Acupuncture and Treating Children 5/5 (37)

Last week I had a little guy come into my office who was very rambunctious, not feeling very well, and slightly hesitant to the idea of meeting me. Have you had little people in your clinic? If so, then you know—as well as I do—that ‘sometimes’ children are not very cooperative.

So, how do you gain the trust and adoration of a 2-year-old in your acupuncture clinic!?!?

You SING to him!!!

Okay, I’ll be honest. I’m HORRIBLE at singing, but lucky for me—I’m a clever lady! First, I asked the little guy if he liked to sing. He just looked at me and turned his head. Then, I asked him if he wanted me to sing. He turned his head again. (I’m glad that he didn’t get excited over that proposal either, because I didn’t want to embarrass myself in front of his mom.) Finally, I asked a question that got his attention:

“Did you know that your skin can sing?”

He perked right up! I had him hold the ground bar as I gently touched his Source points with the AcuGraph probe. He was captivated by the picture on the computer screen and the sounds the AcuGraph made on his skin! That little two-year-old and I instantly bonded and made beautiful music together for the rest of his treatment.

After graphing him, I was able to put seeds in his ear to balance the graph and I also put a couple of tacks on him that we called “happy face stickers.” (*I just drew happy faces on the tacks before we put them on.) His job was to touch each happy face and count to five. I asked him if he would keep them on until after dinner and he agreed! He was excited to go home and show his dad that he could touch the stickers and count to five. This was an easy way for me to extend the treatment after he left the office.

I think  he and I are now bonded. Maybe even best friends for life…

Many of you may be aware that I interned at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego for a couple of years as an acupuncture intern in the oncology and chronic pain departments. Treating kids is really easy because their bodies respond quickly and easily to acupuncture treatment. The hardest part is gaining a child’s trust. It would have been great to have an AcuGraph back then!

Do you have a “SINGING” AcuGraph in your clinic?

If you treat kids in your clinic (even once in awhile), it is an absolute lifesaver…and a great source of referrals! I hear from his mom that the little guy excitedly tells everyone about his “singing skin” and shows them his smiley faces…from day care to play dates. What a simple way to generate whole family referrals.

Plus–as you can see by the endorsement of the little guy above: AcuGraph is kid tested and mother approved!

Come join the fun…click below and place your order today!

Have a great week and I’ll see you on Facebook.

Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.

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Dr. Kimberly Thompson, DACM, L.Ac.

Dr. Kimberly Thompson, DACM, L.Ac. is a US licensed acupuncturist in the state of Idaho and certified in the treatment of acupuncture, Oriental medicine and Chinese herbology by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Kimberly wears multiple hats in the acupuncture community. She owns her private clinic, Meridian Family Acupuncture. She has spent the last 10 years working for Miridia Technology as an acupuncture Research Analyst–where she helps plan, develop, and integrate modern diagnostic and treatment tools for the ever-evolving scientific world of acupuncture. Kimberly is a world-renown teacher, blogger, columnist, and mentor in the acupuncture community.

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