Dr. Bryan Carestia



Physical Therapist & Owner (Newtown, PA)

  • Physical Therapist (PT)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Redcord® Provider / Certified Neurac Practitioner (CNP)
  • Redcord Active Specialist (RAS)
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment certified (SFMA)
  • Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) golf rehab certified
  • Course Instructor, Redcord Neurac
  • Course Instructor, Redcord Active

Bryan Carestia is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with nearly a decade of experience in outpatient orthopedics. He works at Activcore in Newtown, PA and services Bucks County, Pennsylvania and Mercer County, New Jersey.

With an extensive clinical background and education, Bryan is uniquely qualified to handle more complex pain conditions that other practitioners could not resolve. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Health and Behavior Management from the University of Delaware, as well as a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from New York University, ranked among the top 20 physical therapy schools in the country. He also has advanced post-graduate training in postural restoration, neuromuscular activation, and other progressive hands-on methods.

Bryan goes beyond the symptoms and looks at the whole body to help you recover from pain and injury, and safely return to a fulfilling life of sport, activity and wellness. He is among less than 1% of all physical therapists to learn from the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI), making him exceptionally equipped to treat you from head to toe. Additionally, he is recognized nationally as a leading authority in the application of Redcord, a suspension exercise system designed to help you develop a smarter, balanced body through the power of neuromuscular activation.

Bryan started his college career with aspirations to become a medical doctor. He realized while taking the MCAT entrance exam that he did not want to attend another decade of schooling, but that he still wanted to be in the medical field. A few months later he hurt his shoulder while working out, and went through a 6-week physical therapy rehab program. He instantly knew that he wanted to become a physical therapist.

Spending the next 3 years at NYU learning physical therapy, Bryan got a rare opportunity at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, working with top athletes from the Yankees, Mets, Rangers, and Giants to name a few.  

Bryan began his career in a “high volume” clinic in Midtown Manhattan, seeing 15-20 patients per day. Determined to never stop learning, he continued to refine his skills as best he could. He felt, however, working in a quantity-over-quality setting did not yield optimal results for his patients. There simply wasn’t enough time available with each person individually to make a meaningful difference in their lives.

Bryan came to Activcore in 2014 and hasn’t looked back. He was finally able to work with each person on a one-on-one basis throughout each and every session in order to get the best clinical outcomes possible.

More recently, Bryan has become increasingly concerned with the growing trend of desk sitting and computer work across corporations. He rightly observes postural damage done not only by the use of technology, but additionally from jobs with repetitive motions, and even the effects of pregnancy and carrying young children.

In search of methods to treat and reverse life altering postural decline, Bryan found the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI). His passion and interest grew as he realized he could use the PRI approach to treat his own postural function which was declining due to previous injuries and physically intense work as a PT.

With his personal interest and passion to learn, Bryan has taken multiple courses from the Postural Restoration Institute. He has practiced, refined and grown his breadth of knowledge to be able to treat more complicated issues including those involving the head, cranial bones, and jaw. The result has been many happy clients who have been through multiple specialists, unable to find relief from various pain and health issues.

Outside of work, Bryan is most passionate about spending time with his wife and two beautiful kids. They keep him busy, hungry, and motivated to keep improving all aspects of his life.

What Can a Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Do For You?

The SFMA is something I now use every day in my practice, and with every single patient. It is a systematic process of looking at the body as a whole to find the primary source of movement dysfunction and pain. Interestingly, the source of dysfunction is often not at the site where clients actually experience their symptoms.


Why Do I Feel Unbalanced? Postural Restoration Explained

Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) is a clinical education program started in Lincoln, Nebraska by a physical therapist, Ron Hruska, over 30 years ago. He looked at the human body as being asymmetrical. The muscular, neurological, respiratory, circulatory, and vision systems are not the same on the left side of the body as they are on the right side. They have different responsibilities, functions, positions and demands placed on them.


Understanding Pain and How A Skilled PT Can Help.

Why are you seeking PT? Are you rehabbing post-op (after surgery), recovering from an injury, or looking for guidance and training for athletics? While these are all popular and valid reasons for seeking out a qualified physical therapist, one of the main reasons people come to physical therapy is due to pain.


Why Back and Neck Pain Are Common in Cops – and How to Fix It Without Surgery

Studies have confirmed that standing for long periods of time, a routine part of a police officer's job, causes back pain. While 62% of police officers suffer from low back pain, only 9% experienced low back pain before joining the force. These statistics show us that low back pain can unfortunately be one common and negative side effect of being a law enforcement officer.


How Can Breathing Possibly Help Fix My Back Pain?

Have you ever had back pain? Have you tried stretching and doing some core exercises, but the problem persists? If so, you're not alone. The "old" way of correcting back pain is out; breathing is where it's at. What if you are not breathing correctly? Yes, that is a thing.


From Boxing to Breathing: The Many Functions of the Serratus Anterior Muscle

The serratus anterior is commonly referred to as the Boxer’s Muscle. It is a fan-shaped muscle that originates on the superolateral surfaces of ribs 1 to 8 (or even 9 in some people) at the lateral wall of the thorax, and inserts along the superior angle, medial border, and inferior angle of the scapula.‍ Given its anatomical location, origin and insertion, and extensive documentation, we know that the serratus anterior muscle is critical in healthy shoulder function.


My Reviews

I highly recommend choosing Dr. Bryan Carestia for any physical therapy needs. He is very knowledgeable, professional, and effective.

Colin R.

Just finished an evaluation and treatment with Dr. Bryan Carestia, more than impressed. As an Acupuncturist who works within a similar paradigm of fascia and movement, his approach was eye opening. I just took my first full breath in 5 years since taking on a traumatic soccer injury that was complicated by broken ribs. He taught me how to reconnect and integrate my back, hip and diaphragm in ways I hadn’t seen before. I highly recommend! The whole clinic had a great atmosphere and pleasant staff as well.

Joe B.

I have nothing but the highest praise for Bryan’s outstanding physical therapy knowledge and expertise. Throughout the years, I have had different injuries that have plagued me and every time I go to Bryan, he quickly diagnoses the cause and works effectively to get me on the road to recovery. His one-on-one therapy and tailored exercises are effective, address my needs and yield outstanding results. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to family and friends!

Fred T.

I saw Dr. Bryan Carestia for acute, muscular back pain. He fit me in at the last minute and immediately pinpointed where my body was uneven and tight, which was exacerbating my back strain. He really listened to me and worked patiently to ease the tension around my lower back. He followed up our session with special exercises for me to do on my own. I had a wonderful experience with Dr. Bryan Carestia and recommend him for any PT needs.

Vero C.

I am a 36 year old former high school and college football player who is very active and still plays in Sunday rec football leagues. To say I’ve had many physical issues with the years of wear and tear on my body is an understatement. I came to Bryan at Activcore because I finally conceded that the ailments were too much and I had to get my body right. I knew this wasn’t going to be a one and done type of visit and I made it clear to Bryan I needed quite a bit of help. He asked lots of questions and “peeled back the onion” as he likes to say, of all my ailments and also taught me about the root causes of many of my issues. These included back, knee, neck and hip issues, many of which I didn’t even know we’re causing the pain I had. He helped me get back on track to where I was walking better, having more effective workouts, sleeping better and overall feeling better. I can’t thank him enough for all the help he has given and continues to give me to get back into peak shape. Or at least as peak as any 36 year old former athlete can be. If you choose Bryan and Activcore, I can guarantee you will feel better walking out then when you walked in and if you do your part of following through on the exorcises needed between sessions, you will be back to normal in no time. He is the best Physical Therapist I’ve worked with (and I’ve worked with many over the years playing football) and I recommend him to any and all looking for a PT in the Philadelphia area. You will not be disappointed!!

Ryan S.

I have become a far smoother athlete as a result of consistent physical therapy at Activcore. I am an Olympic hopeful training to qualify for the men's javelin throw, and I have seen distinct progress as a result of working with Activcore. My therapist is Dr. Bryan Carestia. He is incredibly knowledgeable, skilled at giving helpful movement cues, and passionate about advancing his expertise. I have only ever heard positive feedback from clients at Activcore, and the positive feeling is palpable upon walking in. This is a professional organization using superior methodology, and I highly recommend them.

Jack A.

I highly recommend Activcore if you are committed to your recovery and looking for an excellent experience each appointment. While the cost is higher compared to other PT, it's worth it for a full one hour, one-on-one session. I cannot say enough good things about Bryan Carestia. He is extremely patient and creative in his treatment approach. I've had a very challenging surgery recovery, but Bryan has kept my rehab program on track. The Client Engagement Leaders are also super helpful and pleasant to work with.

Amanda R.

Professional, friendly and very competent staff. Bryan Carestia (my therapist) and Alison make coming to Activcore a pleasure. I am very satisfied with my results as well. Thank you Activcore!

Larry K.

I give Activcore 5 stars and huge appreciation and thanks to Bryan Carestia for figuring out how to make my body work again. Osteoarthritis increases with each year and makes it hard for me to exercise at all for the pain in my joints. Moving/exercising only made my pain worse. I understand now why my father would groan and complain. Even though this disability is in my genes, I now can do something about it. Redcord is a completely different approach. The harness gives my pelvis support while being lifted off the table takes away the strain of gravity. The specific ergonomic lifts, points, movements, all supervised by the trained therapist (in my case Bryan, but all the therapists are great) wake up my muscles and make my whole body strong. When I started I could barely  hold or repeat the motions. Now I am a 72 year old whizz.  Bryan is a genius at knowing how to direct me. Something else - these exercises are not boring. They never take more than an hour to do. You can count on that. We always do a "before and after" climbing the stairs test. Seeing my progress after each  hour of "work"makes is gratifying. There are people here older and much younger than I. I would say this system has potential for all!  Go for it!!!

Martha O.

Activcore is the only place I will now go to for Physical therapy.  I injured my hamstring badly a few months ago.  After not making any progress at another PT place, I was referred to Activcore which has helped me in only 5 sessions!  Bryan spent an entire hour with me each time, focused on specific stretches and exercises for my hamstrings - and my core and glutes, which had some strength imbalances & weren't working together as they should when my injury happened.


I’m a 68 year old active, athletic senior. Brian C. is a pro at identifying, treating, and repairing body aches and pains. I can’t say enough about the Activcore method. In recent years, Brian has helped me with knee pain, a recurring upper back car accident injury and currently, a hip that is showing signs of wear.  Brian works with you and you alone for 60 minute sessions. Undivided attention. From experience the source of pain is not where you think it is. Make an appointment, spend 60 minutes one on one with Brian and decide for yourself.

Jim D.

Dr. Bryan Carestia is amazing! I came to see him after having 15 years of shoulder pain, frozen shoulders, and additional back pain. He found the issue that no other doctor, chiropractor, or physical therapist could figure out. I am free of pain and stronger than ever. I can do push ups for the first time in over 15 years!

Bryan is smart, compassionate, and a brilliant physical therapist. Every bit of time and money I spent was worth it 10 times over. He works with you "one-on-one" and gives 100% attention during the appointment and for any questions I had afterward. In the past, I had dozens of visits with other PTs  which seemed to help at first but then as soon as I stopped the pain and issues returned. One key factor was that the pain in my shoulders wasn't completely related to my shoulder. Bryan figured out the root issue, treating my whole body. I left without shoulder problems but even better, I am stronger and have mobility and stability I have never had.

Go see him!

Alison K.



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