Why did you choose to study osteopathy?
When I had to choose what I wanted to study at the end of high school, I was only absolutely sure about what I didn’t want to study. I knew that I didn’t want a desk job and that I really wanted to work with people. I went looking into studies such as physiotherapy. However, this couldn’t completely offer me what I wanted. I looked further in this direction and came across osteopathy. The way of working and thinking immediately spoke to me. After some research I was sure and enrolled at the IAO.
Why did you choose the IAO?
I was sure about studying osteopathy. The most common path is to first study physiotherapy and afterwards learn about osteopathy. However, I didn’t want to make a detour and wanted to study osteopathy right away. After a short search I ended up at the IAO. This training course is very well built and has a high emphasize on practical experience. The practical courses are taught at a very high level by well-trained osteopaths who have their own practice. On top of that, the degree Master of Science in Osteopathy is recognized in 47 countries.
What does osteopathy mean to you and does it have an impact on your life?
Osteopathy is a way of life, sort of. The osteopathic philosophy is not only present when I’m treating my patients. When I receive a more complex task, I no longer have the tendency to focus on the small details. I always try and look for the bigger picture. Studying osteopathy is hard, it requires a critical approach and a lot of self-discipline. But it’s definitely worth it! The satisfaction you receive when patients come for a check-up and tell you that their complaints have improved or even disappeared, that’s why you do it.
Maren Van der Veken
Student at the IAO