Acupuncture Treatment of the Postural Muscles for Neck, Shoulder, and Low Back Dysfunction

How acupuncture protocols can be adapted to treat postural imbalances that lead to pain

Poor posture due to prolonged work at desks and computer devices often results in pain and dysfunction. Learn how to use acupuncture point protocols with the postural muscles as one step in correcting dysfunction and supporting therpeutic excercise.

Whitfield Reaves
Whitfield Reaves

Course Overview

In this three hour webinar, Whitfield Reaves will share some of his favorite treatment approaches that target the postural muscles. Practitioners frequently observe poor posture that results in pain and dysfunction. So prevelant, you probably already use many similar points to provide relief for the patient. This webinar offers some skillful adaptations and precision to these acupuncture treatments. And the approach also supports therapeutic exercise, which is usually needed to resolve postural dysfunction.


The following are important postural muscles that respond very well to precise acupuncture treatment and well chosen points.


1. The Levator scapulae

Provides support for the neck and shoulder.


2. The Posterior neck muscles

These extensors keep the head erect, and help with anterior head position


3. The Pectoralis minor

Often in contraction, this muscle pulls the shoulders in the anterior forward position. They need help! We will add the Rhomboid minor, which is not a postural muscle, to this discussion.


4. The Quadratus lumborum

The QL is key to the lumbar spine, and skillful needling of this muscle is one of the most important treatments in clinic.


5. The Core Muscles

Yes, they are technically not postural muscles, but their role in supporting the back and the lumbar spine is essential.


These five muscles, when anatomically understood, can provide effective sites for needling and correcting posture. Note that we will not teach corrective exercise in this video.


  • Describe the origin and insertion of the levator scapulae muscle.

  • Name two points located in the posterior neck muscles used for postural dysfunction.

  • Be able to needle the quadratus lumborum muscle.

  • Describe three ways to treat the pectoralis minor muscle.

  • Name the three important wrap around core muscles.


  • 0 hrs - 30 min

    Diagnosis and treatment of the levator scapule muscle.

  • 30 min - 1 hrs

    Treatment using the posterior neck muscles with the points Bladder 10 and Bailao.

  • 1 hrs - 1.75 hrs

    Diagnosis, assessment, and choosing the points for the treatment of the quadratus lumborum muscle.

  • 1.75 hrs - 2.25 hrs

    Anatomy of the pectoralis minor, and how to treat this postural muscle.

  • 2.25 hrs - 3 hrs

    Understanding the three core wrap around muscles, along with the rectus abdominus muscle, and how to treat them.


  • Grace G. (United States of America)

    I can see in this course times I've "gotten lucky" in the past with my bodywork and ah shi points. Getting this information so succinctly really helps make sense of why some things work and some things just don't.

  • Christa M. (Australia)

    I highly recommend this course and these techniques


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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More Details
  • CEUs:

    Approved By: NCCAOM (3), Florida (3), Standard Certificate (3)

    Pending: California [Upon Request]*

  • Language: English

  • Course Type: Recorded Webinar

  • Course Length: 3 h

  • Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

  • Access Period: Lifetime


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