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Free Calmare NJ Consultation and Treatment Nov. – Dec. 2020

New patients receive one 35-minute treatment at no charge

People seeking pain relief for medication and treatment-resistant chronic nerve pain will receive a first-time-ever free Calmare Therapy®  treatment, if they undergo the 10-treatment therapy protocol during Nov. – Dec. 2020.

“We hope this savings will help children, teens, adults and seniors make the decision to try an alternative therapy to reduce or eliminate their chronic nerve pain,” says Calmare NJ USA clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney.

In addition, new patients also receive a pre-treatment consultation, either by phone or in-person. During this discussion, patients have a firsthand opportunity to ask questions about scrambler therapy, including the customized treatment strategy for the placement of each Calmare lead.

Calmare Therapy (scrambler therapy) is an FDA-cleared alternative pain management therapy to lessen or reduce medication and treatment-resident chronic pain for children (age 10+), adolescents, adults and seniors.

The therapy is a non-invasive, painless treatment that is drug-free and has no side effects.

Regardless of pain level and physical symptoms, several neuropathic conditions can be significantly reduced—or even alleviated—after a series of 10 Calmare treatments, once per day.

Since 2011, Dr.  Cooney has personally treated more than 1,000 patients from the U.S. and around the world suffering from chronic, high-intensity neuropathic pain.

He is one of only seven Certified Calmare doctors in the United States (2020).

Why Calmare is a radically different pain treatment

Calmare is a new therapy for chronic pain

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, 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.

How Do I Set-Up My Calmare consultation?

Potential scrambler therapy patients should follow these four easy steps below: (feel free to reach out to us with questions!):

  1.  Review the Calmare NJ USA website to understand how scrambler therapy can relieve severe chronic nerve pain.
  2. Read or watch a few video testimonials by more than 75 patients who have shared their Calmare NJ USA treatment experiences on our Case Studies page and our YouTube channel.
  3. Contact the Calmare NJ USA clinic to schedule your in-person (we follow CDC guidelines for COVID-19 safety precautions) video or phone consultation. During this you will speak personally with Dr. Cooney about your medical history, previous pain relief efforts, current medication use and your pain management goals.
  4. If you and Dr. Cooney mutually agree to proceed with treatment, your 10-day therapy cycle will be scheduled, beginning on a Monday, and held at the same time each day, for two weeks (10 business days).

For questions, please email our Calmare team at info@calmaretherapynj.com or call our clinic directly at (201) 933-4440.

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Here’s Why the Calmare® Medical Device is Very Different from a Tens Unit

September 22, 2020

We’ve been using the MC-5A Calmare scrambler therapy technology here in New Jersey since 2011. Clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney has single-handedly treated more than 1,000 patients from more than 20 countries, reducing pain levels, increasing mobility and helping people get a good night’s sleep for the first time in years.

One of the questions we are asked most often is how scrambler therapy compares to a self-administered tens device.

The difference between these two medical devices can be compared to driving on a freshly-paved 16-lane superhighway versus a one-lane, gravel-covered back road.

Technological distinctions between MC-5A (Calmare) and a tens machine

From a chronic nerve pain patient’s perspective, let’s put these two pain treatment devices head-to-head.

The operational distinctions between the two devices are significant:

  • Volume of current being used
  • Type of neurons transmitting the no-pain signal
  • Calmare device sends a “no pain” signal on the surface C-fiber nerve receptors versus a tens, which temporarily interrupts pain signals through the A-beta fibers.
Calmare® Pain Therapy’s MC-5A Technology

This technology creates a low-energy electrical impulse that travels through the patient’s nerves delivering a “no-pain” signal to the brain. This process “tricks the brain” that the area of pain is normal and eventually results in prolonged pain relief.

Calmare uses “C Fibers” to transmit these random ‘no pain’ signals to calm the brain. It operates at 40 to 50 Hz. and 16 different algorithms deliver five dual-channel signals to restart the brain and ultimately disrupt the chronic pain loop.

There is never a repeated cycle during a Calmare treatment, so there can be no accommodation by the brain (as with drugs or a self-administered, hand-held TENS unit).

Calmare technology offers patients a significantly longer duration (often months, years or more) of reduced or 0-level chronic nerve pain versus a TENS unit, where the pain returns soon after discontinuation of the treatment.

Calmare Certified Location LogoFinally, Calmare Therapy is only administered by a medical professional who has years of clinical expertise delivering customized pain therapy.

Why You Should Carefully Select Your Calmare Therapy Provider

The Calmare Device Earned a U.S. Patent Number

The scrambler machine has been awarded a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which identifies the device as a unique entity, unlike anything else in the market (i.e. a tens unit). The U.S. Patent number is 8,380,317.

Do you want to administer your own pain management? 

TENS unitOf course not, especially if you are already living with treatment and medication-resistant chronic pain.

Keep in mind, the small hand-held TENS unit is self-administered by the patient, so the placement of the pads hand-during-treatmentis determined not by a healthcare professional, but at the best judgment of the patient or loved one providing the treatment at home.

The tens operates using a single signal, allowing for short duration pain relief.

Most importantly, a tens machine has been designed with the goal of temporarily reducing pain.

People Living with RSD and CRPS 

The use of electricity for the management of pain is certainly not unique to the Calmare medical device.

The main challenge in treating RSD/CRPS is the complicated change in the nervous system, which can be traced to changes in the brain’s receptors. As a result, therapy to resolve this kind of pain must reach the brain.

In fact, many RSD/CRPS sufferers have already tried traditional tens therapy prior to coming to our clinic.

Calmare Therapy Does Not Function Like a TENS Unit

Calmare Technology 2012Injury or other noxious stimuli in the body creates pain chemicals. These chemicals, in turn, are converted into electrical impulses by your nerves, which are transmitted to the brain and INTERPRETED by the brain.

When specially-trained doctors use Calmare Therapy, they “control” the electrical impulses that the brain is receiving.

By manipulating the input into the brain, they “retrain” it to remove the pain signal to the area of the body where there is, in fact, no pain.

Interestingly, medical science has already proven through other methodologies that the brain can be “taught.”

In healthcare, we refer to those changes as neuroplasticity; there are a wealth of interesting books on this topic, which we encourage you to peruse.

Questions? Call Us. We’ll Answer

nurses-on-phoneAdmittedly, this information is a lot to take in for people without a healthcare background. Nonetheless, we hope this helps in recognizing the critical distinctions between the two devices.

If you have questions or would like to find out if Calmare Therapy might be right for your chronic pain condition,  call our friendly team at (201) 933-4440 or email us at info@calmaretherapynj.com to discuss your chronic pain condition.

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More Healthcare Providers Turn to Calmare for Chronic Pain Treatment

August 5, 2020

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September 1, 2020 – Update from Andrea

Via email to Dr. Cooney (yes, we request ongoing updates from you after treatment!)

Hi Dr. Cooney!

Not being in that horrible pain is such a wonderful thing! I have been able to do most things now like I used to. I’ve been trying to strengthen my muscles by swimming almost daily, and I will be joining the gym on Tuesday to continue strengthening.

Tomorrow is my first day back to work! I have 8 hours shifts for the next 2 weeks and then 12 hour shifts start. I’m hoping to be able to pace myself and use medications during my shifts if needed.

I’ll keep in touch with you as time goes on! Thank you for everything!!!!”

Sincerely,

Andrea L. S., RN
PA


It means the world to us when healthcare providers put their expertise and trust in Calmare scrambler therapy and clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney to treat their chronic pain.

Andrea, a bright and talented registered nurse from PA, has battled CRPS since 2017, after a simple fall in her driveway at home.

After her diagnosis of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS),  she was eventually unable to work, living with a consistent pain level of 8/9 daily.

After six Calmare treatments, Andrea’s CRPS pain level has reduced from an 8/9 to 1–and we aren’t done yet!

Clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney will perform four more Calmare treatments (10 scrambler therapy treatments is the typical protocol) to fortify the pain reduction with the goal of achieving a sustained pain-free level.

Our goal is to send Andrea home pain-free and with plans for her to get back to work and resume the work that is her passion–helping others.

“Andrea will follow our Calmare NJ USA-specific post-treatment protocol and rest as much as possible,” Dr. Cooney notes. “If she feels ready, I can foresee her returning to nursing in about a month.”

Meet More Registered Nurses Who Trust Calmare Therapy

Click on the links below to meet more healthcare providers who have shared their scrambler therapy experiences:

Virginia Nurse Finds Success with Calmare after Traditional Pain Management Fails

Oregonian Nurse Chooses Calmare Therapy for CRPS Chronic Pain

Registered Nurse Beth Finally Gets RSD Pain Relief with Calmare Therapy

RN Deena from Texas with CRPS Shares Her Calmare Therapy Review

If you would like to discuss your chronic pain condition with Dr. Cooney, call our Calmare team at 201-933-4440, email us at info@calmaretherapynj.com or complete the free Consultation Request card below, and we’ll be happy to reach out to you:

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Calmare: Non-Invasive Pain Management for Pediatric Chronic Pain

June 10, 2020

adolescent with chronic pain

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.

More than 70% of children and teens who live with chronic pain will go on to struggle with it in adulthood.

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
  • Pain-free treatment
  • 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?

Click the image to read about Abby’s scrambler therapy success at 13-years-old.

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.

Seventy-five Calmare patients shared their experiences on video

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

Child has successful calmare pain therapy treatment
Click the image to watch 10-year-old Kiera’s Calmare Therapy experience.

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.

Austin from Western USA

 

 

Cara from Scotland

 

 

Carla from South Africa

 

 

Maiya

 

 

new treatment for crps

Megan from Canada

 

 

Evan from New Jersey

 

 

Kara the East CoastKara stomp

 

Emily Blake   Emily from Indiana

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Amanda from Indiana

 

Calmare Therapy NJ USA is a Certified Provider

 

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 info@calmaretherapynj.com or call 201-933-4440 for a no-cost personal phone consultation.

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International Pain Foundation Nominates Dr. Michael Cooney

May 26, 2020

Dr. Michael Cooney nominated as Hero of Hope

Update: July 13, 2020

Dr. Michael Cooney is named a 2020 iPain Hero of Hope Finalist!

Hero of Hope Award 2020 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.

Meet some of the pain warriors we have treated over the years and feel free to reach out to us at (201) 933-4440.

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