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 to ground is too short for going up or down stairs or for ascending descending on inclined terrains.
Canes are only useful on level grounds. For everything else, especially in irregular terrains, a walking stick is a far superior walking aid
A Senior Neurologist Design
As a retired neurologist after 40 years of patient care I found myself in rehabilitation from for 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 was much better than the canes 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. Cane models were discarded
Grips at multiple points in the handle are essential for adjusting to all terrains while staying in balance. Further, the stick should be strong but light, and no taller or heavier, than needed for individual heights.
My chosen features required that the handle section be lathed from a solid wood block to allow for the locations of my specs. Style demanded premium wood quality and best finish. My goal was to match functionality with style.
Selecting the wood
After testing the potentials of oak, cherry, maple, walnut and other woods, I chose the NeuroStaff to be in native American tiger maple wood.because of the beauty and variety of the curly figures in the stained staffs, its lightweight and great strength.
Approval & new designs
The first NeuroStaff was met with enthusiastic support from medical colleagues, senior, hikers and collectors.
All of them motivated us to introduce the more elaborated 58" 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 two halves for traveling, as well for conversion to a shorter 37" cane.
The All Around model came later as a way to better address people in the 5'-5'7" height range.At 50' and 55' lengths, it is shorter than the 58" Sherpastaff and has a smooth grooved handle for continuous easy gripping and adaptation to the terrain. The grip may also rest on a clipped cane holder(see images) thus serving as an a palm rest adjustable for height
All our models are displayed in the STORE page.
The Neurological conditions for which my NeuroStaff will be beneficial are those with symptoms of either weakness, numbness or imbalance such as the peripheral neuropathies, MS, in Parkinson disease and states post stroke or brain surgeries.
The applicable Orthopedics conditions are those related to injuries or arthritis of hips, knees and ankles, as well as lumbar spinal stenosis.Also during rehabilitation after joint replacements
While seniors are the 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.
Look at the medical condition of interest when scanning the Reviews in our Testimonials.
(The name of those conditions are highlighted in bold in in the text of more than one Testimonial; which are listed in chronological order of receipt, the last being the newest.)