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
Pain and inflammation on the top of the shoulder is usually due to pathology of the acromial-clavicular (AC) joint. Acutely, this is called a shoulder separation, and involves sprain to the acromial-clavicular ligament. Chronically, pain at this joint may simply be arthritis, and is diagnosed as a Bi syndrome.

Because there is no defined point at the AC joint, the acupuncturist often overlooks this as a cause of shoulder pain, especially in the chronic state. Located between Large Intestine 16 on the medial aspect and Large Intestine 15 on the lateral aspect, these two points serve as effective adjacent sites for needling. However, this webinar will cover some very innovative treatments involving "threading the joint space" at Large Intestine 15.5.

AC separation as well as chronic inflammation involves injury at the level of the ligaments, tendons, and the joint. There is qi and blood stagnation in the channels and collaterals. The Large Intestine is the primary meridian affected. Thus, in addition to the local and adjacent treatment, distal Yang-ming points may greatly assist in effective outcomes. In this webinar, Whitfield Reaves will discuss this often overlooked diagnosis, and cover the relatively simple details of acupuncture sports medicine techniques.

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 one orthopedic test and palpation that assists in the diagnosis of the condition.
  • To know two adjacent points that may be used in the treatment of the condition.
  • To be able to describe needle technique on the local zone of the AC joint.
  • To name two distal points that may be useful in an acute AC joint separation.
  • To describe the symptoms reported by the patient suffering from AC joint arthritis.
  • To know the signs and symptoms of shoulder separation, and when it is necessary to refer the patient for orthopedic evaluation.
  • Outline
    0 hrs - 15 min

    Anatomy of the AC Joint.

    15 min - 30 min

    Clinical Assessment of the pathology of the AC Joint.

    30 min - 45 min

    Demonstration of Assessment techniques.

    45 min - 1 hrs

    Demonstration of needling technique for injuries of the AC joint.

    What People Are Saying

    I just love this teacher! Wish I had him in both my programs in Canada and the USA. I keep coming back to his detailed instructional videos.

    Alexandra B.- Canada

    Whitfield Reaves integrates great TCM knowledge and wisdom with contemporary anatomical knowledge to great effect. This teaches us great treatments to offer our patients for orthopedic conditions.

    Erica T.- United States

    Fantastic teacher, so easy to listen to. These webinars are an hour long and I feel like I have only been watching it 15 mins and it's over. Such a fountain of knowledge

    Maria L.- Ireland

    These courses are a very efficient overview of the interplay between anatomical and TCM based acupuncture

    Dr. P.- Canada

    This was a great course, that served it's purpose. I like this instructors teaching style, he is easy to follow, and to the point.

    Brittany K.- Canada

    Good course, I have a clear understanding both in anatomy and acupuncture.

    Yanan L.- New Zealand

    Very straight forward and very useful. Thank you demystifying the AC joint!

    Corrine W.- Canada

    This course is perfect for me. Whitfield is straightforward, and explains his methods clearly.

    Wendy B.- United States

    Always love Whitfield Reaves webinars - I come away with confidence that I can diagnose and treat the condition covered.

    Lisa S.- 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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