Acupuncture Treatment of Common Injuries and Pain

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This seminar is a specialized course by Whitfield Reaves on the topic of Acupuncture Sports Medicine. With an emphasis on anatomically significant points of the musculoskeletal system, the weekend will focus on the treatment of common injury and pain syndromes. How to harmonize the biomechanics and movement patterns of the body, including postural considerations, with also be covered.

Whitfield will present the “access points” in orthopedic and sports medicine acupuncture. They include the traditional points of acupuncture, the extraordinary points, and some points or zones not elucidated in the texts, such as trigger points and motor points. Each of these points are located in anatomically significant tissues of the body, and therefore, tend to have profound effects on both structure and function; as well, they are also used for the treatment of pain.

Whitfield will cover the precise locations of the important points of the shoulder upper extremity, the low back and hip, and the lower extremity. And, of course, he will present how to precisely needle them.

  • Date: Friday, March 20 – Sunday, March 22, 2020
  • Speaker: Whitfield Reaves
  • CEUs/PDAs: 21
  • Modality: Acupuncture

The course structure is as follows:

Day 1: The neck and shoulder
Day 2: The low back and hip
Day 3: The lower extremity

The material of this three-day workshop is the integration of traditional Chinese acupuncture with western orthopedic and sports medicine. With precise instruction and demonstration, each practitioner increases their knowledge and confidence in key anatomically significant points. Having spent over three decades with Olympic and world-class athletes, Whitfield’s experience is invaluable for all those working in the field of pain, orthopedics, and sports medicine. As one of the founders of sports acupuncture in North America, Whitfield Reaves should not be missed!


Goals and Objectives:

    1. For the practitioner to know the location of ten (10) important “access points” of the neck and the shoulder.
    2. For the practitioner to know the location of five (5) important “access points” of the low back and hip.
    3. For the practitioner to know the location of ten (10) important “access points” of the lower extremity.
    4. For the practitioner to describe the anatomical significance of ten (10) important “access points” of the upper and lower extremities.
    5. For the practitioner to describe the anatomical significance of five (5) important “access points” of the low back and hip.
    6. For the practitioner to name 5 orthopedic tests which would help in assessment and thereby the process of point selection.
    7. For the practitioner to know three (3) actions and indications for use in orthopedic and sports medicine acupuncture of ten (10) important “access points”.

Course Outline:

Day 1 – Friday, March 20, 2020

Points of the Neck and the Shoulder
Hour 1

Introduction: Description of trigger points, motor points, and other anatomically significant tissues in relation to the traditional Chinese acupuncture points. General Techniques of Acupuncture Sports – Whitfield Reaves’ Four Step Approach.

  1. Explanation of Step One – Initial Treatment The Tendino-muscle Meridians (TMM), Opposite Side Treatment (Contra-lateral), Opposite Extremity Treatment, Empirical Points
  2. Explanation of Step Two – Meridians and Microsystems Shu-Stream Point Combination, Traditional Point Categories, Extraordinary Meridians, Microsystems
  3. Explanation of Step Three – Internal Organ Imbalances Zang-fu theory, Eight Principles, Six Divisions
  4. Explanation of Step Four – The Site of the Injury
    Treatment of local and adjacent points
Treatment strategies in sports acupuncture
Hour 2
Significant points of the shoulder:
The Supraspinatus muscle SI 12
The Supraspinatus tendon LI 16, LI 15
The Supraspinatus tendon attachment LI 15
The Sub-acromial space, the bursae LI 16, LI 15
Hour 3
Significant points of the shoulder:
The Infraspinatus muscle SI 11
The Infraspinatus muscle-tendon junction SI 9.75
The Infraspinatus tendon attachment SJ 14
The AC Joint LI 15.5
Hour 4
Significant points of the shoulder joint capsule:
Anterior shoulder joint Jianqian, Jianneiling
Posterior shoulder joint SI 10, SI 9
Lunch
Hour 5
Significant points of the neck:
The Levator Scapulae muscle SI 14, SI 15
Significant points for shoulder retraction-proctraction
The Rhomboid minor muscle Region of Bl 41
The Pectoralis minor Lu 1, Lu 2 region
The Pectoralis major St 14, St 15 region
Hour 6
Significant points of the shoulder:
The Biceps muscle/tendon Biceps tendon zone near LI 15
Lecture includes point location, anatomical significance, actions and indications
Demonstration of point location, palpation, and orthopedic tests of the muscles
Demonstration of needle technique
Hour 7
Review

Day 2 – Saturday, March 21, 2020

Points of the Low Back and Hip

Hour 1 & 2

Significant points of hip and pelvis:
The Gluteus medius muscle Jiankua
The Trochanteric bursae Zone at the Greater Trochanter
The Gluteus minimus
Significant points of the lateral thigh:
The IT Band GB 31
The IT Band at the lateral knee GB 33, anterior GB 33
Hour 3
Significant points of the lumbar region:
The Quadratus lumborum Pigen, Yaoyan, Bl 52 region
Hour 3.5
Significant points of the sacral region:
The Sacral-tuberous ligament Bl 54 Zone
Lunch
Hour 4
Significant points of the sacral region:
The Sacral-Iliac joint Bl 27, Bl 28 zone
The Piriformis Muscle Bl 53.5
Hour 5
Shiqizhui Lumbo-sacral junction
Huotuojiaji Multifidus
Core Muscles
Hour 6
Significant points of the posterior thigh:
The Hamstring muscle Bl 37
The Hamstring tendon Bl 36
Hour 7
Review: Lecture includes point location, anatomical significance, actions and indications
Demonstration of point location, palpation, and orthopedic tests of the muscles
Demonstration of needle technique
Day 3 – Sunday, March 22, 2020
Points of the Lower Extremity
Hour 1
Significant points of the anterior thigh:
Vastus lateralis muscle St 32
Vastus medialis muscle Sp 10, Baichongwo
Rectus femoris muscle Muscle zone
Hour 2
Significant points of the knee:
Patello-femoral joint Xiyan
Sub-patellar zone Xiyan
Medial joint space “Medial” Xiyan, Liver 8 zone
Medial collateral ligament
Medial meniscus
Hour 3
Lateral joint space “Lateral” Xiyan, GB 33.5
Lateral collateral ligament
Latteral meniscus
Pes anserinus tendon and bursae Sp 9 zone
Hour 3.5
Significant points of the leg:
Anterior shin splints St 36, Lanweixue, Tibial zone
Medial shin splints Sp 6 to Sp 9 zone
Lunch
Hour 4
Significant points of the foot:
The Talar sinus, lateral ankle sprain GB 40 zone
The Achilles tendon zone “Threading the tendon”
The Achilles bursa Kid 4/Bladder 61.5 zone
Hour 5
Significant points of the foot:
The Plantar fascia Shimian, medial Shimian
The Abductor hallucis muscle belly Region of Kid 2
Hour 6
1st MTP Joint Region between Sp 3 and Liv 3 zone
Other Foot Pathologies
Hour 7
Review:
Lecture includes point location, anatomical significance, actions and indications
Demonstration of point location, palpation, and orthopedic tests of the muscles
Demonstration of needle technique
Evaluations

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.

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