Rusk Rehabilitation Wellness Programs

Patients at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation have access to a broad array of wellness programs that address specific physical or psychological challenges.


Acupuncture is a safe, painless, and effective form of traditional Chinese medicine. Disposable, ultra-thin needles are applied to specific points on the body to stimulate the nervous system to release important chemicals in the brain, such as pain-relieving endorphins. An improved energy balance also stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities.

Acupuncture complements traditional treatments for conditions such as muscle and skeletal disorders, stress, smoking, overweight and obesity, and fatigue. For more information contact Dr. Alex Moroz or Dr. Charles Kim at 646-501-7277.

Diabetes Management

We take a culturally sensitive, individual, and group approach to educate patients with diabetes about blood glucose monitoring, skin and foot care, diet as it relates to glucose levels, and medication management. For more information, contact Greg Sweeney at 212-263-6033.

Individual Psychotherapy

We take a short-term, problem-focused, cognitive behavioral approach to psychotherapy that targets the anxiety and depression that often accompany heart disease and other medical diagnoses. Family and significant others can be included in sessions if appropriate. For more information, call 212-263-6093.

Massage Therapy

Massage is used to minimize symptoms associated with anxiety, chronic and acute pain, constipation, fatigue, headache, insomnia, joint stiffness, strained muscles, and stress. This service is provided through our Integrative Health Services. Call 212-263-5767 or email for class times and rate information.

Occupational Therapy and Cognitive Therapy

Occupational therapy and cognitive therapy is for people with cardiovascular problems and diabetes who are returning home, but are still experiencing cognitive impairments such as memory loss and poor problem-solving skills that can disrupt independent living and increase safety risks.

The program provides individual and group therapies, a community reintegration and vocational skills program, and family and caregiver training on how to maximize their loved one's cognitive perceptual abilities. For more information, call 212-263-6033.

Stress Management

During individual or group sessions held over six weeks, each participant receives a thorough stress evaluation. This program focuses on helping patients understand the health impact of stress and teaches them behavioral techniques and relaxation skills to help manage it. For more information, call 212-263-6033.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese martial art combining deep breathing and mind relaxation with low-impact aerobic movements. Patients learn 13 movements of a modified, basic style of Tai Chi in 11 one-hour classes. For more information, call 212-263-6033.

Weight Management

We provide individual and group approaches to weight loss through cognitive behavioral therapy. We also explore each patient's experience with the stress of weight management. This program is held at NYU Langone’s Center for Musculoskeletal Care and NYU Langone’s Ambulatory Care Center.