Phantom limb pain

Phantom limb pain


Phantom limb pain is a very common condition after amputation. Phantom limb syndrome is characterized by ghostly sensations in amputated limbs. These sensations can make the patient feel that the missing body part is still present and functioning (the brain is still working/ “communicating” with it). Even though the limb is gone, the nerve endings at the site of the amputation continue to send pain signals to the brain that make the brain think the limb is still there. Sometimes the brain memory of pain is retained and interpreted as pain, regardless of signals from damaged nerves.

The number of people who have phantom limb pain is not known exactly, but it is thought to affect up to 80% of amputees.

Painful neuroma is a common consequence of peripheral nerve injury, which is usually poorly amenable to pharmacological treatment as we know, neuromas are points of nociception and hyperalgesia.

Pain management after amputation is very important for physical rehabilitation. Conservative therapy of phantom pain is based on the complex use of painkillers, psychotropic pharmaceuticals, physiotherapy, therapeutic blockades, psychotherapy, Mirror Therapy, massage.

All of the above methods of treatment have a recognized therapeutic value, but the occurrence of the phenomenon of cellular accommodation tends to reduce the response of the body, in fact, reducing the potentially achievable therapeutic result.

SCENAR therapy, on the other hand, differs from other instrumental therapies. SCENAR® is based on the principle of bio controlled electro regulation. Dynamic electrical SCENAR pulses change automatically during treatment, assessing the biological reactions of the body’s skin impedance under the electrode space. This allows for maximizing and accelerating the body’s responses as the dynamic impulse is able to bypass our body’s ability to adapt to constant stimulation over time.

SCENAR treatment of neuroma through the skin surfaces of an amputated limb leads to the activation of the endogenous opiate system simultaneously with sending information related to the bone marrow and, consequently, to the central nervous system.

Standard SCENAR techniques used for phantom limb pain treatment can be divided into:

  1. “Diagnostics” – search for zones (D-4 or Small Asymmetries) that need treatment;
  2. SCENAR therapy – treatment of the region of the lumbar and cervical sympathetic ganglia with individual selection of the signal parameters or using Presets.

In the treatment of the phantom pain, the situations like following may happen:

  • When it is extremely challenging to treat Local zone of the amputation stumps (bandage/ cast/plaster);
  • When there is no dynamics of the complaint (reason for complaints often lies elsewhere).

In such cases it is necessary to search for other reflex zones /areas of the body which have an energetic connection to stimulate new adaptive and regulatory processes (so-called reciprocal zones).

RITMSCENAR USA is organizing a very special webinar

Please register in advance for this ZOOM meeting:

Reciprocal principles in SCENAR therapy

Our trainer Dr. Elena Rassomakhina, MD, (“Alter Homeo HB”, Sweden) is a medical doctor who specializes in practical internal medicine and nephrology and a highly esteemed SCENAR therapy trainer in Europe and the USA. Dr Elena has developed her own approach to SCENAR treatment (complemented by other techniques) which focuses on fast results with long-lasting effect.

By attending this seminar, you will expand your wellness mindset and develop new skills on successful SCENAR therapy.

The seminar will be presented in English.


Tags: electrotherapy SCENAR®, FOR PAIN RELIEF, Neurostimulation, webinar

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