“Our nation desperately needs to evolve beyond the outdated notion that there is a pill to cure everything, particularly in the case of acute and chronic pain management.
The majority of patients we treat with scrambler therapy come to us frustrated and exhausted after enduring months and years of searching for chronic pain relief. They have often resorted to unproven surgeries, experimental procedures or powerful prescription pain medications, leaving them mentally and physically debilitated by the drugs’ side effects, and still in pain.
Scrambler therapy is a unique approach to retraining the brain by correcting the misfiring pain message.
There are no inherent risks to undergoing scrambler therapy. As I tell everyone who prepares to undergo the therapy, the only negative to this therapy is that it may not work for you, which happens in a small minority of cases.
We can tell within the first few sessions whether you are a good candidate.
It has no side effects, is not painful to undergo and is drug-free.”
We would love to tell you more about the potential pain relief you may experience by having Calmare Therapy.
Dr. Cooney speaks personally with every scrambler therapy candidate, as the therapy is not right for everyone.
Complete the eCard below and Dr. Cooney will reach out to you directly, or call our clinic located just outside New York City at 201-933-4440.
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:
Skin lesions that will not close/heal
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.
Debbie Meade’s son begged for her feet to be amputated so she would no longer suffer with excruciating CRPS pain.
Her debilitating chronic pain had spread and was causing severe swelling in her feet, which eventually caused the skin to tear. The resulting lesions did not heal naturally, leaving her open to the danger of infection.
In addition, her pain level was regularly 10/10 on the McGill Pain Scale.
Arriving here in New Jersey using two canes for mobility, her life was about to change dramatically.
Debbie describes her Calmare Therapy experience (May 2017)
To find out more about Calmare and determine if this therapy might be right for your medication and treatment-resident chronic pain, call our friendly and experienced team at (201) 933-4440 or email us below:
As we’ve reported before, the Mayo Clinic, one of the world’s most respected medical research institutions, has performed a number of clinical trials using scrambler therapy for chronic pain reduction.
“Mayo Clinic doctors are optimistic about the pain scrambler. Based on research, and their own experience treating people, it appears the device can have good to dramatic results…”
We are (again) encouraged by the Mayo Clinic’s confidence to highlight scrambler therapy in their publications, which reach thousands of reader subscribers around the world.
To learn more about scrambler therapy treatment performed exclusively by Dr. Michael Cooney
Find out if your chronic pain condition might be right for Calmare Therapy.
Unlike other healthcare clinics, you can speak directly with Dr. Cooney about your medical history and previous chronic pain treatment efforts. At Calmare Therapy NJ USA, we will not recommend treatment for you if our team does not pre-determine you may a strong chance of sustained pain reduction.
Call us at (201) 933-4440 and let’s talk about your chronic pain condition. As you will discover after reading our Patient Case Studies, we treat newly diagnosed neuropathy as well as cases where patients have been battling this disease for decades.
Dr. Cooney and I have been helping people overcome all kinds of pain for more than 30 years from our clinic here in Bergen County, New Jersey.
Choosing the right treatment and pain management doctor to meet your personal health goals is a very important decision.
Here at Calmare Therapy NJ, we disagree with the increasingly common treatment plan which consists of handing over a prescription for an opioid painkiller to a patient dealing with acute or chronic pain.
Time and again, we have seen the side effects from some of these drugs are ultimately more debilitating than the pain. Additionally, there seems to be no end in sight to the U.S.’s pain medication addiction epidemic.
Looking for new or better pain management when you are debilitated by pain–and possibly medication side effects–can be particularly challenging.
I’d like to share some recommendations on the best approach to finding the right pain solution for you.
Whether your discomfort is a result of an acute or chronic pain condition–back and neck pain, lower extremity injury, fibromyalgia, CRPS / RSD, diabetic neuropathy, arthritis, cancer treatment, or pain after surgery–you need to find a way to get your pain under control so you can enjoy the highest quality of life possible.
How do you find a pain management partner?
Do some legwork or ask for help from a friend or family member. Reach out through social media sites, either publicly on your timeline, or via private direct message for referrals.
Research a local support group for the condition you are battling and seek recommendations from members.
Ask your personal doctor, or the physician treating your specific condition, for suggestions.
Schedule an appointment with 2-3 different chiropractors or pain management physician specialists to discuss your case and assess if the doctor’s suggested protocol coincides with your treatment philosophy.
Make certain you agree with the doctor’s philosophy on treating the mind and body
While medication can be effective and important for some pain management issues, it certainly isn’t the only tool available when it comes to pain treatment. Be sure to understand (and agree) with the doctor’s physical and emotional strategy for managing, lessening or alleviating your pain.
The unique benefits of Calmare Therapy and physical therapy
Our team here at Calmare Therapy NJ has been 100 percent committed to using scrambler therapy to “fix” the brain’s misconception that there is pain, when, in fact, it’s simply confused. In my partnership with Dr. Cooney’s outstanding efforts, particularly within the CRPS / RSD/ PHN / CIPN communities, we have shown time and again that these painless treatments can literally give patients back their former quality of life prior to the injury or disease resulting in the neuropathic condition.
Physical therapy can also serve as an important part of any pain management program. Pain can be worsened by exercise that isn’t done correctly (or interpreted incorrectly as pain rather than overuse), and a physical therapist can tailor the right exercise regimen for you. Proper exercise slowly builds your tolerance and reduces your pain — you won’t end up overdoing it and giving up because it hurts.
Reach out for pain management help sooner rather than later
As with any medical condition, the longer it goes untreated (or improperly treated) the more challenging it can be to overcome. Additionally, if you are foregoing pleasurable events and day-to-day activities due to pain, it’s time to reach out for help from a healthcare provider who has significant expertise in the specific type of injury or condition you are facing.
The reality is that most of us will need professional medical care to help with some kind of pain condition during the course of our lives. In order to achieve the fastest and most successful outcome possible, take your time when selecting your pain management provider.
Dr. Kelly is a highly skilled Interventional Pain Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician with over 30 years of personalized one-on-one patient care. He obtained his medical education from Rutgers University and the University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ School of Osteopathic Medicine.
He completed his residency at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, PA. Dr. Kelly is on staff at several New Jersey hospitals including St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Kelly works in tandem with Calmare Therapy NJ clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney to provide patients with a personalized, comprehensive pain management plan that will lessen or alleviate pain and significantly improve quality of life.
Is Calmare Therapy right for you? Find out more
The doctors at Calmare Therapy NJ believe in a one-on-one approach–beginning with our first contact with you. If you’d like to discuss your neuropathic pain condition, fill out the information below and our doctors will call you or feel free to call us between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. (Eastern Time Zone) at 201-933-4440 or email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com and we’ll respond within 24 hours:
“Scrambler therapy appears to have a promising effect on post herpetic neuropathy (PHN) with prompt and continued relief and no side effects.”
Shingles is a neuropathic pain condition that requires careful management
Once you have the pain symptoms under control, the disease still requires management in order to offset recurrences.
As in all chronic disease management, making a small effort to optimally manage your PHN can offer big rewards in how you look and feel every day. Further more, you’ll feel less pain, fewer physical symptoms, and be one day closer to remission.
These lifestyle recommendations can help you deal with chronic pain and other PHN symptoms, and most importantly, they put you in the driver’s seat of your health (not your shingles!)
• Prioritize your mental health.
PHN can cause emotional distress and depression. If you’re feeling blue, have a prepared list of things to do to get through rough times ─ call a dear friend or loved one, spend time with people who lift you up, spend more time at religious services. If you are up to it, do good for others in whatever capacity you can offer. Get professional support by working with a therapist who specializes in disease management and chronic pain.
• Focus on a healthy diet.
I can’t stress it enough: Eating a nutritious diet is extremely beneficial to your overall health and your shingles– stick to fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats.
• Exercise in moderation.
Since you are living with chronic pain, you are probably already aware that regular exercise can help you improves muscle strength, reduces stress and keeps the blood flowing throughout your body. If your case is severe, start by working one-on-one with a physical therapist or certified personal trainer who is familiar with working with PHN clients.
• Establish a regular sleep schedule.
Adopt a sleep routine by going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, even on weekends. And for maximum sleep benefits, be sure you’re sleeping at least 8 hours each night.
• Find ways that help you to cope with stress effectively.
Dealing with stress can help you manage the pain that often comes along with PHN. That’s why stress management techniques, such as pet therapy, deep breathing, walking in your garden or the local park, yoga and meditation are so popular today. They work. Find an activity that helps you relax.
Have a positive attitude.
Admittedly, some days it’s not easy.
But finding the good, the light, the positive (no matter how small it may be at times) is key when it comes to dealing with PHN.
With today’s alternative therapies that don’t include any drugs, such as scrambler therapy, there is no need to just accept all the debilitating symptoms that come with a shingles diagnosis.
You can fight back and get the quality of life you deserve.
If you have any questions about PHN and how scrambler therapy may help treat your neuropathic pain as well as other physical symptoms, feel free to call me at (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!”