Mickel Therapy Review & The Hypothalamus
The following mickel therapy review (formally known as mickel reverse therapy) is by Neil, a regular visitor to the sleepydust web site, forum, and subscriber to the free Sleepydust Emagazine.
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.
Here's Neil's review...
Before I begin, please keep in mind that I am only a Mickel Therapy patient ~ I have no medical training (well apart from a First Aid certificate!!) I do not have anything to do with the business of Reverse Therapy or Mickel Therapy.
Ok, so where do I start?
My First Encounter With Mickel Therapy
Like most of us ME / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers, I have been promised a cure by many outlandish treatments for our illness. Some had no effect on me, others helped me a little bit, but none cured the ME/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or improved my condition for long.
So I had a healthy scepticism when my Mum first told me about Mickel Therapy (formally known as Mickel Reverse Therapy). She told me how a friend of a friend of hers, who had been wheelchair-bound with CFS/ME , had been recently cured by Mickel Therapy.
Intrigued, I researched Mickel Therapy on the web & eventually called a Mickel Therapist. I started my Mickel Therapy treatment a full 4 months after my mum first told me about Mickel Therapy .
Ok I hear you all saying, "Shut up Neil & tell us about the treatment!"
Ok, calm down & I will, now gather round!!
My 'Take' On Mickel Therapy
Conventional treatment finds the symptoms & then tries to treat them ~ sleeping tablets for insomnia, painkillers for pain etc...
... but this masks the symptoms & doesn’t remove them.
Mickel therapy treats the root of the cause of all these symptoms, which (if you follow the Reverse Therapy way of thinking) is a dysfunctional Hypothalamus gland. Mickel Therapy also confirms that ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia is a physical illness, not a psychological one.
Ok, now your saying, 'How can a tiny gland (the size of a pea) cause all these symptoms I have?'
Let me try to explain...
Mickel Therapy & The Hypothalamus
The hypothalamus gland is the true master gland of the body. It controls all the glands regulating everything from body temperature and adrenalin production, to feelings of thirst & hunger (either directly or indirectly).
Mickel Therapy (formally known as Mickel Reverse Therapy) states that your symptoms are communications from your body. It is based on the principle that when your symptoms are interpreted, translated & responded to positively, they will go away...
.... & so the illness will go too.
Mickel Therapists are trained to do these interpretations & translations. This is NOT a type of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia occurs when the hypothalamus gland goes into overdrive & doesn’t take its foot off the pedal. This does explain some of the symptoms of the illness, which they prefer to call Hypothalamitis.
When ‘infected’ the hypothalamus thinks the body is under attack, so it will tell the body to produce chemicals to prepare muscles to run away or fight. This creates a chemically induced state of exertion, even when you’re asleep ~ hence the twisted sheets when you wake up, the feeling of tiredness etc.
Now the hypothalamus should read the feedback from the body, that all is well & that it can stop producing these chemicals. But the hypothalamus isn't working properly so...
... it doesn’t respond to the signals & continues to produce more chemicals! This in turn makes the muscles work even more, producing lactic acid as a by-product, making your muscles sore & you feel very tired!!!
But you can’t sleep because your body is pumped up with adrenalin because it's 'defending itself'. And then when you do sleep, the muscles are still working chemically!
It’s a vicious cycle.
Another symptom of the illness is increased mucus production in the sinuses & ears (which changes hearing sensitivity & can cause pain &/or tinitis), increased lymphatic fluid in the glands & mucus in the throat. This is due to the hypothalamus thinking that the body is about to be attacked by viruses (yes the hypothalamus is preparing for attack from both physical & virus forms!)
The hypothalamus tells other glands to prepare to defend the body against a viral attack & they produce the mucous/lymphatic liquid. Since the hypothalamus never stops this message, the immune system keeps on preparing for this attack.
With some people, their whole immune system crashes from overwork & they get loads of colds etc. But for other ME/CFS or Fibromyalgia sufferers, their immune system crashes and then bounces back & they become relatively cold-free ~ everyone is different.
Anyway that’s some of the reasoning behind why the hypothalamus is responsible for ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia. Now for how mickel therapy treats it...
The Principles Of Mickel Therapy
First of all a wee story ~ when I was younger & had done something bad (e.g if I'd fought with my brother [he started it every time, honest!!], playing football indoors & breaking a vase & so on), my mum would shout my full name, including my middle name.
Well ever since then, my body thinks that every time it hears someone shouting my full name (the trigger) I’m in trouble & it prepares to do a runner (the symptom).
Those are the principles of how mickel therapy works.
The First Session Of Mickel Therapy
The therapist finds what triggers the hypothalamus into hyper drive - everyone has a different trigger.
In the first session, the mickel therapist explains the ethos behind mickel therapy (better than I am doing here!) & tries to find the message that your body is trying to tell you ~ in the example above the message would probably be to stop being a pain to my parents!
Usually at the end of the first session you are given the message “My symptoms are here to remind me…”
Mostly there is only one message for all your symptoms. For many people the message is something they knew they were doing but did not know it was causing the ME/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia .
When I read my message for the first time, I nodded saying, 'Of course,' and then started to cry!
Next Mickel Therapy Sessions :
Keeping A Diary
From then on you are encouraged to keep a diary of your symptoms and what you were doing before the symptoms started. Slowly (or hopefully quickly!) you become aware of what makes your symptoms worse.
In your next few therapy sessions, your therapist will ask how you got on, and figure out the purpose of your symptoms & what needs to be done to stop them (hence the journal).
Personally I’ve changed the way I’ve done things & handled certain situations differently & Mickel Therapy is working for me!
Written by Neil, ME/CFS Sufferer, On His Experiences With Mickel Therapy
Thanks Neil for that review!
Category: Mickel Therapy for ME /CFS (Mickel Therapy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis ), hypothalamus
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