Halifax Massage Therapy & More

Citadel Physiotherapy offers a wide range of services to meet your rehabilitation goals. Our therapists are all registered by their professional associations and are committed to providing the highest quality of care to their clients.


Physiotherapy services are provided by highly-trained registered physiotherapists who have vast experience in treating musculoskeletal and sports injuries.

What is Physiotherapy?

Halifax Physiotherapy involves 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 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, KneeHab® and InterX® Therapy. Exercise and injury-specific education are also utilized.

What are the Benefits of Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy in Halifax will help decrease pain, improve joint mobility, improve muscular strength, and improve posture and general conditioning. Physiotherapists also assist individuals in the return to active and productive lifestyles through developing patient-specific exercise programs.

About Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
…it’s more than kegels!

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 internal exam, which will determine a treatment plan specific for 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.

Dry Needling

Citadel Physiotherapy offers dry needling as a therapeutic modality. Dry Needling involves multiple advances of a needle into the muscle in the area of the body which produces pain and typically contains a trigger point. There is no injectable solution and typically the needle that is used is very thin. Positive results are apparent within 2-4 treatment sessions.

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

Read more at www.kinetacore.com.

Manual Therapy/Manipulation

All physiotherapists use specifically tailored exercise to treat pain and stiffness. In addition to exercise, Manipulative Physiotherapists are highly trained at using their hands to diagnose and treat restrictions in movement in the spine, arms and legs. Using gentle, 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 therapy. We 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.

Read more at www.manippt.org/patients.php#manip.

Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy services are provided by registered massage therapists at Citadel Physiotherapy. Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to achieve a therapeutic response. It enhances the function of muscles and joints, improves the circulation of the blood and lymph, and relieves pain and stress.

What are the Benefits of Massage Therapy?

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

Shockwave Therapy

RPW (Radial Pressure Waves) Shockwave Therapy is an excellent non-invasive treatment solution which promotes the rapid healing of injured tissue, bone, heel and joints. With virtually no side effects, the treatment method reduces pain and increases blood circulation which stimulates the healing process. By speeding up the recovery process, RPW Shockwave Therapy enables people to regain the joy and comfort of natural mobility.

Therapeutic shock waves were introduced as a medical treatment for eliminating kidney stones 20 years ago. A shockwave is an intense, but acoustic wave travelling faster than the speed of sound. Today Shockwave technology is used on millions of people around the world to treat a wide range of musculoskeletal, neurological, and soft tissue disorders.

Treatment sessions last no more than 30 minutes and provide successful rapid relief of chronic pain and restores mobility. The therapy has the added benefit of improving lymphatic drainage and reducing muscle tone, so enhanced body shape and cellulite reduction can be expected.


  • Non-surgical treatment
  • Affordable
  • Non-invasive, painless treatment
  • Speeds up healing process
  • Minimal side effects

Treatable Conditions

  • Plantar fasciitis, heal pain or spur pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Jumper's knee
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Shin splints
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Muscle sprain, cramp or spasm
  • Scar tissue treatment
  • Cellulite treatment

Vestibular Rehabilitation

We offer evidence-based assessment and treatment services for vestibular disorders. An initial visit will include a comprehensive history and physical examination to determine an accurate diagnosis. The assessment involves a number of visual, manual, and functional tests to determine the type of dizziness being experienced. We 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. Please book in to see David Evans, PT at either our Halifax or Dartmouth location for this service.

Pool Therapy

Water Therapy consists of a variety of treatments and 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 the development of improved balance and strength. So, for people unable to weight bear on land, they can in water.

Benefits of Pool Therapy:

  • Strengthen and Condition Muscles
  • Improve Flexibility/Mobility
  • Reduce Pain
  • Reduce 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 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 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.

Pool Therapy

We can help protect you against pain and injury—call Citadel Physiotherapy in Halifax to see if physiotherapy, dry needling and much more are right for you!

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