Physiotherapists are movement and exercise experts. Physiotherapy combines in-depth knowledge of how the body works with specialized hands-on skills to assess, diagnose and treat illness, injury or disability.

Our goal is to help you maximize your strength, movement, function and overall well-being.

You do not require a referral to visit a physiotherapist.

Manipulative Therapy

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, the therapists at Scotia Physiotherapy can help reduce muscle tightness, improve movement in the joints, reduce pain and improve function.

Alison and Cynthia are Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physical Therapists (CAMPT), CAMPT is a member of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipluative Physical Therapists(IFOMPT). IFOMPT is a subgroup of the World Confederation of Physical Therapists(WCPT), a member of the World Health Organization (WHO). We are connected to our international colleagues around the globe!

TMJ Disorders (TMD)

Scotia Physiotherapy in Halifax, NS specializes in the treatment of disorders of the TMJ.

The TMJ and Neck Clinic of Nova Scotia is a division of Scotia Physiotherapy in Halifax, NS specializes in the treatment of disorders of the TMJ (jaw).

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is the term used to describe issues associated with TMJ and facial muscle problems.

Jennifer Wade has studied extensively in the management of TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders) nationally and internationally, she also regularly lectures for Dalhousie University School of Dentistry and continuing education for practicing dental professionals. She has collaborates with oral surgeons and TMD dental specialists.

Sheena Commandeur and Lyndsay Oakes have specialised training in intraoral massage therapy for TMD.

TMJ and Neck Clinic of Nova Scotia Referral pad

Sports Injury Rehabilitation

Our physiotherapists manage athletes of all abilities, providing counseling and education before, during and after sport activity, and manage all aspects of sports injury rehabilitation.

Alison holds a Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy, and actively works with athletes from weekend warriors to Olympians.

Complete Concussion Management

Complete Concussion Management ( consists of evidence-based, best-practice, comprehensive care derived from published research.  The goal of this program is to provide concussed patients and those at risk of concussion with proper care and procedures.

Athletic/movement Screening

For young athletes or individuals of any age beginning a new activity an assessment of how your body moves — your biomechanics — can be critical in preventing injuries and optimizing performance. At Scotia Physio we believe in Prehabilitation!


Acupuncture is used for the treatment of pain and other symptoms and to help improve muscle and joint health. Physiotherapists at Scotia Physiotherapy practice acupuncture for the management of a range of conditions, including headache, spinal pain, shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis, and sporting injuries.

Trigger Point Dry Needling

Myofascial trigger points are one of the most common components of acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions. Trigger points often cause referred pain – pain felt in a different region away from the source of pain. Dry needling is an effective tool used by physiotherapists at Scotia Physiotherapy for releasing trigger points.

One-on-One Exercise Sessions

One-on-one exercise sessions are usually booked for 30 minute blocks and are billed as a regular physiotherapy treatment. They aid in exposing you to a wider variety of exercises that can help your condition, give you further feedback regarding proper form for your home exercises, and make doing your exercises more motivating. Occasionally patients have chosen to be paired with another patient with a similar injury for a one hour, 2-person exercise session.

Sessions have been used to transition people back to workouts at the gym after an injury, to help private patients for a return to work, to give patients a safe fitness program for home, or to review a patient’s exercise program before discharge from physiotherapy.

There are many conditions that can be addressed with these sessions and if you are interested, you can ask your individual therapist if this might be helpful for you.

Real Time Ultrasound

Real Time Ultrasound is a tool to enhance the assessment and treatment of patients with motor control deficits of their lumbo-pelvic ‘core’ muscles. It is helpful for athletes trying to optimize core stability and the retraining of abdominal and pelvic control in new mothers.

Vocal Physiotherapy

Cynthia Murphy has advanced training in Vocal physiotherapy. Vocal Physiotherapy encompasses the treatment of the myofascial, muscular and cartilaginous structures of the larynx and the surrounding perilaryngeal region to produce efficient vocal fold vibration and voice production.

Professional voice users (anyone who uses their voice for work) such as teachers, barristers, radio announcers, health care professionals, singers or musical theatre performers, often report an effortful voice production and fatigue.

Treatment and assessment is individualised to reflect each person’s individual vocal demands and goals.

Your assessment and treatment may include the following areas:
• Posture (jaw, head, neck, thorax, lumbopelvic)
• Cervical Spine
• Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD)
• Scapular kinematics
• Breathing patterns

Scotia’s Cynthia Murphy is trained in vocal physiotherapy. Treatment is regularly in conjunction with a vocal coach, Ear, Nose & Throat Physician (ENT) or Speech Language Pathologist (SLP).

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Motor vehicle accident (MVA) / Injury Management Consultants

All physiotherapists at Scotia Physiotherapy are skilled and experienced at helping people recover from motor vehicle accidents (MVAs). Pain management and gentle exercises are important parts of the recovery process to help people get back to their work, sports, hobbies and everyday lives’ activities.

Alison and Cynthia are part of the Nova Scotia Government’s Register of Injury Management Consultants. This means they are trained to give an expert second opinion in more complex cases. If you are having trouble recovering from an MVA and would like a second opinion appointment, one can be booked with the clinic and approval received from your insurance company.

Paediatric Physiotherapy

Micheal Monks, PT offers one on one assessment and treatment plans for children with neurological, developmental and musculoskeletal conditions. Treatment is targeted at specific physical functional and participation goals of the child and their family. Treatments may target range of motion restrictions, strength deficits, balance, motor planning, and/or deconditioning following injury or surgery, in a fun and interactive manner.