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.

Hip Power: Boxing Strength From the Hip

In my last post, I mentioned my strong aversion to the traditional ab crunch. There are a thousand reasons for this, but one biggie is because they completely ignore an entire half of your core! The area across your hips and lower stomach is a pivotal part of the core, and a great source of power, as you can probably tell if you enjoy boxing, like I do. All those hooks and cross body jabs get their, ahem, punch from a strong and connected torso! The core lets you float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. So with that in mind, here are a couple of ways to get that lower core in tune. medicine-ball-torso-rotation_articlepage_2401

1) Be a baller! That’s right, you heard me; but not a basketballer- a medicine baller! This exercise from ehow.com will help you engage those hard-to-reach lower obliques and abs. And check out the video for a modified sit-up. However, if you have back or neck issues, please don’t do this without consulting your physical therapist.

2) Crunch backwards! I may have an aversion to regular old crunches, but reverse crunches can be useful. This guide gives you a nice simple way to do them. And remember-nice and easy! Breath! Feel your abs pulling in slowly from the floor.

3) Use your brain! When you are going about your favorite everyday workout- running, ellipticalling, etc. simply think about engaging those lower abs. Feel them knitting together, and pointing inwards towards your spine. It works! But first you have to know your neutral spine- which we covered here last week.

Last but not least- as always if you are in physical therapy for an area, and any of these sound like they might conflict, consult your therapist before attempting! And! Remember to go slowly, think about what you are doing, and BREATHE!

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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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