As travel opportunities continue to reopen worldwide, we are now scheduling appointments for new patients and booster treatment appointments beginning mid-June-July 2021.
The Calmare team, including Dr. Michael Cooney, is fully vaccinated against Covid-19. We continue to support all the virus prevention guidelines recommended by the CDC.
We will continue to schedule one patient in the clinic at a time as a precautionary measure. Doing so does reduce the number of daily appointments, so please reach out promptly.
No fee phone consultations are required for all potential patients. We request that people interested in pursuing Calmare first learn more about the therapy on these web pages prior to scheduling your consultation.
When new/future patients have some basic understanding about how non-invasive scrambler therapy is performed–and how it can lessen or eliminate chronic pain–helps us focus our discussion more specifically on the exact nature of your neuropathy and understand your pain management goals after therapy.
Any essential reason for this consultation, which is held only with our clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney, is because Calmare is not right for everyone.
We will not treat patients for whom Dr. Cooney does not feel there is a high probability of pain reductionafter scrambler therapy treatments.
If you would like to schedule a new consultation or booster treatments, please complete the quick form below, and we’ll get back to you within 48 hours of receipt of your message. If you prefer to call our New Jersey clinic, please reach out at (201) 933-4440 between 10 am and 5 pm weekdays.
During the course of your life, you may experience chronic pain, which is generally described as consistent pain lasting for at least three months. The neuropathy may result from an injury; side effect from a chronic disease treatment for a condition, such as chemotherapy; or simply wear and tear on an aging body.
Regardless, choosing a pain management provider requires special preparation to find the right doctor to relieve your pain and achieve your desired outcome.
Unlike a broken arm or a case of shingles, neuropathy can’t be observed with the naked eye. Therefore, it is essential for the patient to be able to describe their pain, including the level of pain, based upon a verbal conversation.
Dependent on how long you have lived with long-term pain, it is important to clearly delineate your treatment goals—
Do you want to eliminate the need for prescription pain medications or invasive therapies?
Do you want to be completely pain-free, or would you be satisfied if your pain level remained under 3/10?
Do you want to alleviate a need for mobility devices?
Is your goal to return to work full-time or attend school?
Once you have stated your pain therapy goals, the next step is to determine if the doctor has the tools and mindset to lessen or eliminate your pain successfully.
Doctors who treat neuropathic pain generally specialize in a specific sub-specialty such as pediatrics, orthopedics, gastroenterology, psychiatry, neurology, geriatric care or rheumatology, for example.
I was a clinical chiropractor for 30+ years before administering Calmare scrambler therapy exclusively at my New Jersey clinic.
For me, working with the body’s central nervous system for three decades served as an essential skill in optimally placing the leads required for successful scrambler therapy outcomes.
With the explosion of opioid abuse over the past decade, just prescribing pain medications to people with chronic pain is no longer a long-term solution to managing pain for most people.
I have been a strong believer that medications are not usually required to overcome pain throughout my career.
Ask how frequently the doctor treats people with your specific medical condition/s and describe the overall success rate (pain elimination or significant reduction).
In our practice, we have a list of patient volunteers who are willing to speak with potential patients about their Calmare scrambler therapy treatment experiences.
Note: I’d like to thank our Calmare patients and chronic pain friends on Facebook who contributed their firsthand input to these questions below:
Do you regularly treat patients with my condition? If not, how many patients have you treated with my condition and what was the outcome for the majority?
What is your area of medical specialty in treating nerve pain?
Can you offer a typical outcome for patients with my condition and pain level?
What percentage of your patients experience a significant reduction in pain within six months?
For my condition, what are the most common treatment protocols you prescribe, starting with the least invasive?
Do you feel pain medication is the primary treatment plan for me? Why?
Do you support alternative pain therapies and, if so, can you describe them?
Based upon your expertise, what do you project my ‘best-case outcome may be?
Remember, the doctor works for you and is being paid to provide you with healthcare that will make you feel healthier, less pain and improve your quality of life. This is a tall order that will require a significant commitment.
Ensure that you are working with a care provider you believe is best suited to meet your needs and health goals.
Calmare scrambler therapy is not right for everyone experiencing neuropathic pain; after a clinical consultation (sometimes performed by phone for clients residing outside of our metro New York City geographic area and out of country patients), we will not recommend this therapy for you if Dr. Cooney 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.
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.
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
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!):
Review the Calmare NJ USA website to understand how scrambler therapy can relieve severe chronic nerve pain.
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.
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.
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).
The RSDSA is a 30-year-strong organization that provides support, education, and hope to all affected by the pain and disability of CRPS/RSD. They also drive research to develop better treatments and a cure. The RSDSA is an international 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization, based in Milford, Connecticut, formed in 1984.
“The RSDSA is a powerhouse organization that serves serve its constituents around the US and the world who are battling CRPS,” says Dr. Cooney. “I have recommended their resources to many of our RSD patients and I’m honored to speak about our success using Calmare scrambler therapy to help reduce pain and lessen symptoms.”
Dr. Cooney will answer participant questions and a few of his patients will speak live about their Calmare treatment experiences.
How to Join the RSDSA Facebook Live Event
Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020
Time: 7 pm (EDT)
Location: facebook.com/rsdsa – from your computer, tablet, or phone. The video will be pinned to the top of our page.
You do not need a Facebook account to view this live event. If you don’t have an account, you will not be able to ask questions.
If you miss the live event, it will be available on Facebook via our “Live” video tab. You can re-watch it on mobile and desktop.
Dr. Michael Cooney has been a leading provider of Calmare Therapy since 2011. He has successfully treated more than 1,000 patients from 20 countries. He is one of seven Certified Calmare Therapy providers in the US. Dr. Cooney specializes in treating early- and late-stage CRPS, fibromyalgia, shingles (PHN), post-surgical pain and pain after chemotherapy (CIPN) in children teens, adults and older people.
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 email@example.com or call 201-933-4440 for a no-cost personal phone consultation.
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.
“I was honored to be included in a truly comprehensive book about the challenges faced by so many courageous people around the world living with CRPS,” says Dr. Cooney.
“It is vitally important that sufferers understand that drugs and invasive procedures are not the only way to reduce pain from this disease.”
Scrambler Therapy: Drug-Free, Non-Invasive Pain Management for Chronic Nerve Pain
Dr. Michael Cooney treats people with pain with a refreshingly personal approach–he talks to you before you ever step foot into our New Jersey clinic.
Calmare Therapy, cleared by the FDA more than a decade ago, is not right for everyone suffering from CRPS or other conditions resulting in chronic nerve pain.
If you are able to travel to our clinic, located in New Jersey, USA, 15 minutes outside New York City, we invite you to complete the Consult Request form below.
Dr. Cooney will personally contact you by phone within 48 hours of receipt of your message (USA and Canada only); if you are are from outside the USA/Canada, we will be happy to pre-schedule a video chat consultation.
There is no fee for this consultation and no time limit.
Calmare Therapy NJ USA Treats Chronic Pain Differently
The pain management crisis in healthcare has affected all of us.
We introduced Calmare Therapy at our New Jersey medical practice in 2011 precisely because pain medications and painful treatments don’t help many people relieve their neuropathies.
Free Consultation with Calmare’s Medical Director
If you are able to travel to New Jersey, USA, and would like to speak to me personally about your case, please reach out to our clinic at (201) 933-4440, email us at email@example.com or complete the eCard below, and I’ll contact you by phone (or video chat if you are from outside the US).
I will reach out to you within 48 hours (not 48 days).
“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!”