OMM Introduction and Review Course

Des Moines, IA US
June 9, 2018


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Target Audience

Des Moines University MD and DO preceptors.


Taught by DMU faculty and clinicians, this free CME activity will introduce physicians who serve as DMU preceptors to osteopathic manual medicine (OMM) diagnostic and treatment procedures of the cervical and lumbar regions. Our hope is preceptors will become comfortable with allowing students to practice OMM during patient care and/or refresh the physicians’ skill with OMM. DMU is committed to providing a way for interested physicians to review OMM procedures with the ability to practice them in a safe laboratory environment.

What is OMM?

Nearly every day, medical science unveils new discoveries from brain scans to anti-cancer drugs. In the midst of these wonders, it's easy to forget that sometimes what patients really need is a healing touch. Osteopathic physicians haven't forgotten. Osteopathic manipulative treatment, or OMT, is hands-on care. It involves using the hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. Using OMT, your osteopathic physician will move your muscles and joints using techniques including stretching, gentle pressure and resistance.

When appropriate, OMT can complement, and even replace, drugs or surgery. In this way, OMT brings an important dimension to standard medical care. OMT can help people of all ages and backgrounds. The treatment can be used to ease pain, promote healing and increase overall mobility. OMT is often used to treat muscle pain. But it can also help patients with a number of other health problems such as:

  • asthma
  • sinus disorders
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • migraines
  • menstrual pain


Attend the pre-course, OMM review, or both!

7:30 amRegistration and Breakfast
8 am

Introduction to OMM, OMM Terminology, Safety of OMM

Jose Figueroa, DO
Assistant Professor and Clinician, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program, Des Moines University

  • Learn a definition of Osteopathic Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative (or manual) Medicine
  • Understand some of the history that led to the origin of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Learn a short explanation of Osteopathic Medicine Philosophy, which helps understand why we use Osteopathic Manual Medicine (OMM)
  • See the difference between the physical exam of a joint injury or disease vs. diagnosing somatic dysfunctions (SDs)
  • Review the process of learning medical treatments (or IEAP) and how that is lacking in the teaching of OMM to physicians
  • Develop a simple strategy on how to use OMM treatments based on the Medical Diagnosis 
  • Understand basic safety guidelines BEFORE, DURING and AFTER OMM procedures
  • Understand when is it good to refer a patient to someone that does OMM in their practice
  • Explain why OMM may be used safely
  • Review some of the literature regarding OMM safety
9 am

OMM Lab: Palpation, Major Areas, and Soft Tissue Techniques

10:30 am

Introduction to OMM Treatment Styles

Adrian Woolley, DO
Assistant Professor and Clinician, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program, Des Moines University

  • Understand the criteria for diagnosing a Somatic Dysfunction (S.D.).
  • Understand the forces utilized in OMM.
  • Understand the definition of and the recognition of barriers to motion.
  • Understand the importance of transitional areas.
  • Understand the styles of OMM and their utilization in practice.
  • Understand the importance of good palpatory skills.
  • Find their dominant eye.
  • Accomplish gross motion testing of the cervical, thoracic, lumbar and innominate regions.
  • Treat the above discovered dysfunctions utilizing soft tissue, myofascial, and muscle energy techniques.
  • Recheck the regions of dysfunctions to ascertain treatment efficacy.
11:30 amLunch
12:30 pm

OMM Curriculum: Integrating DMU Students' OMM Skills Into Preceptors Practice

Associate Professor and Clinician, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program, Des Moines University

  • Review foundational years, OMS I and II
    • Specialized PE skills (neuro exam, ortho exams), 
    • Conditions for which OMM is appropriate
  • Review clerkship years, OMS III and IV
    • Present new course requirements
  • Discuss integrating DMU students’ OMM skills into the preceptor’s practice 
1 pmSafety of OMM
1:30 pm

Cervical Spine, Documentation and Coding in OMM, and Laboratory Session

Jose Figueroa, DO

  • Review Certain Aspects of the Cervical Spine Anatomy:
  • Biomechanics of the Cervical Spine as it relates to OMT
  • OMT: Diagnosis & Treatment 
    • OA
    • AA 
    • Lower cervical spine
    • Strain Counter-Strain
      • Upper Trapezius muscle
      • Levator Scapula muscle
  • Documentation and Coding for OMM
3:30 pm

Lumbar Spine: Evaluation, Treatment, and Laboratory Session


Overall goal: Integrate existing knowledge with this lecture to be able to formulate decisions regarding management of spinal pain.

  • Understand the importance of LBP
  • Understand the factors to consider when determining what is causing LBP
  • Understand common SDs associated with LBP
  • Explain the benefit and rationale of using OMT for LBP
  • Understand why you can be great at treating LBP
5 pmAdjourn
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 8.00 AOA Category 1­A
  • 8.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
06/09/2018 - 8:00am CDT
Event ends: 
06/09/2018 - 5:00pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States
+1 (515) 271-1596

Des Moines University is located on a 22-acre campus in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa. Just west of downtown on Grand Avenue, the University is located in one of Des Moines’ most prestigious neighborhoods. The campus is in a historic neighborhood filled with tree-lined streets and gracious older homes and businesses. Its central location makes it easy to access the rest of the city and outlying communities. The campus is close to the Des Moines International Airport, located on the bus line and just blocks from local shopping and downtown Des Moines.


Hotel Accommodations

There are numerous hotels available in the Des Moines area. Below are a few options located downtown (close to campus), near the airport and west of Des Moines. Some hotels offer shuttle service to DMU, but you must inquire with the hotel directly. Some hotels may offer a discount (based on availability). Mention DMU to your hotel to see if a discount may be available.

Des Moines Marriott – Downtown
700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309

  • May offer discounted rates
  • Airport shuttle service
  • Restaurant and lounge
  • Health club and indoor pool

Hyatt Place Des Moines
418 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
515-282-5555 or 888-591-1234

  • Airport shuttle service
  • Complimentary shuttle service to Des Moines University
  • Complimentary Hot American & Continental Breakfast
  • Fitness Center & Indoor Pool
  • DMU Discounted Rate (mention Des Moines University Corporate Rate)

Renaissance Savery Hotel – Downtown
401 Locust Street
Des Moines, IA 50309

  • Airport shuttle service
  • Restaurant and lounge
  • DMU discount on standard rooms (based on availability)

Jose Figueroa, DO
Assistant Professor and Clinician, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program, Des Moines University

Full biography. 

Associate Professor and Clinician, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program, Des Moines University

Full biography. 

Adrian Woolley, DO
Assistant Professor and Clinician, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program, Des Moines University

Full biography.

Relevant to the content of this CME activity, the speakers indicated they have no financial relationships with commercial interest companies to disclose.

Continuing Education Credit

  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 8.0 AOA Category 1-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Other healthcare providers: This live activity is designated for 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Educational Grants

No commercial interest company provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas. The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. 

Available Credit

  • 8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 8.00 AOA Category 1­A
  • 8.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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