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Disclaimer: This blog post is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content is for general information purposes only. If you have medical questions or concerns about back pain, you should always seek guidance from a licensed practitioner who understands your personal medical history.

Got Back Pain? Your Spine Deserves Some Love.

Have you ever thought about how complex your spine is? According to the American Chiropractic Association, “the back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back pain.”

Unfortunately, there are many things about modern society that fail to adequately protect and take care of the spine. Children and many working adults spend their days sitting in desks, hunched over books or computers.

It’s also clear that many Americans don’t get the movement and exercise their spines crave, and may neglect stretching.

Taking care of your back is important. Back pain is one of the most common reasons why people miss school or work. Some experts estimate that over 80% of people will experience back pain at some point in life, and at least 20% of people deal with chronic, recurring back pain that can be debilitating.

Also concerning is the lack of effective treatment methods for back pain. NSAIDs and even opioids are often prescribed to manage the pain, but fail to address the underlying cause, and can even lead to dangerous addiction. In fact, drug overdose is the leading causes of accidental death in the United States, with opioids being the most common drug used.

But here’s the good news. There are many alternative options for back pain receiving attention in recent years, thanks to the failure of opioids, including acupuncture. In fact, Medicare and Medicade just added acupuncture to their list of insurance-covered treatments for back pain.

Video: Auriculotherapy Treatment For Back Pain

If you’d like a tutorial on treating back pain with auriculotherapy, watch the short video below! We’ll show you the full protocol and walk you through how to treat.

What is Ear Acupuncture?

Ear acupuncture is an ancient system of medicine that works with the body’s own healing systems. It’s safe, effective, and free of harmful side effects. During ear acupuncture treatment, acupuncture points on the ear are stimulated with pressure, microcurrent, or light. Best of all, it’s something you can do safely for yourself, right from the comfort of your home.

Below, you can read 4 compelling reasons why you should try ear acupuncture for back pain!

Auriculotherapy for Back Pain

1. Ear Acupuncture is drug-free, safe and effective.

That’s right, ear acupuncture is an excellent alternative to drugs. It’s not addictive, it’s totally safe, and it causes NO side-effects (well, at least not negative ones!) Pretty much the worst thing that could happen with ear acupuncture is getting an uncomfortable ‘zap’ from a microcurrent device if the person using it hasn’t read the instructions. Though a zap may not feel very nice, it won’t cause any real harm! And the good news is, the electric current is so low on beginner devices, it would be almost impossible to cause pain.

As far as side-effects go, there are a few things you’ll want to watch out for, like…..Feeling better overall. Healthier mood. Happier hormones. Clearer thinking. Better sleep. Any of those sound too bad? We didn’t think so.

If you’re looking for alternative pain management, ear acupuncture is an amazing place to start.

2. Ear Acupuncture stimulates endorphin release.

Endorphins are the body’s natural painkillers. They are released in response to both positive and negative experiences, either to increase the pleasure of a moment, or to decrease or mute the pain. Natural endorphins are mood-boosting, pain-relieving, regulating hormones that help us cope with difficult and painful situations.

Ear acupuncture has been shown in numerous studies to incite the release of endorphins in the brain. Unlike a drug, endorphins are natural chemicals, and they are non-addictive and free of side-effects. Natural means of encouraging endorphin release may help decrease immediate pain, and may even lead to increased quality of life, healthier mood, and better mental health overall.

3. Ear Acupuncture helps with muscle tension.

Muscle tension is a common cause of back, neck and shoulder pain. It can be rooted in stress, poor posture, occupation, lack of movement or exercise, and structural issues.

Ear acupuncture has been used for centuries to help with muscle tension and pain, and this is perhaps one of its better-known applications. By easing muscles into relaxation and release, back pain may resolve, and the results may last longer than with pain relievers alone.

4. Ear Acupuncture helps balance your body’s energy, encouraging total-body wellness.

According to Chinese Medicine, there are many channels of energy that run through our bodies. These channels are interconnected and dependent upon each other. When one channel is out of balance, the other channels suffer. Imbalances lead to symptoms.

Therefore, the aim of an acupuncturist is to help restore balance to the body so that the energy can flow correctly again. Acupuncturists believe that when energy is flowing properly, the body has the innate ability to heal and thrive.

A thorough ear acupuncture treatment has been shown through energy graphing techniques to balance the energy in the entire body. Balanced energy may lead to greater health in all aspects of life, and may even address the underlying cause of back pain, and bring longterm relief.

In the below picture, green bars represent balanced channels, while the other colors indicate imbalance. Notice the change after just one comprehensive ear acupuncture treatment!

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How Do I Perform Auriculotherapy for Back Pain?

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Okay, now that you know that ear acupuncture may be a powerful option for migraine treatment, you’re probably starting to wonder… which points do I treat? How do I treat them? And with what?

You’re on the right track! There are a few vital components to effective, accurate ear acupuncture.

1. A Good Reference Guide

The first thing you’ll need in order to treat the ear is a really good reference guide. Something that will show you WHAT points to treat, and WHERE the points are in an understandable, accurate picture. The only problem is, there are acupuncture points in all the nooks and crannies, including on the back of your ear. It would be pretty hard to see them all in a 2D image.

That’s why the best reference tool in the business is Auriculo 360. Check out the GIF below – as you can see, Auriculo 360 gives you a fully 3-dimensional ear that you can rotate, spin, turn and drag. You can also zoom in, toggle between left and right ears, and overlay the Nogier frequency zones (well-studied frequencies for different areas of the ear).

Finally, Auriculo 360 is complete with over a hundred pre-made protocols for common ailments, along with a database of hundreds of individual points. Protocols can be modified as needed to fit your treatment style! It’s an absolute no-brainer for anyone interested in learning and using auriculotherapy.

The best part is, Auriculo 360 was designed to be incredibly affordable, coming in at only $99/year for an individual plan (good for use on up to 3 devices). That’s less than $9/month!

Check out Auriculo 360 Here>>>

2. A Way to Locate Points Accurately

Naturally, a reliable way to locate points comes next! There are many methods for point location that range from manual probes, to powerful devices that locate acupuncture points electrically.

These location tools range in price from ~$6 to ~$600, so it’s important to do your research and figure out which one will fit your needs.

You can learn about the many different ways to locate points at this website:

***Important Disclaimer: If you are not a licensed practitioner, you should not use a microcurrent device on anyone other than yourself.

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3. A Powerful Treatment Tool

Finally, you’ll need a tool to treat! In some instances, this tool may be the same tool you use to locate the point. Treatment can range from attaching tiny beads to the ear and pressing on the beads throughout the day, to using a tiny electrical microcurrent to stimulate the point at a healing frequency.

There are countless ways to treat, which is great news! Whether you’re a novice, a hobbyist or a licensed practitioner, there is a powerful tool for you at

***Important Disclaimer: If you are not a licensed practitioner, you should not use a microcurrent device on anyone other than yourself.

Video: Auriculotherapy Treatment For Back Pain

If you’d like a tutorial on treating back pain with auriculotherapy, watch the short video below! We’ll show you the full protocol and walk you through how to treat.

A Few ‘Points’ of Interest

1. Thoracic Spine


This group of points has traditionally been used to treat pain or dysfunction of the upper, middle and lower back, and the shoulder. It’s a great area for general back pain. If your back is actively hurting, you are very likely to find active points in this region, which represents the spine.

2. Lumbago

This point is for just what you’d expect—lumbago! (Or in other words, back pain). This point is specific to the lower back and may help ease muscle tension, relieve pain, and improve function.

3. Point Zero

This point is used to bring the whole body to homeostatic balance. It is traditionally understood to balance the nervous system, energy, hormones and brain activity. Additionally, it may support the action of other points and make the treatment more effective overall. This is a wonderful point to bring peace and calm to the mind of someone suffering with back pain, and to kick the body into gear to initiate healing, and release natural pain-reliving chemicals!

Full Protocol in Auriculo 360

For the sake of brevity, we’ll only share 3 points here. But there are hundreds more points and protocols waiting in the Auriculo 360 software!

We hope these three tiny points will make a difference in your journey.

Ear Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to help the body heal and thrive, naturally. For non-life-threatening conditions and wellness care, it can be a powerful holistic addition to your at-home wellness routine, or a great adjunct treatment to add to your professional practice!

To learn more about ear acupuncture, check out this link.

Thanks For Reading!

-Dr. Adrian Larsen


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Dr. Adrian Larsen

Adrian P. Larsen, D.C., F.A.S.A., C.Ac. Dr. Larsen is President of Miridia Technology Inc., and one of the developers of the AcuGraph Digital Meridian Imaging system. He currently divides his time between research, product development, and teaching. Dr. Larsen also holds certifications in Applied Kinesiology and CPK, and has specialized training in SOT and craniopathy. He, his wife, and 7 children reside in Meridian, Idaho.

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