Published On: June 22nd, 2022Tags: ,

About the Author: Peter Nguyen, PT, DPT

Peter Nguyen, PT, DPT is a MovementX physical therapist, fitness instructor, and health consultant in Orange County, CA.

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Two Alternatives to “Traditional PT”—In-Home Physical Therapy and Telehealth

Alternative models of physical therapy care have steadily increased and are becoming evermore ubiquitous with each passing year. The delivery of high-quality care is no longer limited to clinics and can now be brought to you via in-home physical therapy or telehealth.

With in-home physical therapy, you can welcome a provider into your home and receive safe, convenient, and comfortable care. With telehealth, or virtual physical therapy, you can receive specialized care from a provider who may be an expert in the care you need despite living thousands of miles apart.

These two alternative models of physical therapy care benefit both sides of the treatment table—patients and providers alike. Physical therapists can meet patients where they are at, spend a full 60 minutes with them, and ensure effective plans of care. With these two innovative options for care, patients can choose a physical therapy option that best suits their busy lifestyle and unique movement health goals.

Let’s learn more about the benefits of in-home physical therapy and virtual physical therapy and the comparative advantages between each…

Three Benefits of In-Home Physical Therapy

Having a physical therapist come to your home is one of the most exciting advances in movement health in recent years. Patients often appreciate the accessibility, flexibility, and personalization that comes along with it.

1. Care from the Comfort of Home

The obvious benefit of in-home physical therapy is convenience. At MovementX, our physical therapists bring a treatment table and all necessary equipment to transform any small open space in your living room, garage, or backyard into your own personal PT clinic. Why commute across town to a crowded clinic when you can now get flexible care on your own schedule from the comfort of home?

2. The Hands-On Care You Need

This is the primary differentiating factor between in-home physical therapy and virtual physical therapy. Manual therapy and additional hands-on techniques performed by a licensed physical therapist can help increase joint mobility, decrease pain, and relax tight muscles. Your physical therapist will also be able to more effectively ensure you utilize proper body mechanics when performing strengthening exercises or mobilizing movements.

3. Flexible Scheduling

In-home physical therapists often have more flexible schedules to accommodate your work requirements, family needs, and personal matters. At MovementX, we don’t think you should have to wait two weeks to see a specialist in the care you need. With flexible scheduling, you have a better chance at getting an appointment within 3 days, or even within a few hours if urgently needed.

Three Benefits of Telehealth

Telehealth utilizes technologies such as Zoom, FaceTime, and Skype to bring patients and providers together for more convenient and personalized care. Just like physical therapy at home, you can enjoy the benefits of an expert physical therapy evaluation or treatment session from the comfort of your living room, office, or basement.

1. The Safest Way to See a PT

Telehealth services are extremely beneficial for immunocompromised patients who are at a higher risk of developing a contagious illness. Nowadays, we can never be too safe, and virtual physical therapy is a great treatment option that helps prevent the spread of diseases and illnesses.

2. Work With an Expert

Depending on where you live, finding a physical therapist in your area who is an expert in the care you need can be a challenge.

However, with telehealth, you can have a complete evaluation or follow-up treatment session with a physical therapist virtually anywhere. Although hands-on care may not be possible, the goal remains the same—get your questions answered, needs addressed, and body feeling better.

3. Affordability

Many physical therapists who offer virtual appointments may do so at a slightly lower price point, since both time and travel are saved. It certainly depends on your specific needs, but an in-person evaluation followed by virtual follow-ups can still be an effective plan of care to accommodate for budgets, vacations, or limited work schedules.


With accessible, one-on-one, treatment from a specialized physical therapist, you can treat the root cause of your pain or injury quickly and effectively.

MovementX is the safest and easiest way to see a trusted physical therapist at home, virtually, or via a hybrid of both so you can get back to living a strong, pain-free, and healthy life.

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About the Author

Dr. Peter Nguyen Physical Therapist with MovementX in Orange County, CA

Dr. Peter Nguyen is a physical therapist, fitness instructor, and health consultant with MovementX in Orange County, CA. He specializes in the treatment of headaches and migraines, rehabilitation after a stroke, and the management of chronic pain. Peter Nguyen also enjoys helping older adults stay strong and healthy. He also serves as a health equity advocate ensuring quality care is delivered to underserved populations in the community.

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