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Scenar and Stroke Rehabilitation

SCENAR therapy in Ischemic Stroke Rehabilitation
According to statistics from the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation and the World Health Organization (WHO),  stroke incidence has risen greatly in recent years. Yet  after  discharge  from hospital, patients rarely receive rehabilitation, and even then, measures are usually incomplete. Local  outpatient clinics  are  often  unable  to  provide  adequate  care  to  such  patients  due  to  lack  of  time,  staff (rehabilitation and speech therapists, psychologists, masseurs etc.) and facilities.  This research is current as we suggest a new multiple approach to post-stroke rehabilitation, with SCENAR as a basic therapy.
SCENAR therapy provides the following well-known effects:
Restoration, and compensation of lost, nervous connections (somatic component):
•   Autonomic Nervous System regulation
•   Superficial sensation
•   Deep sensation
•   Body scheme
•   Gross motor skills
•   Fine motor skills

Recovery of cognitive functions:
• Gnosis
• Praxis
• Speech

Recovery of higher mental and behavioral functions
• Emotional component
• Behavioral component

Research objective – a clinical trial using SCENAR as a basic therapy in post-stroke rehabilitation.

• Determine and evaluate practical effectiveness of SCENAR therapy in rehabilitation.
• Develop most effective methods of SCENAR use.
• Work out guidelines on using SCENAR in post-stroke rehabilitation.
The patient population included post-stroke patients who had the disease for 3 months to 1 year and had no special rehabilitation care before. All the patients had the diagnosis confirmed by neuro-imaging, and received in-patient care for a total of 43 people - 37 male and 6 female - examined and treated from 01.11.08 till 01.07.09. Patient ages ranged from 45 to 75 years, mean age - 58. As a control group, we examined 18 more people (male), having conventional drug rehabilitation under the care of a district neurologist and therapist, who suffered ischemic stroke at the same time as those who received SCENAR-therapy. The age of people included in the control group corresponds to the target age of the therapeutic groups. 
Treatment Design

Combination of SCENAR therapy and corrective mechanical therapy in order to restore deep proprioceptive sensation and coordination of movements.

The patients were divided into 2 groups depending on the therapeutic strategies applied:

• Treatment of central zones only (‘Collar zone’, ‘3 pathways and 6 points’), head (comb electrode).
• Treatment of distal parts of the limbs and head (comb electrode).

All patients received 12 sessions daily from a SCENAR therapist, followed by treatment at home for 2 weeks (the sessions were given by family members using the guidelines provided by the doctor). In addition to SCENAR therapy, all patients received conventional drug therapy considering the severity of condition and coexistent pathology.
Control methods
In view of the heterogeneity and small size of the total population, we used short statistical processing. Initially, therapeutic groups included the same number of patients but because of heterogeneous gender patterns and one out-of-order case, we have selected 18 patients in each group to be compared. So, we had 3 groups (18 people each): Central Techniques (Group 1), Peripheral Techniques (Group 2), and the Control (Group 3).

The patients were checked twice – prior to the treatment period and right after the treatment period, that is 1 month after the initial check-up. The following methods have been selected for control:

• Standard clinical and neurological examination with a detailed analysis of complaints and clinical presentations.
• Quality-of-life assessment on a 10-point visual analogue scale.
• 10 Words Test to evaluate short-term memory.
• Schultz tables for attention assessment.
Overall Findings
Among all the patients treated, the condition has improved in 37 patients, 5
patients had no significant changes, and in 1 patient - aggravation (patient aged 75, thrombosis in the region of posterior cerebral artery caused by chronic heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes mellitus, and multiple organ pathology).

Neurological examination revealed an improvement in all patients in the therapy groups,
especially when compared with the control group. Two patients recovered from motor alalia with
lingual embol (which lasted for 7 and 11 months), both cases – from Group 2.

Within groups 1 and 2, despite obvious improvement, no significant difference in neurological picture was found. In the psychological test, significant difference was found between Group 1 (central techniques) and Group 2 (peripheral techniques); and a significant difference of the clinical picture as compared with the control Group 3. The psychological data are summarized in the Chart below.


  Central Techniques (n = 18)

 Peripheral Techniques (n = 18)

  Control (n = 18)

 Before  After  Before  After Before After
 10 Words Test   Primary  4.1 (±0.15)

 7.3 (±0.15)

 4.2 (±0.15)  7.8 (±0.15)

 4.4 (±0.15)

 4.5 (±0.15)
  Secondary  3.5 (±0.15)  6.3 (±0.15)  3.3 (±0.15)  7.0 (±0.15)  3.7 (±0.15)  3.6 (±0.15)
 Schulz Tables  242 (±2)  185 (±2)  253 (±2)  174 (±2)  233 (±2)  238 (±2)
 Quality of Life  4.4 (±0.2)  8.3 (±0.2)  4.7 (±0.2)  8.1 (±0.2)  4.5 (±0.2)  4.8 (±0.2)


In the therapy groups, we achieved a significant neurological improvement that was also proven by neuro-imaging. From objective neurological data, we cannot judge yet which is more advantageous – Central or Peripheral Techniques. To do so, we need additional instrumental research, and a more homogeneous population whose data can be validated.

However, we can state with confidence that month-long rehabilitation that includes SCENAR therapy is definitely far more effective than drug monotherapy. From psychological test data, peripheral techniques provide a more pronounced recovery of higher mental and cognitive functions, when used in rehabilitation after ischemic stroke. Nevertheless, central techniques also provide a significant effect as compared with the control group. To determine more clearly the tropism of the techniques to the patient’s condition, a more extensive study is required.

Such rehabilitation also improves the patients’ quality of life, and decreases the level of
depression and autoaggression. This allows recommending SCENAR therapy for treating psychosomatic and psychological disorders accompanied by depression. SCENAR therapy in multiple rehabilitation after ischemic stroke would allow highly optimistic results. Its therapeutic techniques are easy to learn and use. They can be safely applied by nurses and paramedical personnel – psychologists, rehabilitation and speech therapists, etc. Moreover, the treatment does not end in a therapist’s office, since patients can be trained to continue their treatment at home. 
1. SCENAR therapy can be used as a basic therapy for rehabilitation of post-stroke patients.
2. SCENAR therapy can be used not only by medical professionals but psychologists,
rehabilitation and speech therapists (since it improves the quality of psychosomatic therapy, restores speech and cognitive functions and promotes faster recovery).
3. Additional research and investigations are required, and treatment techniques should be further improved.


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