Physical Therapy Specialist

Pro-Active Medical Center

Medical Center located in Niceville, FL

Whether you’re suffering from an acute injury or chronic pain or want to improve your athletic abilities, physical therapy can help you feel better and reach your goals. At Pro-Active Medical Center in Niceville, Florida, the team offers personalized physical therapy sessions to address your unique symptoms and concerns. Led by Brian Schuessler, DC, the medical team can help you get back to normal or feel even better than before. To set up an appointment, book online, or call today.

Physical Therapy Q & A

When is physical therapy recommended?

Physical therapy can be used by people of all ages to recover after an injury, trauma, or surgery, or to boost athletic or sports performance. Conditions that can benefit from physical therapy include:

  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis
  • Sprains and strains
  • Postural issues
  • Sports injuries
  • Osteoporosis

Depending on your diagnosis, Dr. Schuessler may recommend a series of physical therapy visits to get you out of the acute or chronic phase of your injury and back to a normal level of function. He can also work with you to improve your athletic performance for specific sports, like weight lifting, running, cycling, or golf.

What are the benefits of physical therapy?

Physical therapy modalities are able to:

  • Relieve pain
  • Improve range of motion
  • Increase muscle strength
  • Increase blood flow
  • Speed up healing of injured tissues

If you think physical therapy might be beneficial, discuss your symptoms with Dr. Schuessler, and he’ll perform an exam to determine the best treatment plan for you.

What types of physical therapy are available?

Depending on your diagnosis, different types of physical therapy may be recommended to address your specific symptoms or fitness concerns. At Pro-Active Medical Center, the team offers:

Electrical muscle stimulation

Electrical muscle stimulation, also called e-stim, is used to relax tight, stiff muscles and smooth areas with muscle knots or adhesions for increased flexibility and comfort.


Therapeutic ultrasound uses deep heating technology to increase blood flow and speed up healing in injured soft tissues, including muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Therapeutic exercises

Therapeutic exercises using your own body weight, resistance bands, or free weights can improve your strength and posture, while improving the stability of your joints.


Specialized stretches are used to improve your flexibility, increase blood flow, enhance relaxation, and address muscular imbalances.

Intersegmental traction

Intersegmental traction is a procedure used to gently stretch your spine and increase the space between the vertebral segments and discs in your spine. This can help with disc herniations, arthritis, and chronically tight or stiff back discomfort.


Kinesiotape is a type of flexible athletic tape used to stabilize joints and muscles as the recovery from injuries. Also called KT tape, it can be used to decrease bruising and swelling after sprains and strains as well.

Dr. Schuessler may recommend one or more of these therapies to reduce your pain and improve your overall physical function.

To find out if physical therapy is right for you, call Pro-Active Medical Center, or book a consultation online now.