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Texas Mother with CRPS Finally Achieves Pain Relief with Calmare Scrambler Therapy

November 17, 2015

Kelly is a happy, full-of-life young mother who endured debilitating pain and limited mobility after a CRPS diagnosis as a result of knee replacement surgery.

After trying invasive treatments, including Ketamine therapy (“I wouldn’t wish that on anyone…”) she discovered Calmare scrambler therapy and traveled 3,000 to be treated by Dr. Michael Cooney, clinical director, Calmare Therapy NJ, USA.

Before she headed home to her family, she shared her experience in this video:

Are you or a loved one battling RSD, CRPS or another chronic pain condition?

Our Calmare team would be happy to talk with you about your specific case. Keep in mind, scrambler therapy isn’t right for everyone. If you’d like to know more, just fill out the online info card below:

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Share a little kindness in difficult times

kindNovember 16, 2015

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director, Calmare Therapy NJ USA

Every week our office adopts an attribute for our team to focus on and we all try our hardest to exhibit this behavior.

In the past, our weekly words have been meticulous, tenacious, gregarious, fervent.

When faced with the task this morning, it was a tough assignment given current events.

While we may not be able to control what happened, we can focus on being especially kind to our fellow-man during these difficult times.

This way, we all feel better.

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The Calmare Connection Joins Two Women from Texas and Australia

November 13, 2015

BlackburnDianne came to us from Texas suffering from full-body RSD.

She was initially injured as a child and has been suffering with chronic pain for decades.

Despite her serious healthcare challenges, she was able to earn her Registered Nurse (RN) degree while she experienced some remission.

But following back surgery in 2000, the RSD flared its ugly head yet again.

Over the years, Dianne underwent several different therapies and tried various prescribed medications to help lessen the pain.

A long history of unsuccessful neuropathic pain treatments

As most RSD patients can confirm, these efforts were unfortunately unsuccessful. Dianne had repeated nerve blocks, Ketamine, not-one-but-two spinal stimulators impanted, an implanted drug pump and used several powerful medications, to no avail.

Equally frustrating, the side effects from all the prescribed drugs opened the door to listlessness, weight gain, depression, too much sleep and/or insomnia.

But even while ensuring all these obstacles, with the support of her family, she didn’t give up looking for pain and symptom relief.

Using her own health and medical education expertise, she never stopped searching for new therapies to help overcome the severe RSD symptoms.

Two women worlds apart find common ground with chronic pain

From Texas, she connected online with our patient Michelle, who had a similar medical history, who had traveled from Australia to New Jersey for Calmare scrambler therapy and sustained an outstanding patient outcome.

Michelle shares her Calmare Therapy NJ story here:

Calmare Technology 2012After many texts and emails back and forth, Dianne and her husband decided to make the long 3,000 mile trip to New Jersey where she underwent ten 30-minute scrambler therapy treatments each day.

Steadily, her pain began to decrease and each day, the pain relief lasted for longer periods of time.

She told Dr. Cooney she really couldn’t describe what she felt as her pain began to diminish because it had been so long since she had experienced any relief.

An ‘astonished’ Texan finally achieves RSD pain relief

Earlier this week, Dianne completed her treatments and reported an “astonished” 0 pain level upon her departure. She also significantly reduced her medication needs.

Because of the long-term severity of her condition, Dianne may need to return periodically for booster treatments. We’ve advised her to take it easy, sleep at least 8-hours a night, do not  “do too much” each day, and slowly get back to enjoying her life again, which she so richly deserves.

Calmare logoWould You Like to Talk with Us About Your Chronic Pain Condition?

Call us at 201-933-4440, email us at or fill out the info below and we’ll be happy to contact you:

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CRPS Month Means So Much to Us Here at Calmare Therapy NJ

November 3, 2015
Abbey_CRPS Day

Hi Everyone!

It’s Barb from the Calmare Clinic in New Jersey. Everything is coming up orange as we commemorate CRPS Awareness Month. It’s amazing to see how this effort has literally gone worldwide.

We’ll be sending pictures soon about how we are honoring this effort in our offices.

This morning, it was a thrill for us to see this message from Danielle from Vermont talking about her young daughter who treated here with us:

“On this day of bringing national awareness to the disease Abby lives with Abby Bluteau_6.2015daily … CRPS, I am so very thankful for Dr. Cooney at Calmare NJ for his love and dedication to helping those who suffer like Abby. He gave my daughter her life back with Calmare therapy! You are a blessing to all whose lives you touch!”‪ #‎CRPSORANGEDAY‬

Needless to say, it’s wonderful messages like these that inspire us even more to help people living with chronic pain every day.

This is a battle we are going to win, one by one.

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Taking a deep breath and enjoying family time

October 27, 2015MC at Lacrosse_10.15

Even the doctor needs a little R&R occasionally.

My daughter plays lacrosse all over the region every weekend.

This time of year, the scenery is beautiful and the air is fresh and invigorating.

Great memories, great times.

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Mayo Clinic shares another CRPS patient positive outcome after Calmare Therapy

October 23, 2015

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

Slowly but surely, the major research institutions are beginning to recognize what we’ve been doing here in New Jersey for the past four years is truly worth studying and testing–

mayo clinicYesterday, the Mayo Clinic reported on another clinical trial patient battling complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and the remarkable outcome she achieved after undergoing Calmare’s MC-5A scrambler therapy treatments.

Patient Quotation (excerpt):

“I had accepted the fact that I’d probably live my entire life in pain,” she says. “Now, the scrambler is working wonders for me. For the first time in five years, I feel like I’ve finally found a treatment that can permanently change my future.”1

How does Calmare’s scrambler device work?

The Mayo Clinic explains (excerpt):

“Scrambler therapy works by using a nerve stimulation device to mix another signal into the transmission from the damaged nerves to the brain. Basically, it replaces the information that signals pain with information that does not signal pain. The therapy involves placing electrodes connected to the scrambler device on the skin near damaged nerves. The scrambler sends painless electrical signals to those nerves that they relay to the brain. The new signals break the pain cycle and retrain the brain to understand that it is not really experiencing pain.”1

Ensure your Calmare provider has extensive expertise treating CRPS and RSD successfully

I’ve stated this before but it bears repeating:

Calmare is a “provider dependent” therapy:

camare foot image with leadsYour Calmare doctor determines the exact placement of your leads (key to transmitting the pain signal messaging) in accordance with the original injury site.

Depending on the patient’s response, these leads may need to be moved at some point during the 10-treatment series.

The doctor must understand the anatomy of the body and the manner in which the pain message is being transmitted to and from the brain in order for Calmare to optimally do its job.

If the doctor does not accomplish this task, the patient’s pain  and symptom relief can be significantly diminished–or not successful at all.

Calmare Certified Location LogoTwo key questions to ask your potential Calmare provider:

  1. Are you Calmare Certified?
  2. How many patients have you successfully treated with (your specific medical condition): CRPS, RSD, PHN, CIPN, diabetic neuropathy, post-surgical pain…

Scrambler Therapy can relieve debilitating pain and symptoms from several neuropathic conditions

Here in New Jersey, we specialize in treating CRPS and RSD. But we have also achieved outstanding patient outcomes treating many other conditions as well:

I’d like to learn more about using the Calmare device to treat my chronic pain condition

Great!  You can call us directly at 201.933.4440 and talk with our CRPS team specialists (or ask to speak to me directly). If I’m with a patient, I’ll call you back. You are also welcome to email me at

Or fill out the information below and we’ll reach out to you:

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Brigham Young University Joins Mayo Clinic and Others in Calmare Therapy Trials

October 19, 2015

trialsWe love to share our own patients positive outcomes after scrambler therapy but it’s also important to report on people who have undergone Calmare treatment outside our clinic here in New Jersey.

Brigham Young University researchers recently 1024px-BYU_Medallion_Logo.svgoffered this update during their
Calmare clinical trial, supported by MRI monitoring, on their clinical trial patient outcomes using scrambler therapy treatment.

Along with clinical trials at Johns Hopkins, the Mayo Clinic and other universities, BYU researchers are studying MRI scans to determine exactly how the MC-5A device is altering the pain message in the brain to lessen and even alleviate several chronic pain in people with drug and treatment resistant neuropathy.

BYU Trial patient Jennifer McLean said: 

“It’s just kind of unbelievable dealing with it for so long and then not having the pain there. It’s really nice.” McLean said she feels something she’s not had for a long time: relief.

The constant excruciating, stabbing, pulsating neuropathy in her right hand and fingers is gradually diminishing because a new generation electrical stimulation device is sending another signal to her brain.

“It’s just been such a blessing to have some relief and to know there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel.”

BYU Trial patient Taylor Johnson reported:

Johnson said the pain was so bad he couldn’t stand on the leg. He suffered from this pain for nearly two years due to reflex neurovascular dystrophy. The disease sent pain signals to the brain even though there was no injury. After several treatments, the pain was gone and he was able to run, walk and do whatever activity he wanted.

BYU Trial patient Brock Roblin said after his Calmare treatments:

He had been suffering from intense pain for four years.

Like many others, Roblin had been through that endless loop of prescription medications, including a sleeping pill every night for two years, and the maximum dosage of an anti-convulsant drug. After several scrambler treatments, the burning sensation in the feet that would keep Brock awake at night disappeared. He was also no longer dependent on prescription drugs for pain.

Don’t give up your search for neuropathic pain relief

Calmare Therapy cannot help everyone living with neuropathy, unfortunately. But for people with many kinds of pain that does not respond to traditional therapy or medication, it has greatly improved lives.

We would be happy to talk with you about your specific medical condition. Just fill out the information below so we can get started. Right now, right here. Today.

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How to Prepare for Your Calmare Scrambler Therapy Treatments

October 8, 2015

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director, Calmare Therapy New Jersey 

ID-10053921It’s a good thing when I can’t recall how many patients we have treated using Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment since we began offering this revolutionary device in 2011.

Suffice it to say, we have welcomed many people with several different neuropathic conditions–pain after chemotherapy, post-surgical pain, diseases including Shingles, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Myofacial pain–from around the corner here in Bergen County, NJ to as far away as South Africa and Australia.

Once we mutually determine that Calmare may be a viable treatment option for pain and symptom reduction, it’s time to prepare to begin the 10-series treatment protocol.

Patients and families always ask us how to optimally prepare for the upcoming treatments–a very good question.

I thought this would be useful information to share with our blog readers as well.

Dr. Cooney’s Tips and Tools to Prepare for Your Calmare Therapy:
  1. Send us or bring any objective tests ( X-rays, EEG, MRI, EMG or cat scans) for our pre-treatment study).
  2. Wean off as many medications as possible–in partnership with your prescribing doctor/s. (Note: Each patient case is different. We’ll talk with you about your specific medication protocol and how best to address this issue.)
  3. Do not use any skin lotions 24-hours before each treatment.
  4. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring some hand-held entertainment to occupy you during each treatment, which lasts about 35 minutes.
  5. Fill out the Calmare NJ New Patient Forms in advance to save time once you arrive.
  6. Don’t be nervous!  The treatments are painless.

We are a positive and spirited team (as we hope you have heard!) and will be 100% sure to make you feel as comfortable as possible from your first visit to your last.

Would you like to talk with us about your chronic pain condition?

Just fill out the information below:

Photo Credit:  Stuart Miles –
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Bridget Overcomes Full Body CRPS Physical Side Effects with Calmare Pain Therapy

September 30, 2015

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director, Calmare Therapy NJ

One of the challenges treating (and fighting) chronic pain is that you usually can’t see it. Often, there are no outward signs of the neuropathy—no visible bruises, cuts or other physical symptoms.

But for some patients battling complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and other conditions, the discomfort from physical symptoms can actually rival the chronic pain.

CRPS is a notoriously difficult condition to treat using medications or various therapeutic options. It usually develops either following injury to a peripheral nerve (type II) or as a result of trauma without obvious peripheral nerve damage (type I). It presents with a characteristic constellation of sensory, motor, autonomic and vascular signs.

“Bridget” (not her real name for privacy reasons), a registered nurse no longer able to work, came to us with one of the most severe cases of CRPS (also called RSD) lesions we have seen since Michael was here a few years ago. She sent us these images (below) before she came to NJ to ensure we understood the severity of her skin condition.

Kelly before stomach
Bridget before 3
Bridget before 4
I was not deterred; we had treated this side effect in other patients battling RSD and CRPS.  Prior to coming to New Jersey, the 40-year-old told us that she spent “most of her time in bed.” 

Bridget Tries Several CRPS Treatments Prior to Scrambler Therapy in NJ

Working with several physicians and pain management specialists, Bridget took the usual regimen of pain medications, including Neurontin, to treat her neuropathy.

She also underwent these invasive treatments:

  • Stellate ganglion blocks (sympathetic nerve block administered into the front of the neck by injection)
  • Spinal cord stimulator (SCS) a device implanted into the spinal column (she has since removed the batteries from the device, no longer needing it)
  • Ketamine infusions

Severe CRPS Lesions

Bridget before 5Now suffering from fully body CRPS after sustaining a fall in 2012, Bridget was also dealing with increasingly large and inflamed lesions on her left flank and abdomen.

Due to the severity of the lesions, she had to be hospitalized during a period when they became infected. 

Bridget arrives at Calmare Therapy NJ at a 10/10 pain level

She was in extreme discomfort when she arrived her– her pain level was unrelenting and nearly unbearable.

In addition to the lesions shown here, Bridget was also forced to deal with these ongoing side effects:

  • Allodynia
  • Numbness in different parts of her body
  • Tingling / pins and needles sensations, sweating spells 24/7
  • Skin burning sensations and intermittent swelling
  • Electrical shock sensations
  • Severe sensitivity to temperature changes

Not surprisingly, she was virtually unable to sleep–which added another set of debilitating symptoms to face–including mental exhaustion and depression.

After Calmare Therapy: She heads home without pain for the first time in 3 years

Bridget finished up her treatment cycle a few weeks ago. (Due to the severity of her case, she underwent additional treatments). By the end, she had achieved a true pain-free state for the first time in over three years. She felt so pleased with her condition, Bridget removed the batteries from her SCS.

The majority of her symptoms noted above were gone. You can also see the overall improvement in her lesions below as well.  I expect them to continubridget after 3e to dimBridget after 1inish so long as she follows our post-treatment protocol.

Bridget left us mobile and able to perform a regular daily routine without help.  One of her last statements to me before leaving was, “It feels so weird to be pain-free. I’m just stunned.”

Might Calmare Therapy Be Right for You?

Welcome to a healthcare practice that is different from most others you may be experienced. At Calmare Therapy NJ, we specialize in drug-free treatments for severe chronic pain on a personalized, one-on-one basis. And, more often than not, you’ll talk at length with me–not a nurse or a staff member–about your condition. (If I don’t think the scrambler is right for you, I’ll tell you..)

Fill out the information below and I’ll be happy to you or a loved one to chat.  .

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Dr. Michael Cooney and Calmare Therapy Featured in National Pain Report

national pain reportSeptember 17, 2015

For years, we have been loyal readers of the National Pain Report due to its unique content focus (pain–its origins, causes and, most importantly, how to get rid of it) and willingness to cover emerging therapies to treat neuropathy.

Today, Dr. Cooney’s personal profile about scrambler therapy and its potential benefits is the featured story on their website:

“Scrambler Therapy − A New Way to Treat Chronic Pain Without Drugs or Invasive Devices”


“The majority of patients we treat with scrambler therapy arrive at our clinic frustrated and exhausted by the endless search for pain relief. Often, in desperation, they resort to surgery, experimental procedures outside the U.S. or powerful pain medications which leave them mentally and physically diminished by side effects.

I encourage people with treatment-resistant neuropathy and their families to consider less invasive alternative solutions to combat the effects of chronic pain. Surprisingly, the cost can be comparable to prescription medications and in-patient co-pays, in many cases. And the outcome can be life-changing.

Regardless of the pain therapy you choose, keep in mind there are treatments that do not involve narcotics, surgery or invasive procedures which can result in more pain and discomfort. Keep looking, talk to doctors, follow and keep up on the new research. There may very well be a solution out there to minimize your pain. But, often, it’s up to you to discover it.”

Thank you to the National Pain Report for publishing this article. More people in pain are going to learn about this alternative pain therapy and seek help.

I’d like to learn more about Calmare Scrambler Therapy

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