THE CLINIC AND OUR MISSION
Whitfield Reaves started practicing acupuncture in 1981, graduating from the first college approved by the Medical Board in California. As an early practitioner, most of the educational process was dominated by traditional Chinese medicine and its centuries-old roots in Asia. In the early 1980s, there was very little attempt to understand acupuncture theory and practice outside of the model of the classic texts.
But from his first days of practice in late 1981 through the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984, Whitfield treated elite athletes from the US, Canada, and the Europe. These world-class competitors required modern explanations for their treatments. It was essential to include western anatomy and physiology in the interaction with these patients. Thus, his system of acupuncture treatment protocols developed from this clinical sports medicine setting.
For the 25 years since the 1984 Olympic Games, the system of diagnosis, assessment, and treatment that is loosely termed Acupuncture Sports Medicine has been continually refined and re-evaluated. And all of this is accomplished within the context of integrating traditional acupuncture with western orthopedics, providing a system of acupuncture appropriate for many types of patients who experiences injury and pain.
Boulder Acupuncture Sports Medicine today continues our dedication to provide an integrated medicine – the best of both the East and the West. For Whitfield Reaves, his enthusiasm for acupuncture is as great now as when he was first licensed 30 years ago. Now, with a community of practitioners of Acupuncture Sports Medicine across the US, Canada, and Europe, we continue to find ways to help our patients who are in pain, to educate our colleagues, and to inform the community about the benefits of acupuncture. Whether you are an active individual, a competitive athlete, or simply an individual in pain, we certainly have the knowledge and experience to help you with clear communication, accurate assessment, and precise acupuncture treatment.
The offices of Boulder Acupuncture Sports Medicine are located in a comfortable and professional building in central Boulder, Colorado. This is the private practice of Whitfield Reaves, OMD, LAc. Most of the patients come for diagnosis, assessment, and acupuncture treatment of injury, pain, and musculoskeletal disorders. But you don’t need to be an athlete to be treated at our clinic. Whitfield works with all ages and all levels of active individuals. And we have close association with complementary medical practitioners if your case requires more than acupuncture treatment. If acupuncture is not right for you and your condition, we will assist in finding the right practitioner for your specific needs.
There are many injuries that respond well to the treatment techniques of Acupuncture Sports Medicine. If you have been injured, experience pain, or have musculoskeletal dysfunction, please contact the clinic so we may determine how you would benefit from our diagnosis, assessment, and treatment protocols. A more detailed description of our acupuncture protocols can be found on the page Conditions Treated.
Boulder Acupuncture Sports Medicine offers the following services:
- Orthopedic acupuncture and our other sports medicine protocols
- Korean constitutional acupuncture, both assessment and treatment
- Electrical stimulation and skilled therapeutic cupping techniques
- Chinese herbal medicine (this service is limited)
- Integrated approaches for the support of the athlete and the active, including the enhancement of athletic performance
To make an appointment, and for any other questions:
Whitfield Reaves, OMD, LAc
Phone: (303) 552-8722
CLINIC OFFICE ADDRESS
Boulder Acupuncture Sports Medicine
2760 29th Street (Near the corner of 29th & Valmont)
Suite 2-D (Second floor)
Boulder, Colorado 80301
INFORMATION ON WHAT WE TREAT
THE INITIAL OFFICE VISIT
The first visit to Boulder Acupuncture Sports Medicine is from 1 to 1 1/2 hours, depending on the case. Precise acupuncture treatment can only result from proper diagnosis and assessment. A short patient intake form and a discloser statement, required by the state of Colorado, is filled out prior to the initial office visit. This usually takes less than 10 minutes and can be completed at the time of the appointment. We do not continue to treat our patients unless we observe reasonable and significant improvement in the condition. We make this determination together, as practitioner and patient.
FOLLOW-UP OFFICE VISITS AND TREATMENTS
After the initial office visit, follow-up treatments are scheduled, usually for from 45 minutes to 1 hour. Most injuries and pain syndromes require treatment one to two times weekly. We always evaluate after six treatments. If there is not significant improvement after this time, we will find a referral to a practitioner that might be able to provide more effective therapy.
INSURANCE AND PAYMENT
At the present time, payment may be done with check, cash, or credit/debit card. Currently, Boulder Acupuncture Sports Medicine accepts insurance only under limited and pre-approved circumstances. However, we give you a “super bill” that can be submitted to your insurance company, to reimburse you directly if acupuncture is covered under the policy. In addition, at this time we do not accept State of Colorado Worker’s Compensation claims.
Initial office visit: $85.00
Short office visit: $65.00
MORE CLINIC INFORMATION
For more information on our clinic treatment style and philosophy, as well as the kind of conditions we treat: