Five Anatomical Perspectives in the Treatment of Joint Pain and Dysfunction

Using anatomically significant points to increase precision and enhance clinical results

This webinar will help you understand the anatomical tissues involved in treating joint pain and dysfunction. And it offers a path for point selection and needle protocols which increase the precision that is essential for clinical effectiveness.

Whitfield Reaves
Whitfield Reaves

Course Overview

In this course, Whitfield Reaves discusses five common types of needle and point combinations used for treating joint pain and dysfunction. Whitfield has been teaching for over 30 years, and is known for his depth of knowledge and yet simplicity of treatment. And these treatments work in the clinic. Just take note of the reviews for this and other courses!


The presentation emphasizes the use the local and adjacent tissues to reduce pain and enhance joint mobility. Understanding the anatomical significance of these structures offers a path for increasing needle precision and enhancing clinical effectiveness. Whitfield will discuss the following five general protocols that can be easily integrated into clinical practice.


1. Threading the needle along the joint space

Example: The acromial-clavicular joint

Transverse needling between LI 16 and LI 15 at the AC joint line


2. Direct puncture into the synovial joint capsule

Example: The talar sinus of the ankle joint

Perpendicular insertion at GB 40, with deep penetration


3. Puncture the muscles that cross the joint

Example: The hip joint

Needling in the region of the extraordinary point Jiankua and GB 29 in the gluteus medius


4. Puncture the local ligaments

Example: The SI Joint

Lateral oblique needling in the region of Bl 27 and Bl 28


5. Puncture points adjacent to the joint

Example: The shoulder joint

Needling adjacent points SI 9, SI 10, and Jianqian


We feel that all practitioners will learn a trick or two in this course!


  • To be able to describe the protocol "threading the joint line".

  • To learn how to treat into the synovial capsule of a joint.

  • To describe joints where treatment is to the muscles that cross the joint.

  • How to treat ligaments that support a joint.

  • Be able to describe adjacent needling to a joint.


  • 0 hrs - 45 min

    Threading the joint line in the case of the acromial-clavicular joint. Other joints include the medial knee and the sternal-clavicular joint.

  • 45 min - 1.5 hrs

    Treating directly into a synovial capsule of a joint, including the shoulder capusle and the ankle joint.

  • 1.5 hrs - 2 hrs

    Treatment to muscles that cross a joint, such as the gluteus medius in the case of the hip joint.

  • 2 hrs - 2.5 hrs

    Treating the sacral-iliac joint with emphasis on the posterior SI joint ligaments.

  • 2.5 hrs - 3 hrs

    The shoulder joint, and using local points both anterior and posterior that are adjacent to the capsule.


  • Joel W. (Canada)

    this is a very good approach to specific joint problems


this is a very good approach to specific joint problems

Joel W. (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: 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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