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Eastlake Acupuncture

East Lake Acupuncture

New Client

Information for New Clients about the Initial Acupuncture Visit:

New Client Intake for Acupuncture - click here
Print and fill out above form. Bring completed to your first session.

Please Read this page thoroughly or print for your records.  This will help you to be more prepared on your first Acupuncture visit.

If this is your first experience with acupuncture, we are so glad you chose us!  We will let you know the process from beginning to end and answer all questions.  By the second and third visits you will wonder why you didn’t try acupuncture sooner. 

What to know before your First visit:

  • Wear loose clothing
  • Eat a healthy meal (don’t come hungry or full; but if you are hungry we will provide a snack)
  • Try not to consume caffeine products prior to your treatments because this will inhibit the relaxation process
  • Print out the New patient forms (click here) at home and spend the time there to fill them out before coming into the office.  Fill them out as thoroughly as possible because this will help in the diagnostic process.
  • Have an accurate list of ALL medications and supplements you are currently taking
  • We are not contracted with and do not accept any forms of insurance.  Please be prepared to out of pocket for services at the time of your appointment. We accept all HSA and FSA debit cards.

What to expect at Your First Acupuncture appointment:

  • The first visit is approximately 1 hour.
  • Come to your appointment at least 5-10 minutes early, with completed initial intake paperwork in hand.  Our office is easy to find in the Eastlake Village Walk Medical Arts Center (near Henry’s/Sprouts and Trader Joe’s Chula Vista), 890 Eastlake Parkway #305, Chula Vista 91914.  Eastlake Acupuncture & Massage is located in the office of MD Silva AntiAging on the 3rd floor.  Their are large elevators with wheel chair access to all parts of the building.  If you think you will run late please call our office at (619) 370-2094.  If you will be more than 10 minutes late we will have to cancel and reschedule you for a later date to accomodate other patients. Please be mindful of the 24 hour cancellation/rescheduling policy signed in your intake paperwork, $25 fee applies.
  • Your Practitioner will greet you in the waiting room, and then take you into a safe, calming treatment room.  The first 5-10 minutes include a brief health history regarding your chief complaint.  Your goals of treatment and prognosis will be discussed as well as how you will feel during your acupuncture treatment.  
  • The practitioner will step out of the room so that you can get comfortable on the treatment table.  The practitioner will ask you to roll your sleeves up and pant legs up.  If you are coming in with shoulder pain, back pain or abdominal pain, you will be asked to remove your shirt and lay face down on a massage table so that the practitioner can easily access these areas.  Everything is done to your comfort level.
  • The practitioner will re-enter the room and begin placement of 15 to 30 sterile needles at specific acupuncture points to address your pain or disorders.  Patients generally say the feeling of the needles are a tap, short poke then maybe a warm sensation.  If anything is too uncomfortable the practitioner will readjust the patient for maximum comfort.  However, please be aware that in coming to an acupuncturist, the 'tools of the trade' are needles.  Therefore, if you believe you may have a phobia of needles, a gentler modality such as massage may be a better choice for you.
  • You will then rest in the soothing private room for 20 to 40 minutes depending on the problems being treated.  Patients in almost all cases become very relaxed and sometimes fall asleep.
  • After the appropriate amount of time has lapsed, the practitioner will re-enter the room, and remove the needles.  At this point, patients generally feel content and relaxed
  • The practitioner will exit the room again, allow you to dress and drink some water to become refreshed.  Then you may leave the room to be checked out at the front desk.
  • When you are checking out, payment is due in full at that time unless insurance benefits were verified and they allow an assignment of benefits.  You will be asked to make at least 3 more follow up appointments at the time of checking out.  Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is a process and generally takes at least 6-8 treatments before significant results may be seen.  For acute conditions, 4-6 bi-weekly treatments can be expected to reduce symptoms.  For chronic conditions 6 or more weekly or bi-weekly treatments will be needed depending on how long you have suffered with the condition. 
  • At Eastlake Acupuncture & Massage we promote COMMUNICATION between patient and practitioner.  If there are any questions or concerns, our practitioner is ALWAYS available to answer them as completely as possible.  Remember: there are No Silly questions!

We are the premier Acupuncture and Alternative Medicine Health Clinic in Chula Vista. 

Eastlake Acupuncture & Massage
890 Eastlake Parkway, Suite 305
Chula Vista, CA 91914
Office (619) 370-2094