Only when you experience a health event for yourself, do you truly appreciate the impact it must have on other people’s lives. Also, how important it is to be open to different kinds of treatments.

A few years ago, I had some shoulder pain, which turned out to be a frozen shoulder, or ‘adhesive capsulitis’. It wouldn’t shorten my days on earth, but it would teach me about pain. At first, I couldn’t get comfortable to sleep, then gradually, I realised it was due to an insidious kind of soreness radiating down my arm. Gradually, the pain and immobility caused me to lose sleep, which caused me to become run down and get sick. Eventually I felt like an invalid, because the pain ended up being foremost in my mind, every day and every night.

No medicine I took, natural or otherwise, made the slightest difference.

Chiropractic, acupuncture and osteopathy and very gentle exercise made it worse – much worse. I was miserable because I couldn’t make the pain go away, sleep, or look forward to any kind of relief. My research revealed that frozen shoulder always resolves (great!) but it could take up to two years (not so great). After having this wretched thing for around three months, relief within two years was hardly an exciting discovery. So began my search-in-earnest for something I could do to ease the pain.

My husband remembered meeting a physiotherapist colleague many years before, who told us about how she used this amazing device for pain. She advertised in our professional journal, but we both brushed it off as “another trendy gadget”. So here we were ten years later, leafing through our journals, frantically looking for this one ad. Amazingly, we found it. The device was an ENAR (Electro Neuro Adaptive Regulator). I went online, spoke to the company and the next day I had a device in my eager hands. It arrived at my front door, I unpacked it, switched it on and put it on my shoulder without reading a single instruction. It hurt and felt wonderful at the same time. It was the most delicious feeling. Within two days, the pain was subsiding. My arm was still sore when I moved it, but I could sleep at night.

I had treatment from a SCENAR therapist (ENAR is the home-use version of SCENAR) for the next two months, after which I felt 90 per cent better. The last ten per cent of relief took many more months, but by then my life was back to normal, so it didn’t matter how long it took to fully recover.

During my treatment, I learned of many other people who used ENAR and SCENAR as pain therapy. I did some training on how to use the device and started to treat some of my patients who had chronic pain. I managed to help another woman who had a frozen shoulder, an 80-year-old lady with plantar fasciitis (extreme pain in the soles of the feet when walking) and helped a man avoid surgery on his shoulder. Not bad for a novice!

I would have to say that this device is one of the most exciting discoveries I have made in my career as a natural therapist. Apart from its effectiveness, it is accessible for most people to easily use at home and completely safe. For those of you who would like to read the rather long description about how it came to be, see below, but briefly, it’s a kind of ‘electronic acupuncture’. Applying it to particular points on the body stimulates endorphins which help with the pain. It was developed by the same Russian scientists who developed the TENS machine (trans cutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) that many people around the world use for drug-free pain relief. The ENAR was developed as a medical device for astronauts to use in the Russian space programmes in the 1970s.


There are two cases in Good News for People with Bad News of people with severe conditions who used SCENAR and ENAR therapy. One was a woman who had debilitating arm pain for 19 years and the other, a fit young woman who had an autoimmune condition causing musculo-skeletal pain that restricted her ability to walk. Both recovered in a matter of weeks.  One of them said it was “just too good to be true”.

SCENAR – Self Controlled Energy Neuro Adaptive Regulator, is a battery-powered, professional-use device about the size of a mobile phone, used for the medical treat- ment of a range of disease processes – most notably for pain relief. It was developed as a part of a Soviet space program in the 1970s. The goal was to create a portable, effective, non-invasive device to maintain the health of astronauts while in space.

In 1973, Russian doctor Alexander Karasev developed the first TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) device to block pain, which is now used by pain sufferers all over the world. Following this, Karasev and Alexander Revenko released another device designed to assist the body’s healing properties – not just to block pain signals.

SCENAR devices and treatment protocols were produced by the ‘Special Design Bureau’ in Russia (ZAO OKB11 RITM). In 1986, the first SCENAR device, having passed technical and clinical trials, was permitted by the USSR Medical Council for application in clinical institutions and homes.

SCENAR became available to the broad medical community after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Since then, the device has gained popularity throughout the world. ENAR is the home-use version of SCENAR.

Further research in Russia has developed more than 20 modifications of the SCENAR, from simple hand-held devices to complex computer applications. The latest gener- ation of SCENAR devices was patented by RITM with joint authorship: Y Gorfinkel, J Grinberg, M Zenkin, A Murancev, A Nadtochii, A Revenko, M Unakafov, S Uvarov.

SCENAR technology is based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, resulting in this form of modern electrotherapy. It interprets biological feedback between the device and the body, then modulates the form and the power of its signals. The main goal of SCENAR therapy is to induce the secretion of a sufficient amount of neuropeptides to relieve pain and initiate a healing sequence. The effect of action remains after the treatment has been applied.

‘SCENAR’ is a trademark registered by RITM in the state list of trademarks in USSR in 1989. Classed as a ‘biofeedback-controlled electro-stimulator’, SCENAR is regu- lated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under 21 CFR 882.5050.12 Similar certification was acquired in Europe in 2006.

This 15 minute video outlines the use of SCENAR therapy in acute care in the Russian medical system. 33VauZpGHbEsRJ_KhGiD7w

SCENAR therapy is available worldwide through individual therapists. To find a therapist, search on the internet: SCENAR therapy + your country. For example: ‘SCENAR therapy London, England’.