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South Sefton Support Group Meetings

We meet every third Thursday of the month 14:00-1600 at:

LINACRE METHODIST MISSION, 123-129 Linacre Road, Litherland, Liverpol L21 8NS (Entrance Bowden Street)

Please Note: No meetings January, April, August & December.

Donation of £2 towards room hire.

Next meeting :

THURSDAY 18 JUNE 2015 @ 14.00-16:00

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Raymond Perrin
Raymond Perrin

Dr Raymond Perrin DO, PhD was born 1960 in London and was brought up in Manchester. He qualified July 6th 1984 from the British School of Osteopathy and immediately set up his first practice in North Manchester. Four years later he established another practice in the health club of the famous Manchester hotel, The Midland specialising in treating sports injuries as well as looking after many household names from theatre, television and film. In 1991 he was appointed official osteopath to the World Student Games, Sheffield.

Due to him specialising in sports injuries treating many top sportsmen and women, an ex-cyclist went to him for a back problem in 1989. The cyclist also had chronic fatigue syndrome/ M.E. within a few months of treatment to his posture, the cyclist had recovered fully from his symptoms of the CFS/ME. He was convinced Dr Perrin had cured him and encouraged him to research the disease and work out how his treatment helped much more than the back pain. The patient went back on his bike for the first time in 7 years and has been healthy ever since.

Raymond investigated other patients in his practice who had symptoms of CFS/ME and published his first scientific paper in 1993 in the British Osteopathic Journal. In 1994 he embarked on the first controlled trial into the efficiency of osteopathic treatment for symptoms associated with M.E. This was carried out over a two year period at Salford university and Hope hospital. The research carried out together with bio-engineer Prof. Jack Edwards and health psychologist Dr. Pat Hartley demonstrated that my treatment techniques developed since 1989 did help reduce the symptoms and restored patients to a much better quality of life.

In 2005 he completed further research at Salford University’s dept. of biological sciences, together with neuro-biologist Dr. Vic Pentreath., Bio-engineer Prof. Jim Richards and Manchester University’s Professor of Neuro-radiology, Alan Jackson. Dr Raymond Perrin’s research at the University of Salford, in conjunction with the University of Manchester, has provided strong evidence that an important component of CFS/ME involves a disturbance of the lymphatic drainage of the brain and muscles.

The osteopathic treatment developed by Raymond Perrin has been statistically validated in both clinical trials, emphasising the need to focus future research on the biomechanical aspects of this disorder. Raymond’s research has expanded our knowledge of the disease and how to treat it. In July 2005 he was awarded a doctorate by the university of Salford for his thesis on CFS/ME.

Besides being a full-time practitioner he has held various honorary positions:

From 1985-1990 held honorary advisor to the Northern Branch of The International Spinal Research Trust; From 1996 onwards Research Director of F.O.R.M.E. Trust; Also from 1996-2006 he was visiting Lecturer at The British School Of Osteopathy, London; Since 2007 he has held the academic post of Honorary Senior lecturer at the School of Public Health and Clinical Sciences , University of Central Lancashire, in Preston.

Over the past 27 years he has lectured to many lay discussion and charity groups throughout the country on many health issues and osteopathy. Since 1993 he has lectured extensively internationally and in the UK to ME patient groups and the medical profession on Osteopathic treatment of CFS/ME.

The highlights of his lecturing career have been:

The Healthy ME seminar series with Prof Basant Puri and nutrition expert Susanna McIntyre in Bristol, Nov 2006; Nottingham, Jan 2007 & London, Feb 2007; Lecture to International Colloquium on CFS/ME, University of Southampton, February 2008 and in March 2009 he presented three posters at the IACFS/ME conference, Reno, Nevada.

His work has featured in dozens of newspapers and magazines all over the Globe, has appeared on Radio and TV in the UK and abroad. Raymond’s work was also featured in the New Scientist Magazine article. Waking up to chronic fatigue by Rowan Hooper in 20th May 2006, 10-1.

In 2006 he was also invited to give evidence in Westminster at the parliamentary enquiry into CFS/ME (The Gibson Enquiry). His research into CFS/ME and cranial osteopathy was featured in 2007 as the front page leading article in the Journal of The American Osteopathic Association which is distributed to 35,000 doctors in the USA. Besides publishing his results in international peer reviewed journals he brought out his first book, The Perrin Technique: How to beat CFS/ME in 2007 , published by Hammersmith Press, London.

Raymond was invited to speak at the World Congress of Psychosomatic Medicine, Turin, Italy in September 2009. Never afraid to accept a challenge he attempted to show to an audience of the leading psychiatrists and psychologist in the World, that the CFS/ME has a physical basis. He was back lecturing to the European Psychiatric Association conference in Thessaloniki, Greece in November 2009 which obviously went well as he has been invited to be on their scientific committee for the next conference again in Greece later on this year.

For over 20 years Raymond Perrin has been teaching his techniques to osteopaths, physiotherapists, chiropractors and some advanced remedial massage therapists. In the past four years it has been necessary to license the treatment as The Perrin Technique TMto avoid practitioners who are not using the techniques correctly from doing inappropriate treatment and possibly cause harm to the patient. There are currently over 50 licensed Perrin Technique practitioners seeing hundreds of CFS/ME patients a week throughout the UK. A recent independent survey by the national group The ME Association recently was completed and a list was made of the 25 most popular treatments for CFS/ME as voted by their members from around the UK in order of effectiveness. After pacing and relaxation, The Perrin technique was voted 3rd most effective. The Perrin technique had already been independently voted most popular treatment by a published survey conducted by 150 members of the Stockport local patient support group in (Vernon, 2004).

This year Raymond is to lead a new National Health Service clinical trial at North Manchester General Hospital. It is a double-blinded study to test his physical diagnostic technique against the standard method of diagnosis currently employed in the British hospitals. Currently there is no accepted means of diagnosis CFS/ME by pathological tests such as blood or urine analysis. The standard diagnostic protocol of CFS/ME used in the UK by the National Health Service is one of exclusion: the patient will only be diagnosed as suffering from CFS/ME when all other possible diagnostic tests have proven negative in accordance with the United States’ CDC’s revised CFS research case definition (Fukuda et al. 1998). The blinded study will involve the patients being diagnosed separately both by a clinician utilizing the standard NHS diagnostic tests and one using The Perrin Technique, with neither of the clinicians knowing each other’s results. The comparison of the two diagnostic techniques will be analyzed by statisticians at The University of Central Lancashire, Preston. Due to the estimated time involved in the recruitment of the initial cohort of up to 100 people and the processing of volunteers, it is estimated that the whole project will take 2 years to complete. Ray hopes his methods will one day be adopted by The NHS.

For his service to osteopathy Raymond was recently appointed a vice-patron of his old college The British School of Osteopathy which is the oldest and largest osteopathic college in Europe. He has also been appointed UK ambassador for the International Association of CFS/ME and he has just been included in the 2011 World edition of Who’s Who.

Dr.Raymond Perrin lives with his wife and sons in Manchester and continues to treat and help CFS/ME patients from around the World at his practices in Manchester and London.