Dana McDonald is a graduate of the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy, where she completed a four-year Master in Practice Diploma of Osteopathic Manipulative Sciences. She also holds a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences Degree from the University of Waterloo. Dana has always had an interest in the human body, mechanics, and wellness.
Growing up in the small town of Parry Sound, Dana spent much of her time exploring the outdoors on her parents forested property. She is looking forward to the same sense of community while practicing in St. George.
Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy, discovered by Dr. A.T. Still in 1874. Osteopathic manual practitioners understand that the body functions as a unit, is capable of self-healing and self-regulation, and that the body’s ability to function is based upon its structural integrity. Through gentle manipulation, practitioners aim to restore movement where it has been lost and improve the quality of arterial, venous, nervous and lymphatic flow. By removing obstructions to this flow, the body demonstrates an amazing ability to heal.
Who Can Benefit?
Osteopathy can help individuals of any age, with both acute and chronic ailments. While osteopathic manual practitioners do not specifically treat diagnoses or medical conditions, osteopathic care can reduce symptoms and improve overall health. Some ailments that may benefit from osteopathic treatment include: acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain, sports injuries, repetitive strain injuries, headaches, breathing issues, digestive complaints, male and female reproductive issues, fatigue and difficulty sleeping.
At your first visit, Dana will review your health history and perform a full body assessment. If it is safe to do so, treatment will begin in this first appointment. Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move in easily (athletic wear, loose clothing).
Follow Up Treatments
At each appointment, Dana will complete a reassessment to account for any changes since your last visit. Follow-up appointments are booked as recommended by your practitioner and are specific to the needs of each patient.