Acupuncture Sports Medicine Webinar Series - Course 1

The Treatment of Stiff Neck and Levator Scapulae

By Whitfield Reaves

Whitfield Reaves reveals how the treatment of the levator scapulae muscle can treat stiff neck and pain.
Total CPDs: 1.5
Total CPDs: 1.5
Standard Certificate (1.5), IVAS (1.5), NCCAOM (1.5)
Access Period: Lifetime
Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

Course Overview

This 1.5 hour webinar features the use of advanced acupuncture techniques in the treatment of stiff neck and pain due to levator scapulae syndrome. The levator is the cause of neck and shoulder pain for a significant number of patients, and is often overlooked by the acupuncture practitioner. While levator dysfunction might not be the entire cause of pain - other points, treatments, and techniques may be necessary - the simple techniques covered in this webinar benefit many patients. As well, levator dysfunction is often a component of treatment to other injuries, such as strain to the supraspinatous and infraspinatous and other dysfunctions of the shoulder. Included in this webinar is a short introduction to the Four-Step Approach used by Whitfield Reaves in the treatment of sports injuries. These include the tendino-muscle meridians, distal points, and strategies using the opposite side and opposite extremity. Then, the anatomy of the levator scapulae, including correct patient positioning and palpation is covered. Finally, precise treatment techniques at the site of injury and the most effective acupuncture points are covered. This includes local, adjacent, and distal points. Having spent over 25 years specializing in the treatment of musculo-skeletal disorders, Whitfield's clinical experience is invaluable for practitioners working with pain.

Course Objectives

  • Identify the origin, insertion, and action of the levator scapulae muscle
  • Name 3 signs and symptoms of levator dysfunction
  • Name the major point used to directly treat the levator.

Course Outline

0 hrs - 30 min
General techniques of acupuncture used in the treatment of musculo-skeletal injuries and trauma (non-local treatment): Tendino-muscle meridians; Opposite side treatment; Opposite extremity treatment; Use of the Shu points; Use of other antiquity points; Special empirical points; Auricular points; 8 Extra Meridians.
30 min - 45 min
General review of the anatomy of the levator scapulae muscle: Origin, insertion; Action. 3. Trigger points; Pain & radiation patterns; Signs & symptoms.
45 min - 1.25 hrs
Palpation, meridians, and points of the levator scapulae muscle: SI 13, SI 14, SI 15; Palpation; Adjacent points: SI 11, SI 12, GB 21.
1.25 hrs - 1.5 hrs
Needle techniques on the levator scapulae: Proper patient position; Needle demonstration; Distal points; Cupping.
It's all there! Take it and run with it. Whit has a systemic approach that is clearly mapped out, and applicable. He shares and covers all the details necessary to confidently integrate the techniques presented.
Melanie W. - United States
I love that Whitfield simplifies what can otherwise be a very complicated disorder of the neck with lots of different symptoms. I feel more confident that I can give a simple treatment and get fast results.
Kari P. - Canada
Dr. Reaves has an abundance of knowledge and imparts it well. I love the fact that he has come up with his 4 Step-protocol, but isnt afraid to bypass it when and if he feels its necessary.
Elena S. - Canada
Wielding an obviously thorough knowledge of the MSK system, Whit walks us through how to diagnose and treat the Lev Scap, sharing both clinical insight and his sense of humor. Definitely worth watching.
Corrine W. - Canada
Whitfield Reaves is a wonderful teacher giving all relevant information, staying on topic with great clinical stories and demonstrations to illustrate his material. I love the way he integrates modern western sports medicine wisdom with TCM methods.
Erica T. - United States
Whitfield Reeves teaches his system in exactly the way I like to learn. The images are clear, he presents the information systematically, and the needling instruction is practical and useful.
Wendy B. - United States
This is helping my clinical confidence exponentially. It is taking my knowledge of how to approach musculoskeletal issues as an acupuncturist, to a whole new level. I like how Reaves speaks to his knowledge and clinical experience- not just theory or concepts. I wish they had a whole course on this in school. Every acupuncturist should be exposed to this.
Emily H. - United States
I was very happy to advance my skills and confidence with needling this common stiff neck syndrome, I would 100% recommend this course. The teacher was fantastic and honest. Great demonstrations although the camera quality was not great, I still saw the techniques and appreciate the complete approach to assessing clients neck Pain.
Paula S. - Canada
Whitfield is a leader in the Sports Medicine Acupuncture field. This ,material is of immense value and will help my clinical skills improve.
Deborah C. - United States
This was one of the best and informative online seminars Ive taken so far.
Greta G. - United States
Great knowledge of the importance of the levator scapula, especially in relation to the trapezius
john m. - United States
Great content, clear explanations.
Jessica P. - United States
Found the information, knowledge and wisdom that was passed on to be very informative. Very much enjoyed the style of presentation.
Gordon T. - Canada
Reaves gives a great starter for neck pain. I am looking forward to trying these easy to use techniques.
Anne Alyse O. - United States
Whitfield Reaves conveys material that is tangible and challenging at the same time. I was left wanting more after this webinar.
Nicholas H. - United States
Great course! Demonstration and information provided was 10/10.
Lexi M. - United States
I recommend this course very highly.
Roya A. - Canada
Whitfield Reaves was very informative and to the point. His recommendations were refreshingly based in anatomy.
Patrick C. - Canada


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Taught by Whitfield Reaves

In practice for over 30 years, Whitfield Reaves, OMD, L.Ac., specializes in the field of sports medicine. Being in the forefront of the acupuncture sports medicine field, Whitfield's experience includes working with athletes at the 1984 LA Olympic Games
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