Go from victim to Warrior!
Combo ~ Glove+Twig
TOOLS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Once a survivor. Now a warrior.
rehabilitation devices & equipment for brain injuries by a Stroke Warrior
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.
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.
Once, a suvivor.
Now, you're a Warrior!
STORIES FROM A STROKE WARRIOR
Are There Special “Montages” to Recover Our “Damaged” Brains & “Affected” Muscles?
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 ‘neuroplasticity’? And how can I get some? What is the relationship between my neuroplasticity and stroke? First of all, you need to learn about neurons to make the connection between your neuroplasticity and stroke. A neuron “is an electrically excitable cell that processes and transmits information to other neurons through electrical and chemical…
Do What You Can Do.
You are the Stoke Warrior Do what you can do. Everyone has their own unique expression. Loving baby-steps. You are NOT on the stopwatch approach. You are NOT on the robotic approach. You are NOT on the physician’s plateau You are a child-like being; be playful, be curious, be watchful, be emphatic about yourself &…
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…
Aphasia is the name given to a collection of language disorders caused by damage to the brain. 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…
About what it means to be “handicapped”
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…
How I came to love my damaged brain
My pre-Stroke tragedy On a Thursday afternoon, August 14 2008, a young woman on hercellphone ran a stop sign and smashed her blue car into the driver’sside of my white minivan. My three daughters were secured in their carseats in the back. All that I had to secure me during the crash was afaulty seat…
Our Seamstresses’ Goddess
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…
Reflections through poetry
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…
I had a very bad setback
Alon struggled with a setback in stroke recovery while traveling. I had a very bad set back on January 2, 2017 in New York City. My middle daughter and I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We walked through every room at the museum, some even twice. The killer was the stairs. My affected…
Art Jensen loves his AlonGlove
“The designers should be proud of their work. The AlonGlove can be worn comfortably 24 hours a day. I love my AlonGlove. It’s the most comfortable splint ever. The AlonTwig helps reduce the spastic reaction in my hand by 50% reduction in the spastic reflex. I’ve been wearing the sleeve a lot lately (worn under…
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…