Drug-free pain relief in the palm of your hand19 Jun 2013
Many Australian chronic pain sufferers are now finding relief with a small high-tech device that fits in the palm of your hand.
The RITM SCENAR device, first developed in Russia, is a portable, battery operated, drug-free solution to pain relief.
According to Chris Mortensen, SCENAR therapist and CEO of NS Health, the device helps the body heal naturally – often avoiding medication or surgery.
So how does it work?
“Basically, it’s an advanced form of electrotherapy, says Chris. “It works by stimulating the body’s inherent self-healing mechanisms with minimal undesirable side effects.
“SCENAR sends an electrical signal from the skin through to the nervous system to the brain. It then stimulates the brain to release endorphins (Neuropeptides) which provide pain relief.”
Neuropeptides are the key biochemicals the body needs to heal itself.
The electrical signals generated by the RITM SCENAR device are similar in form to the body’s own endogenous neurological impulses. In this way the body does not recognise them as alien or invasive, therefore negative side effects as a result of the therapy are virtually non-existent.
Mortensen says SCENAR therapy can be used to treat all forms of pain including back, neck and shoulder pain, headaches, migraine and chronic knee pain.
It has been found to be particularly useful for treating acute pain such as a recent injury, inflammation or recent surgery.
SCENARtherapy is effective in reducing pain, reducing swelling and inflammation, and reducing muscular spasm. This results in improved function, flexibility, and accelerated healing time.
And SCENAR is not only a therapeutic device, it is also a diagnostic device.
While scanning the body it actually identifies pain areas that need treatment.
The RITM SCENAR rates the level of pain, measures range of movement and testing of movement relating to functional impairment.
SCENAR devices range from a simple RITM SCENAR home device and a Sport D device to the more advanced RITM SCENAR Pro for health partitioners.
The device comes with special pads that can be attached to pain areas. A therapy session usually takes between 25-45 minutes depending on the complaint.
In some cases, relief from acute pain has been instant.
NS Health has a long list of success stories, including high profile athletes Layne Beachley (7 times world surfing champion), Olympic medallists Natalie Cook (Volleyball) and Torah Bright (Snowboard).
Recently NS Health formed a partnership with the NRL Parramatta Eels assisting with recovery and injury management for the 2013 season.
Chris Mortensen says SCENAR therapy is suitable for people of all ages.
Treatment should be conducted under the supervision and guidance of a health professional. A trained therapist can observe the treatment process and ensures the device’s function.
Depending on the complaint or ailment of the client the therapist can choose the dosage of the RITM SCENAR or the direction in which the RITM SCENAR is applied.
As a general rule, the more chronic the condition, the more time it will take to achieve sustained pain relief.
Sessions with a SCENAR therapist are available through the NS-Health Clinics.
About the SCENAR device
More than 30 years ago a group of Russian scientists, doctors, engineers and physicians from Special Construction Bureau “RITM” began development work on the concept of aSelf-Controlled Energo-Neuro-Adaptive Regulator or SCENAR.
Alexander Karasev and Professor Revenko set out to develop a method of treatment that was energy efficient, multi-applicable, portable and a universally non-invasive regulator of body functions – perhaps even suitable to accompany cosmonauts into space.
These Russian pioneers were the first to successfully achieve repeatable therapeutic treatment using electrical signals to stimulate the human immune system and stimulate the body to heal, by using modulations of its own endogenous energy.
In 1986, the first SCENAR device, having passed technical and clinical trials, was permitted by USSR Medical Council for application in the clinic-policlinic institutions and at homes.
After the Soviet Union collapsed SCENAR became available to the broad medical community.
The device has been gaining popularity and application among medical and health care practitioners throughout the world including UK, United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia.
All SCENAR devices are included in the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration Register.