Mastering the Treatment of Injury and Pain - Course 5

Treating the Low Back & Hip, Part 1

Treating the low back can be difficult as well as complex. This course approaches back pain from the anatomical perspective of the Quadratus lumborum, the Gluteus medius, and the Sacral-iliac joint. Use “The Triad” and enhance your clinical results!

Whitfield Reaves
Whitfield Reaves

Course Overview

Mastering the Treatment of Injury and Pain is a webinar series for the serious practitioner of orthopedic and sports acupuncture. In these courses, Whitfield Reaves describes specific treatment protocols for common injury and pain syndromes. Emphasis is on diagnosis and assessment, including anatomical understanding the numerous types of tissues involved, such as trigger points, motor points, tendons, and ligaments.


Course 5 presents “The Triad”, and the postural stabilizing aspects of three important anatomical structures of the low back.

(1) The Gluteus medius. This muscle stabilizes the pelvis with every step we take, so it is crucial that it is properly functioning. In addition, both the gluteus medius and minimus have referral pain patterns in the lumbo-sacral and hip region that the practitioner needs to know.

(2) The Quadratus lumborum. Called “the joker of low back pain”, this postural muscle is often overlooked by the practitioner. With his course, you will not miss this important muscle involved in virtually all cases of back pain.

(3) The Sacral-iliac joint. Overlooked by traditional texts, palpation is key to assessment, and our clear and description of treatment logically follows.


The material of this webinar series is the integration of traditional Chinese acupuncture with western orthopedic and sports medicine. We structure these courses in order to increase practitioner confidence in the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of the low back and hip.


This series was introduced in 2021 and represents Whitfield’s most current material on sports acupuncture, with demonstration video filmed in HD. The nine courses include additional injuries not covered in the 2011 series, Acupuncture Sports Medicine Webinar Series. Each course in this new series features more in-depth instruction on diagnosis, assessment, and treatment techniques. Whether or not you have already taken the older series, this new one is a must-have for deepening your clinical mastery.


  • To learn how to locate and palpate the gluteus medius muscle.

  • To describe the location of the extraordinary point Jiankua.

  • To be able to describe how to needle the two of the points used in the treatment of the quadratus lumborum muscle.

  • To list the origin, insertion, and action of the gluteus medius muscle.

  • To describe how to locate and palpate the sacral-iliac joint.


  • 0 hrs - 15 min

    Introduction to the low back (9 minutes)

  • 15 min - 45 min

    The Triad of the low back – the gluteus medius and minimus, the quadratus lumborum, and the SI joint. (32 minutes)

  • 45 min - 1.75 hrs

    The gluteus medius muscle (57 minutes)

  • 1.75 hrs - 2.75 hrs

    The quadratus lumborum muscle (53 minutes)

  • 2.75 hrs - 3.75 hrs

    The sacral iliac joint

  • 3.75 hrs - 4 hrs

    Summary and Review (12 minutes)

  • 4 hrs - 4.25 hrs

    Demonstration video


  • Teresa G. (United States of America)

    This series is just the best!

  • Tiffany H. (United States of America)

    It is so refreshing to study under a well versed practitioner, who is honest about what has worked, what hasn't and to be willing to explain his thinking behind protocols so that practitioners who study under him can understand what they are offering their patients AND why! Whitfield is amazing at explaining things in a manner that someone who is well versed in treating pain/injury finds gold in terms of technique, while simultaneously filling in any learning gaps or novice the learner may have in terms of electrostimulation, shu-stream points, locating anatomy, gua sha, cupping...THE DEMOS ARE OUTSTANDING!!!


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: Florida (4.5), Standard Certificate (4.5), NCCAOM (4.5), IVAS (4.5), California [Until 2024/04/11]* (4.5)

  • Language: English

  • Course Type: Recorded Webinar

  • Course Length: 4.25 h

  • Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

  • Access Period: Lifetime


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