Open house offers free treatments, knowledge about osteopathic manual medicine

The public is invited to learn about and experience first-hand the benefits of osteopathic manual medicine (OMM) at Des Moines University’s annual OMM Community Night on April 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Student Education Center, 3300 Grand Avenue.

This event is organized by student clubs and will have at least 50 medical student volunteers on hand to provide free OMM treatments in the lab where they train. These treatments utilize full-body structural and muscular assessments that can relieve pain and improve health.

“At the heart of osteopathic medicine is the belief that the body has the capacity to heal itself,” explained Christina Moynihan, D.O. student in the class of 2015 and event co-organizer. “Through OMM, physicians are able to remove any barriers to health. For example, a common migraine can be improved by loosening up tight muscles in the neck and releasing restrictions of movement rather than automatically taking an aspirin. Osteopathic physicians use this approach to bring the body into balance without harmful side effects.

OMM Community Night is free and open to all ages. In the past, DMU has demonstrated OMM at the Iowa State Fair and at the finish line of local athletic events. The treatments are always hugely popular.

“It is such a privilege to open our school to the community and educate Des Moines on the importance and effectiveness of osteopathic medicine,” said supervising physician G. Bradley Klock, D.O. “Our goal is to have one-on-one time in an informal setting to answer questions and demonstrate the different styles of hands-on osteopathic treatment.

D.O.s practice a “whole body” approach to medicine, recognizing the body as an integrated unit. Osteopathic manual medicine 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, osteopathic physicians offer their patients the most comprehensive health care available today.

For more information, call 515-271-1722.

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