Des Moines University Clinic | Osteopathic Manual Medicine Clinic

Osteopathic Manual Medicine

Monday - Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Des Moines University Clinic | Osteopathic Manual Medicine Clinic

Osteopathic manual medicine (OMM) is a hands-on, non-invasive set of skills used to treat all systems of the body

Our trained osteopathic physicians use their hands to diagnose and treat compensations in these systems of the body that arise from disease, illness and/or injury. OMM allows the body to function more efficiently, supporting the ability to fight off disease and more easily recover from illness and injury.

While medication, surgery, and other forms of conventional treatment are important components of patient care, manually diagnosing and treating our patients allows our physicians to provide excellent care with a paradigm shift from a focus on disease toward a focus on health.

Conditions We Treat

  • Back, neck and joint pain

    Our OMM providers work with you to alleviate back, neck and joint pain caused by damaged, bulging or herniated discs and an assortment of other conditions.

  • Headaches

    Constant or debilitating headaches can keep you from enjoying life. Our clinicians can help evaluate and treat the causes to get you feeling and functioning at your best.

  • Jaw pain, head injuries, concussions and whiplash syndromes

    If you or someone in your family has suffered a head, neck or jaw injury, our expert OMM providers can help you alleviate and manage symptoms, and address the underlying issues causing you pain.

  • Overuse syndromes

    We can relieve pain related to repetitive movements associated with work, sports, music or other related injuries.

  • Acute and chronic conditions

    Our clinicians treat illnesses and symptoms that do not respond to conventional treatment, such as chronic infections, conditions unresponsive to antibiotics, and neurological, gastrointestinal and respiratory disorders.

  • Pregnancy-related conditions

    OMM is effective for women who are pregnant and experiencing pain in their lower back and hips, swelling, reflux and a variety of other concerns.

  • Pediatric care

    The DMU Clinic specializes in OMM treatment for newborns and infants that help with conditions like colic, chronic infections, issues of the head and neck, birth trauma and failure to thrive.

Meet Our Providers

Our providers aim to give you an exceptional experience and the highest quality care.

“We’ve all met people who have failed every conceivable therapy in allopathic medicine. These people can’t breathe because of their brittle lung conditions which maximum oxygen is just barely abating. They have severe pain that is barely controlled on medication, and they can’t play with their children or grandchildren. They’re worn out because they have no answers to their medical problems, and they’ve resigned themselves to a miserable existence. I’ve seen patients regain their hope and reclaim their function because of OMM. Patients with terrible emphysema astound their internists with the preserved lung function OMM has allowed them to retain. Patients with pain on maximum doses of every conceivable drug have regained their function and lessened their pain, all while cutting way back on their meds. I want to give people hope, and it means the world to me that I can do that with OMM.

Samantha Hurle, D.O.'23, OMM Fellow

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