Integrating Traditional Acupuncture with Anatomy and 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 sports acupuncture. Whitfield regularly teaches seminars and workshops in the United States, Canada, and Europe on the treatment of sports injury and pain. Additionally his recorded webinars are considered exceptional on-line learning tools within the profession.




Live Seminars

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Whitfield Reaves is well known for his popular courses in the acupuncture community. His first seminar taught in 1986 was at the beginning of sports acupuncture in North America. Currently, his foundation seminar is The Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program. Offered for over two decades, it emphasizes a small group mentorship-style learning environment. It is a complete course of instruction and supervised practice on diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of the shoulder and upper extremity, the low back and hip, and the lower extremity.


Online Webinars
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Mastering the Treatment of Injury & Pain is the most current instructional video program from Whitfield Reaves. In this 40 hour webinar series, acupuncture sports medicine is presented start to finish. It includes all the major clinical topics, including the sports injuries most likely to be treated in the clinic. Lectures also offer detailed commentary on theoretical foundations such as the tendino-muscle meridians, use of extraordinary points, and electrical stimulation.

Hosted by Net of Knowledge, numerous other one to three hour clinically-based videos are available for practitioners who want to learn acupuncture sports medicine techniques as well as earn CEUs.


The Acupuncture Handbook

With his 40 years of clinical experience, Whitfield is pleased to offer his text The Acupuncture Handbook of Sports Injuries and Pain (Hidden Needle Press, 2009). It emphasize western orthopedic and sports medicine within the context of Chinese acupuncture practices. Designed as a clinical manual for health care providers, it is an excellent guide for acupuncture treatment of injury and pain.



About Whitfield Reaves

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 Reaves website

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. Whitfield has earned a distinguished role in the development of orthopedic and sports medicine in the acupuncture profession in North America and Europe. We invite you to join his acupuncture sports medicine teaching programs.

Our Mission is integrating traditional Chinese acupuncture with anatomy, orthopedics, and western sports medicine practices.