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.

Kettlebells and Physical Therapy?

Kettle bells 2 physical therapy nycPhysical therapy emphasizes strength, stability and endurance exercises, and for that reason the kettlebell is one of the hot new equipment pieces that you can work into your routine. As holistic practitioners, we recommend safe, efficient exercise equipment but as this little ‘bell’ works the whole body at once, you’ve got to be prepared both mentally and physically. No sense in picking up these seemingly harmless weights and then throwing yourself out of whack, right? The Physical Therapists here at ActiveCare Physical Therapy are trying to get you out of rehabilitation, not have you return!

Kettle bells physical therapy nycWhile the kettlebell may be the new rage, it’s definitely not a new piece of equipment. A kettlebell is a ball-shaped weight with a handle, and it facilitates strengthening with instability. It is a traditional Russian cast iron weight or girya and originated approximately 350 years ago!

Usually kettlebell exercises incorporate some sort of swinging movement that utilizes the core (abs, back and hips) along with the legs and shoulders. It’s a whole body exercise that demands a strong core to avoid injury. It facilitates ballistic or swinging movements.

The full-body exercises using a kettlebell often mimic real world activities, such as shoveling and farm work. Basic movements include the swing, snatch and clean and jerk. Here are some videos that show the exercises:

Kettlebell Swing Exercise

Kettlebell Snatch Exercise

Kettlebell Clean and Jerk Exercises

The movements used in kettlebell exercise can be dangerous to those who have a weak core, back or shoulder problems. Make sure you have done the appropriate rehabilitation exercises to strengthen around each individual joint. Incorporate them together to perform full body movements and build strength and endurance. Then try adding the kettlebell to your routine.

Consult your Physical Therapist before implementing this advanced exercise. The therapists at ActiveCare Physical Therapy can instruct you on the appropriate timing as well as prescription for rehabilitation using Kettlebells! Have fun and be safe!

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