Western Acupuncture: The Totalcare Clinic - Botley Southampton

What is Western Acupuncture?

Medical or Western Acupuncture can also known as Dry Needling. It is a western adaptation of traditional acupuncture.

It is practiced predominantly by doctors, physiotherapists, osteopaths & chiropractors and uses a more select range of acupuncture techniques on the basis of a western medical diagnosis and evidence based research.

It is not one of the various forms Traditional acupuncture and should not be confused as such!

Dry Needling is based on anatomy, physiology and western scientific findings and is often used in conjunction with other therapies as discussed above. Most acupuncturists that practice western acupuncture have some sort of medical qualification and have studied it as a post graduate qualification.

Click to contact The Totalcare Clinic Western Acupuncture Fees£50 Initial Consultation - 60 minute treatment
£40 Follow up Treatments - 30 minute treatment

How does Western Acupuncture work?Several processes have been proposed to explain acupuncture's effects, primarily those on pain. Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to release chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain.

These chemicals either change the experience of pain or release other chemicals, such as hormones, that influence the body's self-regulating systems. The biochemical changes may stimulate the body's natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being. There are three main mechanisms:

  1. Conduction of electromagnetic signals: Western scientists have found evidence that acupuncture points are strategic conductors of electromagnetic signals. Stimulating points along these pathways through acupuncture enables electromagnetic signals to be relayed at a greater rate than under normal conditions. These signals may start the flow of pain-killing biochemicals such as endorphins and of immune system cells to specific sites that are injured or vulnerable to disease.

  2. Activation of opioid systems: research has found that several types of opioids may be released into the central nervous system during acupuncture treatment, thereby reducing pain.

  3. Changes in brain chemistry sensation, and involuntary body functions: studies have shown that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by changing the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones in a good way. Acupuncture also has been documented to affect the parts of the central nervous system related to sensation and involuntary body functions, such as immune reactions and processes whereby a person's blood pressure, blood flow, and body temperature are regulated.

What Does Western Acupuncture 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 Western Acupuncture Practitioners
Mrs. Michelle McWilliamMichelle McWilliam,
MSc Sports Rehab, Bsc (Hons) Ost Med, Bsc (Hons) Acu, DN


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 Ian StuartIan Stuart
B.Sc (Hons) Ost. Med. D.N.


Ian is a graduate from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in London. He specialises in the biomechanical assessment and treatment of the whole body.

He looks at the different components of the body and how their movement pattern and function may interrelate and affect the presenting complaint. Secondary to this holistic view of the body, Ian has a close working relationship with numerous consultants in the area and regularly observes surgery.

He specialises in the treatment of back, shoulder and knee pain with a particular interest in sports injuries. Ian has a large degree of experience in a variety of rehabilitation techniques and specialises with muscle rebalancing and postural re-education.
Charmaine Douglas  The Total Care Clinic: Osteopathy, Southampton, Acupuncture, osteopath


Charmaine Douglas
M.Ost


Charmaine trained at the British School of Osteopathy in London to achieve a Masters in Osteopathy (M. Ost).  Throughout the four year course she enjoyed working in several community clinics treating a wide variety of patients, developing experience in the areas of children and care of expectant mothers.

Charmaine uses a structural approach to treatment which incorporates a bio-mechanical assessment of the area in question.  In addition to western medical acupuncture she uses a variety of osteopathic techniques to suit each patient individually. A combination of joint manipulation, soft tissue massage, visceral and cranial techniques are used to help with pain, discomfort and immobility

Gemma Radmall  The Total Care Clinic: Osteopath, Cranial and Western Acupuncture  Southampton


Gemma Radmall
M.Ost


Gemma graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in London with a Masters degree in Osteopathic Medicine. She continued to gained experience treating a wide variety of patients in both a clinic and hospital setting.

Gemma has a particular interest in pre and post natal care, and the osteopathic treatment of children. She is currently also volunteering her time at the prestigious Osteopathic Centre for Children in London, whilst completing an additional Diploma in Paediatric Osteopathy and has worked in Special Care Baby Units.

During each consultation, Gemma works to establish the root of the problem and uses a wide variety of osteopathic techniques, including structural, cranial and visceral osteopathy, to relieve symptoms and to prevent re-occurrence. Gemma places key importance on the overall healthcare of her patients and works in conjunction with their medical practitioners and specialists so they are kept informed at all times of their management plans and progress.


Amelia ButterwickAmelia Butterwick
M.Ost


Amelia graduated from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in July 2016 and has since joined our practice as a fully registered osteopath.

Since graduating she has done further training in dry needling acupuncture and uses this therapy within her osteopathic treatments. Amelia is a structural osteopath working to improve pain presentations and functional restrictions to improve your range of motion and daily ability.

Outside of osteopathy Amelia is a keen horse rider with a horse that she has committed to for 6 years (and counting!). She has an interest in treating other riders for their aches and pains related to horse riding accidents and any restrictions that they feel limit their riding ability. Amelia also has a long history of weight lifting and swims regularly throughout the week for personal fitness.