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

Only when you experience a health event first hand, do you truly appreciate the impact it must have on people’s lives. When you experience continuous pain that prevents you functioning normally, and sleeping properly, trying new treatments becomes essential, especially if standard treatment isn’t providing any relief.

A few years ago, my right shoulder started hurting, 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. Gradually, I realised it was due to a weird soreness radiating down my arm. The pain and then immobility gradually increased, affecting sleep even more, which led me to become quite run down and then get sick. I ended up feeling like an invalid, because the pain was foremost in my mind and body, every day and every night. I couldn’t make the pain go away, sleep, or look forward to any kind of relief.

Being a natural therapist, I had a range of options to use, but no medicine I took, natural or pain pills, made the slightest difference. The most subtle chiropractic, acupuncture and osteopathic treatments and very gentle exercise made it worse – much worse and it would take me two days to recover. My research revealed that frozen shoulder always resolves (great!) but it could take up to two years (not so great). After dealing with this pain for three months, relief within two years was hardly an exciting discovery. So began my search-in-earnest for something else 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, which she advertised in our professional journal. At the time, we both brushed it off with an eye roll as “another trendy gadget”. Then here we were ten years later, leafing through our journals, frantically looking for this one advertisement, which we managed to find. The device was an ENAR (Electro Neuro Adaptive Regulator). I went online, spoke to a helpful practitioner in the company and the next day I had a device in my eager hands. 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. I could feel the electrical signal reaching into the painful area. Within two days, my pain was subsiding. My arm was still sore when I moved it, but I could sleep at night.

In addition to my home treatment, I saw a SCENAR therapist (the professional form of ENAR) 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 because my life was back to normal, it didn’t matter how long it took to fully recover. Twenty years later, the pain has not returned.

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 patients with chronic pain. Another woman who had a frozen shoulder got very good relief, and an 80-year-old lady with plantar fasciitis (extreme pain in the soles of the feet when walking) fully recovered, A man with a longstanding shoulder injury managed to avoid having surgery. Not bad for a novice!

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’.