The Total Care Clinic: Osteopathy, Southampton, Acupuncture, osteopath,Pilates, YogaWhat is Chinese Acupuncture?

Traditional Chinese Acupuncture is based on the balancing of the bodies own systems within channels in the body.

Using specific points related to the condition, acupuncture tries to enhance health and improve the bodies own immune system to help improve the condition and also prevent further illness.

Using detailed case history analysis, pulse and tongue diagnosis and palpation of certain points along the channels the therapist has the ability to diagnose and provide treatment specific for the patient.

Acupuncture has been shown to be extremely effective for pain related conditions for example, trigeminal neuralgia, sciatica, fibromyalgia. The clinic has also had success in the treatment of infertility, painful period, insomnia and anxiety and depression.

Click to contact The Totalcare Clinic Chinese Acupuncture Fee£50 Initial Consultation - (60 - 90 mins)
£40 Follow up Treatments - (30 - 45 mins)

How does Acupuncture Work?Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine stainless steel needles into the body surface at vital points. Using sterilised disposable needles, the treatment is virtually painless. A session of treatment varies from 20 to 60 minutes. It can produce rapid results but more often it requires a number of treatments over a period of time.

There more than 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body connect with 12 main and 8 secondary pathways, called meridians. The combination of various acupuncture points can be used, which depends on the diagnosis - especially the Chinese medical diagnosis.

Chinese medicine practitioners believe these meridians conduct energy, or qi, between the surface of the body and internal organs.

Qi regulates spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical balance and is influenced by the opposing forces of yin and yang. According to traditional Chinese medicine when yin and yang are balanced they work together with the natural flow of qi to help the body achieve and maintain health.

Acupuncture is believed to balance yin and yang, keep the normal flow of energy unblocked, and restore health to the body and mind.

What Happens at the first Treatment?To make an appropriate TCM (Taditional Chinese Medicine) diagnosis the acupuncturist will ask about your current symptoms and what treatment you have had so far, your medical history and that of your close family, your diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional state. 

To discover how the energies are flowing in your body, the acupuncturist is likely to feel your pulses on both wrists, noting their quality, rhythm and strength.  The structure, colour and coating of your tongue also give a good guide to your physical health.

What Does It Feel Like?Acupuncture needles bear little resemblance to those used in injections and blood tests.  They are much finer and are solid rather than hollow.  When the needle is inserted, the sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache. 

Needles are normally left in place for 20 - 30 minutes, depending on the effect required. During treatment patients commonly experience heaviness in the limbs or a pleasant feeling of relaxation.

The Practitioners

Mrs. Michelle McWilliam

Michelle McWilliam,
Registered Osteopath BSc (Hons) Ost. Med. ND, MSC Sports Rehab.
Traditional Chinese Acupuncturist, BSc (Hons) Acu


Michelle is a qualified Osteopath and Traditional Chinese Acupuncturist, using both therapies separately or combined to treat numerous conditions.

She has expanded her knowledge into Sports Rehabilitation with specific focus on using osteopathic theories and treatment to aid a fully holistic approach into the treatment and rehabilitation of sports persons. As a member of the Osteopathic Sports Care Association her aim is to become further involved in working with elite athletes at competition levels.

Within The Totalcare Clinic she uses her knowledge to treat patients privately and through private health insurance policies to improve health, reduce pain levels and educate patients about their diagnosis. With close links to the local G.P. surgeries and a number of consultants, inter-referrals are achieved quickly and effectively from both sides.
Mr John Porteous
John Porteous
B.Sc (Hons), LicAc, MBAcC


John is a highly qualified acupuncturist and a member of the British Acupuncture Council. He brings an integrated approach to the treatment of not only musculo-skeletal complaints but also digestive, respiratory, neurological and gynaecological conditions.
 
John has a particular interest in the mind and its influence on our overall state of health and well-being and has experienced considerable success in the treatment of anxiety, stress and insomnia.