About ActiveCare PT:

  • Our therapists are licensed in New York State and active members in the American Physical Therapy Association. We have advanced training in joint mobilization and myofascial release techniques.
  • We are dedicated practitioners with a passion for the profession and a comprehensive, holistic approach to treatment and healing. We treat each patient as an individual and treat the whole person, with a plan of care designed to meet the patient’s set goals for health, functionality and a return to work, tasks and activities. We network with a team of physicians, chiropractors, acupuncturists and massage therapists in order to provide guidance to other modalities that may be effective in the patients’ care.
  • Physical Therapist and owner Karena Wu is a graduate of the Program in Physical Therapy at Columbia University and is affiliated with several healthcare organizations in New York City. She is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Kinesio Taping Practitioner and Pilates Instructor, and uses SpiderTech Taping.
  • ActiveCare is primarily an out-of-network facility. We accept all insurance with out-of-network benefits and file for most major insurance plans. We work with all prospective patients to create workable payment plans regardless of insurance coverage.
  • ActiveCare accepts Medicare, No-Fault and Workers’ Compensation patients depending on schedule availability.
  • ActiveCare’s administrators provide seamless and efficient concierge-style client service to all of our patients. And the whole ActiveCare team makes sure your time with us is a beneficial, productive and enjoyable experience.

Balance and Proprioception in Physical Therapy

Physical therapy rehabilitation always addresses our physical deficits, which are usually strength and flexibility. However, following an injury, along with weak and tight muscles, there is also a loss of proprioception in the joints. 

Proprioception is body awareness.  In the joints, there are receptors that give the body and the brain information about where the body exists in space. So during Physical Therapy rehabilitation, as the body gets stronger and more flexible, we also have to work on body awareness.

Best physical therapist balance ballExercises that are done on unstable surfaces or on one leg versus two challenge strength, stability and proprioception and speed healing. Here are some exercises that accomplish this:

  • Squat exercises on the Bosu Ball for core and leg strength and stability:

There is a beginner and more advance version of this exercise.  To start out, you can stand with both feet on the blue, ball side and for more advanced work, you can flip the bosu over and stand with both feet on the black solid-surface side. Start with 3 sets of 10 squats, using arms for counterbalance, relying on the core for stability, and on the hip and knee joints for balance. Work up to 3 sets of 20. For an even bigger challenge, try doing 10 squats on one leg.Bosu ball best physical therapist blog


To challenge body awareness, stand on the middle of a circular balance board on one leg and rotate clockwise and counterclockwise. This exercise works specifically in the ankle joint itself, but because of the circular nature there is no balance point. The core and entire leg get involved in maintaining balance and control. Do 10 rotations in each direction.

Bosu Ball physical therapist nycWith these two exercises, you will be building strength and stability and increasing your body’s proprioception.  Physical Therapy specializes in these fine details of rehabilitation to getting your better fast and stronger then you were before.  That’s a big step along the road to recovering from injury!

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