What You Get
CEUs/PDAs 1.5
Approved: California [Until 2025/06/12]* (1.5), Florida (1.5), IVAS (1.5), NCCAOM (1.5), Standard Certificate (1.5)
LENGTH 1.5 Hours
Course TYPE Recorded Webinar
ACCESS Mobile, Desktop, Tablet
NOTES Notes are provided with this course.
Course Overview
This 1.5 hour webinar features the use of advanced acupuncture techniques in the treatment of stiff neck and pain due to levator scapulae syndrome.

The levator is the cause of neck and shoulder pain for a significant number of patients, and is often overlooked by the acupuncture practitioner. While levator dysfunction might not be the entire cause of pain - other points, treatments, and techniques may be necessary - the simple techniques covered in this webinar benefit many patients. As well, levator dysfunction is often a component of treatment to other injuries, such as strain to the supraspinatous and infraspinatous and other dysfunctions of the shoulder.

Included in this webinar is a short introduction to the Four-Step Approach used by Whitfield Reaves in the treatment of sports injuries. These include the tendino-muscle meridians, distal points, and strategies using the opposite side and opposite extremity.

Then, the anatomy of the levator scapulae, including correct patient positioning and palpation is covered. Finally, precise treatment techniques at the site of injury and the most effective acupuncture points are covered. This includes local, adjacent, and distal points.

Having spent over 25 years specializing in the treatment of musculo-skeletal disorders, Whitfield's clinical experience is invaluable for practitioners working with pain.

This series was introduced in 2011, and is based upon single individual sports injuries. Each course provides simple and direct video for first time viewing as well as to increase precision through repetition. Even if you have taken the newer series, Mastering the Treatment of Injury and Pain, this old series is still an excellent resource for review and is filled with clinical gems.
  • Identify the origin, insertion, and action of the levator scapulae muscle
  • Name 3 signs and symptoms of levator dysfunction
  • Name the major point used to directly treat the levator.
  • Outline
    0 hrs - 30 min

    General techniques of acupuncture used in the treatment of musculo-skeletal injuries and trauma (non-local treatment): Tendino-muscle meridians; Opposite side treatment; Opposite extremity treatment; Use of the Shu points; Use of other antiquity points; Special empirical points; Auricular points; 8 Extra Meridians.

    30 min - 45 min

    General review of the anatomy of the levator scapulae muscle: Origin, insertion; Action. 3. Trigger points; Pain & radiation patterns; Signs & symptoms.

    45 min - 1.25 hrs

    Palpation, meridians, and points of the levator scapulae muscle: SI 13, SI 14, SI 15; Palpation; Adjacent points: SI 11, SI 12, GB 21.

    1.25 hrs - 1.5 hrs

    Needle techniques on the levator scapulae: Proper patient position; Needle demonstration; Distal points; Cupping.

    What People Are Saying

    It's all there! Take it and run with it. Whit has a systemic approach that is clearly mapped out, and applicable. He shares and covers all the details necessary to confidently integrate the techniques presented.

    Melanie W.- United States

    Great info and well presented, the info learned can be utilized in day to day practice.

    Kathy M.- United States of America

    If your looking to integrate yourself as a knowledgable acupuncturist or clinician in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries Whitfields courses will aid you in proper diagnosis and treatment so you can have educated discussion with local practitioners that will further gain you acceptance and trust equalling referrals.

    Sean C.- United States of America

    I love that Whitfield simplifies what can otherwise be a very complicated disorder of the neck with lots of different symptoms. I feel more confident that I can give a simple treatment and get fast results.

    Kari P.- Canada

    Dr. Reaves has an abundance of knowledge and imparts it well. I love the fact that he has come up with his 4 Step-protocol, but isnt afraid to bypass it when and if he feels its necessary.

    Elena S.- Canada

    Wielding an obviously thorough knowledge of the MSK system, Whit walks us through how to diagnose and treat the Lev Scap, sharing both clinical insight and his sense of humor. Definitely worth watching.

    Corrine W.- Canada

    This course absolutely worth every minute.

    Tanja P.- United States of America

    Whitfield Reaves is a wonderful teacher giving all relevant information, staying on topic with great clinical stories and demonstrations to illustrate his material. I love the way he integrates modern western sports medicine wisdom with TCM methods.

    Erica T.- United States

    Whitfield Reeves teaches his system in exactly the way I like to learn. The images are clear, he presents the information systematically, and the needling instruction is practical and useful.

    Wendy B.- United States

    This is helping my clinical confidence exponentially. It is taking my knowledge of how to approach musculoskeletal issues as an acupuncturist, to a whole new level. I like how Reaves speaks to his knowledge and clinical experience- not just theory or concepts. I wish they had a whole course on this in school. Every acupuncturist should be exposed to this.

    Emily H.- United States

    I was very happy to advance my skills and confidence with needling this common stiff neck syndrome, I would 100% recommend this course. The teacher was fantastic and honest. Great demonstrations although the camera quality was not great, I still saw the techniques and appreciate the complete approach to assessing clients neck Pain.

    Paula S.- Canada

    Whitfield is a leader in the Sports Medicine Acupuncture field. This ,material is of immense value and will help my clinical skills improve.

    Deborah C.- United States

    Very helpful.

    Alexandra B.- Canada

    This was one of the best and informative online seminars Ive taken so far.

    Greta G.- United States

    Great knowledge of the importance of the levator scapula, especially in relation to the trapezius

    john m.- United States

    Great content, clear explanations.

    Jessica P.- United States

    Found the information, knowledge and wisdom that was passed on to be very informative. Very much enjoyed the style of presentation.

    Gordon T.- Canada

    Reaves gives a great starter for neck pain. I am looking forward to trying these easy to use techniques.

    Anne Alyse O.- United States

    Very informative, precise and accurate.

    Helen B.- Australia

    Whitfield is an incredible wealth of information. His approach is straightforward, and his teaching style is clear. I highly recommend any of his courses.

    Carlos S.- United States of America

    Whitfield Reaves conveys material that is tangible and challenging at the same time. I was left wanting more after this webinar.

    Nicholas H.- United States

    Great course! Demonstration and information provided was 10/10.

    Lexi M.- United States

    I recommend this course very highly.

    Roya A.- Canada

    Whitfield Reaves was very informative and to the point. His recommendations were refreshingly based in anatomy.

    Patrick C.- Canada

    Takes your treatments to the next level!

    August-Gustavus V.- United States of America

    Acupuncture Sports Medicine Webinar Series - Course 1

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    About Whitfield Reaves

    Whitfield Reaves, OMD, L.Ac., has been working in the field of sports medicine since he first began practice in 1981. He earned a Doctor of Oriental Medicine degree in 1983 that included a thesis entitled Acupuncture and the Treatment of Common Running Injuries. Whitfield’s experience in sports medicine includes the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, as well as numerous track and field, ski racing, and cycling events nationally over the last 30 years. He has been in the forefront of the acupuncture sports medicine field, and lectures in North America and Europe. He is the author of The Acupuncture Handbook of Sports Injuries and Pain.

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