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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.

Price: $39.00
CEUs/PDAs: 1 Approved: Standard Certificate, NCCAOM, Florida, IVAS, California
Length: 1 Hrs
Course Type: Recorded Webinar
Access Period: Lifetime
Notes: Notes are provided with this course.


  • 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.


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. Read More »


Whitfield Reaves gives concise advice and ideas in a very reasonable time frame for refreshing your knowledge. I appreciate the attention he pays to the anatomy and the detailed diagrams of muscle origin/insertion to help describe ideas during the session.Nicole D.Canada

This class is worth it just for needling demonstration of SI 6 and distal legs points. Whitfield Reeves brings together a complex array of approaches to treating the shoulder to help the practitioner have a wonderful menu of options for customizing an appropriate treatment for a complex complaint of frozen shoulder. He has worked hard to distill what is likely to be useful in clinical practice.Erica T.United States

Whitfield Reaves is one of the best orthopedic acupuncture teachers I have worked with and I would recommend any course he teaches. Nancy H USNancy H.United States of America

Whitfield Reaves courses are so practical and useful in a clinical setting. Using his methods has been very effective for me getting results with patients. Every acupuncturist should take at least a couple of his courses.Madison D.Canada

In my opinion, this is the best of the 5 webinars I have completed so far. Very helpful information that is new to me regarding empirical points to treat frozen shoulder, deep needling of the classic St38, and ways to access the shoulder capsule. The current recommendations based on evidence based practice are that regular physical therapy other than home exercise instruction and follow up do not help with the freezing and frozen stages. Oftentimes, patients are now being told to wait it out, which can be very frustrating. This is a great opportunity for acupuncturists to step up and become very proficient at treating these patients, and this webinar provides many ideas of ways to do so.Elizabeth D.United States

This course was a good review of the treatment of frozen shoulder with the addition of a number of clinical tips based on Whitfield Reaves extensive clinical experience.Anthony M.Canada


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Acupuncture Sports Medicine Webinar Series - Course 1
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CEUs/PDAs: 1.5
Acupuncture Sports Medicine Webinar Series - Course 2
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Acupuncture Sports Medicine Webinar Series - Course 3
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