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Back Pain, Joints and Muscles


Back_PainWith back pain, or any pain in your joints. muscles or tendons, save yourself a lot of time and money: try Scenar. It is simply one of the best back pain and musculo-skeletal treatments available.

Scenar is based on similar principles to acupuncture and other zonal therapies, and is at least as effective in treating back pain. I have treated acupuncturists and osteopaths who have told me that Scenar gave them more relief for their own back pain than anything else.

In additon  to releasing cascades of natural pain-killing peptides, part of the Scenar process is that it helps to relax, re-educate and re-align muscles, ligaments and trapped nerves. Helping the body to make its own adjustments is the very essence of the best back pain treatments available, and is key to lasting results.

This section is not designed to help you diagnose your own condition. You need to see a doctor for that. [Please note that some back pain, particularly in the upper part of the back, can be due to more serious causes such as cardiovascular problems, so make sure you see your doctor for a diagnosis]. Rather, it is meant to help you understand the range of factors that may be involved and to give you some ideas on how to support the Scenar treatment and prevent further recurrences.


New, Acute Back Pain

This is much easier to describe, understand and treat. The pain comes on suddenly while doing some activity that may be enough in itself or may trigger one of the chronic factors mentioned later in this section. Some of the most common acute causes are:

  • Heavy lifting or carrying: one of the most serious causes of back pain in that this is more likely than most other factors to cause real damage to soft tissues or even the spine. It can affect any part of the back but especially the lumbar region.
  • Prolongued poor posture: slouching in a chair, driving for a long time without a break, standing up for long periods sets up a temporary misalignment in muscles.
  • Over-stretching: twisting, bending, reaching, stretching awkwardly sets up a temporary (but may become chronic) misalignment in muscles.
  • Respiratory conditions: violent coughing causes spasms in the back muscles, which can become temporarily misaligned. (It is particularly important with thoracic back pain linked to chest discomfort to get a doctor's diagnosis).
  • Major injuries: falls, car crashes, contact or extreme sports injuries and industrial accidents can all cause major back problems. Scenar can help in most  situations, but how it helps depends on the severity of the damage, which may first necessitate orthopedic medical interventions.

Acute back pain is usually the easiest type to treat, and, depending on whether any long-term damage has been done, just one or two Scenar treatments are sometimes sufficient to give major relief.


Old, Chronic Back Pain

Any of the above factors can be involved, but the back is such a complex collection of bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves that it's notoriously difficult to pin down the causes in any one case. So this is just an explanation of some of the most common factors, and of how Scenar treatment may help.

Every bone, joint and tendon in the body is connected to all the others through the fascial network surrounding them, and via the propriocetive nerve impulses connecting all of them to the brain. The root cause of most back pain -- muscle tension and mis-alignment -- appears to build up from a collection of inter-locking factors, different in each person: old injuries, years of poor posture, the angle the feet meet the ground, incorrect spinal curvature, being overweight, pregnancy, driving for long periods, bad and insufficient sleep, poor bed mattresses, respiratory conditions, bad workplace ergonomics, and the type of work. These causes can be massively worsened by a cycle of emotional stress, in which the stress and back pain reinforce each other.

Most chronic musculo-skeletal pain, particularly back pain, stems from an imbalance in the muscles around the joints. When a muscle becomes injured or stressed,  the sensors inside it, which are constantly sending signals to the brain, stop working properly. The brain then gets a bit scrambled and sends the wrong signals back to the muscles, either:

  • Too many signals, resulting in a tight, shortened muscle. No amount of stretching exercises will keep it elongated because the excess nerve messages will send the muscle back to its shortened state. To treat this cause of back pain requires loosening and elongating the muscle. 
  • Or not enough signals, resulting in a weak, lengthened muscle. Again, the continuing  impulses from the brain ensure that no amount of resistance exercise will help the muscle to regain its normal strength. This type of back pain requires tightening and tonifying the muscle. 

Knee_PainWhen one side has been injured or gone weak, the same muscles on the other side will try to compensate, resulting in further scrambling of the messages to and from the brain. Some acute back pain may already be felt. This process undermines the overall integrity of the body's kinetic chain, as chronic weak links appear. A problem in your lower back may cause a problem in your hips or your knees. Now what started as fairly routine back pain is complicated by referred pain and described as sciatica or radiculopathy.  

Scenar's approach is often known as "muscle re-education": re-setting the signals between the brain and the muscles, which then generates more balance between the two sides of the body, and between different limbs or sections of the body. As these nerve signals are normalised, it encourages the body to restore balance in the strength and length of the muscles, and to reduce inflammation and pain.

Without some kind of intervention that re-sets the malfunctioning neurology, any amount of kneading, twisting, and manipulation is unlikely to do much more than temporarily alleviate the back pain and restore limited function, without addressing the real, underlying causes of the problem.


Sciatica + Lower Back Pain

Lumbar, or lower back pain is especially common, and debilitating, since this area of spine and muscles is needed for almost all activities, and is especially prone to lifting injuries. Among various causes are slipped discs, sacroiliac and hip mis-alignment, and pulled muscles.

Left untreated, lower back pain may heal itself, but a fresh incident and/or great increase in stress levels, can cause pain to shoot down the sciatic nerve (sciatica) into the legs, making walking or driving difficult


The back pain epidemic

One in three adults in the U.K. suffers from back pain, and about 2.6 million visits are made to GP's every year for treatment. It is estimated to cost the National Health Service £1.5 billion per year.

A 2013 report by the U.K.'s Work Foundation think-tank found that the British now take 15 million days off per year due to back pain, the second worst in Europe after Germany.  It forecast that many EU states will see half the population diagnosed wth back pain by 2030. It further suggested that absence-from-work rates across Europe could be greatly cut if early intervention became the norm, which would greatly increase productivity and therefore economic growth. Unfortunately, it said, doctors are not taking back pain seriously enough due it not being life threatening.

Another recent survey by market research company ICM found that 98% of manual workers have struggled into work while suffering with back pain. More than half of all workers in plumbing, carpentry and other building trades said they forced themselves to keep working due to worries about losing jobs or income, and nearly half did not tell their boss or colleagues.

Another recent report by the UK's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) said that 9 to 10 acupuncture or chiropractic sessions was the most effective remedy for chronic lower back pain. Scenar is at least as effective, but would have been too unfamiliar for them to recommend. NICE also said doctors should refrain from referring back pain patients for X-rays, ultrasound and MRI scans, unless absolutely necessary. 

Many of the people I've helped with Scenar for simple neck pain and back ache have seen a complete removal of pain in just a few sessions. I've also had excellent results, using a full course of treatments, with more chronic forms of back pain such as herniated discs and the referred pain of sciatica and radiculopathy.

Scenar Three Pathways

In most courses of Scenar therapy, whatever the condition, treating the back is central to everything, especially the  "Three Pathways and Six Points protocol" shown above. This gives us readings from the entire central nervous system, and through the back, we give what amounts to a whole-body MOT and tune-up. Although the objective is wider than just the back, this general treatment is often enough on its own to remove simple back pain in just a few treatments.

Some back pain just goes away temporarily without treatment, but the factors that created it usually don't. If it's left until strong drugs and surgery are prescribed, the condition is already moving towards becoming a very chronic problem, or even disability.  If you have recurring or continuous back pain, it makes a lot of sense to deal with it now.



Please note that these pages are for general information and not in any way intended to help you diagnose a medical condition. You should first seek a diagnosis from a doctor, and, if you decide to try Scenar therapy, work with your doctor in assessing the progress of the condition and the dosage of any drugs you may be taking.




Terry Waller, Insurance Manager, London (Frozen Shoulder)

"After lifting some heavy machinery, I found that trying to raise my left arm above my waist was very painful. My osteopath told me I had a frozen shoulder and although I got some relief from his treatment, he said it could take up to 12 months for things to normalise. Some weeks later I was introduced to Paul and his Scenar equipment. I was a little sceptical at first but after 2-3 sessions I began to notice improvement. To my amazement, after just 8 sessions I realised that I could raise my left arm as high and easily as my right. It's now just over a year later and I have remained completely pain free ever since. There is no hard sell with Paul who I found to be very knowledgeable and a consummate professional."


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John Hayward, Engineer and Landscaper, Westham, Sussex (Neck + Shoulder Pain)

"The pain had reached levels that stopped my physical workload. The diagnosis was nerve compression due to an old injury to the C5/6/7 vertebrae. After four Scenar treatments, I was able to stop the painkillers. After three months and 10 treatments I can sleep on my side again, write and sign my signature fluently again, turn my head fully to the right and left..." 

Six months followup: "I'm doing heavy physical work again as part of my job, and despite needing occasional top-ups, I'm basically pain-free. Altogether, a phenomenal success."


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Don Elwick, Managing Director, Brighton Media Centre (Cracked Ribs)

"On December 21st, 2009, I went out running, slipped on some ice, and fell heavily on my back. A nurse and a doctor both confirmed I had two or three cracked ribs. I spent the next week hardly sleeping due to the pain. On December 29th I saw Paul Lowe for a Scenar treatment, and that night I slept properly again. Over the next few days, almost all the pain had gone. I had a second Scenar treatment January 1st, and on January 4th, the doctor found it hard to believe there was nothing left from the accident."


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Venus Villa, First Artist, The English National Ballet, London (Muscle Injury)

"I had a very painful injury to my leg and I tried several therapies. Scenar was the best for really deep healing. Thank you Paul."


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Tali Saar, Shiatsu and Cranio-Sacral Therapist, Lewes, Sussex (Facial Paralysis)

"I was treated by Paul Lowe for facial paralysis, I also had pain in my face and ear canal. The pains disappeared after the first two treatments, and soon there was a huge improvement in the paralysis and my energy levels. The treatments reminded me of a deep, relaxing place I had lost for many years. I experienced changes at many levels, far beyond my original symptoms. Paul has been both supportive and inspiring. He is a unique practitioner with vast knowledge in his field."


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Erica Yonge, Energy Therapist, Marlborough, Wiltshire (Back Pain)

"Paul, I just wanted to say thank you so much for sorting out my back problem so effectively with Scenar. I was told I had a potential herniated disc in my lower back, and I was in a lot of pain for many years. In recent months, I was frequently unable to stand up straight for minutes at a time. After six Scenar sessions, not only am I completely pain free in my back for the first time in years, but my posture has corrected itself naturally. I wouldn't have believed I could be this pain free after so many years of pain.

Eighteen months followup: My back is still very good and posture is better than it's ever been. If you weren't so far away, I'd come for regular top-ups!"


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Lucienne Atkinson, Business Owner, Oulston, Yorkshire  (Back Pain)

"Life had been years of debilitating pain. I was at my wit's end. Finding Paul Lowe and the Scenar treatment has been nothing short of a miracle for me. After two long treatments with him, the worst problem area for pain changed, almost disappeared."

18 months followup: "It's truly a miracle. I have gone back to the athletic person I was before. I can train hard on my mountain bike for 3 or 4 days in a row with no back pain!"


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Tim Cornwall, Works Manager, Herstmonceaux, Sussex (Back Pain)

"I've had hip and lower back problems for over 30 years. This episode was the worst I've had for two years: I could hardly walk or drive. Until now, I'd go to the chiropractor for several treatments and take at least three weeks to recover. With Paul it took five days and four Scenar treatments to get back to normal. On day 1, I could barely walk. On day 3, I took the dog for a one-hour walk."


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Barry Chapman, Designer, Hove, Sussex (Leg pain)

"I would recommend anybody with health challenges to talk to Paul. I had a combination of polymyalgia, extremely sore feet, low energy and limited mobility. I thought I had tried everything and had resigned myself to sliding down the slippery slope. Paul, his guidance and treatments, gave me hope when I had none, and for this I am extremely thankful. I've adjusted my lifestyle and diet and worked hard. I am now fit, energetic and strong."


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Angela Gilroy, Media Designer, London (Back Pain)

"When I hurt my lower back, the pain made it impossible to move my right leg backwards when walking, so I had to shuffle. Paul Lowe gave me a brief Scenar treatment that night and I felt some relief immediately and got a good night's sleep. The next morning he gave me a full back treatment, and this produced a major change. It still felt a little tender but I could walk around almost normally."


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Marco Crivello, Artist, Lewes, Sussex (Shoulder + Back Pain)

"I had acute pain in my right shoulder. I tried osteopathy and cranio-sacral over several weeks, but with negligible results. Paul treated me with Scenar daily for four days, and by the end I was pain-free. On another occasion, I was in acute pain months after Achilles tendon surgery -- after one treatment from Paul, the pain went away. I also threw my back out twice. Each time, one Scenar treatment was enough to put it back to normal."


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Stephanie Davies-Arai, Sculptor, Lewes, Sussex (Back Pain)

"I was rushed to hospital on three occasions and given four strong painkillers including morphine. I finally collapsed at work in agony, unable to walk. After 10 daily treatments with Paul, I was able to stop the painkillers and drive 80 miles to a work event."

Six months followup: "I'm still pain free."


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Phil Turtle, Company Director, Brighton  (Fracture, Post Surgery)

"I broke the humerus bone in my arm and had it operated on, in January 2014. I then had frequent Scenar and pulsed electromagnetic field treatments from Paul Lowe and quickly regained use of the arm. Five weeks after the operation, I saw my consultant and he was obviously shocked at how 'back to normal' my arm was at such an early stage." 


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Dolores Goodey, School Teacher,  Newhaven, Sussex  (Chronic Whiplash Pain)

"It works, and I tried everything. I have more energy and I'm sleeping well. I used to get aches all the way down my back but not now. I'm also impressed that the treatments had such long lasting effects."


Plesae note: These testimonials are from real individuals but since every individual is unique, there is no guarantee that others will experience the same results.