Do you consistently feel underwhelmed when you scroll through Instagram? Maybe your daily foray through your feed is getting a bit repetitive. (There are an awful lot of people who like to take pictures of their food.) Or, maybe you’re just finding yourself a little short-handed on scrollable content. Either way, it may be time to spice up your Insta experience with some inspirational (and sometimes educational) physio goodness by following some of these top physical therapy Instagram accounts.

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For Exercise Demonstrations

The Prehab Guys

If you’re interested in watching some exercise variation demos, check out The Prehab Guys! They post a variety of high- and low-intensity exercises. Plus, every post is paired with a detailed description that explains the science behind the movement.

 

 
 
 
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The Barbell Physio

The Barbell Physio frequently posts high-intensity athletic exercise demonstrations. These demonstrations are chock full of injury prevention advice and aim to correct common conditioning mistakes.

 

 
 
 
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Impact Sports Physical Therapy

Impact Sports Physical Therapy showcases different patients (who are often professional athletes!) performing sport-specific rehabilitation exercises. These videos don’t come with much in the way of explanation, but they’re pretty darn awesome to watch—especially considering these athletes are often performing these exercises post-surgery.

 

 
 
 
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For Morale Boosts

Instride Physical Therapy

If you’re ever in need of a motivational boost, check out Instride Physical Therapy’s Instagram account. Instride’s PTs frequently work with amputee patients, and their account features videos of patients performing various exercises with their prosthetics. Few things beat watching people overcome immense challenges!

 

 
 
 
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Advanced

For those of you who have an acute case of wanderlust—or just love pretty travel photos—check out this account from Advanced Travel Therapy. It’s chock full of eye-catching travel photography (courtesy of various traveling therapists and nurses)—and each post is accompanied by a little blurb about the location and the featured provider. This account is run by a travel staffing agency, so the pictures are definitely promotional in nature—but who doesn’t love looking at gorgeous, natural scenery?

 

 

I Heart Physical Therapy

These PT-specific memes and jokes poke fun at the struggles and triumphs many PTs experience every day. A handful of these jokes are geared toward students—but every PT was a student at one point or another, so you might still get a kick out of ’em.

 

 
 
 
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For Examples of Good Branding

Dr. Kari Elste

Dr. Kari Elste, PT, DPT, has doubled down on marketing her PT niche: rock climbing-specific conditioning, prehab, and rehab. Her Instagram posts kick up visual interest with stunning scenic pictures (typically with rock climbers!), and they usually contain well-explained exercise demonstrations.

 

 
 
 
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PT Solutions

Want to see a great example of branding in action? Check out the PT Solutions Instagram. All of these posts are visually appealing and brand-consistent—right down to the distinct blue hue, which shows up in nearly every image—and the account is pretty fun to look through!

 

 
 
 
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Achieve Fitness

Achieve Fitness isn’t a PT clinic—it’s actually a regular gym (with trainers). However, I chose to include it in this list because the company has totally knocked its social media presence out of the park. Every post is visually, auditorily, and emotionally consistent with the company brand—and the account posts a lot of exercise demonstration videos that have great production value.

 

 
 
 
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For Education

JP Gloria, DPT

Dr. JP Gloria, PT, DPT, uses his Instagram account to perform gait analyses on various runners (via recorded video). He includes visual overlays—and occasional voice overs—to explain his analyses. It’s definitely worth a peek if you’re interested in observing running gaits!

 

 
 
 
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Modern Manual Therapy

The Modern Manual Therapy Instagram account is run by Erson Religioso, DPT, MS, MTC, Cert. MDT, CFC, CSCS, FMS, FMT, FAAOMPT. If that long list of credentials didn’t catch your attention, know that he publishes a grab bag of thought-provoking posts that encourage PTs to noodle about topics like patient education and the nature of pain.

 

 
 
 
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APTA

Yep, the APTA has its own Instagram account! It posts quotes from (and pictures of) APTA members; advocacy updates; and the occasional inspirational video or captioned picture.

 

 
 
 
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WebPT

We’d be remiss not to add WebPT’s own Instagram account to this list! We post images from the blog posts that we publish along with links to our articles. Whether you’re interested in learning about compliance or the ins and outs of running a business, we’ve got a blog for that!

 

 
 
 
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Are there any PT-related Instagram accounts you can’t live without? Leave a comment below, and tell us about your favorite. Happy scrolling!

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