what happens during a calmare treatment

November 24, 2020

The patient experience is of utmost importance to us at Calmare Therapy NJ, a leading US Calmare Therapy pain management clinic since 2011.

The people who undergo our scrambler therapy have been through months–often years–of neuropathic treatments and pain medication efforts that ultimately did not help lessen their pain.

We thought it would help to explain how a Calmare Therapy treatment is performed, so you can understand just how non-invasive the process is and be fully informed before you have your first session.

First, a quick recap about scrambler therapy and how it works–

Scrambler therapy uses a biophysical rather than a biochemical (medication) approach. A ‘no-pain’ message is transmitted to the nerve via surface electrodes applied to the skin in the region of the patient’s pain, but not directly on the pain region.

The perception of pain, being sent in error through the nerve by the misfiring brain message, is cancelled by the scrambler therapy device and replaced with a no-pain message.

How does this process feel?

With guidance from Dr. Michael Cooney, our clinical director and one of only seven Certified Calmare providers in the US, we’ve outlined the process for you below:

The scrambler therapy process at Calmare NJ USA

First and foremost, each patient has a lengthy phone, video or in-person consultation (Calmare NJ USA follows all CDC-recommended COVID-19 safety precautions and currently treats only one patient at a time in our clinic) with Dr. Cooney, where extensive medical history and previous treatment efforts (medications, therapies, surgeries, injections, etc.) are reviewed and discussed.

Dr. Cooney will also ask you about your pain management outcome goal–

Do you want to be 100 percent pain-free, or would a pain level around 2-3 be acceptable? Do you want to regain mobility, return to work or school or improve sleep quality?

Once the doctor makes the final determination that a potential patient is a suitable candidate to undergo Calmare Therapy, and the patient chooses to proceed with treatment, the first scrambler therapy will begin:

1. Dr. Cooney will use his 10 years of scrambler therapy clinical expertise, in accordance with each patient’s lab tests, medical history and patient input, to determine where to place up to 10 leads (chords that transmit a mild current) for optimal pain relief. Not to worry–leads and pads will never be placed directly on your pain site.

2. When the patient is comfortable, Dr. Cooney will set the MC-5A medical device to begin transmitting the low-level “no pain” signal, disseminated across several varying algorithms. This process, performed once per day for 10 days, is performed for about 35 minutes, in most cases. There is no pain during the treatment, other than a mild humming noise. You are welcome to rest, read or use a digital device during the session.

3. When the treatment is completed, Dr. Cooney will carefully remove each lead, and the patient is free to leave.

Between treatments, you may feel tired and sleep more than usual, which is suggested.  Patients should limit the use of the affected pain site, if possible. For example, if the patient has chronic nerve pain in the legs, they should not take a sightseeing trip in Manhattan between treatments, even if they experience a significant pain reduction).

In addition, patients should stay continuously hydrated and focus on eating three healthy meals daily.

What is a “provider-dependent” treatment?

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At Calmare Therapy NJ, every treatment is administered by certified Calmare provider and clinical director Dr. Michael J. Cooney. 

That’s worth repeating–no assistant or staff person other than Dr. Cooney himself–will determine your pain treatment protocol, decide exactly where your leads/pads should be placed (extremely important) and the duration of each treatment.

Calmare patients do not have to live in fear of unpleasant side effects–there are none, other than perhaps feeling more sleepy than usual, which is a temporary experience.

Calmare Therapy is not suitable for everyone, but it does successfully reduce chronic nerve pain in many injuries and chronic medical conditions.

If you are frustrated by failed pain management efforts, we invite you to consider an alternative therapy that has been cleared by the FDA and has changed the lives of countless people battling treatment-resistant neuropathy.

Whatever course of pain management you ultimately choose, we wish you every success and pray for your reduced pain level, today and every day. 

Dr. Cooney at Calmare personally consults with every potential scrambler therapy patient.If you are interested in speaking with Dr. Cooney about your treatment-resistant chronic nerve pain condition, complete the Contact Me form below, call our clinic at (201) 933-4440 or email us privately at info@calmaretherapynj.com.

There is never a fee for a patient consultation.