Neuromodulation (Scrambler Therapy)
Scrambler Therapy (ST) is a form of non-invasive neuromodulation, used in the treatment of chronic pain. It was created in Italy, and is widely used in Europe and America. ST has been available in Australia for the past 1-2 years, and for the first time, is now available in Western Australia. ST was designed to treat the types of chronic neuropathic (nerve) pain, and oncological (cancer) pain that do not respond well to other treatments.
ST involves placement of electrodes on the skin surrounding the painful area. The area is then comfortably stimulated through the surface receptors, modulating the nervous system. It is important to be aware that ST has no curative value for any underlying disease, and it can only be used to alter the perception of pain. The evidence to date shows that Scrambler Therapy can be highly effective and have long-lasting effects. Research shows that the treatment effectively reduces pain in approximately 80% of patients, when applied correctly, without any known side-effects.
The types of conditions that can be treated with ST include complex regional pain syndrome, trigeminal neuralgia, low back pain, failed back surgery syndrome, sciatic pain, spinal stenosis, postherpetic neuralgia (shingles), phantom limb pain, fibromyalgia pain, diabetic neuropathy, cancer pain, chemotherapy induced neuropathy, and most other forms of chronic neuropathic pain.
The usual treatment involves a course of up to ten daily 45 minute sessions over a period of up to two weeks (Monday to Friday only). During this time, the patient will also be provided advice on methods to optimise the benefits of ST, such as the use of activity management or neural calming strategies. Treatment is ceased prior to ten sessions if the patient experiences a period of over 24 hours with no pain. ST is only conducted at the Lifeworks Clinic in Subiaco. A medical consent form and a number of other documents will need to be completed prior to treatment.
More information on Scrambler Therapy can be found at: https://www.scramblertherapy.org/patientinfo.htm
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