Auricular Therapy in Orleans, ON
Ear acupuncture places acupuncture needles into points around your ear that are believed to connect with parts of the body, emotions, or sensory feelings. Auricular therapy is the stimulation of these acupuncture points (either with fine needles or cold laser) on the external ear surface.
The ear holds a microsystem of the entire human body that is consistent with the brain map discoveries of Canadian neuroscientist Wilder Penfield in the 1940s. Dr. Penfield found that the brain holds a discernable map of the human body. Stimulation of a brain area could be felt by the patient in the corresponding region of the body. This brain map is projected onto different areas of the body as “Microsystems,” such as the sole of the foot and the iris of the eye.
The ear holds the most dense and specific reflection of that brain map, providing the practitioner with an accessible, safe and detailed gateway for both assessment and treatment of most disorders. Points not accessible with regular acupuncture (such as the hypothalamus) are available on the ear. A trained professional can address most patient concerns by working with the ear alone.
WHAT IS AURICULAR THERAPY IN ORLEANS & OTTAWA?
Because a map of the entire body is on the exterior part of the ear, treatments only require stimulating a few points with needles or cold laser, quickly and without disrobing. So, Auricular Therapy is exceptional for quick, harmonizing treatments, providing treatments for patients with concerns about needles or when the injury is acute enough that local attention is not possible.
HOW CAN AURICULAR ACUPUNCTURE OR THERMAL AURICULAR THERAPY HELP YOU?
Auricular therapy stimulates the body’s own neurohormonal regulating systems, assisting the body’s natural ability to balance and heal. Ear acupuncture can be an incredibly effective way to treat chronic pain and acute pain and speed up the healing of soft tissue injuries.
USING FINE NEEDLES FOR AURICULAR ACUPUNCTURE
After your physiotherapist at Orleans Physiotherapy in Orleans, ON puts a few very fine needles into certain points in the outside of your ear, you sit quietly for about 30 minutes. Then, the needles are removed.
Many patients feel muscle relaxation and pain reduction immediately. This tool is usually combined with other things physiotherapy modalities.
THERMO AURICULAR THERAPY IN ORLEANS
At Orleans Physiotherapy in Orleans, ON, we use Thermo Auricular Therapy as an alternative to ear acupuncture with needles. The stimulation is provided by a cold laser to treat the points and meridians without puncturing the ear’s skin. The laser is completely painless and non-invasive.
Your physiotherapist may choose laser energy as a more suitable and effective treatment for you because the cold laser provides an oscillating energy field as opposed to an acupuncture needle, which is static energy. Healing lasers for thermal auricular therapy offer a holistic natural approach to transferring high doses of energy in seconds. So, you receive more rapid pain reduction with easy access.
Auriculotherapy with laser stimulates points on the external ear and sometimes some points on your face, hand or wrist to aid healing for a variety of health conditions. Thermo Auricular Therapy works especially well if you require pain reduction for acute or chronic pain and soft tissue injuries.
Impressive outcomes with thermal auricular therapy for pain and soft tissue injuries!
EAR ACUPUNCTURE AT ORLEANS PHYSIOTHERAPY IN ORLEANS, ON
On your first visit, your physiotherapist will conduct a comprehensive assessment to determine if Ear Acupuncture will help you. They will ask questions, check your medical history, and examine any areas where you have pain or soft tissue injuries.
Once the exam is complete, they will discuss with you whether thermal auricular therapy with the cold laser or auricular therapy using fine acupuncture needles is better suited for you.
Part of the exam is checking the shape of your ears to determine exactly where the needles will go. Ear shape is as unique as a fingerprint.
The treatment begins with your ear being cleaned with a wipe. Then, your physiotherapist at Orleans Physiotherapy inserts the needles or uses the cold laser on the appropriate points on your ear.
If you receive treatment using needles, you will take a deep breath in, and when you exhale, your physiotherapist will gently insert the needles, one at a time. After about 30 minutes, the needles are removed.
WITH IT HURT? WILL I BLEED?
You may wonder if it will hurt. The answer is no, not usually, and if it does, not much, and not for long.
The needles are very fine and designed for this therapy. And, of course, the laser is painless because it is non-invasive.
But your ear may be sensitive in the areas requiring treatment, so a needle may pinch a little, but the pain is brief. Your physiotherapist at Orleans Physiotherapy in Orleans, ON, has the skills and experience to perform Auricular Acupuncture in the quickest and most painless way. Just concentrate on your breathing and follow the instructions your physiotherapist will give you.
Some patients ask if they might bleed after treatment using acupuncture needles. With the cold laser treatments, there is no risk of bleeding because they are non-invasive and do not break the skin. On the other hand, with acupuncture needles, there is some risk you may bleed a little bit as the needles are removed. You won’t bleed when the needles go in or during your treatment. If there is any blood afterwards, you will be given a bit of cotton to wipe off your ear. The bleeding stops quickly and is considered quite normal.
Contact us at Orleans Physiotherapy in Orleans, ON, for more information about how Auricular Therapy, as thermal auricular therapy or auricular acupuncture, can benefit your soft tissue injury, chronic or acute pain.
EAR ACUPUNCTURE FAQS
WHAT IS AURICULAR THERAPY?
Auricular Therapy is both a diagnostic tool and an integrative treatment for the relief of pain. Auricular therapy targets the other parts of the body from the external ear using the principles of neurological reflexes and energetic correspondences. Physiotherapists can detect ear reflex points by their sensitivity to pressure, measuring skin resistance, and observing various skin discoloration and protrusions. Treatments use tactile acupressure, acupuncture needles, or cold laser stimulation.
WHAT DOES AURICULAR THERAPY DO?
Auricular Therapy can effectively reduce acute or chronic pain and speed healing in soft tissue injuries.