​Donald K. Liebell, DC, BCAO

477 Viking Drive Suite 170

Virginia Beach VA 23452 
8:30AM - 6:30PM M,W,F 

(By Appointment Tu, Sat) 


The Liebell Clinic: Chronic Pain & Wellness Solutions

Natural & holistic, whole-person, wellness-based Healthcare - Drug-Free & Non-Surgical Pain Relief


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​​​How A French Neurologist's

Amazing Sciatica Discovery

During the 1950's Could 

Put An End To Your Sciatica Today 

   By Dr. Donald Liebell

    It's quite possible, thanks to the brilliant research of French neurologist, Dr. Nogier Paul Nogier, who noticed a strange scar on the upper ear of some of his patients. He found that all of them had been treated for sciatica pain.  The same area of each of these patient's ear had been intentionally burned (cauterized) in order to relieve their sciatica and low back pain.

    Dr. Nogier conducted a similar procedure on his own sciatica patients and found that their back pain was also reduced. He then tried other means of stimulating this "sciatica point," including the use of acupuncture needles, and found that they helped with the sciatic pain too.  More brilliant was how Dr. Nogier took this one observation and developed it into a comprehensive science called Auricular Medicine.   

    Dr. Nogier theorized that if an area of the upper external ear is effective in treating low back pain, maybe other  parts of the ear could treat other parts of the body.

    The ear represents the whole anatomical body, but in an upside down position.

Dr. Nogier's theory was that the outer ear — the auricle, could be compared to an

upside-down human fetus; the head represented by the lower ear lobe, the feet at

the top of the ear, and the rest of the body in-between. This model was first

presented to naturopathic practitioners in France in 1957, then spread to

acupuncturists in Germany, and finally was translated into Chinese. The Chinese

adopted this model in 1958.  The earliest use of ear acupuncture points dates

back to ancient China.

    The inverted fetus pattern that is represented on the auricle is referred to as

somatotopic inversion. The word "soma" means "body" and the word "topic" refers

to a topographic "map." The auricle is a map of the body in an inverted or upside

down pattern.

   Auricular Therapy is a specialized "cousin" of traditional acupuncture.
  It is a scientifically documented procedure performed worldwide.  It involves the stimulation of specific reflex points of the auricle (external ear) for the treatment of health conditions in other parts of the body.

    It does NOT require acupuncture needles.  Various methods are used to stimulate the reflex points including: electrical or laser stimulation silver beads, herbal seeds, , or manual pressure.

    There are several differences between ear reflex point stimulation and traditional acupuncture.  Auricular therapy has been used all around the world with tremendous success for many decades, but is poorly known in the U.S.  I have used auricular therapy successfully with many cases of sciatica.  Sometimes it is the only treatment necessary, while in other cases, other drugless and non-surgical methods are needed.

      Cold Laser therapy is another example. I use this high-tech form of “Energy Medicine” to treat the causes of pain on the CELLULAR LEVEL. All the cells of our bodies communicate with each other through what’s known as the INTRACELLULAR MATRIX. This is an energy pathway that has been established in the field of quantum physics. The point is that cold laser is used to safely restore energy communications and enhance healing—not to block pain signals.    

   Auricular Therapy is yet another part of my "arsenal" of pain-relieving, natural health techniques and technologies.

   The Piriformis Muscle: A Hidden Cause of Sciatica

                                                                                       Many sciatica sufferers are told that the nerves in their lower back are                                                                                                      being "pinched" or compression, resulting in the sciatica (pain down the leg).                                                                                            This IS a common cause, which can effectively be treated with chiropractic                                                                                              adjustments.  

                                                                                       However, another major cause of the same sciatic pain is tightness of a muscle                                                                                        called the PIRIFORMIS.  It's a pelvic muscle that can constrict the sciatic nerve.

                                                                                       In my practice, if I determine that your sciatica is caused in part, or completely                                                                                        by dysfunction of your piriformis muscle, I treat it with easy stretches                                                                                                      combined with auricular therapy, and the amazing, sophisticated technology                                                                                            called Cold Laser Therapy.

                                                                                       It's critical to examine the entire structure of your body for possible causes.                                                                                              Tightness of the piriformis muscle can result from spinal imbalances that could                                                                                        be traced all the way up to the top of the neck.

                                                                                       Treatment of sciatica may require various medical disciplines.  Proper diagnosis                                                                                        and conservative natural treatments have resulted in outstanding relief for                                                                                              countless patients.

-Dr. Donald Liebell