MICKEL THERAPY FOR THE TREATMENT OF CFS, ME, FIBROMYALGIA AND MS…

Mickel Therapy was developed in the UK by a medical doctor, Dr David Mickel, for the treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ME, Fibromyalgia, MS, anxiety, depression, IBS and some types of back pain. Mickel Therapy is a one-to-one talking session between two people, the therapist and yourself. He has two books on Amazon which he has written on the subject but they are expensive from £25

Mickel Therapy works by listening to and interpreting symptoms
rather than by trying to eradicate them

– Dr David Mickel

It involves no medication, dietary change, supplements or psychotherapy of any sort. Treatments are a series of one hour sessions, during which you will learn why your symptoms are there and, crucially, how to work with them to regain your health.

The treatment can also be administered by email, telephone/webcam or a combination of both. Mickel Therapy believes that a part of the brain (Hypothalamus) which is responsible for keeping your systems in balance, is working too fast, and that’s why people suffering feel overwhelming tiredness, as well as a number of other symptoms.

It is the role of the therapist to help you to see why you have symptoms and gives you easy to follow tools that help prove for yourself how you can, in fact, rid yourself of the symptoms. The therapy works in between your sessions with the therapist, with your own participation.

The actual notion of a talking therapy to help you free you of a hugely debilitating physical condition can sound a bit far-fetched, but the reported success rate apparently speaks for itself. On the main website it states that ‘to date, over 2000 people have successfully applied the tools and techniques of Mickel Therapy for CFS, ME, Fibromyalgia and other conditions’. A list of Mickel Therapy UK Practitioners is available on the Mickel Therapy Website. 

Intuitive Health UK explain Mickel Therapy as –

  • It is a talking therapy
  • It views you as a whole person, not just the symptoms or the part of you that is ill
  • It teaches you why you have become ill
  • It teaches you to understand why you have the symptom that you do
  • It is empowering, as it teaches you how to act to heal yourself and stop the symptoms

they also say it is NOT –

  • It is not psychotherapy
  • It is not Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • It is not a special diet
  • It does not involve expensive supplements
  • It does not involve medication
  • It does not involve physical contact

 

 

 

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SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR BACKPAINBLOGUK READERS ON TICKETS FOR SOMNEX- THE FIRST DEDICATED SLEEP SHOW…

I am sure you will have seen my post yesterday on SOMNEX’S the ‘Sleep Show’  which is the first dedicated sleep show in the UK and takes place from the 12th-14th October, at The Old Truman Brewery, London (10am til 6pm). It is the only event dedicated to the sleep-health industry… where innovation and tech meet sleep!

At this show, you can get exclusive access to expert advice, innovative new products, specialist exhibitors, multiple interactive workshops and immersive classes – all designed to help you understand how to improve your sleep and give you and your family a fun day out!

Well, as a BackPainBlogUK reader they are happy to offer 25% off ticket price – simply use the promocode: BP25 when you book your ticket.

There are lots to read on their website with some great links to the experts in case you cannot make this show.

WHY IS IT THAT SENIOR BLOGGERS LOVE TO WRITE ABOUT HEALTH?…

Out of interest, I decided I would take a look for award-winning senior blogs written by senior bloggers. When I tapped in senior/elderly bloggers a few sights came up with lists of their top ten senior sites but most just had lists of health-related blog sites. But I did find a few that had won awards and that had nothing to do with health and care.

One such sight Senior Living lists it’s top ten of mainly health sites.

The New Age Blog – The “new” old age means that people are living longer than ever before. As this New York Times blog states: “Adults over age 80 are the fastest growing segment of the population; most will spend years dependent on others for the most basic needs. That burden falls to their baby boomer children.”

Better Health – Better Health is a repository of articles, videos and audio Podcasts on health topics. You’ll find interviews with healthcare professionals, book reviews, health tips, news and more. The dozens of blog contributors are medical professionals, journalists, healthcare administrators and other specialists.

The Intentional Care Giver – Shelley Webb, a former Registered Nurse and Geriatric Case Manager, says the goal of this blog is “to help calm, simplify and enrich the lives of caregivers of aging parents and loved ones.

Another well-known site Saga Magazine has a great list of 50 top senior bloggers. Their list is set out in categories – Expat Life for the over-50’s, Culture, Politics, Food and Drink, Style and Fashion, Gardening, Arts & Crafts, Sports, History, Personal,  and Humour. However, this list was posted in 2013 and no matter what I enter into the search related to blogs no new posts seem to come up.

 

The Luggage Hero website has awards for most inspiring travel blogs and (drum roll please) I have found a few senior bloggers who have won awards on this site.

Senior Nomabs is a blog written by Debbie & Michael decided in 2013 to experience their retirement in a very original way, as they felt that they still wanted to experience adventures. They decided to live in AirBnBs and have visited over 200 cities in almost 70 different countries in just 4 years. In their blog, they give advice based on their experience in choosing the best AirBnBs on a budget, as well as publishing original articles such as book lists and lifestyle posts. Their story is truly inspiring and motivating.

Silver Lifestyle has a list of the ‘Best Senior Blogs‘ ( only six listed) and although none have awards I personally think some of these are well worth a visit, in particular, Look Fabulous Forever which is for women over 50 to help them feel fabulous in their senior years.

Senior Homes have a Best Retirement Blog award and three are listed but the first two are great fun to read about. Victory Lap Retirement is a blog work while you play, play while you work. Unlike some retirement blogs, which focus only on finance or navigating the worlds of Medicare and modern medicine, this blog is about living well whether you’re fully retired, semi-retired or retired as you define it. Author and website creator Michael Drak refers to his book Victory Lap Retirement as “a retirement book about not retiring,” and his writing reflects that philosophy. Another one on their list is Retire Fabulously is a blog written by Dave Hughes, who started this retirement blog, also wrote Design Your Dream Retirement, a book which, “will show you how to visualize your retirement in an optimistic, possibility-filled light.” What draws me to this blog aren’t just the articles on topics such as best places to retire, mistakes you can make in planning for your next chapter, how to negotiate relationships as a “mixed-retirement” couple (one retires; one doesn’t) along the way. It’s the fresh voice and positive spin on the advice that makes it all seem so doable…with a little smart planning ahead, of course.

After spending quite a few hours researching about this I soon realised that most bloggers and blog award winners tend to be in the younger generation age group and yet blogging is such an ideal hobby for the older generation to make friends and keep up with the latest news. I understand why most I found were all based around health, and care which is of interest to many seniors but in a world that is now full of an elderly generation, it would be nice to find lots more blogs around a better life in your senior years.

 

 

 

5 ACTS OF KINDNESS THAT HAVE BROUGHT ME JOY WHILE IN PAIN…

Simple acts of kindness can bring joy to anyone in pain.

My favourite acts of kindness that have brought me joy while in pain are –

  1. Someone offering to carry things for me.
  2. A cup of tea in bed.
  3. A phone call from a loved one.
  4. Someone giving me their seat.
  5. A note from a loved one saying ‘Thinking of You’.

What are yours?

 

HAND REFLEXOLOGY POINTS FOR LOWER BACK PAIN…

Most people know ‘reflexology’ as something that is done to your feet but hand reflexology is definitely another technique that is becoming just as popular.

Hand reflexology certainly provides some benefits compared to foot reflexology. The obvious example is that our hands are far more easily accessible compared to our feet, which makes hand reflexology the most usable self-help tool for both adults and children.

Hand and foot reflexology has actually been used as part of medical care since as far back as the ancient Egyptian and classic Chinese times. The basic assumption used by the reflexologist is that each organ, gland and part of the body is reflected in both the hands and the feet. Stimulation of the so-called ‘reflex points’ promotes relaxation, improves circulation and encourages the body to heal itself. This explains why hand reflexologists sometimes use the axiom: “Health is at your fingertips!”

Hand reflexology is also brilliant as a relief from the new stresses technology has placed on our hands.

For lower back pain press the point where the centre of your hand joins your wrist and stimulate it. Always take medical advice if you don’t know what the problem is. This is a perfect antidote to a backache caused by sitting at a computer for too long.

A great site Reflexology Map that explains in detail how to start a hand massage.

YOU CAN FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO START YOUR HAND MASSAGE:

Step 1:  Sit in a comfortable chair in a quiet room.

Step 2:  Enter a state of relaxation using a bit of your favorite oil hands. Oils and creams are normally not used in professional reflexology sessions, but will not hurt to use them in an informal session.

hand reflexology

Step  3: Rub the cream on your hands for several minutes until completely absorbed. This will relax your hands and increase flexibility in preparation for applying reflexology. Be sure not to use a cream or oil greasy your hands are not slippery.

Step 4: Close your eyes and focus on any area of your body where you feel an uncomfortable pain. Sometimes you just feel as if some part of your body feels misaligned.

Step 5: Consult a hand reflexology map to identify the points of reflection in your hands that correspond to the parts of your body you want to work. For example, if you have pain in your left shoulder, you have to query the map and see that the points of reflection for your shoulder are located on the little finger of the left hand.

Step 6: Firmly press the reflex point. You can gradually increase the pressure to make sure you’re “activating” the reflex, but loose a little if you feel some pain.

Step 7: Hold the pressure for 30 seconds and release.

Step 8: Wait a few seconds and repeat. You can press either 30 seconds or you can press and release the point of a pulsed for 30 seconds.

Step 9: Use your thumb to apply light pressure technique pressure if you are uncomfortable. To do this, use a circular motion over the same point of reflection for about 5 seconds, then rotates in a circular in the opposite direction for 5 seconds. Repeated several times for each point of reflection.

Step 10: Reflexology applies to all areas in both hands, but lend him more attention on problem areas.

Step 11: When you’ve finished your reflexology session sit quietly for at least 10 minutes. If possible, lie down and rest well for half an hour.

Step 12: Drink several glasses of water after applying reflexology. Water will help to drain the toxins released from your organs and muscles during the session.

 

Hand Chart