Calmare Scrambler Therapy

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How to Prepare for Your Calmare Scrambler Therapy Treatments

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

It’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?

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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.

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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 reportFor 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.

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I am a CRPS Warrior

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By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

Our patient Michelle from Australia returned to our clinic here in NJ for a few Calmare booster treatments last week.

When she arrived here for the first time, she had spent the last four years in a wheelchair due to CRPS. (She’s shown here presenting me with a CRPS Warrior Medal for my efforts to help the RSD / CRPS community).

She experienced a pain recurrence and before the pain level elevated, she wisely decided to take action and come in for a few treatments.

Michelle is one of the leaders of a CRPS group in Australia seeking doctors there who are willing to obtain the proper training and begin offering Calmare scrambler therapy in their country. If anyone can get this job done, she will!

Until then, she and her loved ones are willing to make the herculean trip here to the U.S. in order to keep her disease–and the pain–under control.

I’m happy to report she left at a 0/1 pain level after three treatments and no longer needing her walking stick.

My support of this machine to treat people battling RSD and CRPS is unrelenting. I’ve seen it restore and improve the lives of so many good people living with chronic pain every day.

Narcotics, injections, spinal cord stimulators and invasive devices simply don’t work, much of the time.

Does it work for everyone? Sadly, no. But we’re going to keep trying, patient by patient.

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Why Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment is ideal for children and teens with chronic pain

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

The last thing any parent or caregiver wants to do is subject their child to pain—even if the goal is to help decrease pain.

In addition, no parent I’ve ever met wants to give their child narcotics to combat pain, even for the short-term.

But, if your child is suffering, you’ll do just about anything to help them.

I realized that during the month of August here in our New Jersey Calmare clinic, about 70 percent of the patients we treated for neuropathy using scrambler therapy were under 30 years old.

And about 50 percent of those patients were under age 18.

Why Calmare scrambler therapy is an ideal treatment for pediatric neuropathyGabriel_6.2015

  • FDA-cleared 510(k)-cleared and European CE mark-certified
  • Pain free
  • Non-invasive (no injections, IV’s, outpatient procedures–nothing)
  • Drug-free (no narcotics, nothing over-the-counter).
  • No side effects (the most you may experience is a light humming sensation which we can adapt if your skin is unable to sustain any kind of touch)

How does scrambler therapy work?

Children or teenagers are comfortably connected to the Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment® device via small electrodes (similar to those used in EKG and other medical procedures) placed on the patient’s skin at the pain site/s.

The device then sends a very low current of electrical stimulation through the skin and nerve fibers, which carries a “no pain” signal to the brain, essentially overriding the previous pain signal.

Abby Bluteau getting treatment_2015We recommend the child have books, magazines or handheld entertainment to help pass the time during the treatments (see Abby at left).

In some cases, pain relief has been reported after the first treatment, but each child’s case is unique.

During the 35-minute daily treatments performed over a two-week period, the patient’s pain steadily decreases with the goal of sending the child or teen home without the need for wheelchairs, canes or any supportive devices.

Once the child is back home, after ample rest and care is taken not to “do too much too soon,” many pediatric patients return to school and normal daily activities.

Can you share some pediatric patient Calmare Therapy success stories?


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Jamie 2_8.2015Jamie



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Calmare Therapy warrior Jamie checks in since his 2012 treatment

Calmare scrambler therapy is not a “cure” for RSD or CRPS.

But in Jamie 2_8.2015the best possible scenario for patients who undergo the 10-treatment series, it can put the severe pain and physical symptoms:

  • allodynia
  • severe temperature fluctuations
  • sensitivity to touch
  • debilitating pain and muscle weakness

into a remission state and restore the patient’s quality of life.

As you may know from our patient stories, we are treating many children, teens and young adults with this condition, many successfully.

Some patients, like Jamie, who we treated for shoulder pain three years ago, have never needed  additional scrambler therapy “booster treatments” but some patients do need them periodically. From my experience, most patients who require boosters need fewer as time goes on and they can sustain a pain recurrence for longer periods of time.

Click here to learn more about Calmare Therapy Booster Treatments

Jamie’s mother Joan was kind enough to check in last week and shared the following:

Jamie_8.2015“Here is a blast from the past. This is Joan.  In Jan/Feb 2012 you fixed my son’s shoulder pain.  Jamie is doing great shoulder wise. Almost 6 ft. tall and has his learner’s permit!

Here he is out in the back yard with a friend throwing a Frisbee so I took a few photos for you. Left arm/shoulder doing just fine as you can see!

Thanks again. I do not even want to think about what life would have been like these last 3 years if you hadn’t helped him.”

It’s hard to describe what these messages mean to all of us from former patients. For children and young adults who are riddled with debilitating neuropathy is particularly difficult.

But when we receive these kind of messages? It makes all the daily challenges more than worth it.

Thank you for reaching out Joan. Great to hear from you. And to Jamie–be careful on the roads!

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Josh Overcomes RSD Pain with Calmare Therapy and Marries his True Love

There’s nothing we love more than a happy ending after a long battle with treatment-resistant neuropathy.

We talked with Josh several times before he and his girlfriend decided to come to NJ and undergo Calmare Therapy for his spreading RSD after a hand injury two years ago.

As you know from his earlier story, after being treated by our clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney, who specializes in CRPS and RSD patients, he left our clinic with little or no pain–and a future wife!

Now newlyweds, Josh and his bride are on their way to living happily ever after.

Josh is a smart man, to be sure. He messaged us this morning saying,

“Married life is amazing. Our wedding day was perfect and I mentioned your name in my vows while holding _____’s hand with my left hand! We had a gorgeous day and it went so smoothly we couldn’t believe it. I am slowly gaining back the muscle I had lost, still listening to my body and resting the instant I feel weak or sore in any way.”

Thank YOU Josh, for allowing us to share your inspiring story. Take good care. Call us if you need us.

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Abby charts her post-Calmare treatment on a Facebook page

Abby Bluteau_6.2015Earlier this summer, 13-year-old Abby and her mother were here to treat her severe CRPS. She arrived in a wheelchair with pain on her whole left side. The family was worried Abby would soon have full-body RSD.

Before her treatment began, her mother Danielle asked what she Abby Bluteau getting treatment_2015dreamed of doing if Calmare scrambler therapy was successful.

Abby responded she’s like to run and jump on the beach in Maine.

Well this week, that dream became a reality and her mother shared it on our Facebook timeline this morning.

For parents or teens battling CRPS / RSD, you may wish to read Abby’s chronicle of her journey before, during and after therapy with our clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney, here in New Jersey.

facebook-iconA Teenager’s Journey with CRPS shows a brief video of Abby last week.  Running on the beach. In Maine.

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Dr. Cooney takes a little R&R for family time

Dr. Cooney vaca 2015

August 11, 2015

Even the doctor needs to take a deep breath now and then.

It was time for me to take a breather last week. My wife and I took our daughter away to celebrate her 16th birthday.

She had to pry me away from my patients, but I know a little respite is good for my own health.

We enjoyed a great getaway with some wonderful weather and delicious food.

Time goes by quickly. Enjoy every day.

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Tammy Moved to Tears Discussing Her Successful Calmare Scrambler Therapy Outcome

By Barbara, Office Manager, Calmare Therapy NJ

Since Dr. Cooney became one of the first certified providers of Calmare scrambler therapy in the U.S., our clinic has changed dramatically.

Before CalmBarbaraare, we welcomed patients with acute and chronic pain issues from New Jersey and the metro New York City region.

But, suddenly, with the introduction of scrambler therapy, we were treating patients from around the country and, soon, around the world.

This week, I’m sharing a great Calmare story about Tammy who was here just a few weeks ago from California. Her husband discovered Dr. Cooney and decided to travel 3,000 so that he lovely wife could be treated by him.

She had undergone surgery on her finger which unfortunately resulted in Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy – RSD that eventually began to spread to her hand and then into her wrist.

Tammy had undergone other treatments for the pain, including opioids, which she really disliked.

But after the first few treatments performed by Dr. Cooney, our clinical director, who treats every Calmare patient himself, her throbbing and swelling began to diminish more and more with each session.

Actually, I’ll let Tammy tell the rest of her story herself.

Would you like to determine if Calmare scrambler therapy might be right for your treatment-resistant chronic pain?  We’d be happy to help. Just fill out the info below, please:


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