In the Netherlands, Ramon Verdel has been succesfully using Active Release Techniques Nederland since 2007 to solve nerve entrapments such as sciatica and chronic headaches for example. Ramon has  travelled to the United States several times a year in order to learn directly from the founder of ART®, Michael Leahy and additionally re-certifies every year his licence thus increasing his skills.

But what is it exactly?

It is not really a deep tissue massage or a standard physiotherapy technique but Active Release Techniques (ART®) is a patented hands-on treatment technique which was developed in the USA . ART® has shown very quick results in treating issues such as with muscles, fascia, ligaments, tendons and nerve entrapment (all together also known as soft tissue). Furthermore, 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.

However Active Release Techniques is not only for the athlete community. So if you are sitting a lot behind your desk or in your car, if you are experiencing chronic headaches or simply suffer from pain related to muscles or nerves, than ART® can also benefit you.

The GOLD standard

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 in addition correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient.


ART® 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. All of these conditions have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.


Running injury Active Release Techniques


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 therefore binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, first; muscles become shorter and weaker, second; tension increases on tendons which causes tendonitis, and third; nerves can become trapped. As a result, this can, for example, result in reduced range of motion, loss of strength and furthermore pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness and weakness. Here is where we can help you because Active Release Techniques is specialized in locating these adhesions and resolving them quickly using patented manual protocols.


Every Active Release session is a combination of first; examination and second; 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 then treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements in order to actively release the tissues.

What is Active Release Techniques?

Listen to the founder of ART® Dr. Mike Leahy

Want to know more about ART®?

Check the website of Dr. Sebastian Gonzalez

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