What You Get
Approved: Florida (1), IVAS (1), NCCAOM (1), Standard Certificate (1) Pending: California [Upon Request]*
Course TYPE Recorded Webinar
ACCESS Mobile, Desktop, Tablet
NOTES Notes are provided with this course.
Course Overview
Hamstring strain is most commonly diagnosed under the category of accident/trauma, and is a sports injury frequently seen by the acupuncturist. The trauma is at the level of the muscles and tendons, with qi and blood stagnation in the channels and collaterals. Hamstring strain is clearly Bladder meridian pathology, although the Kidney meridian may also be involved. Occasionally, strain and muscle tightness may be a repetitive stress disorder due to the accumulation of micro-trauma. Both cases are treated with similar points and techniques.

Treatment of the hamstring demonstrates the diversity of point selection for local and adjacent treatment in acupuncture sports medicine. Often, the point Bladder 37 is useful in releasing the entire hamstring group. This point is an example of "yin" techniques, needling into the space between the medial and lateral hamstrings. However, sometimes both the motor points and the trigger points are necessary. This is a "yang" technique, and involves treatment to ashi points located in the taut bands of muscle, slightly medial or lateral to the Bladder channel. Hamstring treatment is also is a good example of how simple orthopedic assessment, including manual muscle testing and passive stretching, can be integrated into the diagnostic process.

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.
  • To perform manual muscle testing that assist in the assessment of hamstring involvement.
  • To use palpation in order to diagnose hamstring involvement, differentiating between the lateral and the medial portions of the muscle.
  • To know two non-local treatments that may be used in the treatment of the hamstring strain.
  • To be able to describe needle technique on the point Bladder 37
  • To be able to describe needle technique on the taut bands of the motor points and the trigger points.
  • Outline
    0 hrs - 15 min

    Review anatomy of hamstring muscle group: Location, action, and indications for all local and adjacent acupuncture points; Bladder 36, Bladder 37, trigger points, motor points.

    15 min - 30 min

    Clinical assessment of pathology of the hamstring muscle group: Common western diagnosis — Tendinopathy, tendonitis, strain (tears), muscle strain (pulled hamstring). Understanding signs and symptoms: Signs and symptoms of hamstring muscle belly pathology (at Bladder 37), signs and symptoms of the hamstring tendon pathology (at Bladder 36). Orthopedic testing for the hamstring muscle and manual muscles testing, passive stretch.

    30 min - 45 min

    Demonstration of assessment techniques

    45 min - 1 hrs

    Demonstration of needling techniques: Needle technique of Bladder 37 and its region (the belly of the muscle, motor point, trigger point) and Needle technique for Bladder 36 (the tendon).

    What People Are Saying

    Great course if you love both traditional and modern applications.

    Alexandra B.- Canada

    Whitfield Reaves is so incredibly knowledgeable and easily conveys information. While I have read his book and loved it, this seminar added those clinical pearls that you can't get from reading any book. Can't wait to watch the next installment!

    Melony C.- United States

    These courses made me feel very confident about treating particular times of injuries.

    Andrea E.- United States

    Whitfield is very methodical with his approach to treating injuries in the field of sports medicine. I am so grateful that he is sharing his experience, knowledge and wisdom that spans over 30 years. I particularly enjoyed his consistent approach to treatment with his 4 steps, 10 techniques. He is very humble and authentic in his approach when discussing his experiences. I look forward to learning from Whitfield Reaves in person!

    Marianne T.- United States

    Straight forward and useful, this was time well spent.

    Corrine W.- Canada

    really appreciate the pragmatic approach to combining tradition with modern understanding and language, as well as use of the anatomical elements relative to the specific area of the body

    lester l.- United States of America

    Whit is an excellent teacher. He gets straight to the point, is very clear in his illustration of the points and needling, and confident in his technique.

    Wendy B.- United States

    As always Im impressed with how much useful information is compressed into these short webinars.

    Lisa S.- United States

    This course was very informative and helps differentiate different causes of pain related to hamstring, hip and low back.

    Christine O.- Canada

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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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