TOOLS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE

We've Been There

All of our products are designed out of experience, not in a lab. Alon and his family have walked in your shoes, literally! We are deeply familiar with what you need when you're recovering from a stroke.

Better Together

AlonTree equipment is modular in its design. You can combine elements to get just the support you need. Or combine several pieces of equipment to add interest and enhance your workout.

Affordable

Our simple technology approach means you get affordable and effective equipment. We strive to fill the gap in recovery left by the limits of insurance, Medicare payouts, and out-of-pocket expenses for rehabilitation.

Sustainable

We are dedicated to building a company that's good for our community and for our environment. Sustainability is an important factor in our selection of materials and partners. As we scale up, we'll be looking for even more ways to source responsibly.

Once a survivor.   Now a warrior.

“Wearing the AlonTwig helps reduce the spastic reaction in my hand. I estimate a 50% reduction in the spastic reflex.”
Art Jensen - Vista, CA
“Wearing the splint feels great and awesome when it’s on. It makes me feel like I have more control over my arm and it supports my movement. I like it a LOT!!”
Amanda Levesque - Asheville, NC
“When she has worn it for 5-6 hours her skin integrity is good. There is no redness or soreness. She also reports that her arm feels much more relaxed for days.”
Lynda Letourneau, Occupational Therapist R/L
“I love my AlonGlove. It’s the most comfortable splint ever."
Art Jensen - Vista, CA

 

rehabilitation devices & equipment for brain injuries by a Stroke Warrior

Meet Alon

In Hebrew, Alon means "oak." Indeed, Alon Kaplan is a force of nature.

More than a decade ago, he had a massive stroke, which left him in a vegetative state. With rehabilitation equipment of his own design, he taught himself to walk, talk, and live a full life again. He founded AlonTree to share his designs with the world.

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Consider the Possible

Alon and his team create equipment with neuroplasticity in mind. Healthy brain tissue can be taught to do the things once controlled by damaged brain cells.

The brain and the body can heal themselves given the right encouragement, the right exercise, and the right equipment.

Work & Play

Our equipment is designed to be fun and functional. Rehabilitation is hard work, but it doesn't always have to be grueling. Who says work can't be fun?

The artists on our design team know comfort, beauty, and playfulness are key to creating products you'll enjoy using for your stroke recovery.

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Once, a suvivor.

Now, you're a Warrior!

STORIES FROM A STROKE WARRIOR

Twenty Years Before I Discovered my Aphasia, I researched an Essay on Global Aphasia

By Alon Kaplan | 1:56 pm |

On December 8, 2008, I was unconscious.  I lay there in the ICU in a medical coma.  The brain surgeon was completely exhausted  He wept to my parents, “He had a fist-sized blood clot in his left hemisphere of his brain.  What we’re seeing is a catastrophic massive stroke”.   He was carefully pointing out that…

What is a “plateau” of your stroke recovery?

By Alon Kaplan | 2:09 pm |

“At six months out from a stroke, you don’t expect to see any further recovery.” “Oftentimes there is rapid recovery during the first three months, but then progress slows down. This eventually leads to a dreaded ‘plateau’ in recovery after about six months.” “Plateau” is an expression frequently used in relation to decisions to discharge…

Drop foot? I Don’t Have It & I Do Have It

By Alon Kaplan | 4:41 pm |

My tango teacher did a flawless position with his foot. I tried that but, my drop foot wouldn’t come off the dance floor. When I at home, climbing the stairs my drop foot goes outward & right from my core. The foot is magically transformed into the Minister of Silly Walk’s foot. Outside, wearing shoes,…

Just imagine what the nurses are going through…

By Alon Kaplan | 6:47 pm |

I just went to my afternoon walk. I put on my mask and away I went on two miles of bumpy pavements, uphills & downhills. Ashevillians walking around on the Main Street. Nothing protecting them just bare skin. One of them could have been the silent carrier. I thought to myself, how the hell are…

7 “Facts” About The Brain That Are Not True

By Alon Kaplan | 4:50 pm |

My Left Side Scalp

By Alon Kaplan | 12:58 pm |

The ER doctor and nurses were good to me. The brain surgeons were good to have after my brain injury. The ICU nurses were good. The rehabilitation center therapists were good. But, the doctors were terrible to me. What a nightmare! The rehabilitation center nurses were awful to me. They would barged in at night…

Teri Garr had a stroke in December 21, 2006

By Alon Kaplan | 2:41 pm |

Hemiparesis

By Alon Kaplan | 7:12 pm

Hemiparesis is weakness of the entire left or right side of the body. Hemiplegia is its most severe form, complete paralysis of half of the body. Different medical conditions cause Hemiparesis and hemiplegia. Those include congenital causes, trauma, tumors, or stroke.[1]-wikipedia

AlonTree Products Amplify Your Natural Ability to Use Your Weakened Muscles

By Alon Kaplan | 10:50 am |

Our AlonTree products amplify your natural ability to use your weakened muscles. Even if it has been some time since you tried engaging your atrophied muscles you can begin to strengthen them. I could not walk or talk three years after my stroke.  Then I began building my products to help me. Now I dance,…

Alon Kaplan – I had a Stroke

By Alon Kaplan | 10:35 am |

Six years ago, I had a car accident. My seat belt ruptured my artery. And a blood clot went up the artery into my brain. A couple of months after that, I had a stroke. The doctors put me in a medical coma. When I came out of the coma I couldn’t remember my name.…

Patience

By Alon Kaplan | 1:59 pm |

A Man stands in a boulder and scrub-grass strewn desert watching sheep. He is an unlikely shepherd; a tall, handsome Man of about thirty, obviously brought up in luxury and not used to this kind of life. The other shepherds his age, with their weather beaten faces and toothless grins, could easily pass for the…

How I came to love my damaged brain: The ancient stroke story and a newly-improved ancient stroke story.

By Alon Kaplan | 12:14 am |

Could things have turned out differently? Perhaps. Normally, the brain surgeons would have had “the Merci Retrieval System an FDA-cleared device for restoring blood flow in the neurovasculature by removing blood clots in patients experiencing ischemic stroke”. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2TNz-TniIA). Or, if after the car accident, I would have gone to the ER and complained about my…

Two Months Before I Slipped Into a Coma

By Alon Kaplan | 9:10 pm |

In October, 2008, about two months before my coma, I wrote this letter to my old friend.     I looked at your photos… you look so happy! Your eyes are on fire. It brought me back to the time you took me to dinner in Boston for my birthday and we spoke about me becoming…

Jewish sarcasm

By Alon Kaplan | 11:32 am |

During the flood of New Orlean, waters crept up and ruined the foundation of the houses of the parish. An old man sat on his roof to avoid the sewage of the water. A firefighter standing in the muck called to him, “Can I help you?” “No,” said the old man, “God will help me”.…

I Arrived in Asheville

By Alon Kaplan | 9:38 pm |

Asheville is the #8 best place to live: Please don’t move here. Asheville was recently cited on the Froddor Guide as the 8th best place in America to live (out of 331 municipalities.) The guide cited affordable housing, good public schools, natural beauty and a good location for e-commerce businesses. And yet, I urge you…

Handcrafted in WNC

AlonTree Company is based in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville, North Carolina. Local artists and craftsmen work with Alon to design, prototype, and produce our equipment.

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AlonTree Company

1-828-989-6500

info@alontree.com