A pioneer he is, indeed! Roland is the reason why you landed on this very website today to learn more about how to achieve a life without pain. Yet, how did he become a pain specialist? We have the answer.
Roland Liebscher-Bracht was born in Gersfeld near Fulda in Hessia, Germany. Early on in his life, he discovered his love for martial arts: both judo and karate have a special place in his heart. The knowledge he gained from mastering these fighting techniques should later find its way into the concept of his pain therapy.
During his military service, Roland’s affinity for the technical field and mechanical engineering became apparent, and it inspired him to pursue an academic education as an industrial engineer specialised in mechanical engineering at the TH Darmstadt. His studies would also play a significant role in the development of the Liebscher & Bracht therapy.
At the same time of his studies, he opened a student-run car workshop in Frankfurt. This way, he was able to employ the theory he learned in his studies in a real-life environment. In his free time, he continued improving his martial arts skills. After judo and karate, he took to taekwondo and kickboxing.
Meanwhile, he reached the end of his studies, just to realise during an internship that he was not cut out to be a business consultant. After this epiphany, he had only one option left: to quit his studies — which he did, despite being in the last phase of writing his diploma thesis about ergonomic workspaces.
As life went on, so did Roland. In Summer 1983, he met a young medical graduate, falls in love and marries her three months later. Following their life as newly-weds, they gave birth to two healthy sons: Raoul and Julien.
Apart from Roland’s personal life, his work life took a turn for the better, too. After quitting his studies, he turned all his attention to martial arts. Starting in 1984, he picked up Wing Chun as his next goal. He decided to master the technique full-time, becoming the private student of Keith Kernspecht, the man who brought Wing Chun to Europe. Afterwards, in 1985, Roland opened his very own Wing Chun school in Frankfurt. Within three years he developed a successful system: he tutored over one thousand students and maintained almost 30 schools, reaching from Rüsselsheim to Jena and from Friedberg to Würzburg.
During his years as a teacher, Roland noticed how specific movement patterns helped his students when they suffered from aches. This discovery sparked his curiosity, and he delved deeper into the subject of the causes and alleviation of pain. For the first time since his studies, he was able to combine his academic experiences with his martial arts knowledge. Roland soon learned how to apply lever and rotation mechanics to the human body and transform them into pain-lessening exercises thanks to his awareness of martial arts movement patterns. It was only a matter of time until Roland branched out into the health system with his martial arts association, assuming the role as a health expert.
Roland always experienced situations where chronic and even acute pain disappeared after performing special sets of movement exercises. Due to this, he focused more and more on the usage of movement patterns from Wing Chun to alleviate pain. He documented these patterns systematically. Suddenly everything Roland had been doing up to that point made sense. He combined all his acquired knowledge and created a pain-reducing movement system: the Wing Chun Qigong (a mixture of pain-relieving exercises from Wing Chun and meditative routines from Qigong). He started using this method on his students and trained interested colleagues in it.
With the creation of this movement system, his hunger for more knowledge was not yet satiated. He continued to study and explore movement profiles, which started a closer collaboration between Roland and Petra. After years of research, they reached a breakthrough in determining the origin of pain: too-high tension in muscles and fasciae. With this realisation, the first step towards creating what we today know as Liebscher & Bracht pain therapy was made.More about the pain therapy
At the beginning of the nineties, Roland officially became the health expert for the training of principals within his association. He began to teach his pain-alleviating manual and movement technique — with success. Word got around fast, and soon enough doctors from other fields, physiotherapists as well as naturopaths showed interest in his method, wanting to learn more about it.
Since 1995, Roland’s main focus lies on improving the Liebscher & Bracht pain therapy, which is making use of the exercises Roland designed to treat the muscular-fascial causes of pain conditions. What guides him in his labour is a vision: everyone deserves a life devoid of pain. This is what he strives for: to allow as many people as possible to partake in his dream.
One thing led to another, and he began to design special tools to help suffering persons even better. He started uploading free videos on YouTube regularly, where he demonstrates exercises and showcases the foam rolling technique for people to help them. Roland is convinced that everyone is capable of growing old without having to suffer from pain — if they regularly do his exercises.More about the vision