Made to engage the body

and the brain

ZiddySticks appear to be deceptively simple in design. But there is an unmatched therapeutic benefit in how they are engineered to engage the body and mind.

David Zid spent three years perfecting ZiddySticks – from getting the weight right for all users and determining the ideal length, to sourcing and testing the right materials, to understanding how acoustics needed to play a role in the design. Since getting it right, individuals across the country and beyond have benefitted from his efforts to improve arm swing, posture, lengthen strides and correct gait, including Parkinson’s patients and a surprising number of others who have found ZiddySticks to be therapeutic.

What goes into ZiddySticks

  • Forged of high-pressure, industrial-grade PVC
  • Sized at [XX] in length to afford ample distance between front-end walker and back-end guide
  • Made for durability and to withstand the rigors of use
  • Lightweight design [XX oz. or lbs.] ensures anyone can hold and operate
  • Molded hand grips for a natural hold that is slip-free
  • Sealed rubber caps provide stable end points of contact with the floor, which allows for users to leverage as a support tool; affords easy storage that won’t slip or fall
  • A steel shot that provides the necessary reverberating sound

How ZiddySticks retrain the brain  

As ZiddySticks are put into motion with a walking partner, a steel shot that has been inserted and sealed into the stick reverberates and creates a consistent rhythm. This does to important things:

  • Drives a consistent audible cadence that taps into the brain’s neural pathway to help improve walking gait by syncing sound with stride
  • Retrains the brain in learning to walk better with the assistance of a partner

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease. Broomsticks, ski poles, PVC piping from the hardware store, and makeshift solutions fall short of what ZiddySticks have been engineered to do –  engage the body and the brain together to realize a renewed and normal gait.    

Additional uses of ZiddySticks  

Physicians, physical therapists, trainers, and patients alike have all found ZiddySticks to be an important tool – whether it’s recovering from a surgical procedure or simply maintaining good walking form as people age.

While ZiddySticks were always intended to helping individuals with Parkinson’s disease regain mobility with confidence, David’s work as a personal trainer resulted in seeing clients with a variety of other issues, ranging from the hip all the way down to the feet – all of whom could benefit from regaining balance and proper gait with ZiddySticks.

Today trainers and physical therapists use ZiddySticks to help all kinds of patients get back on their feet to regain and improve mobility after injury or surgery, including:

  • Patients with hip injuries or hip replacements
  • Patients with knee injuries or knee replacements
  • Patient with leg, foot and/or ankle ailments
  • Seniors and aging adults

Benefits of ZiddySticks

  • Posture

  • Balance

  • Arm swing

  • Leg stride

  • Gait

  • Awareness of body movement

  • Confidence

Walking also has a domino effect with regard to overall health and well-being.

Specifically, walking benefits the body by:

  • Engaging in cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness
  • Managing/reducing risk of disease including stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes
  • Benefitting the lymph and digestive system
  • Strengthening muscle and bones
  • Enhancing mood
  • Maintaining healthy weight
  • Increasing independence
  • Feeling active and younger


ZiddySticks gave me back what I thought I’d lost forever.

Bill G.

Ziddysticks have not only improved my mobility but have given my husband and I something fun to do together. I’m incredibly thankful to David and his team.

Susan W.

David Zid


For more than 20 years David Zid has served as certified personal trainer and functional fitness trainer with a specialized interest in serving people with Parkinson’s disease. He also focuses on training older adults who are challenged with mobility issues and who are recovering from surgeries (hip, knee, foot and ankle).
He is the owner and president of David Zid HealthWorks and also serves as the Director for Movement Disorders and Musculoskeletal Wellness at OhioHealth Delay the Disease™ - a fitness and exercise program he co-founded in 2005 designed specifically for people with Parkinson’s disease.
He is the author of the book and corresponding DVD “Delay the Disease™ – Exercise and Parkinson’s Disease” and “Delay the Disease™ — Functional Fitness for Parkinson’s” which highlights short exercise agendas based on a functional task that may be challenging to the Parkinson’s individual (getting out of the car, out of bed, off the floor, freezing). He is the co-author of the study entitled “Effects of a Formal Exercise Program on Parkinson’s disease: a Pilot Study Using a Delayed Start Design,” published in the journal Parkinsonism and Related Disorders.
In 2008, David designed and engineered ZiddySticks to advance mobility, gait, arm swing and among individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Since then, hundreds of healthcare and rehabilitation professionals around the country have used ZiddySticks in their practice and have recommended them to their patients.
David is a sought-after trainer and speaker in the U.S. and internationally teaching the tenets of Delay the Disease™ to healthcare professionals and helping to motivate individuals regain the independence they believe is slipping away.
David resides in Columbus, Ohio with ______________.