Will Scrambler Therapy cure my pain?

Written by Rebecca Chalupsky on Scrambler Therapy.
17th January, 2020.

Pain is complex and fascinating. It is there for our protection and survival. However, when pain persists and no longer acts to protect but limit your movement and everyday activities, it really becomes a pain! If you are reading this, you probably know exactly what I mean. Pain can make us suffer both physically and emotionally.

You are probably seeking a cure. 

What kind of pain does Scrambler Therapy work for?
If your doctor or pain specialist has diagnosed your pain as “neuropathic” (nerve pain) or if your pain is related to cancer, you may be a suitable candidate for Scrambler Therapy.

If your pain is due to an acute injury or musculoskeletal conditions, Scrambler Therapy will not provide you with lasting pain relief. We do not recommend Scrambler Therapy if you know that your pain is not neuropathic or cancer-related.

Scrambler Therapy only provides lasting relief to neuropathic pain or cancer-related pain.

 Is Scrambler Therapy a quick fix?
We are all looking for a quick fix. Minimal effort and maximal gain. This mindset has helped us as a society to become more efficient in our everyday lives. However, this mindset is not helpful when it comes to our health. There are no quick-fixes, instant-abs or 30min makeovers when it comes to our health – and especially persistent pain. 

In healthcare, we can put treatments into two boxes:

  1. The passive treatment box, and
  2. The active treatment box.

When we refer to passive treatment, we mean treatments that don’t require much effort from their participant. Passive treatments are things like medications, lotions or massages. All clients need to do is sit back and let the doctor, therapist or treating professional work their magic. Again, this approach works just fine in many cases. Popping a pill or receiving a manual therapy to fix a health problem is a perfectly reasonable solution in many cases.

However, there are times when passive treatments are not the best approach.

You may have guessed it by now – active treatment is quite the opposite! An active treatment approach requires the client to actively participate in their treatment, therapy or intervention. An active treatment approach is often the best way to ‘cure’ problems that happen because of a client’s lifestyle.

While diet pills may help in the short-term, they are very rarely a long-term fix. If you want to lose weight and maintain it, an active approach is needed. A client needs to actively participate in an exercise program or actively change their diet to see lasting change.

Active treatment is difficult because it requires clients to change their behaviour.

An active treatment approach is the best approach to take when managing persistent pain.
What does this have to do with Scrambler Therapy? Quite a lot actually.
If you understand how Scrambler Therapy works, you can now guess which treatment box it fits in. That’s correct: the passive box.
Is passive treatment the best approach to managing persistent pain? No.

Scrambler Therapy may reduce your pain but it is not a quick-fix solution.
Complete removal of pain after a 10-session treatment cycle of Scrambler Therapy is not a reasonable expectation. While everybody is unique, and some have achieved complete removal of pain, the pain very rarely remains gone forever.

Research data indicate that 80% of client will achieve a 50% or greater reduction in average pain levels after a 10-session treatment cycle.

This means, expecting your pain to be half as painful as it is now, is a more reasonable expectation. And your pain is likely to gradually return over time. This means that an active treatment approach is required for maximal gain and longevity of pain management outcomes.

Our mission at Lifeworks Occupational Therapy is to enable clients to participate in the areas of life that are important to them, and achieve an optimal quality of life, through occupational therapy. Scrambler Therapy is just another tool in our toolbox.

Our aim with Scrambler Therapy is not only to reduce your pain, but also to give you the knowledge, courage and confidence to actively manage your pain, overcome your barriers and live your best life possible.

Sounds great, how do I start?
You will firstly need a referral from your Doctor or Pain Specialist. Have a look at “Getting Started” or simply give us a call on 0451 178 880 or email us at reception@lifeworksot.com.au for more information.

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Will Scrambler Therapy Cure my Pain?

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