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The past year has been challenging for all of us and we are now faced with rebuilding our lives, our families, our work & most importantly ourselves. Finding a way to process all that has happened can seem daunting so the MyArtbox project has been launched by Wendy Livingston to offer help and support. Wendy is both therapist at the Lismore Clinic, practising artist, and co creator of Kitchen Table Art, a creative women’s group in Lismore.

MyArtbox is a monthly subscription box of vibrant art materials, with fun and thoughtful ideas to inspire play and imagination. You definitely do not have to be an artist, this is not an art class, more a process of creative mark making, and being free to express oneself. You will not be asked to share your work & your details are confidential.There will be two supporting & individual Zoom/ WhatsApp sessions per month.

When we are creative we access our emotions; our marks and images give our journey meaning; we discover who we are. The therapeutic value of art making is recognised as a way to express ourselves without words, to make representations of the fears, the hurts and the joys without explanation or justification. When we are creative, we thrive, we feel less anxious; establishing a connection to the natural environment, giving us a sense of ease, we become focused and grounded . Our mental health is nourished, our wellbeing nurtured. 

This initiative is supported by Clár Éire Ildánach, Creative Ireland Programme, and Waterford City and County Council. If you would like to find out more about MyArtbox please contact Wendy at the Lismore Clinic on 087 784 7679.

Physical therapies for musculoskeletal health

sports massage

The Lismore Clinic is delighted to announce that Mark Beer, physical therapist, will be joining the team at The Lismore Clinic.

Mark trained as a neuromuscular therapist after retiring from the London Fire Brigade, where he served as a firefighter for 30 years. He also has qualifications in taping and strapping, dry needling, and nutrition & health, and is therefore able to provide a very comprehensive physical therapy service for his patients. Most recently he has undertaken additional training in strength and conditioning, in order to be able to advise patients about appropriate exercise for maintaining musculoskeletal health.


Massage therapy is a hands on treatment which addresses pain and injury affecting the  muscles and other soft tissues Massage therapy can help to relieve and treat muscle pain in the upper and lower back, arms, shoulders, and lower limbs.  It can also help to reduce anxiety and stress, and may be used by sports people to warm up or down before and after matches and events.


Neuromuscular therapy involves a thorough examination of the body’s soft tissues, and treatment of injuries and chronic pain, using various hands-on techniques. It can identify and address the causes of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction, such as tight tissue,  reduced blood flow, hyper-sensitive points within the muscles, poor breathing patterns, posture and gait. Neuromuscular therapy is a holistic form of treatment which includes assessment of the patient’s lifestyle, job and nutrition in order to provide an effective treatment plan.


Myofascial trigger point therapy uses strong manual pressure to relieve pain.  A trigger point is a tight band of muscle fibre that causes tenderness and restricted range of motion. Applying precise pressure to the trigger point, or using a broader manual release of the connective tissue around the trigger point, increases the ease and range of movement in the associated muscle and joint.  It is particularly useful for problems affecting the upper back and neck.

Muscle energy technique uses gentle muscle contraction to relax and lengthen muscles and normalise joint motion.  Specifically, it uses the voluntary contraction of the patients muscle against a therapists controlled counter pressure from a precise position. It is particularly useful for people with very tight or shortened hamstrings

Positional release is a gentle technique in which the affected area is put in a position of ease by using movement and breathing technoques.  It can reduce stiffness in joints and muscles, and pain and release muscle spasm. It is particulary useful for shoulder pain, and is a good treatment option where other manual therapies may cause too much pain or discomfort.


Dry needling involves inserting micro-thin needles into trigger points to relieve pain and improve blood flow. It a western medical technique for relief of musculoskeletal pain in combination with other forms of therapy, and is very different to  acupuncture which is based on eastern medicine, and is used to treat a wider range of health problems

For more information about any of these therapies, or to make an appointment, please contact Mark at the Lismore Clinic on (086)176 2170