Acupuncture Sports Medicine Webinar Series - Course 4

Frozen Shoulder: Pain and Decreased Range of Motion

by Whitfield Reaves
Art. Nr.: C-WR004

Approved by: Standard Certificate, NCCAOM, IVAS

Language: English

Course Type: Recorded Webinar

Course Length: 1 h

Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

Access Period: Lifetime

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Acupuncture Sports Medicine Webinar Series - Course 4

Course Overview

Frozen shoulder is not necessarily a precise medical diagnosis. In fact, the causes of frozen shoulder are not fully understood and texts differ in their description of the pathology. The process may involve a thickening and contracture of the capsule surrounding the shoulder joint. Some sources call the condition “adhesive capsulitis,” where adhesions within the joint are responsible for decreased mobility. Others suggest that synovial inflammation is causative. The work of Dr. Janet Travell looks at myofascial causes of frozen shoulder that result from trigger points and dysfunction of the subscapularis muscle. Sometimes associated with known etiology, such as capsular lesions, rotator cuff injury, or trauma, frozen shoulder may be as simple as a post-surgical occurrence. With all these different causes of dysfunction, it is no wonder that no single technique of acupuncture works a majority of the time. Whitfield Reaves will discuss some of the approaches he has found useful in treating this sometimes stubborn, clinical complaint. And while frozen shoulder may resist treatment at times, the practitioner needs to be fully aware of its causes, and thus, precise treatment may be better performed. Different complementary treatments, such as physical therapy, will also be discussed.

Course Objectives

  • To diagnose frozen shoulder from observation of signs, including range of motion.
  • To use palpation in order to assess affected muscles of the shoulder girdle.
  • To name three acupuncture points located on the affected muscles of the shoulder.
  • To know two non-local treatments that may be used in the treatment of the condition.

Course Outline

0 hrs - 15 minAnatomy of the soft tissue of the shoulder.

15 min - 30 minClinical assessment of pathology of frozen shoulder.

30 min - 45 minDemonstration of assessment: Demonstration of palpation of the shoulder girdle, point location, and orthopedic testing.

45 min - 1 hrsDemonstration of technique: Small Intestine 11, 12, and needle technique for non-local points: Stomach 38, Small Intestine 6, Zongping.


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 1h
Kurssprache English
Kurstyp Recorded Webinar