What is SCENAR?

SCENAR (pronounced ‘skenar’) stands for Self-Controlling Energy Neuro-Adaptive Regulator and is a small handheld machine used to treat painful nerve, joint and muscle conditions, and injuries.

How does it work?

The SCENAR machine is held against the body and emits short electromagnetic pulses or waves, which travel along the central nervous system to the brain. The pulses are very similar to the body’s nerve signals so the brain reacts by producing neuropeptides and endorphins, which reduce the sensation of pain.

Unlike painkillers, which stop the brain from trying to address the source of the pain through healing, SCENAR doesn’t mask pain. It works with the brain and central nervous system to produce mediators, hormones and other chemicals to redirect the body’s focus onto the painful condition or injury and encourages it to heal itself.

Why should I try SCENAR therapy?

SCENAR provides lasting relief from acute and chronic pain and takes the body right through the healing process to recovery, it can either complement your osteopathy treatment or be used as a standalone therapy. By stimulating the body’s natural healing process, SCENAR is a highly effective way of relieving pain, and aids recovery from a range of conditions.

Who can use SCENAR?

Everyone can benefit from SCENAR therapy regardless of their age. It helps people with all sorts of short- and long-term musculoskeletal conditions, and injuries.

What does it feel like?

During treatment the electromagnetic signals are adjusted until they create a gentle prickling or tingling sensation, we will make sure that you’re comfortable throughout the treatment.

Are there any side effects or contra-indications associated with SCENAR?

The only side effects are positive ones! After SCENAR therapy you may feel more relaxed and enjoy better quality sleep. If you have a pacemaker, you are or may be pregnant, or you suffer from epilepsy you are advised not to have SCENAR therapy.

Is SCENAR therapy safe?

SCENAR is non-invasive and perfectly safe for almost everybody (see contra-indications), it doesn’t involve the use of drugs, surgery or needles, and the treatment doesn’t hurt. The signals it uses are similar to the body’s nerve signals and cause no harm whatsoever.

Is SCENAR the same as a TENS machine?

No. TENS machines and other electrotherapy machines use mild electrical signals to stimulate the nerves but SCENAR is the only device that uses continuous two-way biofeedback. By monitoring the body’s electromagnetic signals, modifying them and sending them back to the body, SCENAR is able to assess and emit the right signals to best aid the body’s natural processes.

What conditions can SCENAR treat?

SCENAR helps with a range of acute and chronic musculoskeletal problems, and is particularly effective at relieving pain. These are some of the conditions SCENAR is used to treat:

  • Back pain
  • Sport injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Neck pain
  • Headache & migraine
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tennis elbow
  • Joint pains
  • Lumbago
  • Sciatica
  • Neuralgia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatic pain
  • Circulatory problems
  • Digestive issues
  • Muscle spasms
  • Cramp
  • Generalised aches & pains

What happens during a treatment?

SCENAR treatments usually last between 15 and 20 minutes. During a treatment we’ll hold the SCENAR against the painful area of your body, or for more generalised ailments we may hold it against other parts of the body. As the healing process begins you may notice that your skin reddens as blood rushes to the area.

How many treatments will I need?

That depends on the nature of your issue or injury and how long you’ve had it for. Some people experience lasting improvement after just one or two treatments, others benefit from having regular treatments for a few weeks or months, and patients with chronic conditions often see optimal results from ongoing therapy.

Can I combine osteopathy treatments and SCENAR?

Yes. We are the only clinic in North London that uses SCENAR to complement osteopathic treatments and speed recovery. There are enormous health benefits of combining osteopathy and SCENAR, we also offer both as standalone treatments.

What should I expect after a session?

Just as with other treatments your body will start repairing itself after a session so it’s important to help it by:

– Drinking plenty of water to flush out toxins
– Getting plenty of rest and not planning any strenuous activity or exercise during the first week or two of your treatment
– Eating well and giving your body the nutrition it needs to heal

We also advise patients not to shower or bathe an hour or two before or after treatment.

What happens after I’ve finished SCENAR therapy?

Most people’s symptoms continue to improve for between 3 and 5 months after they’ve completed their SCENAR treatment so you may cease therapy before you feel 100% better. Many people also experience pain or a flare-up of their old symptoms, which again is absolutely normal, your body is responding to the treatment and healing.

If you experience any new or unusual symptoms, or if your old symptoms last for more than a few days or are severe please let us know.

Just as you may have been in pain and had symptoms for a long time, they can take a while to go away. As long as you are experiencing a change in your symptoms the therapy is working.

To find out more about how SCENAR could help you or to book an appointment call us on 020 8484 1112.

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