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Any variation away from the health has a cause, and the cause has a location.  It is the business of the osteopath to locate and remove the cause, doing away with disease and getting health instead.                                                                                                                                                                  – A. T. Still MD, DO, 

ABOUT Anchor
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My name is Lana. I'm an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner and Registered Kinesiologist serving the Calgary and surrounding communities

I completed a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics. After graduation, I took off to the other side of the globe for an adventure, In Europe I had my first experience with a manual osteopathic therapist. When the opportunity to become a manual practitioner came along, I jumped at the chance to learn more.

Through school I learned how my body has compensated for my actions, habits and injuries over the years, but compensating to prevent overloaded stress is a good thing. The moment my body became decompensated, I started to feel pain. 

The body has the ability to heal itself with the help of a manual therapist so you can achieve functional movement and balance throughout life.

My goal for you is to create BALANCE.

Working together, I can help determine where dysfunction has occurred in the body and help you along the path toward a pain-free life. Optimal body function will allow you to live without fearing that you can't do something.

Having a movement-based background paired with manual osteopathic techniques, my goal is to identify any functional, structural or strength imbalances and work with you to correct them. 

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What is it


Manual osteopathic therapy is a holistic approach to healthcare that focuses on the relationship between the body’s structure and function. It is a hands-on, gentle, non-invasive therapy that seeks to promote health and well-being through various manual techniques following the fundamental principles.


Manual osteopathic therapy is highly individualized, with treatment plans tailored to each patient's unique needs. Practitioners take into account not only physical symptoms but also a patient's medical history, lifestyle, and emotional and mental well-being when developing a treatment approach.

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Manual Osteopathic Therapy is based on four principles:


The body works as a unit: The human body is an intricate and interconnected system in which various organs, tissues, and systems work together to maintain balance and ensure its proper function. Treating a dysfunction in one area can have an effect on the whole body.


Structure and function are interrelated: Any alteration in the musculoskeletal system can impact the body's function, and vice versa. Manual osteopathic therapists use hands-on techniques to assess and correct structural imbalances, promoting optimal function.


The body is self-healing: When the body is is proper balance it has a natural ability to heal itself. By identifying and removing barriers to this self-healing process, manual osteopathic therapists aim to facilitate the body's innate capacity to recover and maintain health.


The body protects, repairs and regenerates to preserve function: The body has remarkable mechanisms in place to protect and repair itself, ensuring the preservation of function and overall health. Systems would include your immune system, inflammation, cell repair/replacement, wound healing, bone remodelling, hormonal balancing, pain sensation, recovery and adaptation. These mechanisms work together to maintain the body's function and health. Their effectiveness can be influenced by factors such as genetics, lifestyle, nutrition, and environmental exposures.

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Manual osteopathic therapy encompasses a wide range of techniques and modalities, including:


Soft Tissue/Fascial Remodelling: Therapists may use techniques to address soft tissue issues, such as muscle tension, fascial restrictions, and trigger points. the skin is the body's largest sensory organ and the fascia sits right underneath, therefore it has a direct relationship with the nervous system. 


Osteoarticulations: These involve moving joints through their natural range of motion to improve mobility and function. Active approaches using muscle energy techniques (MET) help to clear any block in the joint.


Visceral Manipulation: It is a specialized manual therapy technique that focuses on assessing and manipulating the internal organs (viscera) of the body to improve their mobility and function. It is based on the premise that the viscera, just like muscles and joints, can develop restrictions, adhesions, or dysfunctions that can contribute to pain, discomfort, and various health issues. Visceral manipulation seeks to restore proper movement and alignment of the organs, promoting overall health and well-being. It is used to address digestive disorders, pelvic pain, musculoskeletal pain, post-surgical scar tissue, and issues related to organ function. It is often sought by individuals who have not found relief through conventional medical treatments


Craniosacral Therapy: It is a gentle, hands-on healing approach that focuses on the manipulation of the craniosacral system, which includes the skull (cranium) and the base of the spine (sacrum). It is based on the idea that the cerebrospinal fluid, which surrounds and nourishes the brain and spinal cord, has a rhythm that can be sensed and adjusted to promote physical and emotional well-being. It is used to address headaches, migraines, neck and back pain, stress, anxiety, and various musculoskeletal issues. It is also employed in the management of chronic pain and post-traumatic stress.


Lymphatic Drainage: Lymphatic drainage is a specialized massage technique that aims to stimulate and facilitate the flow of lymphatic fluid within the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a vital component of the body's immune and circulatory systems, responsible for removing waste, toxins, and excess fluids from tissues while helping to support immune function.

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How is it different


Physiotherapy focuses on rehabilitation and the restoration of physical function. It often involves exercises, stretches, and modalities to improve movement and relieve pain.


Massage therapy involves the manipulation of soft tissues  to promote relaxation, reduce muscle tension, and improve circulation.


Chiropractic care can focus on the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine. Chiropractors believe that proper spinal alignment can positively impact overall health and well-being.


Acupuncture is rooted in traditional Chinese medicine and involves the insertion of fine needles at specific points on the body to balance the flow of energy.


Manual osteopathic therapy, physiotherapy, massage therapy, chiropractic care, and acupuncture are distinct therapeutic modalities, each with its own principles, techniques, and areas of focus.


Manual osteopathic therapy is a holistic approach based on the belief that the body is a unified system, with the musculoskeletal, nervous, circulatory, and other systems interconnected. It aims to restore health by addressing structural imbalances and promoting self-healing. Manual osteopathic therapists use hands-on techniques to treat musculoskeletal issues, and to restore the body's natural balance and mobility. Their knowledge goes beyond the musculoskeletal system and provides a holistic approach to healing. Manual osteopathic therapy is used for a wide range of conditions.


The choice of therapy should depend on individual needs and preferences. Consulting with a healthcare professional can help determine the most appropriate therapy for a particular condition or health goal.

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Who can it help


Manual osteopathic therapy can be used to address a wide range of conditions, as it takes a holistic approach to healthcare by focusing on the interconnectedness of the body's systems. While it is not a replacement for medical treatment, manual osteopathic therapy may complement conventional healthcare and offer benefits for various health issues. Some of the conditions that manual osteopathic therapy can help include:


Musculoskeletal Pain: Manual osteopathic therapy is often sought for issues related to muscles, joints, and bones. It can help alleviate conditions such as back pain, neck pain, joint stiffness, and muscle tension.


Headaches/Migraines: techniques may be used to address tension-related headaches and migraines by releasing muscle and fascial tension in the cranium, neck, and shoulders.


Digestive Disorders: can be beneficial for individuals with digestive issues, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and chronic constipation, by addressing abdominal tension and promoting digestive motility.


Respiratory Conditions: may help improve respiratory function in individuals with conditions like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease by addressing chest and diaphragm mobility.


Women's Health: techniques can be used to support women's health, including addressing conditions such as menstrual pain, pelvic pain, and postpartum recovery.


Orthopedic and Sports Injuries: is often incorporated into rehabilitation programs to support the recovery of orthopedic injuries, sports-related injuries, and postsurgical rehabilitation.


Stress and Anxiety: The relaxation and calming effects of treatment can help individuals manage stress and anxiety, promoting overall well-being.


Pregnancy and Postpartum Care: Treatment may provide relief from musculoskeletal discomfort during pregnancy and support postpartum recovery.


Scar Tissue: Techniques can help reduce the effects of scar tissue from injuries or surgery, improving tissue mobility and function.


Postural Issues: Therapy often addresses postural imbalances and alignment problems, which can contribute to musculoskeletal pain and discomfort.


Chronic Pain: Some individuals with chronic pain conditions, such as fibromyalgia, may find relief or symptom management through manual osteopathic therapy.


Neurological Conditions: While not a cure, osteopathic therapy may provide support and complementary care for individuals with neurological conditions like multiple sclerosis, helping manage musculoskeletal symptoms and enhancing mobility.


Treatment plans are individualized and tailored to the patient's unique needs and health history. It advisable to consult with a healthcare provider to ensure that it is a suitable complement to other treatments and that it aligns with your overall health goals. Manual osteopathic therapy can be a valuable holistic approach to health and wellness when applied appropriately.



North Calgary

Energize Health North

 8230 - 2060 Symons Valley Parkway NW, Calgary, AB T3P 0M9


South Calgary

Energize Health South

210 - 9825 Fairmount Drive SE,

Calgary, AB T2J 6A5


Mobile Service

Central Calgary


Your Place! 


Bebe Beauty Services

905 Mcdougall Rd NE

Calgary, AB T2E 7M7



"Lana made me listen to my body, I now realize when I am about to over do it and stop because my pain negatively affects my day to day life. I think it speaks to her knowledge and confidence to recommend the Pain Clinic and how her suggestions has provided me with a multi-disciplinary approach with various practitioners that I now have a whole team of people in my corner who help manage my pain. I can't recommend her enough."



All manual osteopathic services can be claimed under the list of insurances provided through self-submission

Direct billing is not available for osteopathic therapies

Check your plan coverage!

Alberta Blue Cross

Canadian Benefit Providers

Chamber of Commerce Insurance



Desjardin Insurance

Empire Life

Equitable Life


The Co-operators

Group Medical Services

Johnston Group

Manitoba Blue Cross


Maximum Benefits


Pacific Blue Cross

Saskatchewan Blue Cross


At this time CANADA LIFE is not accepting CMMOTA licensing and can not be reimbursed, please contact them for any questions.

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