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Dr Raymond Perrin is an osteopath, neuroscientist and specialist in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome CFS/ME.
Club – Physio bought him out from the UK to share his 26 years of research on the subject.
An incredibly interesting, intelligent and entertaining lecturer, it was refreshing to hear his take on the subject, as it is an illness that is difficult to diagnose, understand and treat.


The sympathetic nervous system, receives messages from all over the body, including the lymphatic system, which helps rid the body of unwanted toxins. This drainage is helped along by the pressure of the blood vessels, which when not working correctly, causes the lymphatic vessels to become engorged especially in the head and neck area.His theory(and his research proves this), is that in patients with CFS/ME, the sympathetic nervous system has become overstrained, due to different stress factors either physical, allergies, infections or emotional stress. This is often due to a build up of toxins in the CSF(cerebral spinal fluid) around the brain and spinal cord and in these patients, the drainage into the lymph ducts along the spine and into the face and neck, are congested. The theory of the physiology is obviously a lot more complicated than that, but after years of research, he has developed a very concise questionnaire and assessment form, and discovered definite physical signs common to all CFS/ME sufferers, which then helps with a definite diagnosis.

The Perrin Technique is his treatment plan that he has developed and is an osteopathic approach using manipulation of the spine, craniosacral therapy and massage. This all helps to stimulate the fluid motion around the brain and spinal cord and help aid the drainage of the toxins out of the lymphatic system and into the blood, where they can be detoxified in the liver. As the body gets rid of the poisons, the sympathetic nervous system can begin to function correctly again.

The treatment has proved to be very successful, but it is no quick fix. This is a debilitating and complicated illness and patients are given an extensive home programme together with treatment by a registered practitioner, which can last up to 2 years.

Read more about his research on his website at

It was really inspiring to learn from the very passionate Dr Ray Perrin and find this great new evidence that can help diagnose and treat this very relatively unknown illness. I am certainly excited to try it out on those clients in need.


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