town activities where a long reach pole is not needed, or just as a companion to the hiker Sherpastaff as in our Town&Country pair
Made in America
The choice of American tiger maple, designed by an American neurologist and lathed and finished by two American artisans qualifies our staff and canes as proud "Handmade in America" product which is detailed in that sub page from Home page.
The Neurological conditions for which my NeuroStaff will be beneficial are those with symptoms of either weakness, numbness or imbalance such as the neuropathies and in Parkinson disease.
The applicable Orthopedics conditions are those related to injuries or arthritis of hips, knees and ankles, as well as spinal stenosis.And in rehabilitation after joint replacements
While seniors are the most likely users of the NeuroStaff, one needs not be medically handicapped or senior to benefit from the NeuroStaff, many younger hikers can feel its advantage when taking on challenging trails.