Acupuncture Sports Medicine Webinar Series - Course 1

The Treatment of Stiff Neck and Levator Scapulae

by Whitfield Reaves
Art. Nr.: C-WR001

Approved by: Standard Certificate, IVAS, NCCAOM

Language: English

Course Type: Recorded Webinar

Course Length: 1.5 h

Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

Access Period: Lifetime

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Acupuncture Sports Medicine Webinar Series - Course 1

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 minGeneral 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 minGeneral review of the anatomy of the levator scapulae muscle: Origin, insertion; Action. 3. Trigger points; Pain & radiation patterns; Signs & symptoms.

45 min - 1.25 hrsPalpation, 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 hrsNeedle techniques on the levator scapulae: Proper patient position; Needle demonstration; Distal points; Cupping.


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 and other sport competitions; an author, he teaches internationally as well.
Kurslänge 1.5h
Kurssprache English
Kurstyp Recorded Webinar