Services

Services

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Physiotherapy

Rehabilitation of Musculoskeletal injuries Using an Active Exercise-Based Approach.

We provide therapeutic services for numerous medical conditions, including those for acute and chronic pain, Workers Compensation Board of Nova Scotia (WCB) and Motor Vehicle Act (MVA)-related conditions (whiplash), arthritis, orthopedic sports injuries and strains, and pre-and post-surgical conditions.

Physiotherapy assesses and treats musculoskeletal injury with the goal of restoring and maintaining as much physical ability as possible. Our physiotherapy services involve the assessment and treatment of your musculoskeletal injury in order to improve and maintain your functional level and physical abilities.

Physiotherapists at Citadel Physiotherapy in Halifax and Dartmouth are trained to provide an initial assessment and diagnosis and will develop a treatment plan specific to the client’s injury that is exercise-based and hands-on.

Physiotherapists at Citadel Physiotherapy utilize various treatment techniques while treating their clients. These include manual therapy, mobilization and manipulations, acupuncture, electrical modalities such as ultrasound, light therapy, Interferential Current Therapy, TENS, shockwave therapy. Exercise and injury-specific education are also utilized extensively.

Your vestibular system takes care of your body’s balance, posture, and movement. If your brain does not receive proper communication from other parts of the vestibular system, such as signals from your inner ear, you may develop balancing problems, dizziness, and vertigo.

Citadel Physiotherapy offers screening, assessment and treatment of vestibular system disorders such as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), Unilateral Vestibular Lesions (UVL), and Bilateral Vestibular Lesions (BVL). Your appointment begins with a comprehensive evaluation of your symptoms and may include a battery of tests, including eye movement testing (oculomotor exam), motion sensitivity testing, and a balance and gait assessment. Your therapist will establish a diagnosis and develop a list of goals for your specific treatment program. Your treatment plan will include education about your vestibular dysfunction and a home exercise program specific to your treatment goals.

We then create a treatment plan based on the results of our findings. Treatment is highly individualized and may include repositioning maneuvers, clinic-based vestibular/balance therapy, a patient-specific home exercise program, education or a combination of these strategies.

For more information, please book in to see Jessica Crook, or Leigh Hepditch, in Halifax or  Jenn MacKinnon in Dartmouth to discuss vestibular rehabilitation therapy.

Physiotherapists at Citadel Physiotherapy use specifically tailored exercises to treat their clients. In addition to exercise, physiotherapists are highly trained at using their hands to diagnose and treat restrictions in movement in the spine, and peripheral joints. Using  hands-on techniques, we can help reduce muscle tightness, improve movement in the joints, reduce pain and improve function.

Leigh Hepditch and Veronique Trottier are both FCAMPT-Certified Therapists. Contact us to book with Leigh or Veronique today.

FCAMPT-Certified ™ physiotherapists are Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT) that have completed post-graduate education and attained internationally recognized qualifications in hands-on manipulative therapy. They provide focused treatment based on research-guided techniques that speed up patient recovery while educating them about their condition to reduce the risk of relapse.

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chiropractic

Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between the musculoskeletal system, nervous system, and their collective impact.

Some examples but not limited to; headaches, shoulder injuries, rib dysfunction, sciatica, runner’s knee, tennis/golfers elbow, carpal tunnel, plantar fasciitis, hip, low back and neck pain. 

Chiropractic Care is a drug-free, non-invasive, hands-on practice, with a focus on manual therapy. Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system and their collective impact on your overall health and wellness.

Using a number of refined skills and specialized techniques, the chiropractor will evaluate the area of complaint along with secondary areas where your discomfort could be arising from to treat the primary complaint.

It is often recommended as an ongoing treatment, much like you would do so with your dentist or family doctor.

As a bona fide member of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, we are committed to providing safe and effective chiropractic experiences that promote health and wellness, backed by our sterling standard of customer service. Our chiropractors create a personalized care plan for each individual’s unique concerns with the goal of improving their range of motion and helping patients attain total body comfort. From postural problems due to long hours at work to sports and auto accident injuries – we can help! 

  • Spinal and Extremity Manipulation Therapy

  • Spinal and Extremity Mobilization therapy

  • Acupuncture – Acute & Chronic pain Management / Sports and Injury Management

  • Myofascial Release Technique

  • Instrument Assisted Myofascial Release

  • Therapeutic Cupping

  • Therapeutic Kinesio Taping

  • Titleist Performance Institute Assessments – Level 2

  • Functional Movement Assessment

With extensive education and hands-on experience in the assessment, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and management of conditions associated with the spine, muscle, and nervous system, our chiropractors can recommend a highly focused, patient-centred course of treatment. Although the treatment is specific to the needs of each individual, the common goal is to alleviate pain as well as improve mobility and bodily functions. The course of treatment can involve several practices, including spine and/or extremity adjustments, soft tissue therapy, acupuncture, exercise, joint mobilization, education, and rehabilitation. Our chiropractors also provide and recommend lifestyle modification strategies to prevent further injuries and discomfort.

 

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Massage Therapy

Helps provide pain relief from injury, postural dysfunction, stress and discomfort rising from muscle tension, fatigue, myofascial pain, chronic pain and more.

The practice of Massage Therapy is the assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissue and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, or relieve pain (Massage Therapy Act, 1991).

Citadel Physiotherapy provides Massage Therapy services in Halifax and Dartmouth with Registered Massage Therapists who are clinically-trained to offer effective therapeutic treatments. As a multidiscipline healthcare facility, the purpose behind Massage Therapy is to help provide pain relief from injury, postural dysfunction, stress and discomfort rising from muscle tension, fatigue, myofascial pain, chronic pain and more. 

 

  • Accidents or physical trauma
  • Degenerative or chronic issues like arthritis or migriane
  • Overworking your muscles in sports or profession

To deal with such cases,  Our Massage Therapists will encourage both rehabilitation and treatment according to your unique needs.

Massage Therapy can be used to treat various conditions including low back pain, whiplash, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, repetitive strain injuries, athletic injuries, general muscle tension, headaches, muscle strains, tendonitis, frozen shoulder, and many other conditions.

You can, therefore, sum up the benefits of a comprehensive massage plan to the following:

  • Gain improved joint mobility
  • effective pain reduction
  • relaxation
  • better circulation of blood and lymph

At Citadel Physiotherapy clinic, we have experienced massage therapists who provide excellent services. Our massage therapy service works as a treatment to relieve pain and stress. Rely on our comprehensive massage plans and improve your health and well-being.

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Bracing and orthotics

Tailored physical aids for various areas of that body that support mobility and reduce pain.

Orthotics are intended to correct an abnormal or irregular walking pattern, by altering slightly the angles your foot makes contact with the ground. 

Orthotics are custom made for each user insuring a comfortable fit and rewarding outcome.

The purpose of medical braces is to reduce the movement of specific body parts to allow them to heal after an injury or to prevent further injury or re-injury. Braces can be applied to multiple areas of the body related to mobility

The Arthritis & Injury Care Centre is a collaborative medical practice helping people through their journey to recovery, from “hurt” to “healthy”. Privately owned and locally operated in Atlantic Canada, they are committed to providing the best customer service and care to all their patients and customers.

Their knowledgeable and experienced professionals are there to help and guide you throughout your entire experience. They strive to educate and inform their patients on their individual needs as they believe informed patients are able to make the best decisions about their health.

Services Include:

  • Custom & Off-The-Shelf Ligament & Arthritis Bracing
  • Pre- & Post-Operative Bracing
  • Custom Orthotics
  • Orthopedic Footwear
  • Podiatry Services & Foot Care*
  • Orthotist Services
  • Cold Therapy
  • Compression Stockings
  • Injection Therapy
  • Sports Medicine Consultations
  • Orthopedic Consultations

*Services offered in English, French, & Arabic*

 

Offering 3 clinic locations in Nova Scotia that are easily accessible:

DOWNTOWN HALIFAX 

1554 Dresden Row, Suite 3070

Halifax NS   B3J 2K2

CLAYTON PARK

278 Lacewood Drive

Halifax NS  B2W 6L4

DARTMOUTH

250 Baker Drive, Suite 124

Dartmouth NS  B2W 6L4

Phone: 902-442 8352

 

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Dry Needling and Acupuncture

A focused therapy used to help with pain control in acute and chronic conditions.

Citadel Physiotherapy offers dry needling as a therapeutic modality. Dry needling involves multiple advances of a fine needle into the muscle in the area of the body that produces pain and typically contains a trigger point. There is no injectable solution and the needle that is used is very thin. Positive results can be apparent in as little as one treatment session.


Dry needling is an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, rehabilitation from injury, and can assist with injury prevention, with very few side-effects. This technique is beneficial in treating and eliminating neuromuscular dysfunction that leads to pain and functional deficits.

Various therapists at Citadel Physiotherapy offer acupuncture as a treatment modality and it maybe used as a complementary treatment to physiotherapy, chiropractic and massage therapy services.


Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through the skin at strategic points on your body. Acupuncture can be used to decrease pain, relax muscles, improve joint flexibility and circulation, strengthen the immune system, and regulate the nervous system.  With very few side effects, acupuncture is often used to help with pain control in acute and chronic conditions.

Physiotherapists at Citadel Physiotherapy in Halifax and Dartmouth are trained to provide an initial assessment and diagnosis and will develop a treatment plan specific to the client’s injury that is exercise-based and hands-on.

Physiotherapists at Citadel Physiotherapy utilize various treatment techniques while treating their clients. These include manual therapy, mobilization and manipulations, acupuncture, electrical modalities such as ultrasound, light therapy, Interferential Current Therapy, TENS, shockwave therapy. Exercise and injury-specific education are also utilized extensively.

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Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that helps quickly regenerate damaged tissues.

Strong energy pulses are applied to the injury site and promote healing by enhancing cell metabolism and circulation. It is commonly used to treat a variety of tendinopathies and does not have any notable side effects. Most patients only require three-to-six sessions. 

 

Therapeutic shockwaves were originally introduced as a medical treatment for eliminating kidney stones. Today, shockwave technology is used globally by millions of people to treat a wide range of conditions.

Shockwave Therapy at Citadel Physiotherapy is billed the same as a regular physiotherapy session and is available in both our Halifax and Dartmouth locations.

  • Non-surgical treatment
  • Affordable treatment
  • Non-invasive, painless treatment
  • Faster healing process
  • Minimal side-effects
  • Plantar fasciitis, heel pain or spur pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Jumper’s knee
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Shin splints
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Calcific tendinopathy of rotator cuff
  • Trochanteric bursitis
  • Chronic tendinopathy

Pelvic floor therapy

Rehabilitation of Musculoskeletal Injuries Using an Active Exercise-Based Approach. 

When you sign up for pelvic floor therapy at our Halifax or Dartmouth clinic, Kegels won’t be the limit to what you do. Pelvic floor physiotherapists have advanced training in the assessment and treatment of conditions that impact the pelvic floor. Some of the conditions they help treat and prevent may include:

 

  • Pelvic organ prolapse

  • Pelvic pain conditions

  • Problems during and after pregnancy

  • Urinary/fecal urgency and incontinence

  • Constipation

Pelvic floor muscles support the pelvic organs, including the bladder, bowel and uterus in women. They prevent incontinence and play an important role in sexual function. When the muscles of the pelvic floor are weak or too tight, this can create problems.

 

The good news is pelvic floor physiotherapy can help! Your physiotherapist will complete a thorough history and a physical exam which may include an internal exam if necessary, which will determine a treatment plan specific to your needs. This will likely include exercise, lifestyle education, manual and biofeedback techniques. The main focus of physiotherapy is to connect you to your pelvic floor and enhance your quality of life.

 

  • Pelvic organ prolapse

  • Pelvic pain conditions

  • Problems during and after pregnancy

  • Urinary/fecal urgency and incontinence

  • Constipation

Physiotherapists at Citadel Physiotherapy in Halifax and Dartmouth are trained to provide an initial assessment and diagnosis and will develop a treatment plan specific to the client’s injury that is exercise-based and hands-on.

Physiotherapists at Citadel Physiotherapy utilize various treatment techniques while treating their clients. These include manual therapy, mobilization and manipulations, acupuncture, electrical modalities such as ultrasound, light therapy, Interferential Current Therapy, TENS, shockwave therapy. Exercise and injury-specific education are also utilized extensively.

Physiotherapists at Citadel Physiotherapy use specifically tailored exercises to treat their clients. In addition to exercise, physiotherapists are highly trained at using their hands to diagnose and treat restrictions in movement in the spine, and peripheral joints. Using  hands-on techniques, we can help reduce muscle tightness, improve movement in the joints, reduce pain and improve function.

 

CAMPT-Certified ™ physiotherapists are Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT) that have completed post-graduate education and attained internationally recognized qualifications in hands-on manipulative therapy. They provide focused treatment based on research-guided techniques that speed up patient recovery while educating them about their condition to reduce the risk of relapse

Pool Therapy

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At Citadel Physiotherapy in Halifax, we offer pool therapy for those who are recovering from injuries. Water Therapy consists of a variety of exercises that are done in a pool to help people dealing with musculoskeletal injuries, chronic pain, and pre/post-surgical procedures.


Pool water therapy is an excellent method of treatment for people who have undergone surgery and need to begin a specialized exercise program that follows their surgeon’s specific protocol.


Water counteracts gravity and helps to support a person’s body weight in a controlled fashion as the person is immersed. This can aid in the development of improved balance and strength. So, for people unable to bear weight on land, they can in water. Sounds convincing? Find out more about our pool therapy sessions in Dartmouth and Halifax. Contact us today.

With Pool Therapy, You Can:

 

  • Strengthen and condition muscles

  • Improve flexibility/mobility

  • Reduce pain

  • Reduce the risk of future injuries

  • Treatment of osteoarthritis

  • Increase joint movement

  • Relaxation of tight muscles

  • Decreases stress on muscles and joints

  • Begin rehab exercises sooner than on land

The buoyancy of the water allows individuals with a limited range of motion to gain extra range and the ability to move freely underwater versus on land. The water also provides resistance by means of gentle friction, allowing the strengthening and conditioning of an injury while reducing the risk of further injury due to the loss of balance.


After any type of surgery, maintaining mobility is a top priority. Stiffness and loss of flexibility are a big concern for post-surgical patients. With pool therapy, people are able to begin rehab exercises much sooner than on land.

What We Have Here for You

Our Goal Is To Provide You With A Rewarding Experience On Your Health Journey.

Convenient Locations

Save your Bridge Fare and Visit Either Our Central Halifax or Dartmouth Locations

Limited Mobility Accessible

Our Locations are Accessible, With Easy Drop Off Points and Parking

Functional Facility

Our Facility is Set Up With Fitness Space To Analyze Movement and Instruct

Direct Billing

We Provide Direct Billing To Most Major Insurance Providers

Injury Speialists

Our Team Has Set The Standard In Specific Injury Recovery Protocols

Onsite Bracing & Podiatry

We Can Quickly Get You Fitted For A Proper Brace Or Custom Orthotics

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some common questions we receive, if you’re curious about anything else, please CONTACT US

Yes we can provide direct billing to most major insurance providers for Physiotherapy, Massage Therapy, Chiropractic, Workers Compensation Injuries, Motor Vehicle Related Injuries.

Please bring your insurance information on your first visit to serve you best.

A script or a doctors referral is not required to access our services, however your private medical insurance may require one for reimbursement. Please contact your private insurance for clarification.

Yes.

Our Halifax Location is located just inside of the Dresden Row Entrance of Park Lane Mall and supported by their multi-level parking garage where you can utilize the elevator. Additionally, one hour validation is provided to those parking in Parklane Mall Parking complex upon request. 

Our Dartmouth Location is located on the main level of Millstone Square on Baker Drive, which also offers free parking. 

At our Halifax location, one hour validation is available on request for the Parklane Mall Parking Complex.(Annandale St.)  

At Our Dartmouth Location, parking is free in the centres parking lot.

Initially you will be asked to fill an intake form covering your general health and areas of concern.

Afterward your personal therapist will assemble a detailed assessment based on your physiology and initiate treatment. 

It is a good idea to bring shorts and a t-shirt with you as its helpful in both assessment and treatment. If not possible, we have shorts and t-shirts onsite to borrow.