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Old 06-12-2007, 09:44 AM   #1
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Mickel therapy

Hi, i was advised by my GP to look into Mickel therapy for my M.E cfs, have any of you guys heard of or even tried it. i dont know much about it but the doc says another patient he has went for it and it worked wonders


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Old 06-18-2007, 01:06 PM   #2
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Re: Mickel therapy

I only just heard of Mickel Therapy a few weeks ago when some of us with fibromyalgia and other "energy disorders" got chatting on a forum. I'd never known anything about it before.

Several people really strongly recommended it for fibro/ME/CFS and said it had given them their lives back.

You can find quite a lot about it on the net. I checked it out, then sent an email to find out more, and got a very helpful reply from David Mickel, asking me for a lot more info before he felt he could say if MT might help me.

Having read my email, he's now replied to say he thinks it is worth me trying. In my case there's a slight doubt as my diagnosis is peripheral neuropathy, not fibro/CFS.
However he thinks (and I agree) that there's at least an element of these in my condition, as all my symptoms aren't explained by PN.

You can have MT face-to-face with qualified therapists, but I'll be doing it by email/telephone with David Mickel, as some days it's not easy for me to get out.

I'll see how it goes and will post to let you's hoping!

Old 06-18-2007, 02:26 PM   #3
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Re: Mickel therapy

I looked into this and there aren't any doctors in my area (Maryland, USA) that do this.

Oh well

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Old 07-27-2007, 06:16 AM   #4
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Re: Mickel therapy

I tried Mickel therapy last year.

Its VERY expensive, £80 per session, it works on your body telling you a message everytime you get a symptom and then acting on it. He also believes cfs is caused by a hypothalamus dysfunction which is not very plausable as if you research hypothalamus dysfunction, nowhere does its symptoms mention cfs.

The cost gets me, to even hear him speak about it on the website you have to pay £5.99.

The booklet is also not very helpful, but is very good at explaining very little.

I did find a benefit, but it just made me question or realise that my body had just gotten into a daily habit or routine and mickel therapy helps you out of that.

its also a talking therapy, not about issues, but about the body / mind link. About tuning into what you body needs, not what your mind thinks you need.

The only other thing i was dubious about was i was getting lots of palpitations at the time and my therapist seemed 'perplexed' as to why my palpitations 'weren't reacting to the treatment'. THey are not doctors, also m.e is a umbrella term, not all of us have the same symptoms and issues.

It might be worth a try, i had 3 sessions and noticed some improvement, but after my own persistance to real doctors about my heart symptoms, i have since had a diagnosis of pots (m.e and post are linked, it is not a seperate condition).

Just do some research on what they 'claim', the reality of any hypothalamus dysfunction and also the cost of this treatment, as you may need quite a few sessions.

I am now undertaking cbt and physiotherapy, both know of mickel and say it is not a lot different in its practise. But then i guess its all about shopping around. Good luck if you decide to do it, and keep us up to date, i'd be interested to hear someone elses experiences on it

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Old 07-28-2007, 09:19 AM   #5
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Re: Mickel therapy

I have no personal experience with Mickel Therapy or Reverse Therapy, but from all that I've read from people who have undergone it (the real reviews, not website testomonials), it's not all it's cracked up to be. Very few of them actually improved and I've yet to hear of anyone who was 'cured'. On the contrary, some of them experienced setbacks as a result of the therapy encouraging a more active lifestyle. They also talked about how pushy the therapists were with them and often did not take caution to avoid overdoing things.

For the money it costs to undergo this probably very dubious therapy, it would be much better spent seeing a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. They don't promise cures and you are not encouraged to expect one, but it can and does help some people. At the very least, it can teach you to accept your limitations and do well within them.

In my honest opinion, anyone who claims they can cure CFS with talk therapy should be held under high suspicion.

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