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
Low Back Pain: The Quadratus Lumborum Muscle

Acute or chronic low back pain and spasm due to the quadratus lumborum (QL) is one of the most overlooked diagnoses by the TCM practitioner. The practitioner who integrates western anatomy and orthopedics can skillfully treat this muscle. It is commonly seen in low back pain, degenerative disc disease, and other related pain syndromes.

Dr. Janet Travell calls the quadratus lumborum the "joker of low back pain". When the QL has active trigger points or is in spasm, a wide range of pain patterns present. Pain is often one-sided, and may radiate to the gluteal and inguinal regions. Strain to the quadratus may be seen acutely, caused by movements involving lifting and twisting. Motor vehicle accidents, trauma and falls may also injure the QL. I have seen golfers, tennis players, and cyclists during hill-climbing strain the muscle due to the peculiar twisting mechanics of their sport. And chronic dysfunction may occur from poor posture and position during sleep and sitting.

Treatment to the QL may be specific in acute low back sprain/strain. It may be combined with treatments for other causes of low back pain. This webinar will alert the practitioner to its involvement, and how to safely treat this rather anatomically "hidden" muscle.

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 diagnose QL involvement from observation of signs and symptoms.
  • To use precise palpation of the lumbar musculature in order to diagnose the condition.
  • To name two acupuncture points located on the affected muscle.
  • To be able to describe needle technique on the local points on the QL muscle.
  • To know three related conditions that treatment of the QL may be useful.
  • Outline
    0 hrs - 15 min

    Anatomy of the quadratus lumborum.

    15 min - 30 min

    Clinical assessment of pathology of the quadratus lumborum muscle.

    30 min - 45 min

    Demonstration of assessment.

    45 min - 1 hrs

    Demonstration of needling technique.

    What People Are Saying

    I learned a ton from this series of lectures. It is definitely geared toward a busy practitioner. The information was concise and immediately clinically effective. I would recommend buying the book to follow along with as you are doing the lectures. I bought it towards the end of the series and wished I had it all along.

    Charles S.- United States of America

    I've greatly enjoyed learning through Whitfields instruction. He is an expert in his subject matter and gives me a sense of confidence and calm in applying this during clinic hours. I will take more future classes. Thank you!

    Nilsa C.- United States

    Amazing course with great instruction!

    Alexandra B.- Canada

    Very informative, and a great perspective that was clear and concise on treatment protocols. Mr. Reaves is a great teacher and his passion shows through his courses.

    Leigh-Anne B.- Canada

    Absolutely loved the material. Got straight and to the point. Mix of powerpoint and the video showing location and techniques were wonderful.

    De'nicea H.- United States

    Such a knowledgeable teacher. Great descriptions of anatomy, needling and all possible treatment protocols

    Maria L.- Ireland

    I'm appreciative of the depth of knowledge imparted by Whitfield Reeves and the calm, practical way he teaches about each muscle area or anatomical region. I have taken courses with Matt Callison and others in the past. The detail imparted here adds to my previous knowledge and is very helpful to create a fuller picture. The addition of e-stim between two points is something I rarely did in the past and seems like it would make a difference to the treatment as well. Thank you. Shirley C., Canada.

    Shirley C.- Canada

    For precise needling and anatomical knowledge together with Traditional Chinese Medicine best tutor.

    Angela P.- United Kingdom

    This is a very important course for any practitioner who has been frustrated by results treating low back pain using UB points and TaiYang protocols only.

    Erica T.- United States

    Extremely thorough, detailed information on assessing and treating musculoskeletal problems. Very precise consideration of underlying anatomy, point location and selection, and needling technique. Excellent series!

    Henry B.- United States

    The instructor was clear and informative and the video demonstrations very helpful. It was in many ways better than the classroom where it is always hard to see. Here you could see clearly and understand clearly.

    Linda L.- United States

    Whitfield is very clear and concise with this course. His descriptions, handouts, and demonstrations made it easy for me to grasp the information and use it in my practice.

    Marianne C.- United States

    Whitfield Reaves' excellent detailed teaching really brings light and a clearer understanding of how to treat efficiently in clinic. His concise way of bringing classical teaching with modern clinical observation really help to avoid misunderstanding of the traditional knowledge.

    Christine O.- Canada

    The instructor is highly experienced, highly organized and a great teacher. From his illustrations and video, I believe I can easily treat QL problems.

    Dan L.- United States

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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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