All members of Acupuncture NZ (formerly NZRA) are recognised by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) as Treatment Providers. Once a claim has been accepted by ACC you may choose to visit a recognised acupuncturist for your treatment. It is not necessary to be referred to an acupuncturist by your GP, physiotherapist or other health provider. Your practitioner may also prescribe Chinese Herbs, but ACC will not cover their cost. Most practitioners will charge a surcharge for ACC treatments.
Acupuncture is very effective in treating acute injuries – in general, the sooner the injury is treated, the better the result. Studies show that acupuncture is effective in reducing inflammation and swelling so early treatment of an injury may considerably lessen the time needed for recovery. People who receive acupuncture for an acute injury frequently report that they feel considerably calmer after treatment, as well as reporting a reduction in pain.