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.
Emily Hewatt is a wonderful young woman who gained global attention in her quest to find a pain management solution for the CRPS she had been battling for four years. The pain and side effects of the disease had kept her inside, unable to enjoy a true quality of life.
She had foot surgery in 2012 and the symptoms of CRPS began about a month after the operation. Her condition and pain region continued to expand from her lower extremities up the right side of her body.
Due to extreme sensitivity in her foot and leg, she eventually required the support of a wheelchair full-time. In addition, she has not been able to wear shoes on her feet for years.
Discovering a new treatment for CRPS from a fellow Aussie
She discovered Calmare through another woman from Australia who had achieved life-changing pain relief. Her quest to raise the funds began, attracting media attention:
After her successful pain management outcome with us in 2016, almost two years to the day, she left us pain-free and without the need of a wheelchair.
The severity of her CRPS condition will require lifelong healthcare maintenance, which Emily recently shared and generously permitted us to share with you.
Emi sends a update on her health two years after scrambler therapy
It has been two years since I was so humbly blessed with tremendous generosity and support which allowed me to be further blessed by the caring hands of Dr. Cooney and his team.
It was a very scary and daunting adventure traveling from our tiny town in North East Victoria, Australia halfway around the world to Rutherford, New Jersey, USA in search of a pain management treatment for my CRPS.
My treatment outcome was life-changing, to say the least. I left New Jersey without any pain, without the need of a wheelchair. It was just unbelievable.
For the first two weeks post treatment I did as I was told and did nothing but rest and recover.
On the 15th day however, we had to execute a charity trail ride we had organized months earlier. After four years of excruciating pain forcing me bound within the walls of our home. It was my first full day out and walking!
Until later that night when we got home and my body was on fire and I was back in my wheelchair just to get inside from the car, I could barely move.
That was when I realized that even though I had felt amazing–with no pain since the Calmare treatment–that I still had CRPS and needed to manage it.
So that has been the underlying theme of my life, to keep myself feeling as good as possible and as often as possible, and I’d say I am doing pretty well at it.
This drove home for me how important, especially now, it was to take care of myself, which is how we eventually came across Calmare Therapy or scrambler therapy as we now know it as in Australia.
My philosophy is do whatever you need to do to feel better.
Now two years since my Calmare Therapy,
I don’t really think about the CRPS all that
much—even after enduring four years of constant pain.
I have learned how to live my life so when I do get pain and become symptomatic from time to time, it’s not a big deal. I have all the tools, like the scrambler therapy, and knowledge I need to manage it.
The only one who truly knows me and knows what is right for me is me.
So thank you, Dr. Cooney, and your team and everyone who has shared their generosity and support with me.
Only I will ever truly know how much you all have given back to me.
Emi Hewatt, North East Victoria, Australia
To learn more about treating chronic nerve pain using non-invasive scrambler therapy, call (201) 933.4440 or email us privately at email@example.com and we’ll respond within 48 hours of your call or message.
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.
Calmare scrambler therapy is drug-free, painless and has no side effects. It has been FDA-cleared for nearly a decade.
Laurie Battles Back When Chronic Pain Levels Increase
Due to the longevity and severity of Laurie’s CRPS condition, the disease symptoms slowly returned. In late September 2018, Laurie and her family returned to New Jersey for additional therapy sessions (boosters) to reduce pain and related symptoms.
After several treatments, Laurie posted this message, which we are sharing with her permission:
“Well, it’s the end of my time here on the East Coast.
I’m currently having my final Calmare booster treatment.
Knowing I can come here to get relief from this pain is so helpful! I don’t know what I would have done without them in my life!
Thank you for all you guys do for all of us CRPS warriors!
I’m so thankful for Doc Cooney and all he does to help with my (and so many others) pain.
He definitely goes above and beyond for his patients.
I’m also so thankful for all of my friends and family for the prayers and thoughts as we’ve battled this disease through the years.
We would be happy to listen, and together, determine if Calmare scrambler therapy might be right for you. Reach out to us privately at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the card below and we’ll get in touch with you to talk about your chronic pain.
She generously allowed us to share her update, sent to us this week, about her life and her health:
Hello to the NJ Calmare Therapy Crew,
It’s been a little under a year since we last made the trek from the midwest to Rutherford, NJ for my second booster treatment, and a lot has changed for me since then, in large part thanks to your team.
It’s not lost on me that if you had told me a little over four years ago where I’d be today, I would have shaken my head in disbelief.
When I first arrived at your clinic in November 2014, you all did more than perform a disappearing act on pain that had been my constant companion for over a year.
Up until that point, I had fully accepted CRPS was going to claim unyielding ownership over my life—my academic career, my physical health, my social life, my happiness.
It felt like everything was deteriorating so quickly, and I was on the verge of completely losing my mind.
Then you showed up in a random google search, and I’ll be honest, your treatment sounded too good to be true. I was truly torn between being desperate enough to try anything– and the fear of being conned.
Believe it or not, while I’d drawn up a list of pros and cons, I decided to flip a coin on the decision to take the risk and go, or pursue other forms of treatment more locally.
Interestingly enough, as a broke college freshman at the time, I didn’t even have a dime to flip. So I drew an X on a Cheez-It and flipped that instead.
I truly believe God may have tipped the cracker in the right direction, because that fateful snack led me halfway across the country to your office, where you all gave me my life back and more, empowering and inspiring me to begin pursuing a career in the healthcare industry.
I finished my undergraduate degree (a BS in Exercise Science) and graduated in early May, then turned right around and began my graduate adventure in the Medical Center’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program a few weeks later.
I’m in class full-time during the week, but still make time to volunteer at the large/exotic cat sanctuary regularly.
I’m able to live the life I never would have thought possible when I graduated high school, but I never take a single second of it for granted.
I just wanted to drop you a note so that when the daily battle against the various forms of chronic pain becomes difficult, you can be reminded that you are making a huge difference in the lives of many.
The work you do matters.
My family and I are forever indebted to how you helped us find peace from a problem we were braced to deal with for a lifetime.
I hope you are all doing well, and trying to enjoy summer’s last stand before the cooler weather arrives for good.
“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!”