The following review is by a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferer who wishes to remain anonymous.
Please be aware that any facts stated in this review have not been verified by Sleepydust, and anything expressed in the review are not necessarily the views and opinions of Sleepydust.
Before I start my review about reverse therapy , I want to make it quite clear that I am not claiming that this therapy is a miracle cure for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome. I don't want to give false hopes, but I am happy to say what it has done for me so far.
I have had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for over 6 years. I started reverse therapy almost 9 weeks ago (2 sessions so far, the 3rd is tomorrow).
There are 2 versions of reverse therapy for ME/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:
- Dr Mickel and
- Dr John Eaton
I chose to go with Dr Eaton's version of reverse therapy simply because, after having spoken to the Mickel reverse therapist in my area, I didn't feel that she was someone I could relate to.
Learning About Reverse Therapy...
At my first session, I was given a copy of the book by Dr John Eaton called M.E., Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia - The Reverse Therapy Approach (more on this book...)
I think the John Eaton book is much more detailed & informative than the Mickel book.
I took home John Eaton 's book to read that evening, and something absolutely LEAPT out at me - FEAR of the symptoms can actually make the symptoms WORSE!
I was stunned, as I had been living in a weird cocoon, doing less and less because I was terrified of provoking an exacerbation of the symptoms (fatigue, muscle spasms & aches, headaches, repeated sinus, ear & eye infections).
I was depressed because I was so ill much of the time. But I wasn't ill because I was depressed - there's a vast difference in understanding here.
I then told myself, "I don't NEED to be afraid of the symptoms", wrote it down, & said it aloud.
Has Reverse Therapy Really Helped Me?
I know it sounds difficult to believe, but since that day 9 weeks ago, I have had NO fatigue or muscle spasms whatsoever.
I have had some pretty vicious infections, ulcers in my eyelids & I had a sinus infection 4 weeks ago, & now I have another really horrible sinus infection. I hate having to take antibiotics, but I'm on my second lot in the past month.
At no point during the past 9 weeks have I just had to give up & go to bed. The biggest problem (apart from the infections) is that the quality of sleep I am now having is so much better, that I frequently wake up at 4 or 5am absolutely wide awake & have to get up.
I am not completely there yet, still work to do & emotional issues to resolve.
I am very much heartened by the fact that Reverse Therapy acknowledges that the symptoms are very real & that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a physical, rather than a psycholgical illness; also that if the body-mind can be reassured it's not under constant threat, symptoms can be reversed.
The Cost Of Reverse Therapy
Reverse therapy is not cheap at £80 [GBP] an hour [at the time of writing this] - I would not be able to do it on my current level of income if I did not have some savings from my early retirement on health grounds.
However, having spent hundreds of pounds on the welfare & health of my pets over the past few years, spending a few hundred to regain my own health seemed a worthwhile investment.
The Eaton Reverse Therapy...
Category: John Eaton's Reverse Therapy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis )