Worker’s Compensation

Taking Care of Workers

1000 folded Cranes Acupuncture helps to restore well-being for those injured in the workplace or could benefit from the effects of acupuncture treatment.

We understand that wellness is a concerted effort, where those who wish to restore their ability to thrive do so by seeking professional care, improving their productivity and mental state. As such, Dr. Fred Ragsdale works with insurance companies and representatives of injured workers to promote better outcomes and rapid return to work. 

Dr. Ragsdale’s cost-conscious process ensures that resources are not squandered while maximizing the effects of acupuncture using his unique skills and background (See Dr. Ragsdale’s bio), effectively reducing acute and chronic pain, soft tissue soreness, stress, anxiety, and sleeplessness.   

California Labor Code Section 4600

The California Labor Code Section 4600 specifically allows for acupuncture treatment, stating “medical, surgical, chiropractic, acupuncture, and hospital treatment”, among other services, that are “required to cure or relieve the injured worker from the effects of his or her injury shall be provided by the employer…” (, 2014).

How Does California Workers’ Compensation view Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is used as an alternative method of care when pain medication is no longer desired. It is also used as a supplemental treatment to physical rehabilitation.  Acupuncture also provides improved healing and recovery in post-surgical conditions. Information is available to workers regarding using their acupuncturist as their primary care physician (visit regarding SB863).  Workers can elect to change their treating physician to their personal acupuncturist following a work-related injury or illness (See employer form).

“When I got hurt, I reviewed my options to care and wanted to find a way to reduce my pain meds and sleeping pills.  After just a few days of treatment, I could already see why Dr. Ragsdale was the right choice for me.  Now I go to see him on Fridays after work, which helps me to be 100% ready for a productive and energized week.

– J. Abrahms

More About Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to stimulate a natural response and medication-free healing. While the process does not hurt, most patients express the feeling of warmth and relaxation as the body begins to naturally respond to the stimuli. 

The points used in acupuncture occur along proven energetic pathways called meridians.  Acupuncture sends a message called Qi (pronounced: “Chee”) along these meridians triggering normalized physiological function, hormonal balance, reduced inflammation, pain, and strengthened immunity. (See Acupuncture)

Contact 1000 Folded cranes to review your recovery and wellness needs.  We also work directly with the legal community to facilitate treatment plans for their clients. (2014). ARTICLE 2. Medical and Hospital Treatment [4600 – 4615]. Retrieved from§ionNum=4600.