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.

Whitfield Reaves is now seeing patients at his acupuncture offices in Makawao, Maui, in Hawaii. He is known for his precise assessment and clinically effective treatments. He is seeing only sports injury, pain, and specialty patients. Call (808) 866-9816.

Whitfield Reaves introduces his new webinar program! Complete video of all his sports acupuncture treatment techniques.

Online Webinars
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. 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 near 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, we will be offering our first live Apprenticeship Program in two years in 2022. Look to the Calendar page for details.
In 2022, The Acupuncture Sports Medicine Practicum will be offered with its supervised clinical practice for point location and needle technique. All of the sports injuries and pain syndromes that we teach will be covered. This a great opportunity for mentoring for those who have been studying our sports acupuncture courses online for the last two years.

In 2022 and 2023, we are teaching in Hawaii! We invite you to come study sports acupuncture on Maui!

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. We invite you to join his Acupuncture Sports Medicine teaching programs.

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
2023 and 2024 Calendar