We were delighted to receive this post-treatment update from our 47-year old female patient who battled complex regional pain syndrome after an injury to her foot in 2017.
Deryn was prescribed a battery of prescription pain medications, ranging from Cymbalta to Gabapentin, which she relied on to achieve (restricted) function of her leg and foot.
Virginia Woman Recounts Her Post-Calmare Treatment Pain Relief
“I received your email last week about your 9-year anniversary treating patients with Calmare Therapy. I just wanted to share with you that I am yet another one of your success stories and so happy to share this with you!
I came to you last April to reduce my pain from CRPS from a minor foot injury.
Going to physical therapy 2-3 times a week for a year
Receiving 18 nerve blocks (1 of which caused a seizure)
Trying numerous medical laser treatments
Attempting hypnosis from a psychologist
Visiting many different doctors
Taking a plethora of pain management medications with many awful side effects
I ultimately reduced my pain from a 10/10 to about a 6 or 7/10 on the pain scale.
I had previously been on crutches and unable to walk independently due to severe pain and muscle atrophy, but these assorted treatments allowed me to walk again.
Traditional Chronic Pain Medications & Therapies Fail
However, I was still not functioning well due to extreme pain and could not bear weight for any extended period of time.
My husband and I were always researching CRPS and various treatment methods. He had come across Calmare Therapy, but I was skeptical and hesitant to try it.
After we felt like we had exhausted all options, we realized this was something worth trying.
We were fortunate to get our health insurance to cover the treatment as in-network since it was not offered anywhere in our geographic region.
Waiting for the Pain Medications to Loosen Their Grip
After two weeks of scrambler therapy, I did have some pain relief, but was a little disappointed because I did not see nearly as much improvement in my pain compared to other patients I met while I was there.
However, I was also still weaning off all the pain medications (and also very sick from that) which may have interfered with the full effectiveness of the treatment.
But once I returned home, the success of the treatment became more apparent as time went by–
About two weeks later, I felt significant improvement. I was very pleased because I realized that my pain had decreased AND I was off all my medications.
Calmare Booster Therapy Further Reduces Pain Level
In July I decided to return for a week of Calmare booster treatments, as I realized that it probably would work better now that I was fully off the medications.
Once again, about two weeks after returning home, the pain continued to decrease.
As the months have gone by, I continued to see significant gradual improvements.
A year later, I now fluctuate between a 0-2 on the pain scale and sometimes even have full days of no pain!
I feel so fortunate to have found you and your practice and can’t even express in words how appreciative I am to have come to you for help!
You and your staff were very supportive and experienced.
By Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director, Calmare Therapy NJ USA
In 2010, as I obtained the professional training to use the Calmare MC-5A device, I grew more excited about using technology to deliver pain relief to my patients without the need for any prescription drugs.
Nine years later, I’d like to offer an update about the progress we have made helping people reduce or even eliminate treatment- and medication-resistant chronic pain.
Those of us who work in pain management were not surprised to see the eventual explosion of the opioid crisis. My healthcare specialty as a doctor of chiropractic requires using drug-free techniques to minimize and eliminate pain.
Calmare scrambler is a remarkable pain management therapy for several reasons, including the fact that it can be used to combat several types of chronic nerve pain (neuropathy), including chemotherapy treatments (CIPN), Shingles (PHN), diabetes, post-surgical pain and unexplained nerve pain.
How Calmare Can Lessen Severe Pain for CRPS Sufferers
What I did not foresee was the vast community of CRPS sufferers who had tried a myriad of medications, painful procedures, surgeries, treatments– and were still left with debilitating pain.
I’m often asked why scrambler therapy is one treatment that can significantly reduce CRPS pain and physical symptoms:
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After treating more than 1,000 patients, over the past nine years, it is apparent to me that CRPS /RSD is a unique communication between local skin tissue and the pain center of the brain.
How Calmare Therapy Works
The Calmare MC-5A device scrambles this misfiring pain message/signal–which says there is pain—when, in fact, there is not.
After the technology scrambles this misfiring message over a series of daily treatments for a period of two weeks, in most cases, the brain’s misfiring message ceases and pain is eliminated.
Using several small electrodes (think EKG) carefully placed in the region of the injury, the technology sends a mild and painless “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.
Keep in mind, the brain can send this faulty pain message to any region of the body—even a location which never sustained any kind of injury.
There is, in fact, no physiological reason for the pain.
As a comparison, phantom limb pain can result when a person who has undergone an amputation still feels significant pain in the part of the body which has been amputated.
Calmare is a ‘Provider-Dependent’ pain therapy.
Therefore, it is essential to confirm your provider’s expertise
and measurable success treatment your type of neuropathy.
“TENS (a self-administered tens unit) is thought to work through the gateway theory of temporary pain relief, whereby normal touch sensations blocks pain sensations.
But scrambler therapy, on the other hand, provides ‘no-pain’ electrical information via nerves which have received transmissions of chronic pain information.”
Dr. Loprinzi said that through a process called ‘plasticity,’ the brain is ‘retrained’ and will no longer register a pain sensation in the affected area.
To date, there are at least 20 published reports on scrambler therapy that included results involving close to 1,000 patients in total.
These reports include clinical practice summaries, prospective non-randomized clinical trials and randomized controlled trials, including two trials that sought to double-blind patients and investigators.
“When my pain management doctor told me a spinal cord stimulator (SCS) was the final treatment option, I knew I had to take matters into my own hands and reach out to the chronic pain community for a less invasive option,” Tonya explains.
After her routine hand and wrist surgery, the chronic pain started in one hand and soon spread to the other. As the condition worsened, the chronic nerve pain spread to her neck, back and stomach.
Tonya tells her personal story after undergoing Calmare Therapy:
Hope, Fortitude, Tenacity, Sheer Determination
You can read or watch more of our patient stories, most of whom arrived at our clinic bearing the weight of daily pain that made work, school–even socializing or taking a walk in the park–impossible.
They courageously tried invasive pain relief procedures and side-effect-laden painkillers and opioids without success, up to the day they arrived at our clinic.
Not surprisingly, many new patients arrive at our clinic skeptical and dejected.
Who could blame them?
But they all had one key attribute that remained steadfast–regardless of all the treatment disappointments.
And we were honored that they mustered the remarkable fortitude to try (one more time) to mitigate their pain and regain their quality of life.
Providing Pain Relief to Children, Teens, Adults and Seniors
Eight years after introducing scrambler therapy to our clinic, I have treated children, teens, parents, and grandparents, most of whom are living pain levels from 8-10 every day.
In 2019, Calmare is now the only pain relief therapy we offer here in our NJ clinic.
After 10 daily treatment sessions, lasting about 35-minutes each, more than seven in 10 patients achieve a pain-free state or a reduction in pain to the degree that enables them to resume a pleasurable quality of life.
Why do 30 percent not achieve pain relief?
Sometimes they have additional health issues which interfere with treatment, sometimes they are non-compliant after therapy, and sometimes we just don’t know why Calmare did not lessen their pain, unfortunately.
In this era of failed opioid pain relief and increasing difficulty obtaining medication for chronic pain, people in pain are seeking drug-free options to lessen pain.
Nine years since first introducing Calmare scrambler therapy, I have never felt more assured that this treatment can dramatically elevate the quality of life for people living with chronic pain.
Dr. Michael Cooney is one of seven certified Calmare providers in the U.S. His clinic is located just outside New York City. He is a professionally certified chiropractor who has been treating severe acute and chronic pain conditions for more than 35 years.
After introducing Calmare Therapy in 2011, he soon began helping people with treatment-resistant neuropathy from as far away as South America, South Africa, Australia and Europe.
Calmare Therapy NJ USA (Scrambler Therapy) to Treat Diagnosed Cases of Arachnoiditis to Reduce Chronic Neuropathic Pain Symptoms
What is Arachnoiditis?
Arachnoiditis is a chronic pain disorder caused by the inflammation of the arachnoid membrane and subarachnoid space that surround the nerves of the spinal cord. The inflammation can cause the meninges to adhere to the spinal cord and nerve roots.
Because the nerve roots are affected, symptoms such as numbness, tingling, and burning pain are often felt in the lower back or legs.
Severe cases of arachnoiditis can result in the loss of motor function, loss of bladder and bowel control and even paralysis.
Arachnoiditis can arise from infection, direct spinal injury, and chronic compression of the spinal nerves or invasive spinal surgeries.
Study Conducted by
Dr. Michael J. Cooney
Calmare Therapy NJ USA
Rutherford, NJ (10 miles from New York City)
Study Start Date
May 13 – 24, 2019
Calmare Therapy NJ USA is one of only seven Calmare Certified providers of scrambler therapy, an FDA-cleared, non-invasive, pain-free, drug-free technology to treat patients suffering from several types of long-term, high-intensity pain.
Scope of May 2019 Calmare Study
We are conducting a free, 10-treatment (one 35-minute daily therapy session) clinical trial study for pre-qualified patients suffering from diagnosed Arachnoiditis to determine the efficacy of scrambler therapy as a viable treatment solution for condition-induced neuropathy.
Pre-approved study patients must be available to undergo a protocol of 10 treatments once per day. There is no charge for the series of 10 treatments.
Travel, daily transportation, meals and accommodations are not covered for this trial
People who agree to take part in the study are asked to sign an Informed Consent Form. However, signing the form does not mean approved trial participants must stay in the study for the duration. Volunteer participants can leave the study at any time—either before the study starts or at any time during the study or the follow-up period.
The informed consent process continues throughout the study. If new benefits, risks, or side effects are discovered during the study, clinical trial researchers will; inform the participants.
To Apply | Contact Us | For More Information
To find out more and determine if you qualify for the no-cost study, please contact for a phone consultation or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Calmare scrambler therapy is an exciting drug-free alternative to combat nerve damage as a result of medication and treatment-resistant sciatica or lumbar nerve damage.
Calmare uses biophysical “scrambler” technology, a treatment for nerve pain that uses electrodes placed on the skin.
How the Calmare MC-5A technology can significantly lessen treatment-resistant lumbar and sciatica neuropathy
Our device reduces sciatic and spinal neuropathy by creating an artificial neuron that retrains the brain by sending a ‘no-pain’ signal along the sciatic root to the brain.
It’s key to understand the distinction between
a sciatic/lumber neuritis and a sciatic/lumbar neuropathy.
The neuropathy (chronic pain) is constant; the pain may vary from low to high, but the discomfort never goes away completely. This chronic, never-ending nerve pain is the root cause that scrambler therapy can relieve.
Conversely, a sciatic/lumbar neuritis is usually a structural or biomechanical problem, such as a pinched nerve or ligament damage. These types of conditions should be treated by chiropractors or physical therapists who specialize in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries.
Via small electrodes strategically positioned by a specially-trained doctor, a ‘no-pain’ message is transmitted directly to the nerve for a period of approximately 35 minutes per session.
Regardless of severity, pain and physical symptoms caused by the neuropathic condition can be significantly reduced-or even alleviated-by the conclusion of the 10-treatment series.
The cause of chronic sciatica or back pain may be a result of injury, failed back surgery or generalized aging of bones and joints.
For severe cases of neuropathic pain, subsequent Calmare booster treatments are sometimes, but not always, necessary for patients who have lived with the chronic pain condition for an extended period of time before undergoing Calmare Therapy treatment.
In most cases, we see by treatment 3-4 if a patient’s neuropathy will be significantly minimized or a pain-free state can be achieved. Many patients experience pain relief as early as 10 minutes into their first treatment session. As the number of treatment sessions increases, the duration of pain relief is prolonged.
What if my pain comes back?
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 return of pain.
No. The Calmare® MC-5A device creates a low energy electrical impulse which travels through the patient’s nerves delivering a “no-pain” signal to the brain.
This scrambles (disrupts) the brain’s misfiring pain signal that the area of pain is normal and eventually results in prolonged pain relief.
TENS units are self-use devices that can temporarily lessen pain but when discontinued provide no lasting pain resolution.
To find out if your chronic back pain or sciatic condition may be suitable for Calmare therapy, contact us using the form below or call 201-933-4440 and Dr. Michael Cooney will speak with you directly about your chronic pain challenge.
By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director, Calmare Therapy New Jersey
Before the end of the year, we will be welcoming many new patients to Calmare Therapy here in New Jersey who are traveling here from nearby New Jersey to as far away as South America, Sweden, South Africa and Australia.
I thought it would be a good time to recap how patients and families can optimally prepare for their upcoming scrambler therapy sessions.
Patients generally treat for a minimum of 10 sessions, one per business day, lasting about 35 minutes, on average.
Send or bring along any objective tests ( X-rays, EEG, MRI, EMG or cat scans) for our pre-treatment study).
Wean off as many medications (i.e. anticonvulsants and antidepressants) as possible, working in partnership with your prescribing doctor/s. (Note: Each patient case is different. Well in advance, we’ll talk specifically about your specific medication protocol and how to safely and effectively prepare).
Refrain from using skin lotions or oils 24-hours before each treatment.
Dress in loose, comfortable clothing and bring some entertainment to occupy you during each treatment.
Consider keeping a journal about your experience and discuss how you feel each day during therapy.
Make hotel reservations well in advance. We provide a list of lodging options which have received high marks from patients. (We don’t recommend using Airbnb or other sub-rental accommodations due to quality unreliability).
Focus on nutrition and hydration. We understand your high level of pain may stymie appetite and water intake. But by building up your metabolism and fueling your body with hydration, you are setting a course for an optimal treatment outcome.
Find ways to help relax your mind and body. Traveling is challenging even when you feel great–it can be exhausting and painful when you are battling pain. Gather items of comfort–slippers, pillows, scented items and keep them in a handy bag on the plane or in the car with you.
Don’t be nervous! The treatments are non-invasive and have no side effects.
We were honored to receive this email message from Lauren Vaughn at the conclusion of her husband’s two-week Calmare protocol for CRPS (diagnosed in 2013). The couple generously permitted us to share it below.
“As we approach our last day with you, I wanted to send my sincere thank you!
It has been such a positive experience for my husband and myself! We have seen so much progress!
To see Robert live with 8 or 9 out of a scale of 10 pain level for the past 5+ years has been difficult, to say the least!
You have given us hope for the future!
Within the past two weeks we have observed his pain level decrease to a 3 out of 10! Unbelievable!
Not only is the treatment amazing, but Dr. Cooney and the staff have been such a joy to work with!
From the bottom of our hearts we will be forever grateful!
Thank you for giving our family hope again! Thank you again for your amazing partnership in Robert’s treatment and recovery.”
Quality of life is a gift that few can give and you have certainly given us that back!
(Robert Vaughn’s wife)
Would you like to discuss an alternative therapy for your treatment-resistant chronic pain that is opioid-free?
We don’t want anyone to live with pain–but it’s especially disheartening to see older people forced to battle neuropathy during their golden years, often as a result of:
Nerve damage (small fiber neuropathy)
Diabetic neuropathy (chronic foot pain)
Pain from cancer or chemotherapy treatment (CIPN)
Chronic back pain
Phantom limb syndrome
Since we introduced Calmare Therapyin 2011, we have helped older people reduce or even eliminate their neuropathic pain, after a myriad of prescription pain medications and other traditional therapies failed.
Recently, Bernice Goldman made the trip up from Florida with her daughter, who discovered Dr. Cooney’s success using scrambler therapy through online research.
Bernice was suffering from small fiber neuropathy and had tried every medication, every therapy and every treatment, without success. She explains below:
Mrs. Goldman is one of several seniors who reaped the rewards of FDA-cleared Calmare Therapy, which is a painless treatment with no side effects.
“For the past two and a half years I’ve been suffering from severe CIPN in my feet, after undergoing Taxol therapy for breast cancer. Three months after finishing the chemo, the neuropathy got much worse.
Since then I’ve been on a high dose of pain medication (Gabapentin, Venlafaxine, Tramadol). Still, my pain kept being at a level between 5 to 10. I also tried morphine patches, two painful and unsuccessful nerve blocks, cortisone injections, acupuncture, tens treatments and vitamin B12 shots. Nothing helped.
My doctors told me that my CIPN was chronic and not much else could be done about it.
Meanwhile, I kept researching options and read about the clinical trials for CIPN with “Calmare Therapy” at the Massey Cancer Center, as well as at the University of Wisconsin (UW) Carbone Center.
The doctors at both institutions told me that they experienced positive outcomes. I was also able to talk to a patient who underwent Calmare treatment, which was encouraging. Then in the fall of 2011, I learned that the U.S. Military opened several Calmare centers.
I decided to give it a try and contacted Dr. Cooney at the Rutherford Allied Medical Group in the United States.”
“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!”