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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitisor ‘ME’, is a chronic illness. For those with CFS, the impact on their lives can be devastating. Previously healthy and active individuals affected by CFS find themselves unable to perform the most basic of activities.

CFS causes persistent exhaustion. Other symptoms can include depression, sleep disorder, headaches, sensitivity to sound and light, a sore throat and back, neck and muscle pain.

As a London Osteopath I am also qualified in the Perrin Technique. The Perrin Technique is a practice that works towards diagnosing and treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It was developed by Raymond Perrin and is based on the validated scientific research that CFS/ME that is caused by a reversal of lymphatic drainage, especially from the brain, causing a build of toxins.

The Perrin Technique opens up the flow of lymphatic fluids in the body and rids it of poisonous elements allowing it to function properly.

Diagnosing & treating CFS/ME with the Perrin Technique

To diagnose CFS/ME, I check for a specific set of physical symptoms by carrying out a physical examination of the patient. Taking this information in combination with information that the patient provides about their medical history and lifestyle I am able to provide a diagnosis based on the principles of the Perrin Technique. The consultation and examination takes around 90 minutes.

The Perrin Technique, like Osteopathy, involves hands-on treatment. This will include lymphatic drainage and physical manipulation to stimulate the movement of lymphatic fluids around the brain, body and the spine. Not only does the treatment work towards detoxifying the body, it also allows it to flow and function naturally to prevent the future build-up of unhealthy is materials.

To complement the hands-on treatment, patients are provided with self-massage techniques and appropriate exercises. During the consultation supplementation is also recommended.

With careful treatment Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients can start to re-gain their lives and don’t need to be bedridden. However, it is important that they learn to pace themselves and finding the right balance of treatment to help support them.

You can read more about my thoughts on pacing oneself in an interview I gave to the Ham& High newspaper on how to beat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with a sense of balance and stability.

As well as being a qualified Osteopath in London I am qualified in various therapies that I use with the Perrin Technique to help patients such as life-coaching and nutrition.

If you are suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME and would like further information on how I may help you or to book an appointment at one of my osteopathy clinics in London please feel free to send me a message or call me on 020 8815 0979.

 

I often find as an experienced osteopath in London that many of my patients are surprised to find out that driving is a contributory factor to their back pain.

Many of us will be travelling over the Christmas period to visit family and friends and I thought it would be a good time to remind drivers of a few simple tips to help keep their back safe this Christmas.

After all, prevention is better than cure!

  • Adjust your seat:  The seat should be reasonably upright and positioned so that when you are holding the steering wheel your arms should be bent at the elbow. Check your posture from time to time to make sure you are not hunching forward over the steering wheel.
  • Adjust your headrest: The centre of the headrest rest should be level with your eyes.
  • Relax: Driving, especially in traffic, can be stressful so when you are stationary do some shoulder shrugs and breathing to relax. While breathing in lift your shoulders towards your ears and breathe out when lowering them back down.

If you are suffering back pain or discomfort and would like further information on how I may help you or to book an Osteopathy appointment at one of my osteopathy clinics in London please feel free to send me a message  or call me on 020 8815 0979.