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The Perrin Technique for CFS/ME

Updated: Oct 21, 2022

The Perrin Technique

The Perrin Technique is a novel osteopathic treatment first discovered by Dr Raymond Perrin and now used to help manage and alleviate the symptoms of Chronic `Fatigue Syndrome or CFS/ME.

In 1989 when Dr Perrin was treating a cyclist for back pain with traditional osteopathic massage, he inadvertently cured the cyclist of his underlying symptoms of CFS/ME. This encouraged Dr Perrin to carry out further research into CFS/ME. This is a multisystem disorder with which there is still much scientific uncertainty regarding the cause, diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

What is CFS/ME?

There are many theories surrounding the pathophysiology of CFS/ME, but Dr Perrin’s research suggests that it occurs as a result of a range of possible stress factors. This includes physical or mental stress, hormonal disturbances, infections, and viruses or toxins from the environment. These stress factors are thought to cause strain on the sympathetic nervous system resulting in a range of devastating symptoms. CFS/ME is characterised by severe tiredness and fatigue which does not go away with rest. Other key symptoms include debilitating aches and pains in the muscles and joints, loss of mobility and coordination, poor concentration and memory loss. In time some patients may be unable to carry out daily activities for themselves, becoming housebound, sometimes wheelchair dependent and even bed bound. During the pandemic, COVID-19 infection has also been found to cause Chronic Fatigue symptoms in many patients. This is now widely recognised as Long COVID.

The symptoms experienced as a result of CFS/ME are also thought to be as a result of inadequate function of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system removes toxins from cells and tissues to be metabolised or excreted by the body. If the lymphatic system is not functioning properly then these toxins build up in the body and are thought to be responsible for the devastating symptoms that can be seen in these patients.

The Perrin Technique

The Perrin Technique has been designed to manually stimulate lymph flow to actively remove toxins from the body and help reduce and eventually alleviate the symptoms that are affecting the patient. This is done using specialist osteopathic massage of the head, neck, back and chest areas. We can give you nutritional advice, encourage you to make better lifestyle choices and show you simple exercises and massages that you can carry out at home to help speed up your recovery.

Here at Rakhee Osteopathy we are proud practitioners of The Perrin Technique and we have been recognised for our excellence in delivering the technique by Dr Perrin himself. Whether you would like to find out more about CFS/ME or you would like to learn more about The Perrin Technique, visit our website and speak to our friendly, professional team. We use The Perrin Technique to give you a positive diagnosis for your symptoms and this will help us put together an individually tailored treatment plan for you. Speak to us today and find out how we can help you improve the quality of your life and promote better health and wellbeing.


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