David Swagar

Project manager

David comes from a high-level athletic background. David was a 4-year starter and 3-year Defensive Captain with one of the nation’s top varsity football teams, the University of Calgary Dinos. He moved from playing football to fixing people and has been a manual therapist for over 17 years.

David has treated a wide variety of conditions including Back pain, motor vehicle accident injuries, neck and shoulder dysfunctions, sports-related sprains and strains as well as chronic conditions; his clinical work. His patient base is wide and diverse: From professional athletes to weekend warriors.

David is also a certified NCCP level 2 Coach, CrossFit Level 2 coach and a graduate of the Muay Thai Institute.  David has a passion for Football, Weightlifting, and Martial Arts.

Education & Certifications

David completed his degree in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary in 2001 and graduated from the Collége D’Études Osteopathiques in 2016. His osteopathic thesis explored the Effect of Osteopathic Manual Therapy on Functional Movement Screen scores in a CrossFit Population.

With David’s knowledge and experience is able to apply a diverse range of complementary clinical and manual treatments to help solve your issues. David uses a movement first approach to his treatment and helps guide the patient to a pain-free lifestyle.

Professional training includes:

  • Osteopath
  • Active Release Technique
  • Graston Technique
  • Low-intensity laser therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment
  • Registered Massage Therapist

David’s employs a very patient-centered approach. He understands that some patients require longer therapy sessions that focus on the entire body as a functional unit, with closely supervised corrective exercise, and long-term health and fitness strategies that align with their lifestyle goals. As such, David is able to offer sessions ranging from 15 minutes to 1 hour in length.  An appointment time will be dictated by patient condition and goals.

Manual Osteopathy

David has completed a 5-year program of Osteopathic Manual Therapy Study and successfully defended a thesis examining the Effect of Global Osteopathic Manual Therapy on Functional Movement Screen Scores in a CrossFit Population.  Osteopathic Manual Therapy is a field of study where the body is evaluated and treated as an entire functional unit. Treatment is administered not only to the area of complaint but also in the areas of the body which may be causing compensation and leading to or furthering the injury. By identifying and addressing mechanical problems, not only at the site of pain but throughout the entire structure, you can remove these compensations, correcting the root cause of the problem and reducing the chance of them reoccurring and further injury.