ICBC claim acupuncture after MVA in North Vancouver 

Motor Vehicle Accidents or (MVA) can be treated with acupuncture for all neck, shoulder & lower back pain from a motor vehicle accident with ICBC MVA Claims.

Physical trauma from a motor vehicle accident (MVA) is oftentimes long and arduous as the effects from an accident or collision may not always show up immediately, but when it does, the issues are most always complex and problematic, not to mention painful. Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to help restore health and wellness and when used in conjunction with other treatments, can help enhance the effectiveness of each component. Our skilled and experienced acupuncture practitioner, David Malcolm can help shorten your rehabilitation period after an accident or collision and achieve full recovery.

Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents are a common occurrence in today’s world as are other types of accidents or collisions that cause musculoskeletal pain. Using acupuncture to treat the after affects of a MVA is successful as the mechanisms of acupuncture rehabilitation helps reduce inflammation, decrease the perception of pain by inhibiting pain signals and increase blood flow to the injured areas to encourage healing. Whiplash, back and neck pain as well as headaches—common occurrences after an accident or collision, can be alleviated through acupuncture. Treatment by the acupuncture practitioner Active Therapy Clinic do not involve further prescription medications, rather is a drug free way, that comes with very few side effects, to help manage pain.

Acupuncture helps stimulate neurotransmitters which in turn start your body’s natural healing process. We recommend you schedule an appointment to receive care as soon as possible after your motor vehicle accident to prevent injuries from taking hold and becoming chronic. Not only is the physical stress after an accident or collision a concern, but there is also the emotional stress caused by the need to deal the fallout from a MVA such as the insurance company and autobody repair shop.

Rather than adding more medications to your prescription list, using acupuncture can help slow down the production of stress hormones and naturally increase the body’s production of serotonin to help bring balance to both body and mind.

Beginning April 1, 2019, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) extended acupuncture treatment coverage to individuals who sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident. A medical doctor’s referral is not required unless the accident or collision occurred over three months ago or if you are requesting more than the 12 acupuncture sessions allotted by the ICBC.

Regardless of who is at fault for the MVA, you are eligible for acupuncture treatments. The ICBC recognizes the effectiveness of acupuncture as a rehabilitation treatment, especially in the instances of motor vehicle accidents, as it helps the body cope or find relief without the use of additional medication.


Why is important to get Acupuncture treatment after car accident?


1.Pain Management: Car accidents often result in a range of injuries, including whiplash, muscle strains, and soft tissue damage, leading to acute and chronic pain. Acupuncture offers effective pain relief by stimulating the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, and modulating the perception of pain signals in the brain. By targeting specific acupuncture points associated with pain relief, this therapy provides tangible relief from discomfort without the need for pharmaceutical interventions.

2.Accelerated Healing: Acupuncture promotes the body’s innate healing mechanisms by enhancing blood circulation, reducing inflammation, and stimulating tissue repair. This accelerated healing process is particularly beneficial for individuals recovering from car accident injuries, as it can shorten recovery time, minimize the risk of complications, and restore normal function to affected areas.

3.Reduced Inflammation: Inflammation is a common response to tissue injury and can exacerbate pain and impair mobility. Acupuncture has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects by regulating the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines and promoting the circulation of immune cells to the injured site. By reducing inflammation, acupuncture not only alleviates pain but also facilitates the healing process, allowing individuals to regain mobility and functionality more quickly.

4.Psychological Support: Car accidents can have a profound impact on mental and emotional well-being, leading to anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other psychological symptoms. Acupuncture offers holistic support by calming the nervous system, reducing stress hormones such as cortisol, and promoting relaxation and emotional balance. By addressing the emotional toll of the accident, acupuncture helps individuals cope with trauma, improve sleep quality, and enhance overall psychological resilience.

5.Non-Invasive Approach: Unlike invasive medical procedures or pharmaceutical interventions, acupuncture is a non-invasive therapy that carries minimal risk of adverse effects. This makes it an attractive option for individuals seeking conservative treatment modalities or those unable to tolerate certain medications due to allergies or other medical conditions. With its gentle approach and emphasis on restoring balance to the body, acupuncture provides a safe and natural alternative for managing car accident injuries.

6.Comprehensive Care: Integrating acupuncture into a comprehensive treatment plan allows for a more holistic approach to recovery, addressing not only physical symptoms but also the underlying imbalances contributing to pain and dysfunction. By combining acupuncture with other modalities such as physiotherapy, chiropractic care, and massage therapy, individuals can benefit from a synergistic approach to rehabilitation that optimizes outcomes and promotes long-term wellness.


Acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system which in turn releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord and brain encouraging the body to heal itself.  Our acupuncturist David Malcolm looks forward to helping alleviate the trauma of your accident or collision and start you on the road to a full recovery.