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The use of the Perrin Technique in the management of CFS/ME

Updated: Oct 21, 2022

The Perrin Technique

Recent studies have shown that there are approximately 265,000 people in the UK affected by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFS/ME. With so many people affected, over the last five or six years research into CFS/ME has become a priority for the Medical Research Council. Dr Raymond Perrin, a Neuroscientist and Osteopath hypothesised that CFS/ME occurs as a result of an overload on the sympathetic nervous system, due to physical factors, stress, allergic reactions or viruses. It is thought that the stress factor results in an abnormality in the lymphatic system causing toxins to build up in the body.

When the lymphatic system is not working properly it can result in impaired drainage of neurotoxins from the cerebrospinal fluid which surrounds the spine and brain. This can cause a wide array of consequences on different systems of the body. It can affect the central nervous system and result in symptoms such as tiredness and fatigue to such an extent that patients are unable to carry out their daily activities. The tiredness does not go away with rest or sleep. Symptoms include sleep disturbances such as waking frequently throughout the night. It can cause lack of coordination and mobility issues as well as poor memory and loss of concentration. These symptoms are indicative of CFS/ME.

How does The Perrin Technique work?

The Perrin Technique involves the manual stimulation of the lymphatic system to boost the drainage of neurotoxins from the central nervous system.

The Perrin Technique is carried out using specialised cranial and spinal massage, as well as soft tissue massage of the head, neck, back and chest. These specialised massage techniques have been developed after much research and decades of study. They are described as gentle stroking lymphatic techniques. It is thought that these massage techniques help to increase the flow of lymphatic fluid as well as that of the cerebrospinal fluid to remove all the toxins out of the body which can then be metabolised and eventually detoxified in the liver. This should help reduce the toxins in the central nervous system and the body in general and result in an improvement of the symptoms. There are no side-effects of the treatment; although some patients report a worsening of the symptoms following the treatment session, however, this usually settles itself within 48 hours.

If you want to find out more about The Perrin Technique, then you need to visit our website and read our excellent reviews and ratings from previous patients and existing patients who have noticed remarkable improvements in their symptoms. Here at Rakhee Osteopathy we are proud to have been recognised twice for our excellence in delivering The Perrin Technique by Dr Raymond Perrin himself and with our five star rating you can rest assured that you will get the highest quality of treatment and service with us. The technique is not available on the NHS, however, our prices are competitive and you can find a full breakdown on our website. Speak to us today to find out more.


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