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.

Barefoot on the Pavement: A New Kind of Running

Spring is finally here! (I mean, gosh, it took long enough, right?) The second it even starts to get nice outside, I get that old feeling back- I want to run. Not in a gym, on a treadmill, not inside on a track- that’s to running what swimming indoors is to free-styling in the Caribbean. I want to get outdoors and run as far as I can, in the fresh air. And I know a lot of my physical therapy clients feel this way too.

Running is the most fundamental of exercises. In a way, it’s what we humans were made to do. And recently, I’ve become really fascinated by the natural running movement. For those of you who don’t know, natural running is running barefoot, or as close to it as you can get. The theory is that our feet were made to get tough and hard, like our prehistoric ancestors who chased prey. So what’s wrong with shoes? As the fascinating blog, Barefoot Runner, puts it; shoes are like morphine- they deaden the pain and the soul, I mean sole. (I’m paraphrasing just a bit- but it’s a great read!) As a result, the way we run wreaks havoc on our bodies. We’re doing it wrong!

Now, I’m not saying you should head over to the East River and run barefoot. But I did try out this nifty pair of shoes, the Vibram Bikila LS, which try to give you the barefoot feeling without the fearbarefoot running physcial best physical therapist nycf Vibram Bikila LS-W358-hero2 of getting glass in your toe. They were amazing! So what are the benefits of running barefoot? Well, you won’t land so hard on your heel- in fact you’ll land more forward on your foot. As a result, you’ll activate the all-important core much more, so that the impact of your feet on the pavement will be much more dispersed through your gait cycle. You’ll run lighter, and cleaner, and- if you’re doing it right- with less stress on your heels, knees and hips. I must, however, caveat, as always- if you have issues from running, only proceed with advice from your physical therapist and doctor!

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Best Physical Therapist NYC
Karena Wu, PT, MS
ActiveCare Physical Therapy
12 W 37th Street
New York, NY 10018


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