Stroke equipment by a stroke warrior

Rehabilitation Equipment for Stroke Injury by Stroke People


"Exercising with our products has made me feel powerful, muscular, and agile. The entire right side of my body was almost useless. Now, I dance, horseback ride, hike, and shake people's hands."

-Founder Alon Kaplan

Become 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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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 low-tech 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

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

By Alon Kaplan | June 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

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,…

Fatty, The Masseur & The Truthteller

By Alon Kaplan | June 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

There’s outrageous Winter Holiday party going in Jenny & Charles’s home. Fatty, the masseur, grabs you by your neck and pins your head beneath his well-muscle forearm. And he begins to play praying mantis poking down your spinal cord. I’m in pain. I yelled out acapella every time he fiddles with my upper body. And…

Patience

By Alon Kaplan | May 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

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…

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.…

The Woman Who Changed Her Brain

By Alon Kaplan | June 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Cawthorne-Cooksey Vestibular Exercises

By Alon Kaplan | June 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Written by Rachel Nall Dizziness, vertigo and balance problems–these disorders are frequently related to conditions affecting the inner ear, known as vestibular disorders. Exercises such as Cawthorne-Cooksey have been used as a cheap and effective method to improve unwanted symptoms related to vestibular disorders. These stroke rehab exercises should be performed slowly and are used…

Our Goddess Seamstress

By Alon Kaplan | June 6, 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…

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,…

Urban Dictionary: Stroke Hero

By Alon Kaplan | June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Stroke Hero People who had a stroke BUT didn’t feel that they weren’t a “stroke victim” or, “stroke survivor”. They wanted to show themselves and the world that they were able to build their muscles and their brain by using brain building exercises, muscles building exercise and they know that their brains’ neurons were able…

Baby Steps

By Alon Kaplan | June 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Baby steps are measured in months and years. Mademoiselle Violin decided she was going to pick up the violin and, what-the-heck, play it. What’s transcribed in her YouTube video is magical and shows hard work (conquers all!). I have been doing ecstatic dance for some time now.  Recently, a guy from my ecstatic dance came…

Stroke

By Alon Kaplan | October 15, 2015

Your brain is a command center issuing commands to the army (your body). Imagine that some terrorists blew out one room, maybe three, with a grenade. Now imagine those “terrorists” are the blood clot. The “grenade” is the damage done by the blood clot to your host of neuron cells. No one has an answer…

Fisher-Price Peeps

By Alon Kaplan | June 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

I suffered a catastrophic massive stroke. Years ago, my OTs pretended that I was ‘doing’ my affected arm & hand during hand rehabilitation with my mind whereas OTs (secretly) put my palm & forearm in pressure points controlled by… my OTs’ hands. Anyway, my rehab center cost too much. My Medicare bought me a SaeboReach.…

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…

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

By Alon Kaplan | June 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

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…

My Sweet Spot

By Alon Kaplan | January 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

I wanted to hire an acrobat to be my coach to help with stroke rehabilitation. I was flipping through Instragram, that smartphone app that “is a fun and quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures.”  I found Cassie.  She was lying on the floor, balancing her adult student upon…

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