Stroke equipment by a stroke warrior

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

OUR PRODUCTS

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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GO AHEAD, BE STRONG.

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.

STORIES FROM A STROKE WARRIOR

The woman who changed her brain

By Alon Kaplan | June 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Just imagine what the nurses are going through…

By Alon Kaplan | April 5, 2020 | 0 Comments

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…

AlonAcorn: A Modern Flint Stone

By Alon Kaplan | June 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

AlonAcorn comes across as a flint stone which our hands had been carrying 600,000 years ago. The AlonAcorn is a hand sized piece of foam with deep finger indentations. To use, simply secure it with velcro straps, and then crawl on the floor or use it during various yoga postures, such as downward facing dog.…

My Triumphant Trip to Thailand

By Alon Kaplan | June 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Nearly 6 1/2 years ago, I was in a catastrophic massive stroke. Stuck in a medical coma, I didn’t know where I existed. Now, look: I am a Stroke Hero. I even know where my flight tickets, my core is handing my backpack & I’m fluent in non-verbal communications (traveling through Thailand you have to…

About what it means to be “handicapped”

By Alon Kaplan | June 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

So, Alon and I were talking about what it means to be “handicapped.” This term in itself to me is not derogatory. I have a friend who in her 50’s backpacked the entire Pacific Crest trail, which is over 1,000 miles. On parts of her hike, she had groups of people who joined her. One…

Tell that to the Stroke Warrior…

By Alon Kaplan | November 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Overcoming aphasia is difficult but possible. Alon stepped up on stage this week to tell his story and pitch his startup business at One Million Cups of Coffee. Three years ago, I could talk by only using broken phrases.

Brain Injury Camp

By Alon Kaplan | October 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

I was the only stroke hero at the brain injury camp.    

Aphasia

By Alon Kaplan | September 21, 2015

Aphasia is the name given to a collection of language disorders caused by damage to the brain.[1][2] A requirement for a diagnosis of aphasia is that, prior to the illness or injury, the person’s language skills were normal (for developmental language disorders, see specific language impairment). The difficulties of people with aphasia can range from occasional trouble finding words…

Alon Kaplan – I had a Stroke

By Alon Kaplan | June 3, 2016 | 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.…

A damaged brain?

By Alon Kaplan | August 11, 2016 | 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…

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

By Alon Kaplan | May 31, 2016 | 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…

Spasticity Treatment

By Alon Kaplan | June 2, 2016 | 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,…

Aphasia – A 1980 arcade game

By Alon Kaplan | June 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

I knew about aphasia after reading Oliver Sacks’ book, The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat. But, seriously, having aphasia is like playing a 1980 arcade game. Things became much more fun when I found a website that suggests video games for people with aphasia. Paste the link in your browser and enjoy!…

Our Seamstresses’ Goddess

By Fiona Hollowell | May 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Now, after my touring twenties, I’ve finally come to a place in my career that I feel happy. My job is flexible, technical, creative and fun. I love what I do. I make patterns and prototypes and I manage the sewing production for AlonTree- a company based out of Asheville NC. While Asheville is not…

I feel like a 14 year old wearing high heels

By Alon Kaplan | August 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

I feel like a 14 year old sashaying over grass in her high heels. I’m trying something different today; wearing sandals without my ankle brace. I’m walking around my home as I do the dishes, climb the stairs, stand up from my office chair, and hop up on my bed. While walking outside, my foot collapsed…

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.

Contact Us

AlonTree Company
1-828-771-6080
info@alontree.com