What is Post Covid Syndrome?
Although there is no confirmed number, increasing evidence suggests a large number of patients who contracted COVID-19 have not yet recovered from the virus leaving them with longer term debilitating symptoms such as fatigue, respiratory issues, sleep problems and digestive complaints. This is being diagnosed and labeled as long-covid, post-covid, post-covid syndrome and chronic covid. Some doctors are increasingly concerned with the overlap of long-covid and Myalgic Encephalitis (ME) also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Over the last few months Rakhee is seeing more and more patients who present with CFS symptoms who know that they had COVID-19.
What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)?
ME/CFS is a long term illness with a wide range of symptoms. The primary symptom is debilitating and overwhelming fatigue which leaves people unable to carry out ‘normal’ day to day activities. People are not able to function in the same way they did before they became ill. The illness can be unpredictable because symptoms may vary in severity and change on a daily basis or even many times throughout the day. The fatigue is always accompanied by Post-Exertion Malaise otherwise known as PEM which is where symptoms worsen following exertion or activity.
Other symptoms commonly seen in people with ME/CFS are:
Muscle or joint pain
Sore throat or swollen glands
Problems thinking, remembering or concentrating
Feeling nauseous or dizzy
Fast and irregular heart rate
These symptoms are also seen in patients with post-covid alongside the symptoms that were present at the time of the infection such as breathlessness, chest pain, intermittent fevers and loss of taste and smell.
The Perrin Technique and Post-Covid
Rakhee is a fully qualified Perrin Technique practitioner and is able to diagnose patients with both post-viral fatigue and ME/CFS. Once a diagnosis has been given, there are different treatment protocols and management for both of the different types. These protocols change with the individual patients needs. Dr Ray Perrin explains how the key objective with post-viral patients is to begin The Perrin Technique treatment with them as soon as possible to prevent a more chronic, long term condition from developing.
Similar situations evolved following the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic and also following the Swine Flu epidemic. Rakhee is extremely experienced when dealing with post-viral fatigue as well as ME/CFS and has a growing number of patients who contracted COVID-19 seeing improvements in their symptoms and quality of life following The Perrin Technique treatment.
What is The Perrin Technique?
Dr Perrin and his colleagues at The University Of Manchester alongside The University Of Zurich, Switzerland have wrote a medical paper highlighting the potential of post-covid syndrome to develop following contraction of COVID-19 and how The Perrin Technique treatment may be able to assist with the recovery of post-covid syndrome. Here is a link to the published article,.
The Perrin Technique is based on Dr Perrin’s theory that different stress factors whether that be physical (through postural problems or injury), infectious (bacterial or viral), environmental (exposure to toxins or allergies), emotional stress (work or family) or more usually a combination of these which leads to an overload on the sympathetic nervous system. This in turn results in a build-up of toxins in the fluid around the brain and spinal cord. These toxins are supposed to drain down the spinal cord and into the lymphatic system where they leave our bodies via the liver but in people with CFS / ME and similar conditions the drainage points into the lymphatic system are blocked leading to the build-up of congested toxins. This accumulation of toxins can irritate the brain, spinal cord and surrounding tissues contributing to the wide ranges of symptoms associated with CFS / ME.
How Does The Perrin Technique Treatment Work?
The Perrin Technique treatment uses an osteopathic approach designed to manually stimulate motion of the fluid around the brain and spinal cord to encourage better drainage of the lymphatic system. It involves gentle manipulation of the soft tissues and massaging the head, neck, back and chest areas. This promotes healthier functioning of the sympathetic nervous system and the lymphatic system which together helps to alleviate physical symptoms and stressors. Providing the patient doesn't have significant extra stressors over time they should gradually improve and many return to full health and become totally symptom free.
What will happen during the consultation?
The initial consultation is 90 minutes long and involves taking a full case history where we will discuss how your condition impacts you and affects your life. A full physical examination will be completed and then a diagnosis can be given for your condition. Rakhee will discuss how the treatment works, the research that supports this treatment approach as well as a prognosis and an out-line for the tailored follow up treatment plan to improve your quality of life and support you during the recovery process. You may want to bring a chaperone (partner or friend) with you to your first appointment because we need to examine the spinal and breast tissue to provide an accurate assessment. We will also require you to sign a consent form to allow us to proceed with this in a professional manner.
Rakhee is an absolutely amazing professional.
She is treating me post a viral illness (Covid) and I am so grateful I found her. Her neuro lymphatic massages lead to me having more energy, way less body aches, less brain fog, and better sleep - and this is only after a month of treatments. I do wholeheartedly believe the Perrin technique is an amazing tool for all kinds of viral illness affecting our brains and CNS.
In addition, Rakhee is an amazing person to be around - she is kind, caring, encouraging, positive, and I genuinely look forward to each session every week.
I cannot recommend Rakhee highly enough and I will not hesitate to recommend her services to friends and family if they will ever need assistance with getting back to 100% health.
- Verified Patient -
I had Covid in March 2020 and developed long covid symptoms. I was unable to get out of bed with extreme fatigue, brain fog, palpitations, chest pain, headaches, poor sleep, aches and pain around the body, reading difficulties and many other symptoms.
I approached Rakhee for then Perrin Technique, 100 Harley street. We started the Perrin Technique for post viral fatigue on a weekly basis form July to October.
I am now feeling amazing. I have gone back to full time work and pacing at the same time. I was unable to get out of bed and walk to my bathroom or have conversation.
I am still seeing Rakhee every 2 to 3 weeks. She is incredible and very passionate about her work. She explains everything in a lot of detail which gave me confidence in the treatment.
I would highly recommend the Rakhee & The Perrin Technique for long covid treatments.
- Verified Patient -