Mastering the Treatment of Injury and Pain Series - Course 4

Treating the Shoulder & Upper Extremity, Part 3

Assessing neck and shoulder posture is essential in this day and age. And treating the involved muscles must not be left out of our clinical protocols. We cover it all in this course, along with the tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, and more!

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 4 discusses postural considerations, often left out of traditional acupuncture perspectives. And it includes many other useful treatment protocols for injuries to the upper extremity.


(1) The rhomboid minor. Treating neck and shoulder pain as well as correcting scapular retraction. Getting those shoulders back!

(2) The pectoralis major and minor. Protocols to reduce scapular protraction, as well as treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome from pectoralis minor entrapment.

(3) The levator scapulae. Relaxing the neck and depressing the shoulders.

(4) Treating the posterior neck, with emphasis on correcting the “anterior” head posture.

(5) Other upper extremity injuries. Includes diagnosis and assessment of medial and lateral epicondylitis, and the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome.


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 shoulder.


This webinar series is designed to be viewed in sequential order. We strongly recommend that the practitioner complete the courses of this series from beginning to end.


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 the rhomboid minor muscle.

  • To learn how to locate the pectoralis minor muscle.

  • To describe the signs and symptoms of neuro-vascular entrapment by the pectoralis minor muscle.

  • To describe how to treat the local point SI 14 for the levator scapulae.

  • To describe how to use the three zones to treat lateral epicondylitis.


  • 0 hrs - 1 hrs

    Rhomboid major and rhomboid minor.

  • 1 hrs - 1.75 hrs

    Pectoralis major and minor, pectoralis minor entrapment of the neuro-vascular bundle.

  • 1.75 hrs - 2.5 hrs

    The levator scapulae.

  • 2.5 hrs - 2.75 hrs

    The posterior neck muscles, the point Bladder 10 and the extraordinary point Bailao.

  • 2.75 hrs - 3 hrs

    Assessment of the neck and shoulder.

  • 3 hrs - 4.25 hrs

    The upper extremity, medial and lateral elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome.

  • 4.25 hrs - 4.5 hrs

    Theoretical Summary and Review.

  • 4.5 hrs - 6 hrs

    Protocols for Levator, Posterior Neck, Rhomboid Major & Minor, Pectoralis Major & Minor, Elbow Lateral and Medial, Carpal Tunnel.


  • Tiffany H. (United States of America)

    Refreshingly engaging course overall; the online demos are wonderfully shot, thoroughly explained and wonderfully informative!

  • Teresa G. (United States of America)

    The entire series is extremely valuable!

  • Sandra V. (Canada)

    Best course I have ever taken over last ten years!


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 (6), California [Until 2024/04/11]* (6), Standard Certificate (6), NCCAOM (6), IVAS (6)

  • Language: English

  • Course Type: Recorded Webinar

  • Course Length: 6 h

  • Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

  • Access Period: Lifetime


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