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“Liebscher & Bracht Pain Therapy” is a treatment concept that Roland Liebscher-Bracht and Dr. Petra Bracht created around thirty years ago and have developed since then. It is said to work against pain in the musculoskeletal system, the cause of which is muscle and fascia problems resulting from incorrect exercise and lack of movement. The therapy consists of pressing pain points, special stretching exercises, fascia massage with fascia rollers and regular participation in an exercise group.
There is no scientific evidence for the effectiveness of “Liebscher & Bracht Pain Therapy”, so that this form of therapy has not been recognized by conventional medicine and is considered an alternative or complementary medicine method. Targeted exercise and improved circulation through massage or similar techniques have been shown to help with many problems with the musculoskeletal system.
In addition, no side effects or dangers of the method are known, provided that it is carried out professionally by a trained practitioner. Nevertheless, you should first have your complaints clarified by a doctor and check with your doctor to see whether pain therapy according to Liebscher & Bracht could be useful for you. If they give the green light, there is no reason not to try the form of therapy and to find out for yourself whether it works for your own symptoms.
"Liebscher & Bracht Pain Therapy": A brief overview
Here you will find a brief overview of pain therapy according to Liebscher & Bracht.
- definition: Pain therapy consists of pressing pain points ("osteopressure"), special stretching exercises ("bottleneck stretching"), fascia massage with fascia rollers ("fascia rolling massage") and regular participation in an exercise group ("bottleneck stretching exercise group").
- application areas: Pain that arises due to muscular-fascial tension. The main reasons for this are incorrect loading and / or incorrect posture as well as insufficient movement. The areas of application include, for example, various types of joint and back pain, tension and headache, which result from tension in the shoulder and neck area.
- Contraindications: Pain caused by a tumor or an injury, for example, cannot be treated with this method.
- costs: Health insurance companies generally do not bear the costs. As the prices can vary, you should get an individual offer before starting therapy.
- Who can offer the therapy?: "Liebscher & Bracht Pain Therapy" is a protected term and may only be offered in this form by practitioners who have completed the four-day training and can demonstrate this accordingly.
- Note: So far there is no scientific evidence on the effectiveness of “Liebscher & Bracht pain therapy” and you should seek medical advice in advance as to whether this form of pain therapy could be useful in your case.
Liebscher & Bracht: The theory behind the concept
The basic idea behind “Liebscher & Bracht Pain Therapy” is the assumption that pain in the musculoskeletal system can often be attributed to lack of movement and / or incorrect posture and stress in everyday life. Many people regularly experience pain long before, for example, actual signs of wear and tear result from detectable arthrosis or a herniated disc.
Roland Liebscher-Bracht and Dr. call this type of pain Petra Bracht "alarm pain". From their point of view, it is his function to draw attention to impending damage to health at an early stage so that a change can be made.
Liebscher-Bracht and Bracht attribute the alarm pain to changes in the muscles and fascia. Even if there is already actual damage, the pain continues to come mainly from problems such as tension, hardening and sticking of muscle and fascia tissue. This is where their specially developed therapy method comes in.
Four pillars of pain therapy according to Liebscher & Bracht
It consists of pressing pain points, for which Liebscher-Bracht and Bracht use the term "osteopressure", special stretching exercises (called "bottleneck stretching"), fascia massage with fascia rollers ("fascia roller massage") and a subsequent long-term training in a so-called "bottleneck stretching group" ".
Process of pain therapy according to Liebscher & Bracht
No drugs are used in “Liebscher & Bracht Pain Therapy”. Instead, the pain points that trigger the respective pain event are first determined in a detailed conversation. According to Roland Liebscher-Bracht and Dr. Petra brings about seventy pressure points, from which a selection is made depending on the symptoms.
The selected points are then pressed in succession for approximately one and a half minutes. The pressure is applied directly to the bone. Liebscher-Bracht and Bracht call this manual treatment "osteopressure", which means "bone pressure". Osteopressure is an acute treatment that is said to significantly reduce pain. By pressing the selected points, the pain receptors are to be reached in order to achieve a kind of "elimination" of the alarm pain. Pressing should give the body the impulse "relax muscle". This makes osteopressure a manual treatment method and is similar to osteopathy or Rolfing.
After the pain point treatment, a so-called “bottleneck stretching” takes place. This consists of special movements in which the affected muscles are stretched so that they can then relax as much as possible. The structures involved are also to be strengthened and the incorrect load on the spine and joints is to be reduced.
After the first acute treatment, it should normally be foreseeable whether the pain response will respond positively to pain therapy according to Liebscher & Bracht and whether it makes sense to continue the therapy.
After treatment, those affected will receive exercise instructions. They should practice about fifteen minutes a day at home. According to Roland Liebscher-Bracht and Dr. Petra Bracht is important so that the muscular deformities are reprogrammed and the new “attitudes” are firmly anchored. Before the exercises, a fascia roller should ensure that muscles and fascia are prepared.
As a rule, only two to three acute treatments are necessary. According to Liebscher-Bracht and Bracht, however, it is important that the movement exercises and fascia treatment are continued on a regular basis.
In addition, patients should remain active in so-called "bottleneck stretch groups" after treatment. This program is offered in specialized movement schools. The exercises are primarily intended for post-treatment in order to achieve long-term freedom from pain.
The pain therapy according to Liebscher & Bracht is intended to help with pain that has arisen due to muscular-fascial tension. The main causes for this are incorrect loading and / or incorrect posture as well as too little movement. In particular, our sedentary lifestyle leads to massive shortening of the muscles in the front parts of the body as well as tension in the shoulder-neck area and the paravertebral muscles.
The application areas include, for example, various types of joint and back pain, tension and headache, which result from tension in the shoulder and neck area.
Pain that is caused, for example, by a tumor or an injury cannot be treated with this method. However, problems that arise, for example, from maintaining posture after a fracture or an operation, can certainly respond to this form of pain therapy.
Usually two to four acute treatments are sufficient. There are also the costs for a fascia roll and for participation in the bottleneck stretching group. Health insurers generally do not pay the costs. As the prices may vary depending on the practitioner, you should have an individual offer prepared before starting the therapy.
Who can offer the therapy?
"Liebscher & Bracht Pain Therapy" is a protected term and may only be offered in this form by practitioners who have completed the four-day training and can demonstrate this accordingly. So be sure to pay attention when choosing a practitioner. There is also a search function for therapists who are trained in “Liebscher & Bracht Pain Therapy” on the therapy website. (kh, sw)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Magistra Artium (M.A.) Katja Helbig, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch
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