Complementary Wellness

Women in the pursuit of overall health often use complementary and alternative medicine as a therapeutic supplement or to promote general wellness. At Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women, the following complementary wellness services are available:

We will make every effort to coordinate the scheduling of same-day complementary services with our other health provider appointments, however, this is not guaranteed. In addition, complementary services may not be covered by your insurance company. Please check with your insurance company prior to scheduling your appointment to verify what, if any, services will be covered.


Rooted in research and results, the chiropractic care provided at Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women is a natural, noninvasive and drug-free wellness tool that can be used to effectively treat health concerns that are uniquely female, including:

  • Pregnancy discomforts
  • Sciatica
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Infertility issues
  • Pelvic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Post-Surgical Incision (scar) Pain – Hysterectomy and C-Section, in particular

Chiropractic adjustments, massage, integrated medicine, exercise and nutritional consultations are all offered as part of the chiropractic care at Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women. Each of these approaches can be used as a primary method of treatment to directly to address some conditions or as a complement and support to medical treatment you may be receiving from other providers.

We predominately feature myofascial release, a unique hands-on approach for treating muscle pain, similar to deep tissue massage. This therapy mobilizes soft tissue, frees up restricted motion and relieves pain by increasing motion.

Myofascial release has been proven to not only decrease pain, but also to increase Serotonin and Dopamine hormones (feel good hormones) and decrease Cortisol hormone (stress hormone), which can help ease the feelings of anxiety, depression and stress.

Other common conditions treated include:

  • Sprains/Strains
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Tendonitis
  • Hand/Foot Numbness
  • Postural Changes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Sciatica
  • Rotator Cuff
  • Low Back Pain
  • Epicondylitis

Chiropractic care at Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women is provided by Blake Meyer, D.C. To schedule an appointment, call (515) 243-9287. 

Most insurances accepted.


Acupuncture is the insertion of fine, solid needles into specific points on the body to stimulate the nervous system, relieve muscular tension, increase circulation and optimize the healing process. Acupuncture is also used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and treat various physical, mental, and emotional imbalances.

Acupuncture can be used as a preventive medicine to enhance the immune function of the body, promote well-being and maintain optimal health and can be used for both acute and chronic health conditions.

Acupuncture has been used in conjunction with herbal medicine for centuries to effectively treat women’s health conditions, including:

  • Menstrual irregularities including painful periods
  • Amenorrhea (absent or light periods)
  • Menorrhagia (heavy periods)
  • Pre-menstrual syndrome
  • Breast tenderness
  • Bloating
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Constipation
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Dizziness

In addition, acupuncture may be helpful for women experiencing peri-menopause and menopausal symptoms, including night sweats, hot flashes, fatigue, mood swings, insomnia, urinary changes and dryness.

Acupuncture can also help women receiving chemotherapy and radiation by alleviating the side effects of treatment such as nausea, vomiting, decreased appetite, numbness and tingling of the extremities, sleep disturbances, depression and fatigue.

Other conditions that are effectively treated with acupuncture include:

  • Neck pain
  • Common cold
  • Facial pain
  • Strains
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sinusitis
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Low back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis elbow
  • Morning sickness
  • Knee pain
  • Migraines
  • Stress
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hypertension
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Abdominal pain
  • Arthritis
  • Hypotension
  • Postoperative pain
  • Indigestion

At this time, acupuncture services are not available at Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women. Please check back soon for updates on how to schedule appointments for this service. 


Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person's health and well-being. Sessions are tailored to meet the client’s individual needs, for relaxation or medically-based purposes.  

Swedish massage
When people think massage, the most general term is Swedish. It is a light, flowing massage, typically used for relaxation.  There are different variations of this massage.

  • 30 minutes: $40
  • 60 minutes: $70
  • 90 minutes: $100
  • 120 minutes: $135

Deep Tissue
Deep tissue massage addresses the muscle appropriately and encourages healing. It is also nota full body modality. It is meant for very specific needs.

  • 30 minutes: $45
  • 60 minutes: $75

Oncology Massage
From the point of diagnosis, through treatment, to remission and wellness care or end of life (hospice) care, massage can be a part of your health care. Before the first session, the massage therapist will conduct a pre-consultation, typically over the phone, to help assess the therapist’s ability to help.

  • 30 minutes: $45
  • 60 minutes: $75

Massage therapy services are available at Mercy Comfort Health Center for Women on Monday afternoon and on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Massage therapy is provided by Emily Bauler, LMT, CMLDT. To schedule an appointment, call (515) 505-0936.

(515) 247-3121
1111 6th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50314

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