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Active Release Techniques (ART®) is a patented hands-on treatment technique developed in the USA which has shown very quick results in treating issues with muscles, fascia, ligaments, tendons and nerve entrapment (all together also known as soft tissue). The effective results of Active Release Techniques have been immediately noticed and appreciated in the sports field since injured athletes and players return to their previous level sooner than expected.

But Active Release Techniques can definitively benefit everybody!

Active Release Techniques treats problems with soft tissue in the whole body including some of the more commonly experienced problems such as:

  • headaches
  • neck pain
  • back pain
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • shin splints
  • shoulder pain
  • sciatica
  • plantar fasciitis
  • knee problems
  • tennis elbow

These are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with Active Release Techniques. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.

Also known as the Gold Standard in soft tissue healthcare, Active Release Techniques consists of hundreds of treatment protocols which cover over 500 specific moves. These protocols are unique to Active Release Techniques. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient.

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How do overuse conditions occur?

The structure of over-used muscles (and other soft tissue) change as a result of:

  • acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc.)
  • accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
  • not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia)

Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness and weakness. Active Release Techniques is specialized in locating these adhesions and resolving them quickly using patented manual protocols.

What is an Active Release treatment like?

Every Active Release session is a combination of examination and treatment. The Active Release provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves (and the relationship of moving tissues to one another). Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements to actively release the tissues.

Would you like to know more about Active Release Techniques, why not check the website of Dr. Sebastian Gonzalez, who has compared various soft tissue techniques with ART: Active Release

Article by Dott. Verdel about how he uses Active Release Techniques

Article by Dott. Verdel about Active Release Techniques in Rome

Active Release Techniques explained by founder Dr. P. Michael Leahy


What is Kinesio Taping?

Kinesio tape therapy is a method that is used for treating a variety of physical disorders and sport injuries. The Kinesio Taping Method is a taping technique applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused muscles, and to facilitate muscles in movement. Because Kinesio Tape is a non-restrictive, highly elastic type of tape, it allows for full range of motion and function, unlike traditional sports tape. It provides stabilization and support during sporting events and during  daily activity. You probably have noticed that more and more professional athletes use Kinesio Taping (yes, the colorful strips of tape on arms/legs/shoulders etc.) to improve their sporting performance, prevent injury and allow them to return to sport quicker.

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Longer lasting effect of treatments when using Kinesio Tape.

At Octaleaf Kinesio Tape is used in addition to other treatment protocols to ensure a longer lasting effect of the treatment. In rehabilitative applications it works continuously and can provide an additional 2-3 day relief after therapy. Kinesio tape does not mask symptoms but instead promotes healing in a variety of ways. Because we cannot provide treatment and a hands-on approach to you 24 hours a day, we use Kinesio Tape to prolong the effects of our treatments.

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Benefits of applying Kinesio Tape are: 

  • Reduce pain
  • Improve healing hematoma by promoting circulation 
  • Strengthen weakened muscles (applying Tonification technique)
  • Relax hyper-tone muscles (applying De-tonification technique)
  • Provide support to joints
  • Prevent injury


Back pain? Sport injury? Sciatica or other nerve entrapment? Let us help you! Octaleaf works with licensed physical therapists and we are specialized in any soft tissue (muscle, tendon, fascia, nerves etc) related issue. With over a decade of experience in the field of football, we are very familiar with injuries inflicted while practicing your sport and the rehabilitation needed to get back to your level and becoming stronger than before!


The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is an evidence based exercise philosophy developed by Grey Cook, one of the world’s most respected injury prevention specialists. According to Cook, the primary cause of athletic injuries is neither weakness nor tightness, but rather muscle imbalance. With the FMS we can detect if there is a muscle imbalance by using a set of 7 fundamental movement patterns that can be evaluated to identify movement limitations and left/right muscle asymmetries. It’s a trouble-detection system to prevent injuries before they happen.

What do these tests do? - (read more)

How it works

These 7 tests place the individual in extreme positions where weakness and right/left imbalances become easily noticeable if appropriate stability and muscle balance is not present. It is an effective way to evaluate basic basic movement abilities and it provides a clear baseline to mark progress and measure performance during an exersise program.

Exercise professionals monitor the FMS score to track progress and to identify those exercises that will be most effective to restore proper movement and build strength in each individual.

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The FMS simplifies the concept of movement and its impact on the body. Its streamlined system has benefits for everyone involved such as individuals, exercise professionals and physicians.

Communication – the FMS utilizes simple language, making it easy for individuals exercise professionals, and physicians to communicate clearly about progress and treatment.

Evaluation – The screen effortlessly identifies asymmetries and limitations, diminishing the need for extensive testing and analysis.

Standardization – The FMS creates a functional baseline to mark progress and provides a means to measure performance.

Safety – The FMS quickly identifies dangerous movement patterns so that they can be addressed. It also indicates an individual’s readiness to perform exercise so that realistic goals can be set and achieved.

Corrective strategies – The FMS can be applied at any fitness level, simplifying corrective strategies of a wide array of movement issues. It identifies specific exercises based on individual FMS scores to instantly create customized treatment plans.


When you practice sports, you need to take care of your body. To optimize your body before doing sports you can prepare your muscles by getting a sport massage treatment. This will take away unhealthy tension in your muscles and will prepare you for the activity you have planned. Sport massage works preventive but can of-course also help you to get rid of too much muscle tension and pain after a game or sport activity. At Octaleaf, Sport Massage, Physical Therapy and Active Release Techniques go hand in hand. I will get rid of your injury or stiff muscles but I will also get to the root cause of the problem in order for you to be able to prevent the injury to re-occur in future activities.


chair massage arm

Chair massage is one of the most accessible forms of massage today. Unlike many other forms of massage, the clothes are kept on and instead of a massage table a special ergonomically designed portable massage chair is used by your massage therapist. This special massage chair supports your limbs perfectly in order for your body to fully relax and enjoy the massage. It also enables your massage therapist to easily find any tension in your body which may be due to work, bad posture, stress etc.

The massage (an acupressure massage covering the head, neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms and hands), is performed by your massage therapist while you sit fully clothed in the special designed chair. With chair massage you do not need a massage parlor to enjoy the benefits of massage! The masseur arrives to your place of business with the special portable massage chair, so that massages can be simply implemented in the workplace. Chair massage is easy. There is no need for much, just a space in which the portable massage chair can be setup. You can choose between a massage of 15 minutes, 20 minutes or 30 minutes and the massage takes place during working hours. Octaleaf provides the original TouchPro Europe chair massage. High quality guaranteed!

Some of the benefits are:

  • Reduced painful muscle tension
  • Reduced headaches
  • Reduced fatigue, anxiety and depression
  • Improved quality of sleep
  • Improved circulation (enforcing your immune system)
  • Increased level of energy
  • Makes you feel GOOD!
Chair massage starting position

Starting position

Sitting position

Sitting position

Chair massage starting position full

Neck position


Do you suffer from back pain, sport injury inflicted while practicing the sport that you love or simply suffer from pain in any part of your body and you have no idea where this came from? Let me help you! With over a decade of experience in treating office related injuries and sport injuries of athletes competing at semi-professional level, I combine various health disciplines to get to the root cause of the problem. This means that not only your injury is treated but I will get to the bottom of why you got the injury in the first place. This way you will be able to avoid these injuries in future. I also speak your language (as long as this is in English, Italian, German or Dutch….) so I can explain the causes of your injury in an understandable language. Remember that everything should be in balance and balance makes your health!

Octaleaf was founded by me, Ramon Verdel.

Active Release practitioner Ramon Verdel

I am a Dutch Physical Therapist specialized in any soft tissue issues. Soft tissue basically means  muscles, nerves (nerve entrapment,e.g. Sciatica), fascia, tendons etc. Soft tissue issues are often the cause of head aches, RSI, nerve entrapment, “frozen shoulder”, Carpal Tunnel etc. To effectively and quickly resolve these soft tissue related issues, I have been practicing Active Release Techniques since 2007. Active Release Techniques is a great technique where I locate the problem, check for mobility restrictions (if any) and select the relevant protocols to resolve the problem (there are over 500 patented Active Release Techniques protocol movement patterns so experience helps to select the most effective ones). The effectiveness of Active Release is also that the patient has to move his effected part of the body (arm/leg/torso etc.) during the treatment so he will immediately see and feel the results of the treatment. What does that mean? Well, for example, if you cannot lift your arm up completely due to pain, I will check the whole movement chain, find the problem area where maybe 2 muscles are “stuck” together (this could very well be in a different part of the body than where you feel the  pain/restriction). I will take tension on these structures and make you move your arm as far as it will go while I resolve the adhesion during this movement. With every pass you will see and feel that your arm will go a little further and/or the passes will become less painful.  A good Active Release Techniques treatment will not only treat the site of the problem but will check the whole movement chain to ensure the the problem will not return soon after the treatment.

You can find more information about Active Release Techniques on this site or you can check the general site in the USA: Active Release Techniques USA.

Some of the Health disciplines I use are:


I have been a runner all my life and now teach English in Rome. I went to see Ramon after visiting two physiotherapists with no real improvement in my leg injury. After four sessions with Ramon I am now running again. For me ART is a very precise technique and works because of Ramon’s very detailed and professional knowledge and understanding of the anatomy and structure of the body. I would thoroughly recommend ART and in particular, Ramon.

I had in inflammation in my shoulder from an impingement and urgently needed treatment to relieve the pain. Ramon was so kind to offer me his help during his holiday, so we could get started on my treatment sooner than later.

I was relived of more than 50% of my pain from the first treatment alone, fully convinced that ART was the right approach to treat my issue – it was the first time I tried ART. We has two more sessions after which I wasn’t entirely pain free – yet – but Ramon left me with exercises to do at home and we agreed I would do those and perhaps do one more treatment if I really needed it. However, Ramon stressed that fundamentally a great improvement should be seen within first 3 treatments, otherwise he would rather recommend me another approach to ensure that I would receive the most appropriate treatment for my particular issue.

As such, Ramon ensures that his patients receive the best treatment, even if it may mean referring them to other specialists, which I appreciate.

Today I am pain free and back to living my life in a normal way, including going to the gym. If you have the slightest need for physiotherapy, I can only recommend you to reach out to Ramon for help.


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ROME NORTH: Poliambulatorio LOFT, via Ugo Ojetti 380/e

ROME CENTER/SOUTH, Studio Medico, Via Oderisi da Gubbio 254


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