Patients usually go to see an osteopath for musculoskeletal disorders i.e. joint, muscle, tendon or ligament pain. Osteopathy, however, deals with a variety of problems ranging form headaches, breathing difficulties, digestive disorders, to gynaecological complaints. As one can see the scope for osteopathic treatment is far greater than just the musculoskeletal system.
An osteopath examines and treats the following complaints:
Infants suffering from:
Children suffering from:
Adults suffering from :
Sportsmen; both professional and amateur :
Prices vary from country to country and from osteopath to osteopath but, normally, you'll have to pay between 50 to 75 euro per treatment. A treatment lasts 30 to 45 min depending again on the osteopath and the case being treated. In some countries medical aid for osteopathic treatment is available. Ask your osteopath for more details.
The cause of anecdotal stories about miracle cures often lie in the patients understanding of his complaint and the treatment given. Osteopaths we are sad to say, are not miracle workers. The IAO can not teach you to be one. What we can teach you is an evidence based practice approach to osteopathy. This means that we teach you tests and techniques that will enable you to conduct a structured clinical examination, followed by an effective treatment. We make sure that our students are armed with a sound scientific base, and the communicative skills to answer their patients questions. By doing this we aim to avoid claims of miracle cures and faith healing.
Osteopaths begin by taking a lengthy case history in order to build up a picture of the patient’s overall health.
After a detailed picture of a patient’s health has been built up, the osteopath moves to make a clinical diagnoses. Osteopathic diagnoses is based on thorough palpation, neurological examination, and batteries of mobility and safety tests. If the case warrants blood analysis, X-rays or lab test these are asked for. Only after this examination can an osteopath decide whether a patient is eligible for osteopathic treatment or whether he needs to be referred to a general practitioner.
An osteopathic treatment strategy is drawn up tailored for the individual with patient input. During treatment osteopaths only use gentle manual techniques. An osteopath never uses invasive techniques , nor does he prescribe classical medication.
Our goal is to improve the balance and restore the harmony between the structural and functional elements of a patient’s body. Osteopaths do not treat complaints symptomatically, we treat the entire person and create the conditions so that the body can heal and correct itself. After being treated a patient’s general practitioner can be informed, and a progress report can be made according to the wishes of the patient.
All osteopaths that obtained their DO degree at a reputable school become member of a national register. In Denmark this is the Danske Osteopater - DO. Phone or surf to this register to receive a full and comprehensive list of osteopaths in your neighbourhood.
For information about osteopaths in Egypt, please consult: http://osteoegypt.org/
At the IAO we have an evidence-basid-practice approach to teaching osteopathy. All our schools follow a tried and tested curriculum. Our programme contains more than 2000 pages of techniques based on scientific knowledge and medical subjects. Using this as a base we can train you to become an independent, competent and safe osteopath. You receive access to an extensice e-learnig platform, on which you will find e-books, virtual classes and online exams. On top of that, all our students also receive free study books.
Go to our video section to view several short movies in which Luc Peeters, one of our principals, explains many different things about the osteopathy course at the IAO.
Yes, that's possible. Send us all details about the courses and exams you've taken in the past and we will determine your individual program.
No specific application date is set. We want to warn you, however, that the number of places on our courses is limited. Once this number is reached, no further applications will be considered. In our experience courses are usually fully subscribed about one month before the lessons start.
More than 2500 students from up to 17 different nations are currently studying osteopathy at the IAO. A hundred of these students are medical doctors, whilst most of the rest are physiotherapists. For the last two decades the IAO has built up a reputation throughout Europeas an institution committed to furthering the teaching, knowledge and understanding of osteopathy.
Courses in Denmark and Egypt are taught in English. All course materials are provided in English.
At the IAO, students are taught long and short lever manipulation techniques. Manipulations are shown and practised in a controlled environment with emphasis given to patient safety.
In this short movie, Luc Peeters, one of our principals, explains what a manipulation precisely is.
All our seminars are theme based, this means that you will have learnt the osteopathic techniques for a specific body region during one course and that you can immediately apply these techniques in your own practice.
Yes. With a D.O. diploma from the IAO you will be able to become a member of the Danske Osteopater - DO and other professional organizations.
You decide when and how many notes you take. Normally, everything discussed in class can be found in the study books, e-books and digital courses.
Every year the IAO organizes postgraduate courses where eminent osteopaths and scientists are invited to present new and relevant research in our field. On top of that, we organize a scientific conference about osteopathy every year. We also offer our alumnae information about other international congresses and forums. You are also more than welcome to attend our own international congress, the international conference on Research in Osteopathic Medicine, which we organize every year.
As an IAO graduate you will be able to become a member of The American Academy of Osteopathy, (AAO) which unites graduates from 20 different osteopathic universities in the United States.
And there is even more! Around 2500 students are currently studying at our school and this number increases every year. This means that we are always in need of motivated assistants and teachers. You have the possibility to start a career in teaching at the IAO in your own country or abroad. It is no surprise that we prefer talented osteopaths that were trained at our school. If you are interested, you may send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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