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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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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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College Athlete Liz Shares an Update After Scrambler Therapy in 2014 for CRPS

LizLiz treated here with us in November of 2014. She was battling increasingly severe CRPS symptoms and it was keeping her from sports (she’s a superstar basketball player) and just enjoying college.

She was diagnosed with CRPS after a nasty basketball injury to her right leg. Using crutches when she arrived here in NJ from Missouri, she was dealing with  a consistent pain level of 8 / 10.

When traditional pain medications and therapeutic treatments don’t lessen your CRPS pain or physical symptoms

Just 18-years-old, Liz had already been to a number of hospitals and physician specialists who prescribed several different medications and physical therapy. Unfortunately, none of these efforts reduced her pain.

She’s one of those people whose engaging personality just fills up any room she enters. For her to be suffering from CRPS was heartbreaking.

She and her family were savvy about her treatment plan--her diagnosis was relatively new and she aggressively sought a drug-free therapy before the condition worsened. When traditional medications and therapies were not successful, the family decided to try an alternative treatment.

Pain relief begins by scrambling the pain message from the brain

Once we started Liz’s treatment, her pain relief started after the first Calmare MC-5A treatment. By the end of the 10-treatment cycle, she was pain-free.

We checked in with her via Twitter this morning (where you go to reach anyone under 25, we have learned) and she immediately responded:

@CalmareNJ Tell everyone there hello! I’m doing great! Back at school and working- all thanks to you guys!

Might Calmare scrambler therapy be right for your chronic pain condition?

Fill in the information below and we’ll be happy to reach out to you:

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U.S. Air Force Medical Wing publishes story about their success with Calmare scrambler therapy





To be honest, we’ve lost count of how many U.S. Military hospitals are using the Calmare Pain Therapy device as a drug-free treatment to lessen or eliminate several types of chronic pain–from combat injuries or as a result of diagnosed medical conditions.

This article was written by the 779th Medical Wing of the U.S. Air Force and highlights the positive outcome of a soldier suffering with severe restless leg syndrome (RLS) for seven long years.

After 10 treatments of scrambler therapy, the treating doctor reported:

“One patient had pain from his knees to toes for seven years. After the first treatment, he was able to feel the bottom of his feet while walking with no pain in his legs. After the second treatment he was pain free and had no symptoms of numbness or burning. No further treatments were required,” said Dr. Thomas Piazza, a physician acupuncturist at the Air Force Acupuncture Center at the 779th Medical Group.”

If you or a loved one has served in the U.S. Military and is experiencing peripheral neuropathy, check this list of hospitals offering Calmare scrambler therapy:

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Quebec, Australia, Indiana, Louisiana this week

world-mapIn a waiting room survey today, we realized we have patients receiving Calmare Therapy from two countries, Louisiana and Indiana.
There must be some good conversations happening out there!
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Charles Osgood reports on Mayo Clinic Calmare Trial

TheOsgoodFileThe highly regarded journalist Charles Osgood, author of the  long-running Osgood File, reported on a new clinical trial at Mayo Clinic featuring a woman who battled cancer with chemotherapy. Unfortunately, the treatment left her with a severe chronic pain condition called chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy (chronic pain) or CIPN.

The patient, Karen, had pain that was so severe she could barely walk.

She heard about a new treatment for chronic pain called scrambler therapy being offered at the Mayo Clinic and signed up. Once cleared for the trial, Karen began daily Calmare treatments, which are pain-free and have no side effects.

During the interview with Osgood, Karen reported that  Calmare started working after the very first treatment. After four treatments, the pain she had endured for more than a decade was gone.

“It wasosgood so incredible that I hadn’t felt pain-free for so many years that I guess I didn’t expect it to last,” Karen says during the interview.

More than a year after her treatment, she continues to be pain-free.

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Dr. Loprinzi from Mayo Clinic reports outstanding outcomes using Calmare scrambler therapy

Reuters video image

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney

I was very pleased to see this national media report from reporter Ben Gruber at Reuters News Service about a doctor at Mayo Clinic who is achieving very positive cancer patient outcomes using Calmare scrambler therapy to treat post-treatment pain.

Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy is a common but extremely painful condition many cancer patients suffer from as a side effect after chemotherapy treatment. Finding successful pain management solutions to treat this debilitating pain have been particularly challenging.

mayo clinicBut Dr. Charles L. Loprinzi, a highly regarded oncologist and professor at  the Mayo Clinic, has been conducting clinical trials using scrambler therapy to help cancer patients for the past three years. Today, he’s sharing his positive findings with the national media about his success using the scrambler machine.

The majority of chronic pain patients we have seen here at Calmare Therapy NJ are being treated for severe chronic pain for additional neuropathic conditions —  fibromyalgia, shingles, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and post-surgical pain.

The recovering cancer patients with CIPN we have treated to date have also experienced outstanding outcomes, however.

Cancer-related neuropathy affects 33% of cancer survivors

Chemotherapy is one of the most common (but powerful and often debilitating) treatments to combat several types of cancer. Thankfully, many patients survive as a result of this drug but thousands are left with chronic pain as a long-term side effect.

A new report states that a third of all cancer survivors experience long-term post-treatment pain after undergoing chemo:


Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment received its initial FDA clearance as a treatment specifically for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, or CIPN.

Here’s an account of a Calmare patient who came to us here in New Jersey from Europe to treat her ongoing post-chemo neuropathy.

Mayo Clinic has been engaged in Calmare scrambler clinical trials for the past two years. The Massey Cancer Center at VCU has also been engaged in fruitful research.

You can find another clinical trial/research performed by doctors and researchers at the Paul Carbone Cancer Center at the University of Wisconsin here

Teaching hospitals using Calmare Therapy

The device is currently being used in the U.S. at these key teaching hospitals:

  • Virginia Commonwealth University’s Massey Cancer Center
  • Paul Carbone Cancer Center at University of Wisconsin-Madison

We talk with patients and families every day about pain

If you or a loved one is dealing with pain after chemotherapy treatment, you know how difficult it can be. Dr. Michael Cooney talks with patients and families every day about if / how Calmare scrambler therapy treatment may help lessen or even alleviate CIPN. Feel free to reach out to the Calmare NJ team.

Calmare booster treatments for follow-up pain management care

RAM logoFor patients with severe chronic pain conditions appropriate for Calmare Therapy, the standard treatment protocol is 10 consistent treatments over a two-week period. Most of the time, each treatment lasts from 30 minutes to an hour, but every patient is unique.

Depending on the severity of the original condition and the length of time the patient has been experiencing chronic pain, periodic booster treatments may be required to combat any post-treatment return of pain. camare foot image with leads

Keep in mind, many of our patients never need further therapy but in RSD / CRPS, Fibromyalgia cases, and other conditions resulting in long-term chronic pain, booster treatments can be extremely useful against any eventual elevation in pain.

How many booster treatments will I need?

The number of booster treatments required ranges from one to four treatments. Patients who experience a recurrence of pain should document when the pain returns and subsides and if any environmental issues were involved (stress, weather, overuse of the affected area) or if there was no specific cause for the elevation of pain.

Dr. Michael Cooney discusses Calmare booster treatments and why they can be helpful to some patients.

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If you have additional questions about Calmare Therapy or booster treatments, contact us at 201. 933.4440.

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