Micro Current Stimulation - A New Approach to Pain
Stimulation (or MCS) is generally known by its original Russian marketing name, Scenar. This is a highly
effective, lasting form of natural pain relief, popular for decades in Germany
and Russia. It usually gives remarkably fast results with
recent injuries and acute issues, and steady improvement with chronic issues (often helping those
that resist other therapies).
technology is gentle, soothing and cost-effective. It has no negative side effects and simply mobilizes
the body's own natural resources. It also helps with sleep and
stress, enables fast returns to work and mobility, and works alongside mainstream
video from Australia's Channel 9 is a good introduction:
How does it
Scenar, or MCS, involves a form of electro-stimulation (not TENS, see below). A mild
electrical signal is applied to the skin on areas of pain or dysfunction, or on zones connected to
receptors in the skin then send signals through the central nervous system to the brain. As the
brain and nervous system re-focus on the areas being treated, they
trigger waves of neuropeptides. These are natural chemical
messengers, including some of the strongest known painkillers (endorphins).
effectiveness comes from a combination of constant, inter-active communication (helping the body to
re-focus on problem areas) and intensity (pushing the body for fresh responses every
second). Yet it remains gentle, soothing and non-invasive.
Why should I consider Scenar?
The main reasons are its speed, depth
and long-term effects. These effects usually begin quickly, and are felt more broadly than just the areas
being treated. Ongoing chronic conditions may need a lot of work over several months, but Scenar is normally
much more than a temporary fix -- once it has fully broken through, the results are
If you have symptoms that just won't go
away, and your doctor, and other therapists, have already tried their best, there is still a good chance that Scenar can help
you. It is outstanding for pain
relief, and restoring lost functions, even with issues that started decades
A 2014 (non-clinical) study at RMIT
University (Melbourne, Australia) analysed 481 responses from people who had used Scenar. It found
average pain reduction of 70%, while 92% of respondents rated Scenar as better than the other
therapies they had tried.
Can Scenar be used with every type of health
The only major contra-indication is electrical implants
such as cardiac pace
However. for a variety of
reasons, individual therapists may prefer not to treat certain conditions. My own decision is to not
attempt to tackle cancer and other life-threatening conditions, or major mental illnesses, or women during
The classic health issues for Scenar
treatment, the ones on which I focus, are pain due to musculo-skeletal and neurological causes. Back
pain, neck pain, muscle and joint aches, fractures and torn tissues, frozen shoulder and migraines are by
far the majority of cases I see. Using other technologies, I also help people with fatigue, stress, sleep and a
variety of other health challenges.
Is it safe? Does Scenar produce side
totally safe, suitable for all ages, and almost everyone's body will respond. In the 30+ years
since it was first invented, there are no reports of negative side effects.
In terms of positive side effects, many
people report better sleep and a feeling of relaxation and well being. For example,
in the USA, the Center for Security Studies
has a joint project with Boston University's Emergency Healthcare Management program to explore the use of micro
current stimulation in reducing anxiety and fatigue, and improving personal health, among firefighters,
paramedics and police officers.
What does MCS feel
As the device goes through
treatment cycles, you'll feel a tingling or prickly sensation on your skin. This feels different in each place and between different Scenar devices
and treatment modes. Some devices feel simple and very focused. Others feel complex and three
Sensations may appear in totally different
parts of the body. Muscles may start to contract and relax, and sometimes an entire limb will rise by a foot
or more, and pronate. Often the pain
will move from one location to another, requiring the therapist to "chase the
pain". Occasionally the signal may feel
too strong and the therapist will turn down the intensity.
The overall feeling is of comfort and
relief. People usually report an immediate reduction in pain, and often a total absence of pain in the areas
treated -- at least for the duration of the treatment, but sometimes permanently, and often for hours or days
later, with the pain-free periods usually becoming longer and longer.
There are various therapists and various types of micro
current stimulation. How should I choose?
Most types are effective to at least
some degree, although the type of device used will affect the speed, depth and
range of results. Equally important are the overall health of the client, and the knowledge and
experience of the therapist -- for instance do they use it occasionally, or constantly, and how long
have they been in practice? When these
three factors are optimal, you may see astonishing results. When one or more of them are not optimal, you may get only partial
relief. As with any choice of therapist, do a little research first.
Is Scenar the same as TENS
There are similarities but Scenar goes well
beyond what TENS machines can do. TENS (like many other electrical stimulation devices) is a simple but useful way of
temporarily blocking pain pathways to the
brain, such as during childbirth. The effects are shallow, brief and need constant repetition as the body becomes
habituated to the signal. By contrast, Scenar creates an interactive feedback loop, with a complex, constantly changing signal,
and effects that are deep,
cumulative and lasting.
How many treatments will I need and how
health, quality of diet, past injuries and surgeries, stress levels, and the nature of any previous treatments will
all affect how quickly the body responds, especially with chronic issues. Part of the skill and knowledge of an
experienced therapist is in spotting and offering solutions to these other factors.
The nature of the issue, the level of pain
and the degree of urgency will all have an effect on the frequency of Scenar treatments. With very acute
conditions and recent injuries it may be advisable to have treatment two or three times a week, sometimes even
daily. In these situations there is a window of opportunity for extremely rapid progress, and preventing the
condition from becoming chronic. Your own need to restore mobility as quickly as possible may also be a
consideration. However, the normal pattern is once or twice a week at first, then weekly -- until the treatments
have clearly broken through and the symptoms are starting to go away.
Leaving gaps of a week or two reduces
momentum and can lead to some regression, interrupting and slowing down your overall progress. Some conditions,
such as simple back pain or a mild injury, may resolve in one or two sessions. Others will take several weeks or
months, and some ongoing chronic conditions may require long-term ongoing treatment.
Some clients also return for monthly
or quarterly "top-ups", even after the main treatment phase has finished. These reminders help the body to stay on
track with the original issue but also act as a general tonic, promoting overall health and
"Scenar is a breakthrough treatment that really
works." Men's Health Magazine
"A device called Scenar ..
has been shown to encourage healing."
"Teaching the body to heal itself
naturally." The Times
" .. combines Western electrical biofeedback with Eastern
energy medicine to treat a diverse range of disorders." Virgin Airways Blue
"A Russian invention to keep astronauts in peak condition could be
the .. most revolutionary weapon of the alternative health industry."
"It may turn out to be a medical miracle." The Scotsman
What about my conventional medical
Before starting with Scenar, it's best
to see your GP for an overall diagnosis. If you're under their
it's best to tell your doctor
that you are also receiving Scenar
treatment. It is unlikely that they will have heard of it, but you can tell them that this is a new form of
electro stimulation pain relief, a major step beyond how TENS machines work, and an excellent companion to
You should also tell them that as the Scenar treatments
progress, the body may become more responsive to medications, making them more potent. You especially need to
mention this once you see a change in
symptoms: as a medical professional, your doctor should be the one to decide whether this justifies adjusting the dosage
of any medication you might be taking.
Is it OK to combine Scenar with other therapies like chiropractic?
Most of the well known complementary
therapies like Acupuncture, Bowen, Chiropractic, Cranio Sacral, Myofascial, Osteopathy and Reflexology
share the same basic goals as
Scenar. It's tempting to throw more than
one therapy at the problem but this often doesn't speed up the results. Each therapy and therapist
approaches treatment in
a different way, and combining
very different approaches in the
same treatment period may give the
body scrambled instructions, and leave you uncertain of what is working (and not working). To get the
best results and value for money, it's generally best to try
one at a time.
But are there any therapies that boost the effects of Scenar?
Yes. While Scenar is very
powerful in its own right, there are some other therapies that help to boost its effectiveness, by
simply giving energy to the body.
What's so special about Scenar? Is it worth it?
Remarkable levels of pain
reduction, recovery of mobility and other functions.
Non-invasive, non-toxic, natural,
gentle and free of side effects.
Often able to break through where nothing else
Long-lasting or permanent
Often a bargain compared with the alternatives
and especially considering its impact on a person's long-term ability to work and enjoy
To learn more, go to: Scenar - Information and
I hope you are starting to realize that
Scenar is one of the most effective healing technologies available. Perhaps you will give it a chance to
help you and those who matter to you.
Scenar Therapist, MA, MBCMA, MAET, ITEC
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