This video gives an excellent clear explanation of how SCENAR works.   In Australia SCENAR Therapy is approved by the TGA for the relief of pain but, of course, pain is caused by many different dysfunctions in the body.  

As the presenter states in this RITM OKB video, SCENAR does not claim to treat or heal any specific disease or part of the body, but it helps the body to set-up the environment whereby the body can heal itself.  

The basis of the research to develop the SCENAR was the acceptance of the principle that no practitioner of any kind can alone heal the human body but it is possible to assist the body to apply its own Sanogenesis process (the mechanisms involved in recovery from disease to health).

SCENAR Treatment Should Not Be Painful

I have been using SCENAR therapy in my clinic for twenty years and my patients testify to the remarkable results that they have received.   Before beginning a SCENAR treatment on a patient, one of the first questions that am often asked is, “Will it hurt?”   My typical answer to this question is that, if at the end of a SCENAR treatment session the patient complains that it was a painful experience, there is only one person to blame, and that is the patient who doesn’t tell me that the level was too strong!

A correct SCENAR treatment is very effective but it must be stressed (and patients will be pleased to know) that the treatment should be very gentle and painless.

Many of us have been brought up to believe the old adage of “No Pain, No Gain!”   For an Olympic athlete striving to win a gold medal, there is no doubt that the all-out effort required to beat rivals is temporarily going to be painful.

However, the “No pain, No gain” philosophy definitely does not apply when treating the human body to relieve physical pain, injuries and dysfunction.  Our bodies are designed to work on quite the opposite principle.   The musculoskeletal system operates in a way whereby human movement and posture are determined by the relationship between the skeletal system of bones and the soft tissue system of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia.   Bones cannot move by themselves, but they are held in place or moved by the shortening or lengthening of the muscles, assisted by the stabilization effect of the ligaments and the fascia.

How the Human Body Tries to Protect Itself against Painful Treatment

The muscles are attached to bones by tendons at each end of every muscle.  Now in each tendon, there are the Golgi Tendon Organs. Their job is to protect the muscles by detecting any action that could possibly cause harm to the muscles.  If any potentially harmful action is detected, the Golgi Tendon Organs will warn the muscles to enter protection mode.   The protection mode for a muscle causes the muscle to become as short as possible, like a tortoise curling up into its shell.  The factors that can cause a muscle to go into protection mode include jerking too suddenly, trying to lift something too heavy, trying to move beyond the current extension range of the muscle by stretching hard, or in treatment going too hard on the muscle.

Going too hard on a muscle includes excessive pressure applied by the therapist’s hands, fingers or elbows, a physical device, or even an electro-therapy device like a SCENAR when the signal level applied to the skin is too strong.

When applied to the skin, the signal from the SCENAR’s positive electrode passes through the skin and completes the circuit by going back into the SCENAR via the negative electrode.

As the video explains, the SCENAR signal impersonates the signals transmitted from the brain down the body’s nerve pathways to the muscles and organs of the body.   Just as these brain signals are bidirectional, so also are the signals emitted by the SCENAR.

During treatment, as each electromagnetic signal is put into the body, the SCENAR dynamically interprets the return signal and adjusts the next input signal so that progressively the required body healing state can be attained.

Keep Reminding Your Patient to Tell the Practitioner if the SCENAR Level Is Not Right

Before treating with SCENAR I will always explain that for the most effective treatment, the patient should feel no more than a comfortable, healthy tingle on the skin surface.   Furthermore, in the course of the treatment the patient may perceive a change of signal level, either up or down, without me changing the intensity level on the SCENAR itself.   I ask the patient to let me know if such a level change is felt, so that I can readjust the SCENAR setting.   This is a very good reason why the patient should remain awake during the treatment session!


During treatment, if a defective communication pathway between the brain and the treated area improves, to the patient it may feel that the SCENAR intensity level has been increased.

Conversely, if the treated body area becomes more relaxed and complacent, the patient may feel that the SCENAR intensity level has been reduced.

In either of these scenarios, the practitioner can adjust the SCENAR intensity and other settings to maintain a comfortable signal awareness.

Despite all my explanation and warning, occasionally, there are still patients who will try to tolerate a painful SCENAR level because of a stubborn wrong belief that the stronger the signal, the better will be the treatment outcome.    The term “common sense” is definitely an oxymoron because “common sense” is not as common as it should be

The SCENAR practitioner should always look for body movements, facial twitches or partly suppressed sounds that suggest the signal level is higher than the patient is prepared to admit.


An Interesting Testimonial Supporting the Importance of Applying the Appropriate Treatment Protocol and Treatment Intensity

Some time ago I treated a man who was suffering from excruciating back pain and also from sciatica that was causing severe nerve pain in his buttocks and right down both legs.   Alan had been told by his doctor and a specialist that complicated surgery was the only option to resolve his condition.    Hoping to find a less invasive treatment, Alan did an internet search, found my website and booked an appointment to see me.

After the first treatment, the patient asked me when I needed to see him again.    Now Alan lived in Port Lincoln, which is 50 minutes by plane or 7½ hours by car from Adelaide, where I have my clinic in the near city suburb of Westbourne Park.   I answered that, if he lived in Adelaide, I would want to see him within three days.   “No problem, I’ll be there!” he replied.   This answer gave me the confidence that he was serious about getting results.   Within three weeks, after five treatments Alan was free from his back and sciatica pain.

Five weeks later this patient returned to see me for a check-up session.    He reported that his treatment had lasted and he had had no further issues with his back or the sciatica.    Before I could start to look at his former problem areas, Alan asked if I treat shoulders.   I replied that I have no prejudice against any particular part of the body, and enquired why he asked.    He replied that he had suffered with pain and restricted movement in his right shoulder for over three years and, in that time, he had paid out a few thousand dollars, all to no avail.   Because the previous back and sciatic pain had been so severe, he had managed to suppress his right shoulder problem and had not previously mentioned it to me.

I decided to check his right shoulder before doing anything else.   Initially, Alan could not raise his straight right arm out to the side any higher than 90 degrees from the side of his body, simultaneously producing a distorted face, accompanied with agonizing grunts.     Within thirty seconds, he made a different noise after a few gentle flicks at strategic points with the SCENAR on his right arm and shoulder.   It was the shout of glee, as Alan was able move his arm and shoulder over a full range of movement, with absolutely no pain!   “Are you some kind of magician?” he asked.

I replied that this was not just a magic trick.   I explained that there was a logic in what I had done.   I told him that there are specific activator points in the body, and when these points are stimulated, they can bring about a release at either the points themselves or sometimes at locations some distance from those points.

“Well, how did you manage to achieve that in such a gentle way when all previous treatment was so aggressive in comparison?” he asked.

My reply was that it appeared to me that the previous treatment was the wrong treatment, and specifically, it was probably far too hard.

I said to Alan, “If you were standing facing me at the end of the treatment room and I came running straight at you from the other end of the room, would you just stand there, or would you take evasive measures?”

“I think I would try to get out of the way,” he replied

‘Well, that is exactly how your arm and shoulder would have responded to your previous hard treatments,” I answered.

“How long do you expect this brief shoulder treatment to last?” he asked.

I said that I would leave the arm and shoulder alone and then re-assess the situation at the end of the session after checking the rest of his body.  Alan’s back and sciatic areas were fine when we completed that session, and so were his right arm and shoulder.’’

Now, some four years later, the right arm and shoulder are still in proper working order!   Alan just comes to see me for periodic physical maintenance when he comes to Adelaide.

The moral of this story is that when the human body is in need of physical treatment, whether by using SCENAR, or by using any other protocols, the old and hackneyed “No Pain, No Gain” has much to answer for!