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The Perrin Technique: how to beat chronic fatigue syndrome/ME Kindle Edition
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1. On Perrin's own website I find it strange that he chooses not to provide some information on his background or his training. I am recently aware of one patient who was under the impression that she was seeing a medically trained doctor which does not appear to be the case. I have checked the General Medical Council Register and Raymond Perrin is not a registered medical practitioner. Furthermore from what I can find out, it appears that the trained at the British School of Osteopathy back in the 80's... and in the UK, osteopathic training is NOT the same training as doctors receive.
2. There is a lack of transparency about the fees charged including the initial appointment charge and the overall cost of treatment. Following the Competition Commission's investigation into the private healthcare market, medical consultants were told to make their fees transparent. Although the information is absent from his website, Perrin charges £200 for an initial assessment (which is far more than most osteopaths charge, and this may further patient's misconceptions that he is a medical consultant) and the overall cost of the course of treatment runs into the thousands.
So why does Perrin choose not to be upfront about his background and his fees on his own website?
In essence, people with chronic illnesses are potentially vulnerable. A person in pain or whose function is severely compromised will often clutch at straws and be prepared to spend much of the money they have to pursue a cure. I would encourage patients to do a little more research before they embark upon such treatment since the reviews from people who have pursued this are very mixed! It seems that even after a year of treatment, the people who are reporting no benefit (i.e. where there is no subjective benefit) complain that Perrin disputes this (based his questionnaire). Is he therefore counting these patients among his successes? I also found one review where the patient claimed that a Perrin practitioner (I do not recall whether this was Perrin himself) felt a pulse in his neck and from this, claimed that he could detect that the toxins had reduced!
In summary, for those who wish to try massage techniques, I would suggest that an alternative would be to try massage techniques with another practitioner who has not paid for the TM of the Perrin technique. Whether the patient derives benefit or not from massage techniques may vary from individual to individual, but certainly the wallet sounds as though it would greatly benefit where sufferers opt NOT to pay for massage labelled "The Perrin Technique"!
I met Raymond Perrin in 1999, when he explained that given my age, in the early 50s he could not promise me a cure, but that he would try to improve my condition, he also was the first person I had come across to actually diagnose & treat my spinal problems, which were later confirmed by an MRI scan
He treated me & gave me exercises to do at home, which would save me extra costs in seeing him so often, otherwise
I slowly started to improve & symptoms vanished some never to be seen again & the greatest relief was that the pain disappearred & the fatighe started to lessen
Over the years since I have come across a lot of people who have been treated by Raymond successfully, he has spent a lot of his time developing the treatment as well as training other therapists to carry out the technique
One of the other reviewers states there are other people who can treat you, or you with the help of his book do it yourself then condemms Raymond & the book, which seems a very strange contradiction, but the impression I have is that even he was happy with the diagnosis & the fact that he is improving
All these years on I still have problems with back pain, because of my age & general health I still visit Raymond & am happy to continue
I have found his book a very helpful tool both for myself & others who I have recommedned Raymond to
If you have ME or are a carer of someone with ME please buy the book I feel you will find it of great assistance in understanding some of the answers for us all
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