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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2014, Article ID 341256, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/341256
Research Article

A Postmarket Surveillance Study on Electro-Neuro-Adaptive-Regulator Therapy

1School of Health Professions, Murdoch University, Perth 6150, Australia
2School of Health Sciences, RMIT University, Melbourne 3000, Australia
3School of Psychological Science, Australian College of Applied Psychology, Sydney 2000, Australia
4University of Sydney, Sydney 2006, Australia
5Macquarie University, North Ryde 2109, Australia

Received 2 April 2014; Revised 15 May 2014; Accepted 19 May 2014; Published 5 June 2014

Academic Editor: Jenny M. Wilkinson

Copyright © 2014 Rod P. Bonello et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The Electro-Neuro-Adaptive-Regulator (ENAR) device is a hand-held electrotherapy which is applied using energetic medicine principles and aspects of acupuncture theory. The aim of this paper is to report the findings of a postmarket survey of persons who have used the ENAR device. The conditions for which the therapy was used and its perceived effectiveness are discussed. A web-based survey of Australian recipients of ENAR therapy was completed by 481 respondents. Most (76%) used ENAR exclusively for pain relief for musculoskeletal disorders, especially back, shoulder, and neck pain; 8% used ENAR exclusively for nonmusculoskeletal disorders; while 16% used ENAR for both. Respondents reported a mean reduction in pain of 70% (t(423) = 38.73, ) and functional improvement of 62% (t(423) = 10.45, ) using 11-point numerical rating scales. Following ENAR treatment, medication reduction was reported by 91% of respondents. Most respondents reported high satisfaction following ENAR therapy, with between 15 and 20% achieving complete pain relief. The self-delivery of ENAR may, in part, account for the high level of satisfaction.