LIEBSCHER-BRACHT
PAIN THERAPY

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Liebscher & Bracht

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PAIN AFFECTS US ALL: WHAT CAN WE DO about IT?

The answer is so simple yet genius that it might surprise you: exercise. Most pain conditions lead to behaviour that aims at avoiding pain, which in turn causes immobility and decreases your quality of life in the long run.

However, we have good news: in over 30 years of research, Roland Liebscher-Bracht and his wife, Dr. med. Petra Bracht, have been successfully developing a therapy method capable of freeing patients from pain in a natural and long-term way. Their goal is to make it possible for every person to live a happy and healthy life while keeping their full mobility even in old age.

the origin of pain according to liebscher & bracht

Our locomotor system makes it possible for us to use all the angles of our joints a hundred percent. Yet, most of us only use about ten percent of the full capacity! That is because, nowadays, we are used to sitting a lot and performing one-sided movements in our living and working environments: think of your classic 9 to 5 office job.

These minimalistic and repetitive movement patterns are saved in our brains to ensure that we can execute them quick and effortlessly in our daily lives. The so-called brain programmes control the muscles and also dictate the tension used to perform certain moves.

Osteopressure points on a skeleton.

A healthy human body contains 656 muscles. All of them are covered by fasciae, the soft tissue components of the connective tissue. Every time you stretch or bend a joint, the nearest muscles and fasciae contract, while others relax. If we only use around ten percent of the movement capacity of our body, the muscles and fasciae will no longer be adequately stretched. In time, they become stiffer and stiffer.

Let us illustrate this further. When we sit, we bend our legs. As a result, the muscles and fasciae in our anterior body area are relaxed. If we assume a sitting position frequently, our muscles and fasciae will slowly but continuously adapt to this pose and become unyielding. In particular, this happens when we do not stretch them regularly.

Consequently, the muscles and fasciae in our body cannot contract as intended if we stand up. Liebscher & Bracht refer to this as “shortening” of the muscles and fasciae. The muscular-fascial shortening in the anterior body region causes traction to the front since the required contraction cannot be executed. To manage standing upright, however, the body tries to balance the pull of the muscles and fasciae in the back.

This leads to an excessive amount of counter tension. Both in the front and back, the muscular-fascial stress is so high that the joint surfaces and vertebral bodies press onto each other. With such a force, the cartilage, the intervertebral discs as well as the bones suffer constant wear and tear.

Our body tissues contain a multitude of receptors. They measure tensile and compressive stress as well as velocity and forward this information to the brain. With the gathered data, the organism deducts whether the wear and tear of joints and spine are higher than the repairability of the body. If that is the case, the brain tries to warn the respective body area, to prevent further damage. This warning is issued in the form of pain, drawing attention to imminent health risks such as arthrosis or intervertebral disc damage. Liebscher & Bracht refer to such indicators as “signal pain”. The most exciting fact about this is that pain exists independently of damages and wear and tear. That ultimately means it can be “turned off”!

The Liebscher & Bracht Pain Therapy

Pain-Free Tool

Liebscher & Bracht uses a manual therapeutic technique called “osteopressure” to press signal pain receptors in the periosteum — the fasciae-containing membrane surrounding the bones. By doing this, the brain programmes responsible for the pain are reset, and the muscular-fascial tensions normalised. As a result, the traction between the vertebral bodies and the joint surfaces is reduced as well. The receptors pick up this information and relay it to the brain, which in turn stops sending pain signals.

The success of this method demonstrates that pain results from the too-high muscular-fascial tensions the brain registers. Said tensions are the consequence of little to no physical exercise and minimal as well as one-sided movement patterns. Already the first treatment sheds some light on whether one’s pain is related to excess stress on muscles and fasciae and if the Liebscher & Bracht therapy is going to help. Ninety-five percent of all patients that are treated according to Liebscher & Bracht achieve either complete or partial relief of pain.

Mira Flatt is stretching her legs on a mat.

Stopping the pain is just one step towards a life without pain. It is vital to treat the cause of the pain to ensure that it does not come back. Otherwise, the muscular-fascial tension builds up again, and the pain returns.

To help change the one-sided movement patterns introduced by our modern living environment, Liebscher & Bracht developed special exercises to make sure that muscular-fascial shortenings can be effectively treated. Everyone is welcome to try our fascia stretches themselves. You can easily access them on our YouTube channel. If you subscribe to our newsletter, we will regularly send you new exercises as well. To alleviate your pain permanently, it is necessary to perform the fascia stretches consistently alongside the osteopressure and beyond it.

Fascia-Fit Foam Rollers

The last component of our pain therapy is the foam rolling. Using specially designed foam rollers, we massage our body and thus the muscles and fasciae underneath. Doing so unravels the many fascial threads, allowing the tissue to become flexible again.

Fasciae are responsible for the coordination of our body: they are the reason why we can move at all. They surround the muscles and bones in our organism to shield it from damage and to give our body stability as well as mobility. This connective tissue is also a carrier of the forces within our body, allowing muscles to contract and relax. Over 100 millions of stimulus receptors are incorporated in the fasciae. Additionally, the tissue binds a lot of water — almost one-fourth of all the water in our body! Foam rolling makes use of this feature in particular, alongside the knowledge that our regeneration and tissue healing takes place in the surrounding of fasciae, too.

Our foam rolling method is supposed to relax the tissue and prepare it for the fascia stretching exercises. We pursue two goals with it. On the one hand, we want to move the interstitial fluid to ensure that waste material can be transported out of the fasciae tissue and fresh fluids into it. On the other hand, we aim at encouraging the fibroblasts, that are weaving new fasciae 24 hours a day, to recycle matted fasciae threads. This way, we accomplish the removal of tangled fascial tissue— the central issue of shortened and inflexible fasciae. A welcome side effect of foam rolling is the relaxation of tense muscles.

The Liebscher & Bracht Pain Therapy

Pain-Free Tool

Liebscher & Bracht uses a manual therapeutic technique called “osteopressure” to press signal pain receptors in the periosteum — the fasciae-containing membrane surrounding the bones. By doing this, the brain programmes responsible for the pain are reset, and the muscular-fascial tensions normalised. As a result, the traction between the vertebral bodies and the joint surfaces is reduced as well. The receptors pick up this information and relay it to the brain, which in turn stops sending pain signals.

The success of this method demonstrates that pain results from the too-high muscular-fascial tensions the brain registers. Said tensions are the consequence of little to no physical exercise and minimal as well as one-sided movement patterns. Already the first treatment sheds some light on whether one’s pain is related to excess stress on muscles and fasciae and if the Liebscher & Bracht therapy is going to help. Ninety-five percent of all patients that are treated according to Liebscher & Bracht achieve either complete or partial relief of pain.

Mira Flatt is stretching her legs on a mat.

Stopping the pain is just one step towards a life without pain. It is vital to treat the cause of the pain to ensure that it does not come back. Otherwise, the muscular-fascial tension builds up again, and the pain returns.

To help change the one-sided movement patterns introduced by our modern living environment, Liebscher & Bracht developed special exercises to make sure that muscular-fascial shortenings can be effectively treated. Everyone is welcome to try our fascia stretches themselves. You can easily access them on our YouTube channel. If you subscribe to our newsletter, we will regularly send you new exercises as well. To alleviate your pain permanently, it is necessary to perform the fascia stretches consistently alongside the osteopressure and beyond it.

Fascia-Fit Foam Rollers

The last component of our pain therapy is the foam rolling. Using specially designed foam rollers, we massage our body and thus the muscles and fasciae underneath. Doing so unravels the many fascial threads, allowing the tissue to become flexible again.

Fasciae are responsible for the coordination of our body: they are the reason why we can move at all. They surround the muscles and bones in our organism to shield it from damage and to give our body stability as well as mobility. This connective tissue is also a carrier of the forces within our body, allowing muscles to contract and relax. Over 100 millions of stimulus receptors are incorporated in the fasciae. Additionally, the tissue binds a lot of water — almost one-fourth of all the water in our body! Foam rolling makes use of this feature in particular, alongside the knowledge that our regeneration and tissue healing takes place in the surrounding of fasciae, too.

Our foam rolling method is supposed to relax the tissue and prepare it for the fascia stretching exercises. We pursue two goals with it. On the one hand, we want to move the interstitial fluid to ensure that waste material can be transported out of the fasciae tissue and fresh fluids into it. On the other hand, we aim at encouraging the fibroblasts, that are weaving new fasciae 24 hours a day, to recycle matted fasciae threads. This way, we accomplish the removal of tangled fascial tissue— the central issue of shortened and inflexible fasciae. A welcome side effect of foam rolling is the relaxation of tense muscles.

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