A Contrarian Approach to the Treatment of Low Back Pain 

In this class, Whitfield Reaves will explore his approach for the treatment of low back pain.  With his usual style, Mr. Reaves has distilled a complicated topic down to its simplest form and has created a highly effective treatment for a very common problem.  He will discuss diagnostics, assessment, and treatment of what he has found to be the most important muscles, structures, and pain generators of low back pain.  Part of this class will be dedicated to Mr. Reaves demonstrating his techniques, so that you will be able to utilize his techniques on your patients when you get back to your clinic.

Acupuncture Treatment for Athletic Performance

In this class, Whitfield Reaves will share with you his experience of treating athletes to help them reach optimal performance.  He has been fine tuning his performance protocols since his days of helping athletes prepare for the 1984 Olympics.  He will talk about his thoughts on Yin vs. Yang styles of training and how to manage the athlete during these training cycles.  He will also cover topics including Zang fu diagnosis, heart rate training’s relationship to Chinese Medicine, and auricular and body point protocols for performance.

Whitfield Reaves, OMD, LAc is one of the leading practitioners in the field of acupuncture sports medicine. He first began clinical practice in 1981, and has specialized for over 30 years in the field of orthopedics and sports acupuncture.

Licensed in California in 1981, Whitfield earned a Doctor of Oriental Medicine degree in 1983. His thesis, “Acupuncture and the treatment of common running injuries”, demonstrated that TCM could address many clinical issues in sports medicine. His experience includes the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, as well as numerous track and field, cycling and other events nationally over the last 25 years. Whitfield is the author of The Acupuncture Handbook of Sports Injuries and Pain, one of the few texts integrating traditional acupuncture with orthopedic and sports medicine. He is also the director of The Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program.

Whitfield lives in California, and continues to teach seminars and apprenticeship-style workshops in North America and Europe.

University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, 1969-1973
Bachelor of Science degree (1973)
Included several years of pre-medicine coursework

Dharma Realm Buddhist University, Ukiah, California, 1977-1978
Acupuncture apprenticeship with Grace Liu, MD (China)

SAMRA University of Health Sciences, Los Angeles, California, 1978-1981
General acupuncture education, including requirements for licensure in the State of California
Whitfield was in the first graduating class of SAMRA, the first acupuncture program in the US approved by the medical board of the State of California.

Beijing Medical College, Beijing, China, April to July, 1981
Clinical internship in three Beijing hospital medical clinics
This was one of the first-ever exchange programs between an American acupuncture college and a Chinese hospital and teaching clinic.

SAMRA University of Health Sciences, Los Angeles, California, 1983
Doctor of Oriental Medicine degree (OMD)
Doctoral thesis: “Acupuncture and the treatment of common running injuries”

Institute for Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2015
Masters of Science degree

Private Practice, San Diego, California, 1981-1983
Including the acupuncture treatment of athletes training for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games

Private Practice, Los Angeles, California, 1983-1986
At the International Sports Medicine Institute
Private practice in sports medicine, with emphasis on elite athletes preparing for the US Olympic Trials and 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games

Private Practice, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1986-1989
At the clinic of Southwest Acupuncture College

Private Practice, Boulder, Colorado, 1989-2014
Founder of Boulder Acupuncture Sports Medicine
Specializing in the treatment sports injuries, pain, and musculoskeletal dysfunction

Research on Enhancing Athletic Performance, 1992-present
Acupuncture treatment protocols for the enhancement of athletic performance.
Whitfield is in the final preparations of designing a research study on the effects of acupuncture on various physiologic parameters of sports performance. His broader objective is to promote the use of acupuncture for performance not only with athletes but in business, the corporate community, and possibly even in “the home”.

Acupuncture Instructor, 1980-1986
SAMRA University of Health Sciences and California Acupuncture College
General acupuncture curriculum

First weekend seminar on Acupuncture Sports Medicine, April, 1986
Taught in Santa Fe, New Mexico (at Southwest Acupuncture College)
This was one of the first seminars ever offered in the US for advanced training in sports medicine acupuncture.

Acupuncture Instructor, 1986-1989
Southwest Acupuncture College, Santa Fe, New Mexico
General acupuncture curriculum

Seminar Instructor, 1987-present
Continuing education seminars on sports medicine acupuncture in the US, Canada, and Europe.
Includes the diagnosis and assessment of sports injuries and pain, along with acupuncture treatment techniques.

Acupuncture Instructor, 1997-present
Southwest Acupuncture College, Boulder, Colorado
General acupuncture curriculum, clinical supervision of student interns

Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program, 2006-present
An individualized teaching program for practitioners of acupuncture, with emphasis on the diagnosis and treatment of common sports injuries and the enhancement of athletic performance. This program is approved for continuing education by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

1981-1984: Medical care for marathon and long-distance runners in San Diego, California, including athletes training for the 1984 US Olympic team
1983: Doctoral thesis: “Acupuncture and the treatment of common running injuries”
1984: Medical care at the 1984 US Olympic Trials, the US Track and Field Nationals, and the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games
1986-1988: Medical care for ultra-marathon cyclists (The Race Across America)
1988-1990: Medical care for winter events athletes, including cross country skiing, alpine racing, and the biathlon. Includes treating members of the Santa Fe Ski Team and Ski Club Vail

1991: Founding member, National Sports Acupuncture Association
This association was maintained for five years, holding an annual convention in each of those years, with specialized education and training on various topics related to sports medicine acupuncture. Whitfield served as the President and on the Board of Directors.

1989-present: Private practice in Boulder, Colorado
Boulder Acupuncture Sports Medicine
Medical care for numerous world-class athletes, including professional triathletes, runners, and cyclists. Research and practice of acupuncture for the enhancement of athletic performance.

Director of The Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program
A six-month apprenticeship style teaching program on Acupuncture Sports Medicine

2009-2011: Published Articles
Author of numerous articles published in peer-reviewed journals.
Includes the Journal of Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture Today, and the Journal of the AAAOM.

2009: Author/Publisher: The Acupuncture Handbook of Sports Injuries and Pain
With Chad Bong, and Illustrations by Deborah Kelley
Hidden Needle Press