On Tuesday, 28 May 2013, Lieven Maesschalck, the driving force behind the rehabilitation centre Move to Cure, was awarded an honorary doctorate by Hasselt University. The university hereby recognises Lieven’s added value in this field and considers Lieven a pioneer in his profession.
Professor Bert Op ’t Eijnde of Hasselt University stresses that this honorary degree is a unique one. ‘Most honorary doctorates are awarded to meritorious scientists who, e.g., have performed pioneering research in their field. In exceptional cases an honorary doctorate is awarded to someone who has shown a great contribution to community service. This is the case for Lieven.’
Thanks to Lieven Maesschalck the profession of physiotherapist is very much on the rise.
– Prof. Bert Op ’t Eijnde –
‘Lieven is receiving this distinction on recommendation by the associated department of rehabilitation sciences and physiotherapy of the Medicine and Life Sciences Department of Hasselt University. He managed to put the profession in the picture in a special way, among others thanks to his work at MilanLab and the rehabilitation of Ricardo Kaka, Filipo Inzaghi, Yanina Wickmayer and Vincent Kompany. Lieven is looking forward and is now already researching how he can integrate technology into his concept within this or the next few years.’
Local and international sports stars are a perfect publicity for Move to Cure. However, our office is mainly run by non-sporters.
– Lieven Maesschalck –
Lieven’s personal aim is to turn Move to Cure into the benchmark in this profession. The Move to Cure team is working daily on teaching sporters and non-sporters to move better and in a more sustainable way. Lieven’s and Move to Cure’s philosophy can be summed up very simply: ‘There is only one tool and that’s your body!’
‘Shortly we will replace the tediousness often associated with rehabilitation by means of so-called serious games. There exists a possibility that the patient does no longer need to have a daily check-up, but maybe just only one every fortnight. The rest he does at home, in front of the telly or the PC. The Move to Cure therapist follows up everything meticulously and adjusts the treatment if necessary.’
There’s only one tool and that’s your body!
– Lieven Maesschalck –
Interview upon request via firstname.lastname@example.org – 03 281 51 62
Nederlandstalige versie: eredoctoraat Lieven Maesschalck
Version Française: doctorat honorifique Lieven Maesschalck