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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.

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  • 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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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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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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Pattie from Australia: “We just didn’t give up hope”

July 24, 2015

Pattie from Australia_bestLast year, Pattie, our first of several patients from Australia, traveled to New Jersey, USA to try Calmare scrambler therapy. Developing a severe case of CRPS after knee replacement surgery, she had been through many unsuccessful treatments to overcome her severe post-surgical chronic pain.

When doctors eventually suggested implanting a spinal cord stimulator (SCS), Pattie and her husband concluded it was time to take matters into their own hands and find a solution to her CRPS on their own.

Researching Chronic Pain Alternative Treatments

After months of research, they discovered Calmare and learned that we specialize in RSD /CRPS treatment.

When we met Pattie after her arduous 24-hour flight, she was taking nearly 30 pain medications daily (which, sadly, is not unusual).

And so, we went to work.

Pattie Achieves 0 Pain Level and Dissolution of her CRPS Symptoms

After 11 treatments (she achieved a 0 pain level by the 10th treatment) Pattie left the U.S. pain-free in all parts of her body–including her knee–for the first time since her surgery three years ago (watch her personal video recap).

Our Calmare NJ family and her family will be friends for life, regardless of the fact that we live nearly 12,000 apart…

Pattie went back to Perth and was interviewed by the TV News where she shared her Calmare success story.

Pattie Sends an Update a Year Later

This busy wife and mother of four children sent us an update yesterday saying,

“Since my last treatment with you and at home I have been in remission from my CRPS pain and I’m down to only 3 meds a day–that’s a big difference from 30 meds a day! So life is better each day thanks to your dedication & kindness and your wonderful staff. Today I saw a pain specialist and he can’t believe I’m recovering from CRPS. He is now asking about Calmare! He said to me ‘you are a very lucky girl’ and I said it wasn’t luck at all. We just didn’t give up on ‘hope’. Thank you Doc for saving my life. Best wishes Pattie”

You can read Pattie’s full story here:

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Josh attacks his RSD using Calmare scrambler therapy and gets engaged–all in one week

We’ve been awaiting Josh Mowery’s arrival here for some time to combat his RSD.

He has sustained chronic hand pain (8 /10 on the pain scale) for more than two long years.

Josh started scrambler therapy treatments here with us on Monday, July 13, 2015.

After four daily sessions (lasting about 35-minutes each), his pain level is already down to a 1/2.hand during treatment

His swelling is also going down nicely.

Josh MowreyBut the good news doesn’t stop there–

Last night, he and his lovely girlfriend enjoyed a beautiful summer evening in New York City.

While basking in the city lights from the observation deck of the Empire State Building, Josh proposed!

The happy couple is here this morning while he undergoes treatment 5 of 10.

We’d say it’s been a rather good week for Josh.

We can’t wait to see what happens next week!

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New Brigham Young University research team to study Calmare scrambler therapy

trialsAdd another upcoming university-based, clinical research study about Calmare scrambler therapy to the list:

In addition to Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic, Massey Cancer Institute and others, BYU researchers will be conducting its own scrambler therapy study.

Dr. David Busath, heading up the research at Brigham Young University, stated, “I think the fooling the brain idea is a 1024px-BYU_Medallion_Logo.svglegitimate one…we’re convincing the brain in one area that this other area shouldn’t be hyperactive after all.”

Dr. Busath’s study protocol will consist of taking a patient  MRI for 20 minutes, then performing Calmare for 30 minutes, followed by another MRI.

Calmare provider and pain therapist Erick Bingham, not affiliated with the BYU study, stated in the article that the successful outcome for scrambler therapy patients depends on how the individual reacts after the very first treatment and believes patient response early on can be a predictor of the outcome. He says that 80 percent of the time, if the patient sustains a reduction in pain after that first treatment, they’re going to be a good candidate.

Dr. Bingham accurately noted that some patients will require periodic booster treatments while others remain pain-free with no need for future treatment.

Read the full article here

BYU scrambler therapy study candidates must have constant sharp pain in the hands or feet and not be on any anti-convulsant medication. Additionally, participants cannot have stents, pacemakers or other implants that would interfere with an MRI scan. Those wishing to apply for the two-phase study can contact Dr. Busath’s office at 801-422-8753.

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