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

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…

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…

My sweet spot

By Alon Kaplan | January 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

My tango teachers, Eric and Cassie, taught me to understand the subtle “sense” of kinesthesia. Kinesthesia is the sense that detects bodily position, weight, or movement of the muscles, tendons, and joints. This is what happens when my brain gets feedback about the way my body is moving and the way my dance partner’s body…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Stroke is a Terrorist Act to Destroy Your Brain

By Alon Kaplan | June 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Your brain is a command center issuing commands to the army (your body). Some terrorist blew out one room, maybe, three rooms with a grenade. Imagine, “some terrorist” is the blood clot. The “grenade” is the damage done by the blood clot to your host of your neuron cells. No one has the answers to…

Fisher Price People

By Alon Kaplan | June 25, 2016 | 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 SaeboReach. What a disappointment! My unaffected hand did  99.99% of the work with the…

Sharon Stone on Surviving Her Brain Aneurysm

By Alon Kaplan | June 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

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.

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…

The four fatalities of my adult life

By Alon Kaplan | March 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

My ex-wife divorced me one year after my stroke, took away my children, and my livelihood.  My massive stroke took away the use of the right side of my body, and I was mute. Experiencing just one of the above events would have melted the pre-stroke Alon into an anxious numb entity. What’s changed?  I…

I Am a New World Monkey

By Alon Kaplan | June 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

My baby fingers grasp my fisher price animals. A New World monkey doesn’t use her thumbs.  Unlike humans and most Old World monkeys, their thumbs are not opposable. A human baby would eat from her fingers. The thumbs show up after she mastered eating with her fingers. New world monkeys Thumb orientation lies in line…

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…

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