Few things are harder for a parent than being unable to reduce chronic pain for a child living with neuropathy. Parents often resort to giving their children powerful opioids, desperate to lessen their discomfort.
As parents, we all feel that if we could take on the pain our children have, we would do so gladly.
But we can’t.
Parents of children battling medication and treatment-resistant chronic pain live with this challenge daily.
Estimates suggest that anywhere between 5 and 38% of children live with chronic pain. It not only affects their quality of life and that of their parents, but also increases the likelihood of this becoming a lifelong issue.
At Calmare Therapy NJ USA, we have treated more than 100 children, from ages 8 to 18.
“A common hurdle children with chronic pain face is the invisible nature of neuropathy and a child’s understandable difficulty describing their pain and level of pain,” says Dr. Michael Cooney, clinical director.
Why non-invasive Calmare is ideal for pediatric neuropathy
FDA-cleared510(k)-cleared and European CE mark-certified
Non-invasive (no injections, IV’s, outpatient procedures)
Drug-free (no narcotics or over-the-counter medications required)
No side effects (except for a possible light humming sensation, which we can adapt if your skin is unable to sustain any physical contact.)
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.
We recommend the child have books, magazines or handheld entertainment to help pass the time during the 35-minute daily treatments.
In some cases, pain relief has been reported after the first treatment, but each child’s case is unique.
Scrambler therapy treatments are performed over a two-week period, with the goal of the patient’s pain steadily decreasing, eliminating the need for wheelchairs, canes or any mobility support devices.
After ample rest and continued recovery at home, pediatric patients are encouraged to ease back into normal daily activities.
Eligibility criteria for pediatric Calmare patients
Prior to approval for treatment, parents should provide copies of the child’s MRIs, EMGs and/or CAT scans.
We treat children who have been medically-diagnosed with neuropathy
Youngsters should be able to describe where their pain is located, and on a scale of one to 10, roughly describe the level of pain with some accuracy.
Children should also be able to verbalize if their pain level increases or decreases.
Since the Calmare MC-5A device is FDA-cleared, has no side effects and cannot worsen an existing condition, the overall risk factor is very low.
There are no drugs, injections or surgery connected with scrambler therapy.
During the 10-treatment course of therapy, most children will be able to identify a reduction in pain by the fifth treatment, some as soon as the first treatment.
Children with CRPS
Most families with a child experiencing chronic pain have previously tried ‘every pain management treatment under the sun’ before contacting us, especially for children living with CRPS / RSD / RND.
Not surprisingly, many are initially skeptical (and who could blame them?) about the potential for pain relief using scrambler therapy.
And after 10 daily Calmare treatment sessions, lasting about 35-minutes each, more than half of the pediatric patient we treat experience “very significant and sustained pain relief.”
Does Calmare work for every child? Sadly, like any therapy or medication, it does not work for everyone and we do not guarantee success.
Disappointing outcomes are often attributed to additional health issues inhibiting pain relief, misdiagnosis of the neuropathy (it is a structural injury rather than a nerve injury) or there is an additional undiagnosed medical condition/s.
Now that school is coming to a close for many students, summer is an ideal time to consider pain management.
Dr. Cooney offers no-cost phone consultations to discuss the child’s case, review medical records and answer questions.
Calmare Therapy Pediatric Testimonials
As you will see below, other families with children and adolescents have generously shared their firsthand experiences with scrambler therapy, which helps families see the potential for success.
Dr. Michael Cooney is one of seven USA certified providers of Calmare scrambler therapy. Since 2011, he has specialized in treating patients of all ages battling severe neuropathy as a result of CRPS / RSD, fibromyalgia, diabetes, shingles, post-surgical pain and pain after chemotherapy (CIPN ).
To contact Dr. Cooney at his clinic in New Jersey just outside New York City, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 201-933-4440 for a no-cost personal phone consultation.
In mid-May, Rhonda traveled from California for New Jersey to undergo 10 Calmare Therapy treatments after a toe injury in 2016 led to a CRPS diagnosis in both feet.
I was honored to treat her for two weeks, after she had endured four long years of unsuccessful medications, nerve blocks, physical therapy and Ketamine, which ultimately failed to reduce her pain level, which ranged from 2-10.
The hospital lab director had 10 Calmare treatments, once daily lasting about 30 minutes, and left at a 0/1 pain level, even during the night when her pain level traditionally spiked to 8+.
I was elated to use scrambler therapy to help get this healthcare worker back to work, where her heart lies.
But Rhonda is the hero, as she took a gamble, even during COVID-19, to win the war against chronic pain, by traveling 3,000 miles for our treatment.
Next week, she is returning to her beloved career once again, living life to the fullest.
Beginning in mid-May, we re-opened our pain management clinic in New Jersey, where we are treating only one patient at a time for optimal patient, family member and staff safety.
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Dr. Michael Cooney is named a 2020 iPain Hero of Hope Finalist!
The International Pain Foundation (iPain) announced its 2020 nominees for Hero of Hope this morning and Calmare Therapy NJ USA clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney has been nominated in the Healthcare Provider category:
“Hero of Hope Awards recognizes exceptional people who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to assisting and advocating for people living with chronic pain diseases. Nominations are solicited from the pain community of those who are making a significant contribution within the field of research, education, awareness, or patient assistance for each category.”
A pain management provider for more than 40 years, Dr. Cooney was one of the first Calmare-Certified providers of scrambler therapy, a non-invasive, painless, drug-free and side-effect-free treatment to lessen or eliminate medication and treatment-resistant neuropathy.
Dr. Cooney has treated more than 1,000 patients from as far away as South Africa, Australia, South America, Africa, and Western Europe.
“I introduced scrambler therapy in 2011 to help my chronic pain patients who did not experience pain relief after medication or other therapies,” Dr. Cooney explains. “As healthcare providers, we must find a way to help those with treatment-resistant pain.”
What is Calmare Therapy?
Scrambler therapy uses a biophysical (using physical methods to treat biological problems) rather than a biochemical (drugs) approach.
The brain’s reaction to chronic pain can be compared to learning to play the piano or memorizing a poem − the more the body “practices” processing pain, the stronger the connections between pain nerves and the brain become.
The scrambler therapy device tells the brain to stop sending a pain signal
When someone is injured, the brain sets up a process to heal the injury. For example, cells carry away dead tissue or it increases blood flow to the area.
Eventually, the brain realizes the injury has healed and it cuts off the pain message.
But for some people, the brain never sends that pivotal message saying,
“There’s no more injury here so you can stop the pain signal.”
That’s where the scrambler device comes in. Using several small electrodes (think an EKG) carefully placed in the region of the injury, the technology sends a mild “no pain” message to the brain through the electrodes.
Essentially, the scrambler machine “overrides” the brain’s confused message and corrects it to the ‘no pain here” message.
A treatment, from start to finish, lasts about 35 minutes. For most patients with diagnosed neuropathy, 10 treatments are required, once per day.
In the majority of cases, by the end of the 10-treatment cycle, there is no more pain signal emanating from the brain, resulting in a very significant reduction in pain level.
Our warmest congratulations to Dr. Cooney and our sincere thanks to the International Pain Foundation (iPain) and the Calmare patients who nominates the doctor. This is an incredible honor for him.
As we prepare to honor our veterans lost in battle on Memorial Day 2020, we felt it was appropriate to announce that the U.S. Military has expanded the availability of Calmare scrambler therapy to 16 military medical centers and two VA locations.
These facilities are generally restricted for use by military personnel, their dependents and other eligible individuals.
Dr. Michael Cooney, Calmare nj USa clinical director, is also an approved Calmare scrambler therapy provider for veterans living in New Jersey. Veterans must have a written referral from a V.A. physician to schedule therapy.
Soldiers, veterans and their families living with chronic nerve pain do not need to turn to more surgery, Ketamine treatments, spinal cord stimulators (SCS) and other invasive procedures for pain relief.
“The U.S. Military was one of the first treatment centers to recognize Calmare’s capacity to substantially reduce or eliminate nerve pain without using invasive procedures, needles, medications or surgeries,” explains Dr. Cooney.
Chronic pain conditions suitable for Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment
Using a non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical approach, this pain management approach treats neuropathic conditions caused by a variety of medical conditions including:
Chronic nerve pain
Phantom limb syndrome
Chronic back pain
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS or RSD)
Cancer and chemotherapy
Failed back surgery
Brachial plexus neuropathy
Sciatic and lumbar pain
LIST OF U.S. MILITARY BASES / HOSPITALS OFFERING CALMARE THERAPY (2020)
Veterans Affairs Medical Center Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center Richmond, VA 23249
Madigan Army Medical Center
Tacoma, WA 98431
San Antonio Military Medical Center
Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234
Tripler Army Medical Center
Honolulu, HI 96859
Andrews Air Force Base Andrews Air Force Base, MD 20762-6421
Eglin Air Force Base
Eglin AFB, FL 32542
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Portsmouth, VA 23708-2111
Naval Medical Center San Diego San Diego, CA 92134-5000
We are delighted to announce we have re-opened our Calmare clinic here in NJ after implementing several new safety and social distancing precautions:
Dr. Cooney is undergoing regular COVID testing.
The doctor and all patients have their temperatures taken before every treatment.
We are treating patients one-at-a-time only.
Unless patients are mobility-challenged, we ask that family/friends remain outside the clinic.
Clear partitions installed between patients/administrative staff.
Socially-distanced seating in waiting room.
Everyone, including patients, wearing masks and gloves at all times.
Continuous deep-sanitizing before and after every patient.
Hand sanitizer available in every room and at clinic entrance/exit.
New Calmare Patients
If you are interested in pursuing Calmare Therapy for chronic nerve pain, please reach out to schedule your no-fee phone or video consultation with Dr. Cooney by calling (201) 933-4440 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calmare scrambler therapy is not right for everyone and we will not recommend this therapy for you if the doctor does not feel there is a strong possibility for significant pain relief, elimination of pain, markedly improved mobility or a significant improvement in quality of life.
Depending on the severity of the original neuropathic pain condition, and the length of time the patient has been experiencing chronic pain, periodic booster treatments may be required to reduce any return of pain.
While some Calmare patients never require further treatment, some patients benefit from booster therapy as needed.
Feel free to speak with Dr. Cooney if you have experienced a resumption of pain to discuss next steps.
We are individually contacting patients and families that we were unable to treat due to the onset of the novel coronavirus in March. If you have not received a call to schedule your therapy for a future date, please call our team at (201) 933-4440.
Note that we are offering priority dates to previously confirmed patients and those traveling from outside the US.
Travel and Lodging Arrangements
For patients traveling outside the metro New York City area, please check with your preferred hotel and ensure they are fully operational to meet your needs.
While the world continues to be focused on COVID-19, people living with medication and treatment-resident chronic pain are still in pain, still stuck at home, waiting for relief.
For many neuropathic pain sufferers, medications may temporarily dim the pain, but it is no solution, certainly.
I am enormously grateful to those talented physicians and scientists who don’t believe that pain can only be cured with drugs, surgery or painful procedures.
To this day, the best scientific overview of scrambler therapy, provided by leading US pain management experts, is the published article by the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy.
“What is Scrambler Therapy and How Does it Work?”is written by Dr. Thomas Smith, Director of Palliative Medicine, Harry J. Duffey Family Professor of Palliative Medicine, Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Dr. Charles Loprinzi, Regis Professor of Breast Cancer Research, Mayo Clinic.
Both physician researchers have conducted their own randomized clinical trials, comparing scrambler therapy to “sham” pain management medical devices.
Both researchers yielded positive pain reduction from their individual trials:
“We are interested in treatments that might work and don’t cause patient side effects. A recent review of 20 scientific reports on scrambler therapy noted no harm in any trial, with most reporting a substantial relief of pain. The two randomized trials comparing “sham” to real Scrambler Therapy showed a 50% reduction in low back pain, and a 91% reduction in pain from failed back syndrome, post herpetic neuropathy, and spinal cord stenosis. In all trials, pain relief was obvious in the first 3 days, continued to get better, and usually lasted several months.”
Calmare NJ USA reopens to patients (limited)
On Monday, May 4, 2020, we reopened the clinic here in New Jersey on a limited scale, treating only one patient at a time, with careful protective measures in place.
Most importantly, if our patient has the mobility to enter the clinic alone, we strongly request that they not be accompanied by family or friends in the clinic.
Dr. Cooney specializes in alternative therapies to help people with medication- and treatment-resistant chronic nerve pain.
During our global confinement due to COVID-19, the healthcare community must nonetheless reach out to the community to offer guidance, advice and support.
Calmare Therapy NJ USA is continuing the fight against chronic pain.
Beginning Wednesday, April 1, 2020, Dr. Michael J. Cooney, clinical director at Calmare NJ (est. 2011) and a chiropractor with more than 40 years of clinical pain management expertise, will offer virtual, no-fee consultations with people batting treatment and medication-resident neuropathic pain around the world.
The doctor will be available to answer questions and suggest non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical alternative options to help lessen chronic nerve pain, based upon the information provided by the caller.
“During this unprecedented time, I am happy to use my expertise to offer non-invasive, drug-free pain management options for parents of children and teens, as well as adults and seniors with diagnosed neuropathy,” says Dr. Cooney.
He will also answer questions about the viability of Calmare scrambler therapy to people with chronic pain and make Patient-2-Patient referrals upon request.
Since Calmare NJ USA treats patients from around the world, international consultations are also welcomed (English only).
How to schedule your live consultation with Dr. Michael Cooney
Consultations are every Wednesday from 1 to 3 pm EDT (New York/USA) beginning April 1, 2020.
Length of consultation
20 minutes (average) in order to accommodate as many callers as possible.
Please feel free to offer any helpful background about your medical history and any specific questions you may have. This is not required, but will help Dr. Cooney to optimally prepare for your discussion.
“Thanks for all you do Dr. Cooney, not just for me, but for all of us. My RSD pain is still at 0, hands and feet still improving from CIPN. Did I mention I planted a garden and mowed the lawn today?”
“If you, or someone you know is experiencing pain from cancer, seriously, look into Calmare. I wouldn’t steer you the wrong way. Dr. Cooney knows what’s up! Dr Michael Cooney, you’re the main man in my book when it comes to Calmare Therapy.”
“A little over a year ago and still pain free! I ran for the first time last week! Thank you Dr. Cooney and Calmare NJ, you gave me my life back!”
“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!”