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Muscle tension refers to the condition in which you feel some tightness in a certain muscle group. This is due to the semi contraction of that muscles group for an extended period of time. Some people can tolerate it but for others it is debilitating to the point they can not perform their tasks normally.

Muscle tension is typically due to the physiological effects of stress.  It causes the body’s nervous system to constrict the blood vessels reducing the blood flow and can lead often to episodes of back pain. This muscle tension is routinely treated by relaxing the spasm including  acupuncture, TENS, massage and exercises.

Each muscle has a basic tension state called the tonicity. Neuronal stimuli are detected by the muscle and give the information to receptors which give a feedback response to the muscles to either keep the state of tension or to alter it. This prepare the muscle for the upcoming strength needed to do the work.

The tonicity can varie with stress, pain, cold and psychological factors. When an increased energy demand is required and if the muscle cannot provide it in sufficient quantity this is a cause of pain due to the maladjustment of blood demand and supply.

Again, treatment can be evaluated and provided with acupuncture, massage, electrostimulation , heat therapy and water therapy.  All is to deactivate the cycle of  tonicity pain in effect.

The connective tissue or fascial system is a thin membrane or sheet of tissue which surrounds and connects all tissues and organs of the body:  muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels, and internal organs.  It is like a netting.

Fascia becomes tight and restrictive due to poor posture, trauma, repetitive strain, chronic inflammation or surgical scars.

Some scar tissue causes impaired movement which can be detected with palpation.    These scars can be located  in the ear and correspond to the area of body involved.  Scars are a natural consequence of healing and repairing damaged tissues.

The adhesion-releasing technique can be performed very slowly and the suspicious tender point of the ear is marked in correlation to the scar causing abnormal tissue tension, which leads invariably to pain.

Some toxic scars can interfere in the functioning of tissue in many ways.  Sometimes by releasing an old asymptomatic surgical scar, a pain problem, for example in the spine, can go away.  Scars are always important to exam and treat properly in cases of chronic pain, mostly when it is known that tissues have memory and can be related to negative emotions or events.

Consequently, during the course of treating scars and restrictive fascia, certain negative emotions and memories suddenly rise to the surface, and their negative energy is released.

On completion of the examination, a needle can be applied on the auricular tender point with or without electro stimulation and  treat the scar locally.  If the treatment is successful, the therapist will find a disappearance of pain in the auricular point which was tender at initial diagnosis.

Pain is necessary for a normal life.  It provides us with information about our body’s damaging stimuli and thus enables us to protect ourselves from greater pain and problems.  It is pain that initiates our search for help and it is our subjective and indicative description of the location of pain that helps to pinpoint the underlying cause of problems. The receptors for pain, called  “nociceptors” meaning pain location  are simply naked nerve  endings and can be found in any part of the body. Excessive stimulation causes muscular contractions, inadequate blood flow to an organ etc…..Pain receptors perform a protective function by identifying changes that may  endanger the body.  Pain may be classified on the basis of speed of onset and duration: acute or chronic.   Pain sensations may be controlled chemically, surgically or by other means like acupuncture and auricular medicine.  They take advantage of the body’s natural inhibitory influences that can normally block pain pathways.  Acupuncture enhances the release of inhibitory substances such as enkephaline from various locations and these substances can be carried by the cardio vascular system to the pain fibers.  Then end result is a sensation of comfort.

What is acupuncture in a medical context?

Acupuncture and auricular therapy are methods intended to promote body healing and restore natural body functions and relieve or reduce the source of pain.

The world Health Organization recognizes its use in the treatment of a wide range of medical issues and or pain problems.

Under normal circumstances a healthy person has an electromagnetic field (EMF) or “aura” of the ear which extends laterally to a maximum distance of 1 cm from the external surface of the ear.  If extending more than 1 cm it is indicative of energetic stress.

Since we know that the entire body and organs are represented in the ear any energetic disturbance of any part of the body could be projected as a stressed EMF of the ear.  The world of this micro system was made possible by the discovery of the Vascular Autonomic Signal proposed by Dr Nogier.

How it is done ?

The VAS is a transient change of the radial pulse qualities which, when positive, means a stronger and fuller pulsation corresponding to an energetic imbalance.

The introduction of specific filters corresponding to color frequencies or substances  or organ’s tissues will allow then to determine if the patient moved out, indicating stress, or if he is not affected by stress.

What about needles?

The insertion of special very fine needles can be made at specific points into the ear or the body. Those needles are sterile and may be stimulated by low electrical impulses.  Those neddles do not have a cutting edge and most people feel no pain or a minimal discomfort when needles are placed.

How a needle can help?

Scientific studies have been made showing the points of insertion of a needle stimulate the nervous system and release natural chemicals at different organs tissues levels. This modifies the reaction of the body towards pain and influences the healing process and regulates the triggered bodily functions.  The body then becomes more capable of using its natural capabilities to promote physical and emotional well-being.  Also acupuncture was found to stimulate the immune system.

What are the side effects?

Usually the patient will not have side effects. Occasionally the initial symptoms may worsen for few hours or up to a day or two.   Deep relaxation or an occasional euphoric sensation may follow but should not be of any concern.  Overall it shows that your body is starting to react to the intervention.

How many treatments are necessary?

It varies with each individual and the severity of the condition treated.  Acute problems can be resolved in one session,  but more complicated or chronic cases may require some follow-up sessions.

A session is usually between 25 mins to an hour.  Resuls are normally attained within hours to a few days.  While a positive attitude can enhance the effects of any kind of traditional or alternative therapies, a negative or sceptical attitude will not block the results of acupuncture or auricular therapy.  The treatment  influences your energetic threshold.

Low back pain is an important cause of complaints. The influence of the pelvis  on the sacro iliac joint has to be recognized . Like all parts of the body the pelvic area is interconnected with the rest of the body. Its alignment affects your pelvic position and can determine how well your joints function. Many myiofascial structures contribute to the tilt or shift of the pelvis changing the postural aspect of the person.  When  changes occur  in a body without taking into account all the networks of support or of compensation involved in postural habits, then typically the body will not be able to sustain the changes .

      Consequently, it is necessary to determine the location of the pain points and associate them with the neuro muscular group of reactive areas in the ear.   Then a treatment  can be applied and may be complemented by stimulating or sedating the corresponding channels of the meridians of the body.

During a recent consultation I received a 50 year old woman who had a fall at a swimming pool.  She had strained her right bicep muscle.  She first thought an anti-inflammatory cream would solve her problem, but soon she began to have pain  in her shoulder and felt some restriction when  she raised her arm.  She then consulted a physiotherapist but did not have any real benefit from her sessions there.

 I proceeded with a routine exam of her ear, and found two sensitive points corresponding to areas of her complaint.  I treated those points for about twenty seconds and a tiny painless needle was applied for about twenty minutes.  Before leaving, she could not completely elevate her arm, but she was surprised not to feel any pain.  Four weeks later, she was still free from pain.  

         The outer ear acts as a mirror reflecting not only   diseases of a single organ but also the aging process of the patient’s body. Some skin modifications can be recognized, such as creases or incisures, red spots  (telangiectasia)birth marks ( nevi), scars and  skin peeling (desquamation ).  

According to scientific research, if we looked at the skeletal system and its muscles represented in the medial surface of the ear, it is reasonable to suspect a chronic disorder of the locomotor function if telangiectasia is found there.

Also creases or incisures of the lobe seems to be associated with symptoms related to decreased functions in older patients such as impaired hearing, and signs of cardiovascular and nervous system disorders.

It is very important to make a good analysis of what is present in the outer ear lobe in order to identify the pressure test point available, which leads to an appropriate treatment.

You need not necessarily be ill when you go for an auricular examination. You may make the visit to prevent an issue or discover causative factors which may have been in existence without causing any actual pathology.

Energy emanates from compounds around us and is absorbed in wave lengths or “frequencies”. Every cell in our body resonates with a specific frequency of energy. Different zones of the ear recognize specific light frequencies. Seven zones have been identified. Each of them has a specific frequency of color corresponding to the auricular innervation. Dr. Nogier found that micro frequencies exist which correspond to the three types of embryological tissues. He developed a system to use these frequencies on acupuncture meridians, especially on the ear. Clinical results may be obtained with the frequency treatment stimulation to the point or for detection of sensitive points.

Auricular Medicine is now clearly a medical science.   It is a treatment method which uses the auricular reflex property discovered by Dr. Nogier in 1951.


In 1990 the World Health Organization standardized “auricular acupuncture points”.   In all the years since, the microsystem of auricular medicine has been documented scientifically, and is widely acknowledged as a practical and safe method of diagnosis and therapy.   The list of health problems that it can address is impressive and still growing.


During a session your bodily function will be tested through pressure palpation, pulse and frequency reactions.  All of that, through your ear in its representation of your body and its complex systems.


It will be explained to the patient,  to you,  so you can have an understanding how a strong or weak response pinpoints the underlying cause of health problems.


Auricular medicine addresses issues that may have resisted other methods of treatment, and comes away with a realistic result.