Katherine will introduce a type of electrotherapy, first developed by the Russians as part of the space programme. Russian scientists invented SCENAR therapy with the aim of being able to treat cosmonauts who became ill during space travel. SCENAR stands for Self-Controlled Electro Neuro Adaptive Regulation (the acronym works in Russian as well as English). It combines elements of conventional western understandings of physiology and pathology with eastern theories, especially Traditional Chinese Medicine and the meridian system. Katherine has been practising this since 2001, updating her original Russian device after a few years to an improved version called InterX, and recently upgrading again to PhysioKey, which is the same basic therapy, with improvements to its programmes and protocols.
The device is licensed in the UK as a treatment for pain relief. However, many people find that it often successfully treats the underlying causes of the pain, so that in many cases no further treatment is necessary once a course is finished (length depends, of course, on the nature of the complaint).
It is a small, hand-held device, with an electrode which operates by direct skin contact, delivering a signal which is felt as a pleasant tingle most of the time, and is designed to mimic the nerve signal. It also reads signals from the skin and changes its stimulation accordingly, depending on the program used. This feedback makes it very different from much simpler devices for pain relief such as the TENS machine. It is a pleasant treatment to receive, and rarely causes any adverse effects.
Katherine will talk about the device and hope to demonstrate it on helpful members of the audience!
Individual treatments will be available during the week, at a cost of £30 per session.
Katherine began her career as a musician, playing and teaching the flute, and also qualifying as a music therapist. She then took a second degree in physiology, followed by a PhD and some years as a post-doc in rheumatology. After this she spent the last 22 years of her career working in mental health. Rheumatology and psychiatry together have made her very sceptical of conventional medicine’s dependence on medication, and she has developed a strong interest in alternatives of all kinds.