Calmare scrambler therapy is a newer alternative treatment to reduce or lessen several types of neuropathy.
Since we introduced this drug-free pain solution at our healthcare clinic in 2011, we chose not to launch a flashy advertising campaign touting the merits of this pain drug-free chronic pain treatment.
We took a decidedly different approach
We invited patients from around the world to describe their firsthand accounts about what the Calmare Therapy experience was like for them, before, during and after the treatments.
Laurie Mounts was injured in 2008 and later diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). When she presented at Calmare Therapy NJ in July 2014, her pain level was a 9/10 on her entire left side from her feet up to the shoulder.
Laurie’s symptoms includes discoloration (see image at left), allodynia, numbness, tingling, sweats, swelling, burning and brittle hair.
Trying Other Pain Management Treatments Without Success
Before discovering scrambler therapy, Laurie tried pain relief treatments including physical therapy and prescription medications. Ultimately she had a spinal cord stimulator ( SCS ) implanted but did not achieve sustained pain relief.
After traveling 3,000 to us for treatment, Laurie and her mother shared her outcome here:
Time for Calmare booster treatments
Depending on the severity of the original neuropathic condition, and length of time the patient has been experiencing chronic pain, periodic booster treatments can be extremely useful against any eventual elevation in pain.
Just shy of three years since her original 10 daily scrambler therapy treatments, Laurie’s CRPS pain was steadily increasing. But this time, she knew what to do. She scheduled booster appointment treatments. (Laurie had 10 treatments, but some patients require as few as a single treatment).
When we opened our pain management clinic this morning and checked our Facebook page, we were delighted to be greeted by an image of her smiling and this message:
Feeling ABSOLUTELY amazing right now!! Best I’ve felt yet!! Thanks Dr Cooney!! You’re my hero!! 😘
Have Traditional Pain Management Solutions Failed?
If you are reading this post, then you have not given up the search for the right neuropathic pain solution for you. If you are battling CRPS | RSD, pain after surgery, shingles (PHN), diabetes or chemotherapy treatment (CIPN), reach out to us below and we will put you in direct contact with clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney–who treated Laurie–and performs every Calmare treatment personally–from start to finish.
Pediatric pain specialist Dr. James Tolley at the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis recommended Emily Blake and her family contact Calmare NJ USA clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney to consider scrambler therapy as a pediatric pain management treatment for her spreading CRPS pain.
The media heard about the teenager’s challenging chronic pain condition (CRPS) and healthcare journalist Jennifer Boen wrote a heartfelt account of the family’s struggle to find a treatment to lessen or end their daughter’s debilitating pain.
“I’m never not in pain,” Blake said, giving a vivid description of sensation: “I feel like I’m wrapped in barbed wire.” Once a champion swimmer and diver who placed first in the city and 11th in the state in butterfly, Blake can no longer tolerate the feel of the pool water. She’s undergone six nerve blocks, seen seven specialists, had many weeks of physical therapy and been prescribed an increasing number of medications.
Calmare Therapy NJ USA clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney contributed “The 411 on Calmare Scrambler Therapy” to Pain News Network. The bylined article describes his clinical experience administering this newer therapy to help patients lessen or eliminate several types of diagnosed neuropathy, particularly CRPS / RSD, PHN, diabetic nerve pain, post-surgical pain and chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN).
Dr. Cooney also discusses the merits of alternative medicine as a solution for treatment-resistant patients battling severe chronic pain.
Pain News Network, reaching more than 100,000 unique readers each month, is a non-profit, independent news source for information and commentary about chronic pain and pain management. The publication’s mission is to raise awareness about chronic pain and connect and educate pain sufferers, caregivers, healthcare providers and the public about the pain experience.
“I’ve followed this publication for some time and believed their readers would be open to learning more about Calmare Therapy, particularly the fact that it is drug-free, painless and has no side effects,” says Dr. Cooney.
“Personally and professionally, my biggest frustration is when our therapies do not achieve a successful patient outcome.
Often, “treatment-resistant” patients are forced to seek out more invasive procedures – surgeries, spinal cord stimulators, or powerful narcotics such as ketamine − where success has been uneven, but side effects can be significant.
I wasn’t comfortable recommending these “next level” neuropathic pain treatments for my patients. So my partner Dr. Robert Kelly and I spent two years looking for a non-invasive therapy that didn’t cause pain or come with added side effects.”
There has not been a lot of good news about pain management in the medical arena lately.
(If you are reading this message, you or a loved one may be battling chronic pain, so I don’t need to rehash what you already know.)
Clearly, opioids and peripheral drugs that fall into that category, are often not the solution to many types of pain.
I was delighted to read Yahoo’s predictions that put “Growth in Alternative Therapies” at the top of their list for pain management solutions that would garner the most attention this year.
We launched Calmare at our New Jersey pain management clinic in 2011 as an alternative neuropathic pain solution for people who have already endured invasive (painful) treatments, inpatient procedures, surgery and baskets full of prescription painkillers that didn’t work.
Not only can opioids fail to provide lasting pain relief, their side effects can be worse than the pain.
Alternative therapies, like scrambler therapy, take a less invasive approach and many have achieved outstanding clinically-proven outcomes for people battling a plethora of chronic pain conditions.
Tools for Choosing Your Alternative Medicine Provider
If you are seeking alternative treatment, perform due diligence beforehand–
Find out what clinical trials have been conducted on patients by medical research professionals and read the reports/findings.
Speak with your medical insurer to determine how you can submit for coverage, either in advance or by post-treatment reimbursement.
Call the clinic and speak with the doctor who would be treating you. Is he/she performing a sales pitch or asking about your medical history, previous treatment efforts, medication usage and ultimate goal for pain therapy?
Finally, don’t assume the physician currently treating your neuropathy is familiar with the alternative treatment you are considering. Even today, many doctors are often most comfortable with ‘traditional’ medical treatments.
While I certainly respect that position, what is the treatment plan for the patient who has undergone all the traditional medical therapies–without success?
Calmare treats several types of neuropathic pain using non-invasive, FDA-cleared technology
Thank you for reading our blog while finding out more about scrambler therapy as an alternative pain management solution. Once you have watched our patient stories and reviewed the explanation of how the treatment works, we invite you to reach out to us at (201) 933-4440 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can learn more about you and answer any questions you may have.
Sometimes, one simple outreach can lay the groundwork a lifelong change.
A new month always makes me think of what lies ahead.
Many of our new patients have previously resisted trying an alternative pain management treatment because they’ve been constrained by the worry that it “may not work.”
I certainly can’t fault them. By the time most people seeking pain management discover us, they have already endured too many drugs with debilitating side effects, invasive treatments, countless needles, surgeries and enough hospital stays to last a lifetime.
After we discuss the trials they have endured, without success, I say, “But you are here now. You still have hope. You are a survivor.”
And then we get to work firing up our MC-5A Calmare device and attacking the pain in a new way the body has never experienced before.
My point is this–
If you happen to be reading this and are not sure about calling us, call us.
If you’re thinking about emailing us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com to talk about your chronic pain, email us.
Don’t wait. Don’t give up. Don’t let the pain win one more day.
Over the years, we’ve had the privilege of treating several healthcare professionals who were previously battling treatment-resistant chronic pain without any marked success.
They, too, took medications that didn’t work (or the side effects from the drugs were worse than the pain) or underwent painful and invasive procedures that only temporarily lessened their pain and additional physical symptoms.
One memorable patient was Dianne, a full-of-life RN from Texas, whose life was debilitated by pain from RSD. She discovered Calmare through an online CRPS support group.
Once she had completed the scrambler therapy treatment series with us, Dianne shared her firsthand experience on social media and permitted us to share her review below:
“I have had Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy for years and years! After an accident at work, I required back surgery (which turned into 3) and after the last one, my left foot was insanely painful.
It quickly spread throughout my entire body.
I have 2 spinal cord stimulators – one for my lower body and one for my upper body. I had a drug pump for years as well. I’ve had too many injections and blocks to even keep track of. I was in a wheelchair for years…
I originally had two Calmare treatments with Dr. Michael Cooney (we’d gone up to visit with a friend from Australia who was having boosters) and unexpected experienced incredible relief from just the 2 treatments.
Since it worked so well – we (hubby and I) returned to New Jersey so that I could finish the full 10 sessions.
My life after 10-treatment Calmare Therapy treatments:
I’ve not had either SCS on (normally they NEVER were off as doing so would cause immediate swelling and increased pain)
I’ve taken no meds during the day for pain and greatly reduced the night and morning meds!
I can say – for me – this has been the most wonderful treatment and it has worked!! I have had NO RSD pain thus far!
We stopped by out son’s on the way home and I played outside with them. Our 16-yr-old granddaughter said, “Granny, this is the FIRST time we’ve ever gotten to play outside with you!” To be able to be “normal” and do things we take for granted each day??
Even my kids and neighbors are amazed at just watching me walk!!
Downside? I have to get new shoes!! Lol. Not such a bad side!
But, I’m walking properly and all my shoes have this horrid wear pattern!! My back took a bit getting used to – finally being properly aligned while walking!! And geez, there are too many muscles complaining to me that they are being used and haven’t forever!!
Doc, feel free to send folks to me who’d like to know MY experience with Calmare!
They will get the whole truth – pros and cons (cuz we know not everyone does get relief – especially as well as I have) but they will get questions answered!
And I love that I have 2 perspectives I can share – the personal — and from a nursing point of view!!
Non-invasive treatment that DOES help with RSD? I can’t tell you how wonderful it is has been!!”
Would you like to find out if Calmare Therapy might be right for you?
We handle every potential Calmare patient individually and personally (yes, this may be a little different from what you may have experienced elsewhere). First and foremost, you’ll have a one-on-one phone consultation with Dr. Michael Cooney, our clinical director, who has treated hundreds of people–children, adults and seniors–battling severe chronic pain, particularly CRPS and RSD.
Feel free to reach out directly by calling the clinic here in New Jersey at (201) 933-4440 or email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com
Or, just complete the eCard below.
First and foremost, let’s work together to finally defeat your pain, without pain, drugs or side effects.
After sustaining a bone bruise in 2011, 21-year-old Sara was eventually diagnosed with CRPS, which progressed to full body CRPS as the years progressed and her treatment efforts were unsuccessful.
She sought treatment from outstanding healthcare providers, including the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), where she underwent several rounds of physical therapy and occupational therapy.
But her pain level, ranging from 4 to 9 /10, persisted.
She also battled additional RSD symptoms including:
Allodynia (pain that results from a stimulus that is not normally painful, like a piece of light fabric grazing the skin)
Intermittent tingling sensations
Poor sleep quality
Sensitivity to temperature changes
Dr. Michael Cooney Performs 10 Calmare Therapy Treatments
Sara heard about Dr. Cooney online and watched Calmare NJ USA patient reviews on YouTube, particularly cases which involved people battling full body CRPS.
She had already tried traditional medical treatments without success; from her perspective, it was time to try an alternative pain management solution.
In early January 2017, Sara arrived here in New Jersey and began daily treatments which lasted about 35-minutes each. Her therapy sessions were set for the same time each day. She started feeling less pain after the first treatment, which occurs more often than you might expect.
By session number five, her physical symptoms began to diminish, the span of time her pain was lessened grew longer, and her overall pain level continued to decrease.
Last Friday, the college student completed her treatment series and left at a 0 /
10, pain-free, for the first time in years. But that’s not all–all of Sara’s additional physical symptoms (noted above) were also eliminated.
“Sara’s case was a textbook outcome that we pray every Calmare patient experiences,” says Dr.
Cooney. “She had been in pain from CRPS for six years since a minor injury derailed her life. I could not be happier with her outcome.”
Sara has kindly offered to create a video review of her Calmare experience. But, for now, she’s focusing on getting back to school, socializing with friends and living the full life that any 20-something young woman deserves.
Are You Batting CRPS or RSD?
Our clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney, and his partner, Robert Kelly, MD, have successfully treated hundreds of children, teens, adults and seniors with this debilitating chronic disease. But it is not right for everyone, nor does it always provide the outcome that Sara experienced, unfortunately.
But countless patients have been able to “get their lives back again” and resume living pain-free, or live with a significantly reduced, sustained level of pain.
Contact our friendly Calmare Therapy NJ USA team at (201) 933-4440 or email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com.
If you’d like us to reach out to you, fill out our eCard below, and we’ll get back to you in 48 hours or less:
"My doctor recommended a spinal cord stimulator as a last resort to help with my CRPS pain. But I researched Calmare and decided to go to Dr. Cooney in NJ for treatment. I had nothing to lose. Ten treatments later, I am going home at a 0 on the pain scale. I am overjoyed."
Kansas City, MO
"Thanks to you guys, my own Christmas will be filled with joy and celebration as I embark on a new pain-free journey in 2015! Your admirable dedication to healing will always be an inspiration for me."
"I am really feeling like I have a new lease on life. As strange as it may seem, it took some time to get used to having no pain!"
"Someone I knew who had the same condition recommended I go to NJ for scrambler treatment with Dr. Cooney for my CRPS. Arrived a skeptic..left in so much less pain."
Mark Stomp (parent of patient)
"We chose Dr. Cooney because he has successfully treated so many people with CRPS. Also, his staff was very nice and inviting and his patients I spoke to had tremendous results. It has been 5 months since my daughter's treatment and she is still pain free, symptom free, and taking no meds."
"You just need to try this treatment because it may just give you back the life you enjoyed before CRPS stole it away.”
RSD / RND
"We will always remember and cherish your help in getting our daughter to where we can hug her again!! You are such a special man and healer. God Bless you and may He continue to use you to bring healing and compassion to others!"