Fascial Manipulation Institute by Stecco

Via Cavalieri di Vittorio Veneto 19, Padova, June 5th 2021




LUIGI STECCO, physiotherapist since 1975, carries out his professional activity as physiotherapist in Arzignano. He is the creator of the manipulative technique of evaluation and treatment called “Manipolazione Fasciale®” – “Fascial Manipulation®”- “STECCO®”
He is the author of several books on Fascial Manipulation, which have been translated into several languages.

CARLA STECCO, Scientific Diploma in 1996, degree in Medicine and Surgery with vote 110/110 cum laude in 2002, Specialization in Orthopaedics and Traumatology with vote 70/70 cum laude in January 2008. From October 2007to September 2014: researcher M-EDF/02 at the University of Padua, relating to the Department of Anatomy and Physiology.
From October 2014: associate professor M-EDF/02 at the Molecular Medicine Department of the University of Padua. Author of many articles in extenso, of which 150 indexed in Pubmed, and numerous oral presentations at international conferences. She is co-author of several books on manual therapy technique (Fascial Manipulation, Piccin, 2007), translated into various languages. Author of a book on the anatomy of the fasciae (Functional Atlas of the human fasciae, Elsevier ed, 2015).

ANTONIO STECCO, Scientific Diploma, Surgeon, Specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Doctorate in Medical Sciences, Clinical and Experimental. President of the Fascial Manipulation Association and president of the International Myopain Society. Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitative Medicine, New York University School of Medicine. Author of various presentations in International Conferences and articles on the anatomy of the fascia. He is co-author of several books on manual therapy technique (Fascial Manipulation, Piccin, 2007), translated into various languages

JULIE ANN DAY is originally from Adelaide (Australia) and has been a physiotherapist since 1977. She lives and works in Padova (Italy). Julie started studying Fascial Manipulation in 1999 and she has been a Teacher since 2002, having taught in different countries as well as presenting at numerous International conferences. Julie has translated 7 of Luigi Stecco’s books into English. In 2018 she ideated and edited the book ‘Fascial Manipulation – Stecco method: from the practitioners’ perspective’ (Handspring publishers).

CATERINA FEDE graduated in Biotechnology and in Health Biology and received her Ph.D. in Environmental Medicine, University of Padova. Since 2008 she has been active in university research and teaching, in the field of Cell Biology, Molecular Biology and Histology, and actually she has a post-doc research grant at the Institute of Human Anatomy of the University of Padova, in the research team of Prof. Carla Stecco. She is author of numerous researches on cellular and molecular aspects of fascia, in particular the regulation of the extracellular matrix of the fascia according to hormonal levels or chemical stimuli such as endocannabinoids, the quantification of hyaluronan and the characterization of fasciacytes. Winner of the “Fascia Research – Young Scientist Award”, conferred in August 2020 by the Fascia Research Charity.

LUCIA PETRELLI University Diploma in Medical-Biological Institutes at the University of Siena.
Since 2003 she has been a technician at Human Anatomy at the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Padua.
Since 2015 she has participated in the morphological study of the Fascia using immunohistochemical techniques

ILARIA FANTONI graduated cum laude in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Padua in 2014. She graduated with cum laude in Orthopaedics and Traumatology in Padua in 2020.
Since 2021 she has been in service at the U.O. of Orthopaedics and Traumatology of the Alto Vicentino Hospital.
She has participated as a speaker in numerous national and international congresses.
She has published several scientific papers.

CAMILLA FERRANTE is associate professor of physical chemistry at the Dept. of Chemical Sciences of the University of Padova since 2002. CF works in the field of time resolved optical spectroscopy applied to the characterization of the de-excitation pathways of molecules, molecular aggregates, polymers and nanoparticles in solution, used as active probes in sensors, devices or as bio-labels. CF set-up a lab with CW and fs pulsed laser sources coupled to a fluorescence confocal microscope and implemented measurements of FCS (Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy) and FLIM (Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy).

CARMELO PIRRI: MD, specialist in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, PT, PhD student in Regenerative Medicine (Molecular Medicine), Department of Neuroscience, Institute of Human Anatomy, University of Padova, he is interested in the microworld of the fascia from the molecular and anatomical aspects to those of ultrasound imaging.

BERTOLDO DENNIS: he graduated at the University of Verona and received the title of Doctor of Physiotherapy with vote of 110/110.
Today he is a self-employed person who, in his surgery, located in Val Liona (VI), treats his patients only with Fascial Manipulation Stecco Method.


Due to the problematic health situation, only this year it will be online to facilitate people who come from afar. Detailed information will be sent soon.

08:00 – 08:30     Registration

08.30 – 08.40     Opening: Luigi Stecco, founder of the method

08.40 – 09.00     “Fascia and aging”: Prof. Carla Stecco

09.00 – 09.15     “Diminishing HA in osteoarthritis patients”: Dr. Ilaria Fantoni

09.15 – 09.30     “Hyaluronan chemical property.”: Dr. Camilla Ferrante

09.30 – 09.45     “Deep fascia innervation”: Dr. Lucia Petrelli/Carmelo Pirri MD

09.45 – 10.00     Discussion

10.00 – 10.30     Coffee – break

10.30 – 10.50     “Fasciae in entrapment neuropathies”: Prof. Antonio Stecco

10.50 – 11.05     “Ultrasonography imaging of fasciae”: Carmelo Pirri MD

11.05 – 11.20     “How distal treatment can improve low back pain”: Dr. Dennis Bertoldo/Dr. Julie Day

11.20 – 11.35     “Fascial and hormones”: Dr. Caterina Fede

11.35 – 11.50     Discussion

11.50 – 12.10     2021 Celebration of the “Certified FM Specialists”

12.10 – 13.00     FMA Assembly (only for members) – Nomination of the new Executive Board

13.00 – 14.30     Lunch

14.30 – 16.00     Workshops

Group A – Treatment of musculoskeletal dysfunctions (Italian) Dr. Giacomini Stefano

Group B – Treatment of global and systemic dysfunctions (Italian) Dr. Motton Francesco

Group C – Treatment of musculoskeletal dysfunctions (English) Dr. Casadei Stefano

Group D – Treatment of global and systemic dysfunctions (English) Dr. Pasini Andrea

Group E – Introduction to Fascial Manipulation School (Italian) Prof. Carla Stecco


All members of the Fascial Manipulation Association can enroll to the Congress.

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