I have mentioned Scenar a few times in my blog mostly regarding pain and injury.
The FDA approval for the device is for pain which has been the most common indication for using the device.
However, while in Haiti after the earthquake in 2010, I discovered patients describing having more energy and feeling a lifting of their depression and anxiety.
Upon returning the first trip from Haiti, I immediately headed over to Boston University where I was to begin my masters in disaster medicine and informed the department head of my findings. We decided to study the device in research involving returning military personnel who are suffering from anxiety disorders. Fatigue and depression are two complaints which often accompany the disorder.
The research is underway in Boston and a second site at ASU, Texas has been added to look at pilots, and firefighters. In the meantime, I have treated numerous cases of patients suffering rom anxiety, depression and fatigue with startling results using Scenar.
One of the bigger observations I have made is that those on a fair amount of medications, require more treatments until they are cured while those on little to no medication, seem to have immediate, long-lasting results. I believe the medications often block the natural response of the body. Scenar, like acupuncture or homeopathy is initiating a response in the body. It stimulates the brain to pay attention to the autonomic nervous system and the area treated.
Trauma, physical or psychological, both involve the stimulation of the “fight and flight” or sympathetic arm of the autonomic nervous system. This allows us to move quickly, clot our blood, inflame or bring certain chemicals to the area with more blood flow. This response is necessary to save life. However, healing can not occur until the “rest and relaxation” or parasympathetic arm of the autonomic nervous system is stimulated. This allows other chemical changes to happen in order for tissue to heal or the nervous system to relax.
The common denominator in those suffering from chronic pain, anxiety, panic attacks or insomnia, is persistent fight and flight tone in the body. Depression often has an element of anxiety and fatigue which is why it also responds so well.
At the Australiasian conference where I was just speaking, I saw research from the Russians and clinical patients in one of the busiest outpatient Scenar clinics in the world, on the “activation method” This method is amazing and sets in motion the body’s healing response quicker than anything else I have seen.
I saw a Vietnam veteran with a history of depression, insomnia and fatigue for the last decade. After only his first treatment he was able to sleep, after his second, his depression lifted and after his third, he was back on his surfboard, riding the surf. His level of energy and well being improved so dramatically and so quickly, anti-depressants could never come close to bringing about results like this.
I am treating patients in the Chicago area with Scenar and the devices can be prescribed for home use if necessary. The device is listed as a class two prescription medical device by the FDA.