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

Jumping Far

By Alon Kaplan | June 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Sept 21, 2014:   Today, I hesitate before I climb my stairs to go to the bathroom because not long before, I used to be a crippler, and I used to be scared of the staircase wearing my brace and my shoes.  Now, I pump out my barefoot going up the stairs and not touching my…

The Deer and the Pilot

By Alon Kaplan | February 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

This morning, I was flying to San Antonio (where my ex-wife & my lovely daughters dwell). The pilot came on to say that the reason we weren’t taking off was because the first-in-line plane hit a deer. Seriously. Why was the deer on the runaway? Do you know the “Far Side” by Gary Larson? And,…

Neuroplasticity

By Alon Kaplan | September 10, 2015

Neuroplasticity, also known as brain plasticity, is an umbrella term that encompasses both synaptic plasticity and non-synaptic plasticity It refers to changes in neural pathways and synapses due to changes in behavior, environment, neural processes, thinking, and emotions – as well as to changes resulting from bodily injury.[1] The concept of neuroplasticity has replaced the…

Why I Was ‘Reborn’ to Be in Right Now

By Alon Kaplan | June 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

When I was barely twelve, in 1980, I gotten into an argument with my friend about cruise missiles. My friend refused to say that the Pentagon had these cruise missiles. But, I was reading it in my library’s book!  “I will show you!” I huffed-and-puffed at my commie friend.  (My friend was in love with USSR).…

Getting Hit By a Stroke vs. Falling Down The Stairs

By Alon Kaplan | June 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Primo Levi said, once, if a nontoxic gas appears in your room, big or, small, the gas is invasive. It seems your suffering is like a gas filtering around your room. Two week ago, I fell down the stairs and fractured my upper ulna. What is the ulna? It’s the minor forearm bone. I felt…

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

By Alon Kaplan | June 7, 2016 | 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.…

Why Emoticons Are So Important

By Alon Kaplan | June 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Americans love my euro-sounding accent. I was from Montreal. But, I was an anglophone who grew up in English-speaking neighborhood of Montreal and I’ve got South African English parents. I have Foreign Accent Symptom. I couldn’t speak after my massive stroke in 2008. Finally, around 2012, my speech therapy, SpeakIt! (iPhone app) and my book…

My Left Side Scalp

By Alon Kaplan | June 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

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…

Art Jensen love his AlonGlove

By Alon Kaplan | August 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

“The AlonGlove can be worn comfortably 24 hours a day.”

I Used to Cry for Meat

By Alon Kaplan | August 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

‘Vegetarian since NEVER’. I went through my teenagehood and post-college age and adulthood without tasting meat. Then, all of the suddenly, I felt something was wrong in my aura. I had several blood clots inside my brain from a car accident several months before. Around my fortieth birthday, I devoured chicken by the tons. Thankfully,…

Poetry

By Alon Kaplan | June 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

  Poetry I wrote between my car accident & my stroke. 9/22/2008 When you told me that 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 when…

/’sɪlk/

By Alon Kaplan | June 14, 2016 | 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…

I Arrived in Asheville

By Alon Kaplan | May 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

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…

Zombie vs. People Who Had a Stroke

By Alon Kaplan | June 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

I wonder what a medieval gravedigger might feel if a stroke survivor who “woke up” from being in a coma inside his grave. Someone who talked in gibberish and crawled out of his grave to limp after the gravediggers who are running away. “Zombies” are in fact, stroke survivors who’s family piled them up top…

How to Put on the AlonTwig

By Alon Kaplan | February 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Put on the AlonTwig elbow brace by yourself quickly and easily. It’s designed to be fully adjustable as it helps you manage tone (or spasticity) in your arm. It helps you flex tricep muscles by forcing your bicep muscles to lie low while it is worn. Start with the Twig unrolled on a flat surface…

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