Acupuncture Sports Medicine Webinar Series - Course 14

Shin Splints: The Anterior Compartment

Whitfield Reaves reviews the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment techniques used for Shin Splints.

Whitfield Reaves
Whitfield Reaves

Course Overview

Shin splints is a repetitive stress injury characterized by strain or inflammation of the anterior tibialis or other anterior compartment muscles of the leg. The site of injury may be the muscle, the tendon, or at the attachment to the periosteum and bone. The patient presents with pain and tenderness along the anterior lateral aspect of the leg just lateral to the tibia.


Shin splints is the common term for anterior tibial stress syndrome. It is a frequent sports injury, as it comprises approximately 60 percent of all leg pain injuries. In this webinar, Whitfield Reaves will discuss the injury with its relatively easy diagnosis, assessment, and treatment techniques. This case is clearly Stomach meridian pathology, and sometimes the zang-fu organs are involved. It is an important injury to learn as a practitioner, as even walking and hiking can produce the symptoms.


This series was introduced in 2011, and is based upon single individual sports injuries. Each course provides simple and direct video for first time viewing as well as to increase precision through repetition. Even if you have taken the newer series, Mastering the Treatment of Injury and Pain, this old series is still an excellent resource for review and is filled with clinical gems.


  • To perform manual muscle testing of the anterior compartment-- resisted dorsiflexion-- as part of the assessment procedures.

  • To use palpation in order to diagnose shin splints.

  • To know two non-local treatments that may be used in the treatment of the shin splints.

  • To describe the needle technique on the local zone of ahshi points between the tibia and the anterior compartment muscles.

  • To diagnose the shin splints from analysis of the patients signs and symptoms.

  • To know location and needle technique for the motor point of the tibialis anterior.


  • 0 hrs - 15 min

    Anatomy of the anterior compartment: Location, action, and indications for all local and adjacent acupuncture points; Stomach 36, all points below Stomach 36, Lanweixue; Review of the anatomy.

  • 15 min - 30 min

    Clinical assessment of shin splints: Common western diagnosis — Tendinopathy, tendonitis, strain (tears), tendo-periostitis. Understanding signs and symptoms referral pattern of the tibialis anterior, signs and symptoms of the shin splints, signs and symptoms of the anterior compartment syndrome. Orthopedic testing for the tibialis anterior; Manual muscles testing, passive stretch.

  • 30 min - 45 min

    Demonstration of assessment: Demonstration of palpation of the anterior tibialis; Demonstration of point location; Demonstration of palpation of the attachment zone medial to the Stomach meridian.

  • 45 min - 1 hrs

    Demonstration of technique: Needle technique of Stomach 36 and Lanweixue (the belly of the muscle, motor point, trigger point); Needle technique for threading along the lateral portion of the anterior tibia.


  • Madison D. (Canada)

    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.

  • Debbie U. (Canada)

    I haven't treated anyone with shin splints as of yet but this will lend me confidence to do so..more choices to choose for treatments.

  • Barry M. (Ireland)

    Excellent course!

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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)

I haven't treated anyone with shin splints as of yet but this will lend me confidence to do so..more choices to choose for treatments.

Debbie U. (Canada)

Excellent course!

Barry M. (Ireland)

The course is very concise and applicable in clinic

Christine O. (Canada)


Whitfield Reaves

In practice for over 40 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 at the 1984 LA Olympic Games and countless other sport competitions since. He is an author, he teaches internationally as well.


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  • CEUs:

    Approved By: IVAS (1), NCCAOM (1), Standard Certificate (1), California [Until 2024/05/03]* (1), Florida (1)

  • 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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