How Do I Book An Appointment?

Phone us at (902)752-9926 or drop by our clinic located in the Aberdeen Business Centre, Suite 150 at 610 East River Road, New Glasgow.

ActiveLife’s knowledgeable administrative staff are available to answer any question you may have.   New patients are always welcomed.

Do I Require A Doctor's Referral?

Active Life Physiotherapy & Massage clinic welcomes but does not require a doctor's referral for physiotherapy or massage therapy treatment.  A doctor's or physiotherapist's referral is required to see our Pedorthist.  Please note: Some health insurance plans require a doctor's referral to see a physiotherapist or a massage therapist.

What Can I Expect During My First Appointment?

Your first visit includes a thorough assessment of your injury or area of concern. This includes a discussion about your past medical history, pain, difficulties and goals for treatment, and a series of objective physical tests that will help the therapist determine the source of your pain and problems. A tailored treatment plan will be developed, goals will be set, education regarding your condition will be provided and treatment will be initiated.

How Many Appointments Will I Need?

After your assessment, the therapist will discuss effective treatment options and the anticipated number of appointments needed; this number varies and depends on several things including the type of injury or condition you have and how long you have had it. Your active participation- including completion of prescribed exercises and modifying injury-causing activities- will assist in resolving your symptoms quickly.

What Is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapists are the movement specialists.  ActiveLife’s physiotherapists provide services that restore function and mobility and relieve pain and promote overall fitness. Under our care, we will examine your medical history, then evaluate you and your primary concerns; an evaluation may include assessment of posture, motion, flexibility, strength, balance, coordination and neural function. A personalized plan of treatment will then be designed for you based on the assessment findings. Your treatment will include education and exercise specific to your needs and injury/condition, and may include manual therapy, electrical modalities and acupuncture. ActiveLife’s physiotherapist's see patients with all types of musculoskeletal conditions - including back pain, muscle strains, joint injuries and arthritis.  Our physiotherapists also offer specialized services in sports injury rehabilitation, vestibular and post-concussion impairment care; see below for more information. The physiotherapists at ActiveLife  are university educated, experienced, and knowledgeable,  and licenced by The Nova Scotia College of Physiotherapists.

What is Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy involves the manipulation of soft tissue (skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments) to reduce discomfort, alleviate tension and spasm, improve mobility, increase circulation and drainage and promote relaxation.  ActiveLife’s therapists are college trained and are registered to practice in Nova Scotia.  They have specialized skills sets including sport massage therapy, pregnancy massage and myofascial release.  Conditions treated by ActiveLife’s massage therapists include: whiplash, headaches, neck and back pain, TMJ dysfunction, sprains, strains, tendonitis and muscle tension and spasm, and provide pre- and post-sports event care.  Our therapists are specially trained to assess and develop individualized treatment plans.  Their treatment plan, techniques, pressure and depth will depend on your condition.  ActiveLife’s registered massage therapists are members of The Massage Therapy Association of Nova Scotia or the Massage Therapists' and Wholistic Practitioners' Association of the Maritimes.Massage Therapy gift certificates are available.

How Can Orthotics Help Me?

Foot biomechanics play an important role in how the body moves, functions and feels.  A custom orthotic helps to place the foot in its best alignment and most efficient position for motion, and lessen strain and pain. Orthotics are inserts that are worn in your shoes, boots and speciality sports footwear like cleats and skates. They can provide pain relief, stability and support, alleviate pressure and promote easier movement, and can accommodate foot deformities.  Carol Ann Sweeney, Pedorthist, will provide a detailed evaluation of your foot posture and motion and examine your gait to determine if you can benefit from orthotics.  A mould of your foot is taken, through casting, Amfit or foam impressions and the orthotics are then manufactured by Carol Ann in her own lab. Common foot problems that benefit from orthotics include fallen arches, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, Achilles tendonitis and arthritis.Carol Ann is a member of the Pedorthic Association of Canada

What Is Sports Physiotherapy?

Sport physiotherapy is a specialized practice that focuses on evaluation, treatment, performance enhancement and injury prevention of athletes. Components of this practice include functional testing, bracing or protective equipment recommendations, sport taping, and return to sport planning. We have an interest in supporting and rehabilitating athletes of all ages and levels, from the weekend warrior to the professional.  The only therapists in northern Nova Scotia with post-graduate special education in sports physiotherapy work at ActiveLife; Shannon Estabrooks has a Diploma in Sport Physiotherapy and JR Marshall completed a Masters in Sport Physiotherapy.  Tom Atkinson and JR are also working towards Sport Physiotherapy Canada’s certification.

Gait Analysis

This service is offered by all of ActiveLife’s physiotherapists and is for both injury prevention and rehabilitation purposes.   Whether you recently experienced injury or you just need advice to lessen your injury risk, we can help.  The appointment consists of video recording and physiotherapy evaluation of your walking and running and assessment of joint range of motion, muscle flexibility and strength, posture and footwear.  Alternative running techniques may be discussed and stretching, warm-ups and footwear recommendations may be made.

Custom Knee Bracing

ActiveLife’s physiotherapists are trained in the assessment for and fitting of custom Breg and Bledsoe knee braces.  Custom knee bracing can benefit people ligament injuries, including ACL tears, by limiting harmful movements and providing stability and support of injured structures. People with moderate knee arthritis can benefit from braces that “off-load” the athritis are, thereby decreasing stress and pain and improving function.Physician referrals are required for custom bracing.Private health plans often cover all or a portion of custom brace fees.  ActiveLife’s administrative team have experience with health insurance plans and can contact yours on your behalf.

Rehabilitation Products

Only the highest quality and effective rehabilitation products are available at ActiveLife.  These include Breg’s Kodiak Cryotherapy cold compression unit, TENS and NMES (muscle stimulation) units and  Breg and Bauerfeind off the shelf braces and compression garments. Walk-in patients are welcomed.  Our experienced physiotherapists will assist you in choosing braces that are right for your needs.  Cold therapy units can also be provided without an appointment, after physiotherapy education on usage, safety and contraindications.  Appointments are needed for fitting of compression garments including compression stockings used following surgery or for varicose veins.  Appointments are also needed for individuals wishing to purchase TENS or muscle stimulation units; this is to ensure appropriateness and safety.  

Vestibular Therapy

Physiotherapists Shannon Estabrooks and JR Marshall offer this specialized service. Vestibular therapy may include particle positioning maneuvers, vestibulo-ocular exercises, balance exercises, manual therapy and a home program.  Each patient will be provided education about his/her condition.  Vestibular therapy can help with vertigo caused by BPPV, dizziness due to neck pain or trauma and post-concussion syndrome.

Concussion Rehabilitation

A concussion results from a direct or indirect blow to the head or body, that typically results in short-lived impairments of neurological function.  When concussion symptoms, such as headache, dizziness and balance problems, persist concussion rehabilitation can help. Concussion rehab is a simple way of labeling the physiotherapy that ActiveLife offers to individuals following a concussion - it includes assessing the neck, vestibular/equilibrium function, gait, coordination, ocular/eye movement, and balance.  Because of the complexity of post-concussion syndrome, ActiveLife’s physiotherapists work closely with the referring physician and provide frequent communication to the doctor and other members of the rehab team.  Shannon Estabrooks and JR Marshall have special education in the assessment and treatment of people with concussions and have a close network of specialists to refer to.A doctor's referral is required for this physiotherapy servicePlease call ActiveLife’s administrative staff with questions.

KEY Functional Assessment

KEY method of evaluating an individual's physical functioning is completed through measurements of  lifting, pushing, pulling, and carrying capacities as well as identifying specific  tolerances for sitting, standing and walking.  KEY also identifies endurances for non-weighted  activities such as bending, squatting, crawling and kneeling. The results are not only used to  determine a worker’s safe working levels for returning to work following injury, but also for purposes of job placement, injury prevention programs  and rehabilitation decisions.