Ear Scan – It’s Like A Good Massage! 5/5 (40)

Who doesn’t love a good massage?!

There are few things better than a full-body massage. By the time you are done, your massage580whole body has gotten the attention it needs.

I rarely share my chief complaints with my massage therapist because I know she will work her way through my whole body, finding all of my problems by the end.

I’ve found a way to mimic the benefits of a full-body massage on my patients without physically giving a massage. I call it an “Ear Scan.”

Actually, I learned this technique from one of our amazing AcuGraph owners a couple of years ago when he came to our live AcuGraph seminar here in Idaho. Michael Vahila, from Ohio, is a licensed acupuncturist with a background in massage therapy. He had been using the Stimplus Pro for a while in his clinic when he began incorporating the “Ear Scan” method into his treatment, yielding great results

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Think about it. There are literally hundreds of points on each ear. How do you know which ones would most benefit your patient?

If you know an exact chief complaint, you can use Auriculo 360 to fine-tune your searching method to find a great protocol. But, sometimes the patient has so many symptoms, it’s hard to decipher exactly which ear points would be most beneficial.

Luckily, the body has a way of telling us which points are beneficial.

Ear points only become electrically active when they are symptomatic. The Stimplus Pro is an excellent tool for deciding which points need to be treated.

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 Here’s how the “Ear Scan” works!

  1. Use your Stimplus Pro to scan the ear–looking for electrically active points.

  2. When you find an electrically active point–TREAT IT!

  3. Repeat until done.

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It’s that simple!

This technique isn’t a replacement for great acupuncture skills, it is a really a nice adjunct to your treatment.

This is how I add it in:

When the patient has numerous problems: First, I test the patient with the AcuGraph and treat according to balance the meridians. Next, I scan the ear to see which points need to be treated. Often there are several ear points which are active and need treatment.

When it’s time for a monthly Tune-up: Many of my patients come in for their monthly wellness treatment without a particular chief complaint. I follow the same pattern – I run an AcuGraph test, balance the graph and as a bonus, I spend time scanning the ear and treat whatever I find.

Patients love that I’m proactive when it comes to their health. Often, the Stimplus Pro helps me to find and treat imbalances BEFORE the patient even has symptoms.

P.S I’m still a massage junkie. While I’m treating the ear I tell my patients I’m giving them a full-body massage without rubbing them. Sometimes they say: “Hey, that’s not fair.” I just smile and hand them a business card for my favorite massage therapist because they are right… It’s not fair! But the “Ear Scan” brings great results, so I keep doing it!

I hope this helps you get more miles out of your Stimplus Pro. Do you have any great Stimplus Pro success stories? Please send them to me. I’d love to hear them!

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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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