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Approved: California [Until 2025/02/01]* (3), Florida (3), NCCAOM (3), Standard Certificate (3)
LENGTH 3 Hours
Course TYPE Recorded Webinar
ACCESS Mobile, Desktop, Tablet
NOTES Notes are provided with this course.
Course Overview
In this three hour webinar, Whitfield Reaves will share some of his favorite treatment approaches that target the postural muscles. Practitioners frequently observe poor posture that results in pain and dysfunction. So prevelant, you probably already use many similar points to provide relief for the patient. This webinar offers some skillful adaptations and precision to these acupuncture treatments. And the approach also supports therapeutic exercise, which is usually needed to resolve postural dysfunction.

The following are important postural muscles that respond very well to precise acupuncture treatment and well chosen points.

1. The Levator scapulae
Provides support for the neck and shoulder.

2. The Posterior neck muscles
These extensors keep the head erect, and help with anterior head position

3. The Pectoralis minor
Often in contraction, this muscle pulls the shoulders in the anterior forward position. They need help! We will add the Rhomboid minor, which is not a postural muscle, to this discussion.

4. The Quadratus lumborum
The QL is key to the lumbar spine, and skillful needling of this muscle is one of the most important treatments in clinic.

5. The Core Muscles
Yes, they are technically not postural muscles, but their role in supporting the back and the lumbar spine is essential.

These five muscles, when anatomically understood, can provide effective sites for needling and correcting posture. Note that we will not teach corrective exercise in this video.
  • Describe the origin and insertion of the levator scapulae muscle.
  • Name two points located in the posterior neck muscles used for postural dysfunction.
  • Be able to needle the quadratus lumborum muscle.
  • Describe three ways to treat the pectoralis minor muscle.
  • Name the three important wrap around core muscles.
  • Outline
    0 hrs - 30 min

    Diagnosis and treatment of the levator scapule muscle.

    30 min - 1 hrs

    Treatment using the posterior neck muscles with the points Bladder 10 and Bailao.

    1 hrs - 1.75 hrs

    Diagnosis, assessment, and choosing the points for the treatment of the quadratus lumborum muscle.

    1.75 hrs - 2.25 hrs

    Anatomy of the pectoralis minor, and how to treat this postural muscle.

    2.25 hrs - 3 hrs

    Understanding the three core wrap around muscles, along with the rectus abdominus muscle, and how to treat them.

    What People Are Saying

    If you like the physical aspect of the human body and how to treat with that in mind, take Whitfield Reaves courses. Tess R., USA

    Tess R.- United States of America

    I see so many patients with postural problems. Whitfield has a simple and powerful approach that I am excited to put into action.

    Suzanne C.- United States of America

    I can see in this course times I've "gotten lucky" in the past with my bodywork and ah shi points. Getting this information so succinctly really helps make sense of why some things work and some things just don't.

    Grace G.- United States of America

    I highly recommend this course and these techniques

    Christa M.- Australia

    Great presentation has really helped to expand my knowledge of choosing the right points and methods for treating muscular dysfunctions.

    Stephen W.- Australia

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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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