no doctor’s note
no additional paperwork
No Upfront payment
If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident (MVA) on or after April 1, 2019 you are automatically pre-approved (regardless of fault) for 12 acupuncture treatments in the 12 weeks following your accident. If additional treatments are required we will work with ICBC to extend your coverage.
ICBC Acupuncture FAQ
To receive free treatment do I need to speak to my ICBC adjustor or get a doctor's note?
No. If your accident was on or after April 1, 2019 you are pre-approve (regarless of fault) for 12 acupuncture treatments without a doctors note and you do not need to speak to your adjustor before hand. If you need more than 12 treatments we can ask ICBC for an extension on your behalf. If you accident was before April 1, 2019 you will need to speak to your adjustor.
What is the cost of an acupuncture treatment?
Nothing. The first 12 treatments and any additional treatments approved by ICBC under an extension are completely covered and there is no cost to you.
What treatment will I receive?
Based on your injuries, you will receive a combination or acupuncture, cupping, guasha, and manual manipulation. While most people will not need herbal medicine, if you do require it there will be an additional cost of approximately $2-5 per day of the prescription as these are not covered by ICBC.
Can I combine acupuncture with other forms of treatment?
Yes. Combining treatment modalities can significantly improve recovery time and outcome. However, it is recommended to limit yourself to one treatment modality per day.
How often and how long should I be treated?
Everyone's recovery time will be different. In the acute stage, right after the accident, it will be important to have treatment at least twice a week and as your condition improves we will be able to increase the duration between treatments.
Can acupuncture help my accident related anxiety and insomnia?
Yes, acupuncture is not just for physical pain. Your body is stuck in a sympathetic nervous system response (fight or flight) following the accident and because of that is not able to settle and start healing. Acupuncture can help to reset and nervous system and get your nervous system back into a balanced state.
Can children involved in a car accident receive acupuncture? What if they are afraid of needles?
Generally, we will use acupressure message or tapping at acupuncture points for the treatment of children. If the child is comfortable with trying pins, we only use the tinniest of pins (0.2mm thick by 1.5cm long) and they are only retained for a few minutes.
What types of motor vehicle accident related injuries can acupuncture help?
High blood pressure
Pelvic/ Leg Pain
Numbness and tingling
Ringing in ears