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Trish travels across the world to try Calmare Therapy

December 1, 2015

Posted by the Calmare NJ Team

If you could discover something to lessen or alleviate your pain and renew your quality of life, you’d go to the end of the earth to get it.

Trish and her daughter did just that.

Trish and Dr. CHer life was increasingly sidelined by the effects of CRPS after an injury to her thumb five years ago. With fortitude and resilience,  she underwent treatments, tried various medications, submitted to nerve blocks and other painful procedures in search of a cure to her neuropathic pain, without any marked success.

But she and her family refused to surrender to this disease.

After reading about other people who had achieved significant pain and symptom relief Trish on machinewith Calmare scrambler therapy performed by chiropractor Dr. Michael Cooney in New Jersey, USA, (including some of her fellow Aussies) she and her daughter ultimately decided it was worth the gamble (and the long, long 24-hour flight).

We are delighted to present Trish’s special video story below, which she generously offered to share:

A few weeks after she was back home safe and sound in Australia, her daughter dropped us this message:

“So just letting you know mum walked the dog with me last night around the block! First time in years and years!!”

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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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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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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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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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I am a CRPS Warrior

michelle P and me

September 15, 2015

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

September 1, 2015

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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