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.
One of the frustrations about chronic sciatica is that medications, injections, physical therapy and independent exercises–even surgery–often fail to resolve the debilitating pain.
Sciatica and low back pain affects millions of people of all ages, from all walks of life. While people as young as their 20s can suffer from sciatic nerve pain, it’s most common in adults in their 40s and 50s, affecting more men than women.
And yet, traditional medicine is often hindered by how to relieve this type of neuropathy.
The cause of sciatica or chronic back pain may be due to injury, failed back surgery or generalized aging of bones and joints.
Eventually, medication and treatment-resistant sciatica can result in leg weakness and mobility challenges. Further, overall health quality can be diminished due to poor sleep.
For people whose pain is nerve-focused, we are increasingly recommending Calmare Therapy, particularly for people battling chronic back pain for six months or longer.
Calmare uses biophysical “scrambler” technology, a painless treatment for nerve pain that uses electrodes placed on the skin emitting low amounts of electricity scrambles the pain message from the brain so that it stops sending the pain signal.
Yes, in fact, it’s as simple as it sounds.
Most importantly, 75 percent of the chronic nerve pain patients we have treated here in New Jersey have “significantly reduced–or even eliminated their neuropathic pain.”
How the Calmare MC-5A technology can significantly lessen treatment-resistant lumbar and sciatic neuropathy
The device’s technology painlessly reduces sciatic and spinal neuropathy by creating an artificial neuron that retrains the brain. This is accomplished when the device sends a mild ‘no-pain’ signal along the sciatic root to the brain.
Calmare scrambler therapy has been performed at our pain control clinic since 2011. It is performed exclusively by Dr. Michael Cooney, one of only seven Calmare Certified doctors in the US.
Sciatic neuritis versus sciatic neuropathy
Sciatic neuritis is usually a structural or biomechanical problem, such as a pinched nerve or ligament damage.
It is acute (short term, not chronic) and often successfully treated by chiropractors or physical therapists who specialize in treating musculoskeletal injuries.
In most cases, Calmare Therapy may not be the ideal treatment for this condition.
Sciatic neuropathy is the second most common neuropathy of the lower extremity. Symptoms often include foot drop, mimicking common fibular neuropathy.
The neuropathy (chronic pain) is constant; the pain may vary from low to high, but the discomfort never goes away completely.
This diagnosis is ideal for Calmare scrambler therapy since neuropathic pain is the root cause of the discomfort.
Calmare treats diagnosed chronic nerve pain.
Meet Rina Stiano, who received 10 scrambler therapy treatments for her sciatic neuropathy, performed by Dr. Michael Cooney:
How is Calmare performed and is it painful?
Via small electrodes strategically positioned by Dr. Cooney, a low grade, ‘no-pain’ message is then transmitted directly to the damaged nerve for approximately 35 minutes per session.
Regardless of severity, pain and physical symptoms caused by the sciatica can be significantly reduced or even alleviated by the conclusion of the 10-treatment series.
For severe neuropathic pain cases, subsequent Calmare booster treatmentsare 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, by treatment 3-4 we are able to foresee 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.
To find out if your chronic back pain or sciatic condition may be suitable for FDA-cleared Calmare Therapy, contact us using the form below, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 201-933-4440 during normal business hours.
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
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.
Certainly, no one is looking to add to your pain. But maintaining dental hygiene now, even with some discomfort, can offset the possibility of far more pain down the line, should tooth decay set in.
I sought out the advice of a local dentist who specializes in treating patients with chronic pain and asked him for advice:
Won’t dental visits cause me more pain?
Regular dental check-up and cleaning visits are the same as the need for a general overall check-up with your primary care doctor every year; if you don’t do it, any potential issues will have ample time to grow and become more serious (and more complicated to treat) after the issue is finally diagnosed.
Do the due diligence beforehand; seek out a dentist who treats patients with chronic nerve pain and understands your special issues.
Once you’ve found one, ask about specific tools to help minimize and control pain, dental or otherwise, before, during and after treatment.
If your search is unsuccessful, let the person scheduling your appointment know you suffer from chronic nerve pain in advance and remind the staff to chart this important fact again when you arrive.
When the dentist or dental hygienist arrives to begin your treatment, first have a conversation about your neuropathy and ask what special considerations they will make for you.
Be sure that you mutually understand a predetermined signal that you are uncomfortable or in pain.
Medication damage to teeth and gums
One of the unfortunate byproducts of chronic pain management is the common use of medications.
These medications commonly contribute to dry mouth, and without adequate saliva, tooth decay and gum disease are more likely to flourish.
This dry mouth condition is called xerostomia and it has major dental consequences such as:
Interference with normal swallowing patterns
Taste alterations (dysgeusia)
Interference with speech
Inability to maintain oral tissue integrity
Mucositis (chronic mouth irritation and inflammation)
To combat this condition, keep hydrated by sipping water throughout the day, chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless hard candy.
You may also wish to use a moisturizing mouth spray, which your dentist can provide.
Over time, gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets that often become infected. The body’s immune system fights the bacteria as the plaque spreads and grows below the gum line.
Bacterial toxins and the body’s natural response to infection start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place.
If not treated, the bones, gums and tissue that supports the teeth are destroyed, requiring extraction of the diseased teeth.
Understandably, people with chronic pain avoid potential pain triggers, including dental visits.
So when tooth or gum pain or sensitivity presents, it is often in the latter stages of decay when the tooth cannot be salvaged.
The unfortunate result is the need to remove the diseased tooth.
The best defense is a good offense
In the comfort of your home, brush teeth a minimum of twice daily and floss. (Yes, we know it’s gross, but isn’t it better to get that stuff out of your mouth and into the garbage?)
Give your tongue a good brushing as well to remove bacteria that leads to plaque and chronic bad breath.
Twice-yearly tooth cleanings and exams are necessary to prevent and offset any issues before they become more serious and requiring more invasive treatment.
Talk with your treating physician before your visit to determine any special protocol or medication requirements needed.
Be sure that your doctor and dentist are in touch to fully understand the nature of your care needs.
After your cleaning or dental treatment, allow extra time to rest and recover.
Eat soft food for a few days and avoid foods (meats, popcorn, hard candy) that can potentially become lodged in those clean and disease-free pearly whites!
Prevention of dental disease may very well pay off in good overall health, allowing your immune system to perform at its optimal level.
While, admittedly, it’s not pleasant, it is nonetheless well worth the effort in the long run.
Dr. Michael Cooneyis one of 7 certified providers of Calmare scrambler therapy in the U.S. He specializes in treating patients battling severe neuropathy as a result of fibromyalgia, CRPS / RSD, diabetes, shingles, post-surgical pain and pain after chemotherapy. To learn more, call 201-933-4440.
“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!”