Have your aches, pains treated for free while learning about osteopathic medicine

October 6, 2008 —

(Des Moines, IA) – The public is invited to experience first-hand the benefits of osteopathic medicine at Des Moines University’s OMM Community Night on October 16, from 6 to 9 p.m.

In the Student Education Center, 3300 Grand Avenue, D.O. students will provide free full-body structural and muscular assessments and treatments, part of osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM), as well as information about the school and refreshments.

“Osteopathic manipulation is a hands-on diagnostic approach to healthcare. Through assessment of the musculoskeletal system, osteopathic physicians are able to draw a clear picture of how the patient’s health is being compromised. They can then use manipulation to realign the body so it can regain balance and heal,” explained Stella Emsellem, a D.O. student from the class of 2011 and one of the organizers of this event.

This event is a collaborative work of three campus groups and will include at least 50 student volunteers. The public will be invited into the OMM lab, used for D.O. training.

Supervising physician Adrian Woolley, D.O., said, “It is such a privilege to open our school to the community and educate Des Moines on the importance and effectiveness of osteopathic medicine. Our goal is to have one-on-one time in an informal setting to answer questions and demonstrate manipulation.”

This chance to experience OMM is free and open to all ages. Des Moines University has provided free OMM treatments at the Iowa State Fair and at previous community nights. Students also provide OMM for athletes at the end of most local races. It is always hugely popular.

D.O.s practice a ‘whole body’ approach to medicine, recognizing the body as an integrated unit. Osteopathic manipulation is a unique tool that differentiates D.O.s from other health care providers. These doctors use their hands to diagnose injury and illness, identify structural problems and facilitate the body’s healing. By combining all other medical procedures with OMM, these physicians offer their patients the most comprehensive health care available today.

To find out more, call 515.271.1722 or visit www.dmu.edu. The website also includes a map and directions to campus.


Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.

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