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Fibromyalgia, Fibromyalgia Syndrome, FMA or FMS – is a growing problem in our culture. The name is descriptive of the main symptoms involved, namely painful muscles and fibres. This is an unhelpful diagnostic term, as people with Fibromyalgia will contest. It merely refers to the painful symptoms and does not give any clue as to the cause.

Mickel Therapy believes that Fibromyalgia is part of the spectrum of symptoms caused by a dysfunctional Hypothalamus gland. As you will learn, the Hypothalamus is the master control of many of our vital systems and nerve pathways. The symptoms involved in Fibromyalgia clearly overlap those of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and M.E. The main difference is that in Fibromyalgia the predominant effect is noticeable as increased sensitivity in the muscles and connecting tissues. It is very important for one to understand that despite the severity of the pain, Firomyalgia has not been found to be a condition of widespread inflammation or destruction. Thus, your body is much closer to returning to it’s natural state than you have been led to believe.

Sufferers of Fibromyalgia will be all too aware of the discomfort associated with this condition. The areas of concentrated pain or ‘trigger points’ are well documented in the literature on Fibromyalgia. They are representative of areas used by acupuncturists for centuries. They are areas of concentrated muscle fibres or energy blocks in the meridians if we look through the eyes of acupuncture.

Unfortunately Medical science is spending much time and resources researching the changes that occur within muscles in Fibromyalgia. This is wasted time since these are merely effects and give no clue as to the cause of Fibromyalgia.

Mickel Therapy works on the assumption that Fibromyalgia is caused, like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and M.E, by the dysfunction of the Hypothalamus gland that we have dubbed ‘Hypothalamitis.’(This is a hypothesis and is not validated by research as yet) Dr Mickel’s book on the subject explains the symptoms of Fibromyalgia in these terms.


Hi Maria,

This is an attempt to put into writing how your help has changed my life .Excuse spelling and punctuations.

I worked for 25years in the NHS as a painter and decorator, a very active job, up and down step ladders most days always on the go.

Then at 51yrs old I began getting pins and needles in my hands and feet. One day I could not climb the step ladders that’s when I knew something was very wrong, I had to go off sick at the time my illness was little known and I got no help at all other than painkillers I was constantly looking for answers but realized I was getting worse not better. After 6 months one GP diagnosed Fibromyalgia. No one knew much about the illness. The DHSS didn’t recognise the illness so I got no Incapacity Benefit and was without income for almost a year which added to the worry. We had to move house to get rid of the mortgage and all the while I felt really ill at one point I was sure I'd end up in a wheelchair.

After 14 years of painkillers Amitriptyline, Tramadol, Fluoxadine Procaine infusions Hydrotherapy I still spent most days in bed with the chronic fatigue. Little things like using hand towels after a shower because Bath towels were too heavy was just one of things I  had to do. We had very little quality time as a family as I couldn’t do the normal things family do together and take for granted, life was passing us by. We even sort self-help trying numerous diets excluding yeast dairy detoxing looking into amalgam fillings. Chinese massage and herbal remedies Acupuncture you name it I tried it without any improvement all.

My health was deteriorating would kneel on the floor with my head on the seat of an armchair for some relief for my feet I felt sore all over. Then I was searching the internet one day looking for Chronic Fatigue as usual when I came across Mickel Therapy, after looking at the video and reading the information I realized for the 1st time this made sense. I decided to find out more and eventually made an appointment with Maria Whiteley.

After 2 hours I felt as though I had been speaking to a close friend I drove home in a bit of a daze, and then things started to fall into place in my mind and my body. After 4 separate appointments over 6 weeks I still find it hard to believe the change in me!

I'm calm feel lighter and unbelievably pain free I have got my old life back Walking the dogs, playing golf twice a week done all the jobs around the house.

My family have supported me throughout my illness and know me better than anyone, they say they have got the old me back. It’s been a life changing experience. When I think of all those suffering who don’t know about Self-Help-Mate  it is so frustrating and at every opportunity. I will be passing on all my experiences to all the Medical professions that will listen.

" If you know of anyone who may benefit from One to One Therapy based on my Mickeltherapy practice, then please either email or call Maria who will be happy to discuss your requirements with you."


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