The Top 5 Physical Therapy Instagram Accounts to Follow in 2019

Movement Guides Top 5 Physical Therapy Instagram Accounts to Follow in 2019

People ask us all of the time, “who do you recommend I follow online for legit physical therapy content?”  This got us thinking that maybe putting a list together would be helpful.

Here are the best physical therapy Instagram accounts to follow in 2019.  A few things we took into consideration:

  • We put a ton of weight into actual experience in the field through both practice and research
  • Our list definitely has a sports medicine and sports performance bend to it. Physical therapy is a very broad field but both our followers and us are very interested in performance and fitness so our list reflects that.
  • We do not care much about how many followers someone has and no points are given for posting crazy, random exercises that no one is going to do.

Don’t read as a ranking of best to worst, just our top five. So, without further adieu, here is the Movement Guides Top Physical Therapy Accounts to Follow in 2019:

  1. Achieve Fitness Boston – These guys create some of the best fitness and movement related graphics we’ve seen.  Lauren and Jason Pak are the brains and brawn behind the posts as they are the creators and models in the the posts. They identify common flaws that most people make in the gym and give simple, easy to follow solutions with corrective exercises and appropriate progressions and regressions. Give them a follow on instagram at
  2. The Barbell Physio – Zach Long is the Barbell Physio. He is an unbiased, influential leader in the performance physical therapy space who is able to express his opinions in a straight forward and humble way. He teams up with some of the best minds in the business and actually practices what he preaches. It’s been especially interesting in the past year to watch Zach transform his own body and fitness level to better mach his online namesake. As someone who has been using and speaking about hollow body progressions for core training since 2013, I especially love when Zach includes Pamela Gnon (@pamelagnon) into his posts. She is an incredible gymnastics coach and the two of them demonstrate amazing ways to improve core control and strength. Zach can be found teaching courses around the country on a variety of topics and you can also get a ton of great educational materials from his website. Follow Zach Long on instagram at:
  3. The Ready State (Formerly Mobility WOD) – The OG of online physical therapy advice, Kelly Starrett continues to put out great content year after year. Mobility WOD is still very relevant. He doesn’t know it but Kelly was a MAJOR influence on my post DPT school continuing education and likely a major influence for everyone on this list. Kelly was really the first physical therapist to reach online global prominence by teaching people how to take care of their own bodies while simultaneously beating themselves up with CrossFit and other athletic endeavors. He is an accomplished author (Becoming a Supple Leopard and Deskbound) and got everyone in the fitness world to think like a PT. Test, attempt to make a change, then re-test. He is the reason you see people smashing their glutes on lacrosse balls and using monster bands around their hips and shoulders. Check out the instagram account: or just go straight to get all of Kelly’s great content and ideas for self preservation.
  4. Michael Reiman, PhD – Michael Reiman is well known in the physical therapy world. He is a renowned Physical therapist and researcher out of Duke University and lucky for all of us he is starting to get active on social media. Dr. Reiman is a PhD, physical therapist, manual therapy fellow, athletic trainer and a certified strength and conditioning specialist.  He doesn’t have a big following yet, but you’ll notice that his growing list of followers includes some of the most prominent and popular accounts in performance training and therapy. I’ve really been enjoying his summation of research articles that are coming out. He is keeping people current on what is being published but has the history in the field to give it all perspective. So, if you want to follow someone who is actually producing much of the research we all talk about add this account to your list of follows:
  5. Chris Butler, MPT, CSCS – Chris’s posts are legit. He takes on common injuries and rehab processes and gives evidence based guidelines on how to tackle them. His posts have a consistent look and feel which makes following along easy and you know what to expect.  Chris works with quite the variety of athletes and you’ll see that he finds simple ways to challenge even the most elite and fit. Realistic, practical, evidence based all while being cutting edge. Follow Chris at:

We hope you take the time to follow these impressive therapists (and us! You should follow Movement Guides too!) and check out our list of the top strength coaches to follow right now.

UPDATE: The 2020 List is now up! Read our Best Physical Therapy Instagram Accounts of 2020 today!

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Kyle Sela, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS


 Movement Guides, Inc.

Kyle Sela, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS

Kyle is a physical therapist who is a board certified specialist in sports and orthopedics. He completed a sports medicine fellowship at Duke University in the Management of Division I Athletes and served as a physical therapist on active duty in the US Army where he cared for a Brigade Combat Team during a deployment to Iraq. His passion is in movement efficiency and maximizing every patient's potential to live life to the highest quality. The SquatGuide™ reflects years of experience teaching people to squat with great form and efficiency so that they may benefit from this great exercise.

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