- Does this work like Ultrasound? or
- Is this a TENS machine?
When I launch into one of my dissertations about how it works I can’t help notice how eyes glaze over. I would love to be a fly on the wall when you try to describe your SCENAR treatment to family and friends.
In a nutshell, this is it….
It’s NOT ultrasound. In ultrasound the machine transmits high-frequency (1 to 5 megaHertz, that is 1 – 5 million cycles per second) pulses into the body using a probe. As these sound waves bounce off tissues within your body the machine measures distances and intensity of echos and projects these on a screen.
It’s NOT a TENS machine. TENS stands for Trans-cutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator. In simple terms a TENs stimulates nerves via an electrical current applied to your skin. Its main mode of operation is thought to interfere with the transmission of pain signals by blocking the neural ‘gate’ through which pain travels. This is called the “Pain Gate Theory”. It can be moderately effective in reducing pain but its effects are short lived because the body adapts around the TENS to eventually block it off.
SCENAR stands for Self Controlled Electro Neuro Adaptive Regulator and is also called Non Invasive Biofeedback Neuro Stimulation. Like the TENS, SCENAR applies an electrical current across the surface of the skin. It similarities end there. Rather than “shouting” at the body to cause a temporary pain-gate block, it coaxes the entire system to make subtle changes. It achieves this using a biofeedback system. Between each of its impulses (nano seconds) it listens to how the brain is responding to its signals. It then changes its waveform to continue to encourage the body to make change through dialogue.
This electrical two-way communication process enables the body to make changes in real time to not only reduce pain, but also to restore function.
Now you know how it works … its time to make an appointment: