I spent a very interesting day at the 30th annual Perrin Conference this month.

Dr Raymond Perrin is an Osteopath and neuroscientist.  He developed  The Perrin Technique™ back in 1989.  This is a manual method that aids the diagnosis and treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME.

I am trained in The Perrin Technique™ and there’s more about it on my website.  But it was very interesting to hear Dr Perrin talk about how the technique could possibly also be used to help sufferers of Lyme Disease, which can present with some similar symptoms to CFS and is ‘increasing rapidly’ in the UK, with 8,000 cases expected this year

What is Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can be spread to humans by infected ticks. It’s usually easily treated with antibiotics if it’s diagnosed early but can cause more severe problems if it’s not caught.

What are the symptoms of Lyme disease?

Many people with early symptoms of Lyme disease develop a circular red ‘bull’s eye’ skin rash around a tick bite.  Most rashes appear within four weeks of being bitten but it can take up to three months and not everyone gets the rash.

Some people also have flu-like symptoms in the early stages, such as:

  • a high temperature, or feeling hot and shivery
  • headaches
  • muscle and joint pain
  • tiredness and loss of energy

Sadly, some sufferers of Lyme disease develop more severe symptoms months or years later.  This is more likely if initial treatment is delayed.  Symptoms may include:

  • pain and swelling in joints
  • nerve problems – such as pain or numbness
  • difficulty sleeping
  • trouble concentrating and with short term memory

What is The Perrin Technique™ ?

The Perrin Technique™ is an osteopathic approach that manually stimulates the fluid motion around the brain and spinal cord. Manipulation of the spine further aids drainage of these toxins out of the cerebrospinal fluid. Massage of the soft tissues in the head, neck, back and chest direct all the toxins out of the lymphatic system and into the blood, where they are eventually detoxified in the liver.

Eventually with no poisons affecting the brain, the sympathetic nervous system begins to function correctly, and providing the patients do not overstrain themselves, their symptoms should gradually improve and in time some patients become totally symptom free.

If you, or someone you know suffers from these types of symptoms then please do get in touch.

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