Pregnancy Testimonials

The testimonials below are from my clients and are not edited. Due to client confidentiality full names are not printed.

Pelvic Girdle Dysfunction - In the very early stages of my pregnancy I was diagnosed with Pelvic Girdle Dysfunction. The symptoms became increasingly more severe and I was referred to a physiotherapist at 11 weeks. At this stage daily functioning had become more and more difficult and to add to my difficulty I had a very active three year old to look after.

The physiotherapist treatment did help but there came a point where it made no difference to how I was feeling and I became more and more frustrated with the situation as nothing seemed to help me.

I chatted to Mark about acupuncture and massage treatment and decided I would give it a go as I had nothing to loose. The relief in my case the affect of treatment was immediate and I was to say the least delighted. If only I had gone sooner. For the rest of my pregnancy I used acupuncture with a combination of massage which gave me the ability to continue my daily life of walking and generally getting round and to keep my independence. In the early stages the affects lasted for about a week but coming towards the end of my pregnancy I needed two treatments a week.

To sum it up I would recommend acupuncture and Mark to anyone pregnant or not as in my case he eased my pain through treatment but he also listened and gave me some very simple yet very affective advise. If it weren’t for him and acupuncture I would hate to think what state I would have been in. I have nothing but praise for Mark as a practitioner as he is a true professional in his work and will strive to do what is the best for you as a person.

I now have a very active baby boy Thomas born July 2008.

H Clarke



Morning Sickness - I have two children and suffered quite badly from Morning Sickness on both. The third pregnancy was the worst. My doctor told me that I would have to go to hospital if it continued at the same level.

Out of despair more than anything else I went to Mark after looking on the internet for alternative remedies. I went into him feeling ill as I had been for the previous 5 weeks. During his consultation he gave me a lot of dietary advise and it did make sense but I was honestly too sick to care.

During the treatment I felt very relaxed and could not believe how much better I felt after the treatment. I went home wondering when it would arrive back, but it didn t really. I followed his advise about eating little and often and warm foods and it worked a treat. I am now 8 months pregnant and feel great. I only wish I had gone on the first two pregnancies.

Olive R



Breech Baby - I went to my hospital Apt at 32 weeks and found out my baby was in a breech position. It was the first hurdle during my pregnancy and I wanted to treat it as naturally as I could without any medical intervention. I was attending the MLU in Drogheda where I seen Marks information.

At the appointment I felt assured and relaxed. He gave me some tips for water based exercises to help and did the Moxa based treatment. He showed me how to do it at home and off I went. Two weeks lale to continue working. My only concern was that I was not as mentally prepared for this birth as I was for my daughters. on that pregnancy had been doing lots of meditation and looking after myself mentally very well.

On this pregnancy I found myself at eight months suddenly and I began to get stressed. I gave Mark a call and had three sessions with him before I had Ryan and I found it amazing. As soon as the needles were in I felt very relaxed and mentally at ease. The sessions to be honest felt more like counselling and he listened, reassured and encouraged me which I found very helpful. I would have no hesitation in recommending Mark as a therapist.

Silvia J



Pre Birth Stress - I had been attending Mark for Acupuncture prior to getting pregnant and loved the treatments. Thankfully my pregnancy went very well and I was able to continue working. My only concern was that I was not as mentally prepared for this birth as I was for my daughters. on that pregnancy had been doing lots of meditation and looking after myself mentally very well.
On this pregnancy I found myself at eight months suddenly and I began to get stressed. I gave Mark a call and had three sessions with him before I had Ryan and I found it amazing. As soon as the needles were in I felt very relaxed and mentally at ease.
The sessions to be honest felt more like counselling and he listened, reassured and encouraged me which I found very helpful.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Mark as a therapist.

Sarah T



Haemorrhoids - During my pregnancy the only complication if you could call it that were Haemorrhoids. A glamorous condition that the MLU assure me many women have. I tried creams, lotions, ice all I could think of. My mid wife told me of another lady she knew that went to see Mark and had really great and fast results.
I rang him and was assured firstly it would not involve needles anywhere near the said area and secondly that he has treated quite a few ladies in similar circumstances to myself.
On visiting Mark the first time I was nervous but he assured me that all would be fine and indeed it was. The needles went nowhere near the area of concern and they were virtually pain free. During the treatment I felt very relaxed but nothing else really. However after the treatment on the way back to the car I could not believe it, the pressure had gone and I felt a lot more at ease.
I had three treatments at that time with Mark by the third there was no trace of the Haemorrhoids. It worked so well and I was delighted to say the least.

I have told several of my friends about Mark and they have gone to him for various conditions I therefore have no hesitation in recommending Mark.



Pre Birth Acupuncture - I went to Mark for his Pre Birth acupuncture and found it very beneficial. I moved to Drogheda from Dublin where I had been attending a acupuncturist and wanted to continue but the distance was too much.
I loved Marks approach to the treatment where he explained what was happening throughout and willingly answered all my questions in relation to it.
When I went into labour (on time I may add) my husband who came into the last session with me used the points Mark had been using as acupressure points. It was really good as it helped relax me and ease the pain.
Lilly was born naturally and we are all thriving.
I found the whole experience of the treatments with Mark and using the points during labour wonderful

Clara J



Back Pain - From Marks previous work I knew him as a Swimming Instructor and had attended one of his lessons. Prior to getting pregnant I had some lower back issues. On getting pregnant they became quite bad especially from 6mts.
I contacted Mark to see if he could help and he did. Within two sessions of Acupuncture I felt a enormous relief from pain. He also gave me some fantastic tips on water based exercised and home treatment. I was able to control the pain level myself using this for the rest of the pregnancy.

Julie S



Repeated Miscarriages - We have one daughter who is now five and we have been trying to have a second child for the last three years. In that time we have had three miscarriages which have been the most difficult situations to deal with. All three happened in the first trimester.
Emotionally I was drained and physically I was not much better. We received little in the way of emotionally support medically but friends and family were great. Medically they could not find any reason for the miscarriages to be happening. This was a double edged sword for us as we were delighted noting was medically wrong but something was and we didn’t know how to fit it.
I went to see Mark as I was stressed over the situation as my friend had gone to see him for stress related issues and found it very helpful. I found his manner very gentle and found it very easy to open up to him. I went through a lot of tissues the first few sessions. But it felt good he was listening to me and it was the first time I felt someone actually heard what I was saying and understood it. After two treatments I felt much better. I was more relaxed and my sleep quality was greatly improved.
Mark identified some Menstrual Cycle issues which through the treatment he hoped to sort out. I also was working on my diet and using my heated bean bag a lot which I loved.
Over the course of a few months my menstrual cycle was greatly improved and I was feeling physically and mentally better as well. I was more positive had a lot more energy and I had lost some weight even though I was eating more food that before.
We decided to try again to get pregnant and it happened first month. A good omen we hoped. We were delighted and terrified at the same time. I continued to have Acupuncture for the first trimester and had no morning sickness or any problems apart from some stress in case we miscarried again. My medical team were great and I had regular scans which reassured me.
Three weeks ago baby Fergal came into the world naturally and on time. Our family are delighted for us and we are too.
We found Marks treatments and advise really helped us get to where we are to day. I loved going in to see him and found his treatments always made me feel better in many different ways.
We would have no hesitation in recommending Mark as a therapist to anyone.

A & T O’Neill, Drogheda



Morning Sickness - I was truly delighted when I realized I was pregnant but not with the first real signs of it. Severe Nausea. At first I thought it will be fine no big deal but when it became all day nausea the fun side left very fast.

I tried everything I knew to help the symptoms. My Doc said it would pass and it was normal. (easy for them to say) . I was on a web site and seen a post Mark had on it re Morning Sickness and I rang him. Following day I met him and he explained to me why it was happening from a western and eastern aspect. He gave me loads of advise and then treated me. To be honest I felt no different really straight away with the nausea except I was exhausted. I went home and felt hungry for the first time in three weeks and ate food which didn’t make me feel ill.

I followed Marks advice had very very little nausea after the second treatment. By 13 weeks it had totally gone. I felt very assured as I knew how to manage it myself using the advise I was given.

I would have no hesitation in advising anyone to go to see Mark.

Amelia C