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The SCENAR device is heralded as an advanced form of electrotherapy in modern medical care for acute and chronic pain by using two physiological principles: that the body provides its own healing capabilities and continually employs the processes of self-regulation to maintain health. The Scenar device provides safe, non-invasive, systemic healing that is effective, easy to use, and universally acceptable to most everyone. It is a small hand-held device with a transdermal electroneuro-stimulator, graphic display (professional model), light emitting diodes (home use model) and audible indications. It delivers non-invasive, computer-modulated therapeutic electro stimulation via the client’s skin and includes high amplitude, short- duration waveforms with little to no discomfort. Extensive scientific studies have shown that working through the skin, the electrical pulses can have a profound effect on organs and tissues via the nerves of the body. When these pulses are similar to the natural neruo-pulses generated by the body, an excellent therapeutic effect is produced due to this devices high amplitude, allowing the small un-mylinated “C” fibers to be stimulated to a higher degree than other forms of electrotherapy. For example: when the C fibers are sufficiently stimulated they trigger neuro and regulative peptide release with results of pain relief and healing.

The SCENAR impulse is carried via efferent nerve fibers. When the SCENAR interprets this response via computer modulation, the results in its next impulse are being modified accordingly, which further provides the information back to the brain to either amplify or dampen the pathological signals initiating pain, ultimately leading to homeostasis. Thus the SCENAR operates on the very principle of being able to self-generate physiologically determined electrical pulses. These pulse patterns can be constantly modulated in response to signals that the SCENAR device receives. These input signals are acquired by monitoring the activity within the client’s own body via placement of the device on the client’s skin. This device-body-device interaction is called biological feedback (biofeedback).

The aim of the biofeedback loop generated by SCENAR is to help activate the potential resources within the body for self-healing 1, 2,12 to normalize metabolism, to exert analgesic and antiphlogistic impact, to improve the blood circulation, to decrease edema, etc., 2,6,7,8. Scenar training protocols include rating of pain, measurement of range of movement and testing of movement related to functional impairment. Almost every day we are seeing thrilling advances in the study and capability of the SCENAR. Unlike modern, medical therapies, it is not concerned with curing a given organ or system. It focuses on assisting the bodies stressed functions as a whole allowing the body to re-establish its own unique balance within all its functions. This in turn allows the body system to be “at ease” with each other and not in conflict or at ‘dis-ease’. It is not uncommon, when dealing with a particular stressor, to notice that other, unlooked for positive effects have occurred within a client as full stress/pain reduction progresses. Consequently, more and more medical practitioners and physicians are becoming openly enthusiastic in their support for this new technology.

The SCENAR device can provide a unique non-invasive opportunity of stress reduction across all of the multiple disciplines that comprise of today’s conventional medicine benefiting from faster recovery times, versatility and no concurrent medication interactions providing a therapeutic effect for stress reduction in acute, chronic and post- surgical/operative pain, that activates the natural defenses of the body through stimulation of reflective zones and acupuncture points on the skin surface 3,4,5. For those individuals who do not have a medical education, SCENAR devices serve as an all-around general purpose device for relief and management of acute and chronic pain. The SCENAR has been cleared for marketing by the FDA for delivering general non-invasive training via human skin areas for relief and management of chronic and acute pain as, adjunctive treatment in the management of post-surgical and post-traumatic pain. Class 2 device/Regulation no. 882.5050/882.5890

The development of SCENAR devices and protocols is closely connected with RITM OKB ZAO, established in 1980. RITM OKB ZAO participated in the Russian National Program of space research during the 80’s The main task of RITM OKB ZAO was the development of methods and means of correction of the psycho physiological state of healthy individuals (astronauts, pilots, elite athletes, etc.)

Observed clinical effects of SCENAR protocols:

Immediate pain relief. In autonomic responses from the client, the sympathetic CNS might include; perspiration, heart beat and slight blood pressure increases, clients may feel warm. When the parasympathetic responds generally after 10 to15 min. of Scenar training most clients become relaxed, heartbeat slightly decreases, and blood pressure normalizes. With Post SCENAR training the majority of client’s report of having prolonged deep sleeps, sometimes the first time in years. We find range of motion increases due to muscular relaxation, and increases of microcirculation directly under the SCENAR electrode; (one can see the erythema after a few minutes of application), clients may have a feeling of well-being, lightness, relaxed, sleepy, but not tired these are all observed clinical effects of Scenar protocols.

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The purpose of this information is to describe the technology, use, safety and effectiveness of SCENAR therapy and should not be considered complete or take the place of a consultation with a physician or competent healthcare professional for medical diagnosis and or treatment/training. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information SCENAR-USA who gathered this information disclaims any responsibility for any results of the application. No information is intended or should be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. The information contained is based on research and anecdotal experience carried out by Russian scientists and the founders of SCENAR therapy, Y. Gorfinkel, A. Revenko, and Y. Grinberg et al.