Integrating Traditional Acupuncture with Western Orthopedics

Whitfield Reaves has been in the clinical practice of orthopedic and sports medicine acupuncture since the early 1980s. His mission is the integration of traditional Chinese acupuncture with anatomy, western orthopedics, and sports medicine therapeutics. Whitfield was among the first acupuncturists in North America to specialize in sports acupuncture using anatomically-based assessment with Oriental treatment protocols. For almost 40 years he has been an instructor and a mentor to other practitioners in the acupuncture profession, helping to define the speciality of Acupuncture Sports Medicine. Whitfield regularly teaches seminars and workshops in the United States, Canada, and Europe on the treatment of sports injury and pain. And his recorded webinars are considered exceptional on-line learning tools within the profession.


We are proud to introduce our latest video recordings on sports acupuncture. This webinar program, Mastering the Treatment of Injury & Pain, is 40 hours of Whitfield Reaves as he presents Acupuncture Sports Medicine from start to finish. Hosted by Net of Knowledge, we invite you to take a look HERE.

The mission is clear: Integrating traditional Chinese medical theory with western orthopedics and anatomically-based acupuncture. Whitfield Reaves offers on-line webinars and live seminars that provide a simple and understandable system of acupuncture with precise treatment plans, appropriate for patients with all types of sports injury and pain syndromes.

Online Webinars
For online learning, we have recently introduced an entire teaching program called Mastering the Treatment of Injury & Pain. It includes all the major clinical topics, as well as detailed commentary on theoretical foundations such as the tendino-muscle meridians and electrical stimulation. Hosted by Net of Knowledge, a brilliant online learning platform, this series is 40 hours of instruction and video demonstration. Link to the host site HERE.

Net of Knowledge has also hosted The Acupuncture Sports Medicine Webinar Series for over a decade. These webinars offer recordings of about one hour on specific injury and pain syndromes, using the most effective clinical treatments of sports acupuncture. Link to the host site HERE.

Live Seminars
Whitfield Reaves is well known for his "flagship" course, The Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program, which emphasizes a small group mentorship-style learning environment. And while the COVID era has affected gathering and travel, Whitfield and his co-instructors will continue the program using technology and online learning.


Additionally, we are live-streaming some of our seminars and teaching programs, including the popular two-day courses covering The Shoulder & Upper Extremity, The Low Back & Hip, and The Lower Extremity. And watch for our occasional three-hour Modules, with instruction on specific regions of the body using sports acupuncture techniques.

Check the Calendar page for the upcoming live-stream course Acupuncture Treatment of Pain in the Shoulder and Upper Extremity

Whitfield Reaves website

Whitfield Reaves, OMD, LAc, is a nationally certified acupuncturist, and has been in clinical practice since 1981. He received his Doctor of Oriental Medicine (OMD) degree in 1983. His thesis, titled "Acupuncture and the treatment of common running injuries", was one of the first-ever English language works integrating traditional Chinese acupuncture with western orthopedic and sports medicine. Whitfield's clinical experience includes medical care for athletes at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, as well as track and field, skiing, cycling, and triathlon events nationally over the last 40 years. In addition, he is the author of The Acupuncture Handbook of Sports Injuries and Pain, one of the first compilations on sports acupuncture available in the West.

Whitfield has earned a distinguished role in the development of orthopedic and sports medicine in the acupuncture profession in North America and Europe.

For Whitfield's Professional History

Handbook front cover

After 25 years of experience in the clinic, Whitfield Reaves completed his first book, The Acupuncture Handbook of Sports Injuries and Pain. Published by Hidden Needle Press (2009), it is among a handful of texts that emphasize western orthopedic and sports medicine within the context of Chinese acupuncture practices. The Acupuncture Handbook is available on this website, as well as major distributors nationally. It is designed as a clinical manual for health care providers who use acupuncture in the treatment of injury and pain.

The Acupuncture Handbook

For Webinars and Seminars
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