Perrin Technique

The Perrin TechniqueShirley Kay is a Registered Osteopath and licensed practioner of the Perrin Technique. The Perrin Technique is based on Dr Perrin's theory that different stress factors whether physical, allergies, emotional or infections lead to an overstrain of the sympathetic nervous system. Further investigation has led to a probable cause of this nervous system overload being a build up of toxins in the fluid around the brain and the spinal cord. Some of the poisons caused by infection or inflammation in the head or spine flow through perforations in a bony plate (the cribriform plate) just above the nasal sinuses into the lymph ducts of the face and neck. The toxins are also meant to drain down the spinal cord and out into the lymph ducts lying along the spine. In a CFS/ME sufferer these normal drainage points are congested.

The Perrin Technique of Diagnosing CFS/ME

Dr Perrin has discovered definite physical signs common to all CFS/ME sufferers and thus he has developed a physical examination with a definite diagnosis at the end and not just based on what is not found!

The Perrin Technique of Treating CFS/ME

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. To see patients return to their normal healthy lives see the film 'The Perrin Technique'.

Consultation and Treatment

The initial consultation takes an hour and involves taking a detailed case history, carrying out a physical examination, making a diagnosis and providing an explanation of Perrin's theory/ the Perrin Technique.  The second consultation also takes an hour and begins with the first treatment as well as teaching the self-treatment technique for patients to do at home. Follow up sessions will take half an hour.


 £55 first consultation  (1 hour)

£55 second consultation (1 hour)

£42 all follow ups (30 mins)


Shirley Kay has been my osteopath since February when I was diagnosed with M.E..  I immediately felt comfortable in Shirley’s company due to her warm and friendly personlality.  She is a very intelligent individual and has a lot of interesting knowledge to share with her patients.  Shirley is a real professional but is very helpful on a personal level too as she has a very understanding nature and has been a great source of support to me through a very difficult time.  I wouldn’t have any doubts in recommending Shirley to anyone.

 Caroline Blair, Wirral

I have suffered with M.E since December 2004 and recovery has been a long slow process. One that's still ongoing in fact as I have to manage the condition every day. I've tried almost every treatment you've ever heard of in the last 8 years with mixed results. In 2008 I learned about the Perrin technique and was delighted to discover there was a practitioner right on my door step. I began attending sessions with Shirley Kay and in combination with my courses of medication it's enabled me to get my life back. My lymphatic system is still not functioning quite as it should but I believe receiving the Perrin technique has dramatically improved it and I feel much more comfortable day to day. Without the treatment it may well have stayed in limbo and I could still be stuck in bed. I would recommend trying this treatment to anyone suffering M.E/CFS, and moreover I would recommend Shirley as an osteopath any time. I just hope some of you are lucky enough to live round the corner from her as I did.

 Dan Lynch, Liverpool,

 I was very lucky to meet Shirley Kay.  I had been struggling for years with some sort of fatigue syndrome.  Many trips to the doctors and every blood test available all pointed to the conclusion there was nothing wrong with me.  After some research on the internet, I discovered the ‘Perrin Technique’ and arranged to meet my nearest practioner which happened to be Shirley.  From my first appointment with Shirley I knew I had met the right person to help me.  She was extremely generous with sharing her knowledge on the subject, advising me to have a complete change of diet as well as the Perrin technique and directed me to other practioners who also be able to help me.  I didn’t need anyone else.  Within approximately 8-10 weeks of the Perrin technique and the dietary changes, I felt much much better.  My fatigue has lifted and my oversleeping has reduced to an almost normal level.  I will recommend anyone to Shirley as she is very knowledgeable, talented,and also a very nice person whom I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting.

 Helen Pederson, Firefighter, Wirral



To book an appointment or for more information, please contact Osteopathy & Natural Health Clinic by either calling 0151 625 1116, or email Shirley on the Contact us page.