Bedford Phoenix Programme: Treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Many patients suffering from CFS/ME have been told that there is no effective treatment and that they will have to learn to live with the illness. Others may have been offered physiotherapy, graded exercise therapy or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). And many people will have tried everything from Reverse Therapy to scores of supplements. All of these treatments meet with mixed success.
However there is hope for ME patients – and with the right treatment most people can recover. At Bedford Integrative Health Centre, we offer a multi-approach treatment for ME patients, which includes nutritional advice and coaching, as well as the Perrin Technique.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME) is a physical disorder that leads to a build up of toxins within the body, the brain and the spine. The Perrin Technique™ has been developed to diagnose CFS/ME by identifying definite physical signs and to treat the disorder by improving drainage of toxins. However CFS/ME is not just confined to the body but also involves the brain, particularly the hypothalamus which is responsible for all kinds of unconscious processes including everything from appetite to sexual behavior to emotional responses, and it regulates all our hormones. Crucially the hypothalamus orchestrates the body’s stress response, the fight/flight/freeze response, and it is over-activity of these systems which lead to many of the symptoms experienced by the ME sufferer. It is for this reason that we find that coaching can be such a powerful tool when working with CFS/ME patients.

Sorrel was recommended to me because I had M.E. and was barely able to stay awake for more than a couple of hours each day. She has always been very patient, kind and understanding. As well as my treatment she has suggested life style changes and web sites to read about current research. I am so grateful for all the treatment and support Sorrel has given me, it really has changed my life.

Carol Lowther

The Perrin Technique

The Perrin Technique uses osteopathic techniques to stimulate and improve lymphatic drainage. This helps to remove toxins from the patient’s tissues (principally muscles and joints) and from the brain and spine. The treatment also stimulates the movement of fluids around the brain and spinal cord. Massage of the soft tissues in the head, neck, back and chest direct the toxins out of the lymphatic system and into the blood, which carries them to the liver to be broken down. Eventually with no poisons affecting the brain, the sympathetic nervous system begins to function correctly, and symptoms should gradually improve.


For a nutritionist, food is one of the essential pathways to recovery. Having overspent their ‘energy currency’ it is vital for the ME patient to understand which foods provide lasting energy but also which foods block that conversion. Certain nutrients are vital to the energy process and can be found in luxury amounts in specific foods. The immune system is often compromised in ME sufferers. As 85% of the immune system is located in the gut wall, supporting the immune system via the treatment of gut dysfunction is also essential to recovery.

I had been suffering from ME for 20 years, when I first came to see Sorrel. I felt improvement immediately after the first treatment and my ME symptoms have improved significantly after two months of treatment. I would thoroughly recommend Sorrel to anyone.

M Humberstone


ME sometimes results from psychological stresses such as being bullied at school or having been in a violent relationship. And among those for whom ME was triggered by a viral infection, there may be other factors that make the patient more susceptible to infection, by depressing their immune system. For instance many CFS patients push themselves too hard (often being high achievers at school, university and work). Furthermore, this debilitating illness can lead to distress, and this contributes to the illness itself creating a vicious circle. However it is possible for many of these issues to be resolved by talking them through  with a coach. Coaching plays such an important part in our approach to working with CFS/ME patients, because it enables the client to move forward and leave the past behind (rather than dwelling on the difficulties of the past). And clients are able to find new ways of living that help them keep a healthy mind and body.