A Success Story, by Nyema Hermiston, RN ND Adv Dip Hom BScHons

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

A few years ago, I acquired a frozen shoulder, or ‘adhesive capsulitis’. It wouldn’t shorten my days on earth, but it would teach me about pain. Gradually, the pain and immobility prevented sleep, which led me to become run down and sick. I felt like an invalid, because the pain became foremost in my mind, day and night. No medicine I took, natural or otherwise, made any difference.

Chiropractic, acupuncture and osteopathy and very gentle exercise made it worse – much worse. I couldn’t make the pain go away, sleep, or look forward to any kind of relief. I learned that frozen shoulder always resolves, but it could take up to two years ; of little comfort. Relief within two years was hardly an exciting discovery.

Intensive searching revealed a pain relieving device, ENAR (Electro Neuro Adaptive Regulator). 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, yet was the most delicious feeling because the impulse from the device reached my pain. 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!

During one’s career, discoveries are made along the way; discovering the ENAR device is one of the most significant. When you find a treatment that is accessible for home use, safe, easy to use and highly effective, you know you have stumbled upon something truly important. Many chronic pain sufferers could benefit from using the ENAR.

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.

Briefly, ENAR is a kind of ‘electronic acupuncture’. Applying it to particular points on the body stimulates endorphins which reduce pain. It was developed by Russian scientists who also developed the TENS machine (trans cutaneous electrical nerve stimulation), which 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. (See below for more a more detailed description).


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 – Self Controlled Energy Neuro Adaptive Regulator, is a battery-powered, professional-use device about the size of a mobile phone, used for the medical treatment of a range of disease processes, but mostly 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.

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 generation 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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np89Y9dGqCQ&list=UU- 33VauZpGHbEsRJ_KhGiD7w

There are two recovery stories of people with severe pain who used SCENAR and ENAR therapy to excellent effect in Good News for People with Bad News One had had debilitating arm pain for 19 years and the other, was a fit young woman who had an autoimmune condition causing pain that restricted her ability to walk. Both recovered within a few weeks.  

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’.