Scenar

SCENAR is an advanced form of electrotherapy and may be effective in treating acute and chronic pain. SCENAR therapy functions on two physiological principles: that the body has its own healing capabilities and that it is continually employing processes of self-regulation to maintain health.

The SCENAR device is a small, hand-held device with transdermal electroneuro-stimulator, graphic display (Professional models), light emitting diodes (models for home use) and audible indications. It delivers non-invasive, computer-modulated therapeutic electro-stimulation via a patient’s skin and involves high amplitude, short-duration waveforms with little discomfort to patients. Due to this device’s high amplitude, small unmyelinated ‘C’ fibres can be stimulated to a higher degree than with other forms of electrotherapy. When sufficiently stimulated ‘C’ fibres trigger neuro- and regulative-peptide release with resultant pain relief and healing. The SCENAR impulse is carried via afferent nerve fibres to regulatory centres in the brain which in turn responds via efferent nerve fibres. SCENAR interprets this response and, via computer modulation, results in its next impulse being modified accordingly which further provides information back to the brain to either amplify or dampen the pathological signals initiating pain, ultimately leading to homeostasis. SCENAR therapy protocols include rating of pain, measurement of range of movement and testing of movement related to functional impairment.

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The SCENAR device is small, portable, user-friendly, safe, and is relatively low-cost. Patients may benefit from faster recovery times, versatility and no concurrent medication interactions. The SCENAR has been cleared for marketing by the FDA for use in treating Chronic & Acute Pain.

AR – Adaptive Regulator The SCENAR device not only provides direct therapeutic effect, but also activates the natural defences of the body 1 2. The effect is achieved through the stimulation of reflective zones and acupuncture points on the skin surface.
Overall, SCENAR is an effective, non-invasive medical technology, which works by stimulating the body’s inherent self-healing mechanisms. Its direct effect is several times stronger than of other physiotherapeutic devices, with no undesirable side effects. 3 4 5 6 7 8.

Brief History: from TENS to SCENAR

An early form of electro analgesia (or reduction of pain by electrical stimulation) dates as far back as Ancient Rome 46AD where Scribonius Largus used the shock of a torpedo ray to manage headache and gout. Over the centuries, and with the advent of electricity, electro analgesia in many forms has been proposed. The transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator (TENS), introduced in the 1970’s as an alternative therapy to pharmacological treatments to chronic pain, was acknowledged as a viable method of pain management by America’s Food and Drug Administration, and several companies began the development of TENS devices. Although TENS provided electrical stimulation through a harmless electrical impulse via electrodes placed over the intact skin surface, the pain suppression was short-lived.

The development of SCENAR devices and SCENAR therapy 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 people (astronauts, pilots, elite athletes, etc.)

Definition

SCENAR is an acronym for Self Controlled Energo-neuro Adaptive Regulator.

SC – Self-Controlled The SCENAR device establishes a biofeedback link with the body when in use, constantly changing the properties of the applied electric impulses, depending on the measured reaction from the body.

EN – Energo-Neuro The effect of SCENAR is based on electric impulses of a specific shape; patterned after the natural nervous discharges of the human body

AR – Adaptive Regulator The SCENAR device not only provides direct therapeutic effect, but also activates the natural defences of the body 1 2. The effect is achieved through the stimulation of reflective zones and acupuncture points on the skin surface.
Overall, SCENAR is an effective, non-invasive medical technology, which works by stimulating the body’s inherent self-healing mechanisms. Its direct effect is several times stronger than of other physiotherapeutic devices, with no undesirable side effects. 3 4 5 6 7 8.

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Brief History: from TENS to SCENAR

An early form of electro analgesia (or reduction of pain by electrical stimulation) dates as far back as Ancient Rome 46AD where Scribonius Largus used the shock of a torpedo ray to manage headache and gout. Over the centuries, and with the advent of electricity, electro analgesia in many forms has been proposed. The transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator (TENS), introduced in the 1970’s as an alternative therapy to pharmacological treatments to chronic pain, was acknowledged as a viable method of pain management by America’s Food and Drug Administration, and several companies began the development of TENS devices. Although TENS provided electrical stimulation through a harmless electrical impulse via electrodes placed over the intact skin surface, the pain suppression was short-lived.

The development of SCENAR devices and SCENAR therapy 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 people (astronauts, pilots, elite athletes, etc.)

One of their projects was to develop a device that was small, portable and economical (as in the TENS device) but to still be effective at maintaining the overall health of astronauts. A team of researchers from RITM OKB ZAO set out to design one universal non-invasive device that would not only provide long-lasting pain relief but could also correct the adaptive mechanisms of the body, thereby restoring homeostasis and health. The leading engineer Alexander Karasev started out by modifying the electrical impulse (as used in TENS) so that this new device could correct the body’s adaptive mechanisms resulting in homeostasis and health. However, two criteria had to be met: the device had to have biofeedback and the signal had to be identical to the body’s neural impulses (i.e. compact, short, with high amplitude and with no habituation).

The first SCENAR prototype was manufactured in 1976 by RITM OKB ZAO. which could be manipulated over the body (as opposed to the TENS device) enabling the device operator to compare the body’s responses in order to choose the best zones for treatment.
A team of doctors and scientists including Alexander Revenko and Yuri Gorfinkel were involved in formulating the treatment methodology of SCENAR. They discovered that all local reactions in the treatment zones in SCENAR therapy were indicative of the general dynamics of the whole body. The treatment method involved the operator choosing the optimal treatment zone according to the body’s reactions to SCENAR therapy. These optimal reactions were termed the Small Asymmetry.

In 1990 the USSR Health Care Ministry permitted serial production of SCENAR devices and officially accepted the technology to be used in the national health care system.

In 1999 RITM OKB ZAO established a joint venture in the Netherlands – Intermediate Services BV to manufacture SCENAR devices for the European market.

Following ISO 9001, ISO 13485 and the CE Mark in 2006, SCENAR devices become available worldwide including Australia.

RITM Australia was established in 2006 as a branch office of RITM OB ZAO with the aim of enabling affordable and easy access to SCENAR therapy in the Asia-Pacific region.

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