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.

Pilates-based Physical Therapy using Spring loaded resistance

As a Pilates-based physical therapy rehab facility, we utilize, of course, Pilates equipment. Sports injuries, accidental injuries, overuse injuries and traumatic injuries all benefit from Pilates rehabilitation and basic Physical Therapy treatment.

That means you won’t see any big, hulking pieces of gym equipment, and we’re pretty proud of that, because we get better results in injury recovery with Pilates equipment, free weights or body resistance.

Pilates-Based-Best Physical Therapy 1Two of my favorite pieces of Pilates equipment are the Allegro Refomer and the Trapeze Table or Cadillac. Both of these medieval-looking pieces of equipment offer a multitude of exercise for the entire body.

Joseph Pilates originally developed these exercises because he was a sickly child himself.  He was interned in a German camp and used what he had, which were springs from the mattresses.  This is why Pilates has spring-loaded resistance on all of its pieces of equipment.

The springs offer resistance in both directions and low-load resistance. This work with resistance, rather than using heavy-load weights, is less aggressive on the body and particularly beneficial for treating injuries.

Plus, you can do many of the exercises lying down, as opposed to standing. This is more therapeutic for two reasons. First, when you have an inflamed joint and it hurts to be vertical or weight-bearing, it’s easier to work the muscles around the joint. Secondly, laying down minimizes the amount of swelling that will pool in a joint thereby making the exercises more tolerable and more effective without the backlash of swelling and inflammation from compression, poor circulation, and increased stress in and around the joint.

The beauty of the spring resistance is that you start with core stabilization. Then you do the exercise working against spring resistance and applying elongation, so you are strengthening as well as lengthening. Taking pressure off the joints minimizes irritation, increases stabilization, and allows for more effective muscle activation which gives you more control in movements.

Here are some exercises that we do with the Cadillac and Reformer.

For the Cadillac, the Legs in Straps exercise, which includes both back and side leg lifts, allows the legs to move with control.

On the Reformer, you can do either Arms in Straps or Legs in Straps exercises, with the same controlled motion.

For rehabilitation you need to cater to both joint and tissue inflammation. Pilates-based rehabilitation is all about stretching and strengthening, while also reducing inflammation. Because of the core activation, you get a holistic exercise that benefits more than just the injured body part.  Overall, this makes for less stress on the joint, while speeding healing. 

Both add up to a quicker and more wholesome recovery, so when you need physical therapy, try to find a clinic that offers holistic treatment, Pilates-based exercises, and Pilates equipment for rehabilitation. 

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