Stroke equipment by a stroke warrior

Go from victim to Warrior!

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

Spasticity Treatment

By Alon Kaplan | 4:45 pm | 0 Comments

After a stroke, damage to the brain can block messages between muscles and the brain. This causes arm and leg muscles to cramp or spasm (spasticity), kind of like a bad charley horse. This will limit your coordination and muscle movement, however spasticity treatment is effective. This post-stroke condition makes daily activities such as bathing,…

Are There Special “Montages” to Recover Our “Damaged” Brains & “Affected” Muscles?

By Alon Kaplan | 1:56 pm | 0 Comments

Montage “is a technique in film editing in which a series of short shots are edited into a sequence to condense space, time, and information” in a movie. It infects us because the hero is triumphant since s/he takes her or his time which is NOT showed by the use of the montage (except from…

What is a “plateau” of your stroke recovery?

By Alon Kaplan | 2:09 pm | 0 Comments

“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…

Alon Kaplan – I had a Stroke

By Alon Kaplan | 10:35 am | 0 Comments

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.…

/’sɪlk/

By Alon Kaplan | 6:53 pm | 0 Comments

Do you know what the hardest word to say for me is?   Silk.   First, my tongue draws back to the ‘Eeessss’ then, slides across the mouth and double loop-de-loop to say, ‘eeeee’. Then rounds it up around the palate and ‘laaaa’ and drop down to say, ‘ka’. Confusion reigns in my brain and…

Before and after my stroke

By Alon Kaplan | 11:18 pm | 2 Comments

Before I had the stroke, I cleaned, gardened, cooked, and did the laundry. I played with my daughters, nursed them back to health when they were sick, took them to school in the morning, and picked them up from school in the afternoon.  I was the “assistant director” for my daughters; always at my daughters’…

A damaged brain? A neuron doesn’t fire its charge of electrons at another axon

By Alon Kaplan | 7:25 pm | 0 Comments

It’s not uncommon for “normal” people without a damaged brain to have difficulty with word retrieval.  There are several phrases for this such as Deja-vu, tip-of-the-tongue, and stuttering.   Dr. Karin Humphreys, of Canada’s McMaster University, states “the more we think about the missing word, as we are inclined to do, the more it eludes…

3 Different Ways to Tell if Your Arm is Working

By Alon Kaplan | 6:29 pm | 0 Comments

My superior longitudinal fasciculus in my left brain had this trouble: it couldn’t function because my blood clot exploded right in its face. Imagine this: a grenade going boom in a bunker. My superior longitudinal fasciculus was the superhighway of my working memories, my short term memories, my entire language system, my grammatical system, my…

My paradise (my garden)

By Alon Kaplan | 5:40 pm | 0 Comments

I and my friend, John Wolf, and a grumpy teenagers hauled cardboard, fruit saplings, huge boulders, river stones and Tennessee field stones to build a sanctuary for little birds, angry whistle pigs, a perfect-setting for a turtle and me. I wondered if my AlonTree’s products contribute as I hopped from stone to stone, balancing my…

Reflections through poetry

By Alon Kaplan | 6:02 pm | 0 Comments

These selected poems were written after my car accident and stroke 9/22/2008 When you told me that you loved him, You turned on a particle accelerator and blew my atoms to bits. I did not know what was inside; thank you for giving me back to myself. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I love the way your face shines…

A Lil’ Bit of Scars, Unconscious & Boo-Boo

By Alon Kaplan | 11:24 am | 0 Comments

[ARTHUR chops the BLACK KNIGHT’s left arm off] ARTHUR: Now stand aside, worthy adversary. BLACK KNIGHT: ‘Tis but a scratch. ARTHUR: A scratch? Your arm’s off! BLACK KNIGHT: No, it isn’t. ARTHUR: Well, what’s that then? BLACK KNIGHT: I’ve had worse. I have a lot of scars. My first one, I was two years ago.…

7 “Facts” About The Brain That Are Not True

By Alon Kaplan | 4:50 pm | 0 Comments

Fisher Price People

By Alon Kaplan | 10:37 am | 0 Comments

Years ago, my occupational therapists would say I was using my affected arm and hand during my therapy sessions. However, my therapists were actually using facilitated communication to help me use my affected arm and hand. Medicare insurance paid for a S****Retch. What a disappointment!  My unaffected hand did 99.99% of the work with the…

What is Aphasia?

By Alon Kaplan | 4:53 pm | 0 Comments

The Nurse and my Trip to a Hospital Toilet

By Alon Kaplan | 11:30 am | 0 Comments

I woke up and my bladder was telling my brain (in a broadly Scottish accent) that, “My bladder is coming apart! Mayday!” My consciousness was awake. My body and my thoughts calculated my trajectory towards my cane. Because it was hanging on the other end of the room, to get there I would have to…

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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