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 patientsfrom 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.
Finally, Calmare Therapy is only administered by a medical professional who has years of clinical expertise delivering customized pain therapy.
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?
Of 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 is 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
Injury 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
Admittedly, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your chronic pain condition.
We began using Calmare scrambler therapy to combat CRPS in 2011. It all came about by coincidence–
For those of you with medication and treatment-resistant chronic pain, you can appreciate the tremendous frustration when traditional drugs and other mainstream pain management efforts fail to relieve or reduce your pain.
“Where do I turn when the pain management community has no more options left to help me manage my pain?”
This frustration and fear, to be honest, led some CRPS sufferers to contact me about the viability of using Calmare Therapy to combat CRPS/ RSD pain–and the many physical symptoms which often accompany this disease.
After discussing each CRPS patient’s full medical history, analyzing their previous therapy efforts, reviewing past and present medications, and evaluating pain level fluctuations, I felt comfortable that we could proceed with caution and closely monitor results.
The risk to trying Calmare was minimal–the FDA-cleared pain therapy has no side effects, is painless to undergo and completely non-invasive.
The single risk is that the therapy will not work.
With the advancement of organizations like Burning Nights CRPS, people who are battling this chronic condition with currently no cure, can always find guidance and advice from doctors, experts, fellow warriors and their families.
CRPS warrior, you are never alone.
For the time being, while we await relief from COVID-19, online support networks can also offer a kind listening ear, fresh ideas, or just a gentle virtual hug on a bad day.
If you would like to discuss if Calmare might be right for you, please call our clinic and I will be happy to speak with you personally.
Dr. Abd-Elsayed is a noted chronic pain physician who has published more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, presented more than 200 presentations on the national and international level, written dozens of book chapters and serves on the editorial board of several pain management medical journals. He is a longtime chronic pain advocate.
Thus far, the CRPS book is receiving positive reviews from readers, achieving nearly a 5-star rating:
“This is such a candid view of CRPS from the standpoint of many different people affected by this debilitating disease. So useful to see how other people have dealt with and managed this disease. Dr. Al and Eric did a wonderful job putting together this collaboration of patients trying to help others. If you or a family member have this disease, this book is a useful tool in understanding CRPS. Thank you to all of the authors in this book. Substantial Book.”
Calmare NJ USA Patient Outcome Cited
One of our teen patients, Austin, is featured. His parents describe his significant pain relief (and leg lesion healing) after Calmare Therapy and booster treatments:
Dr. Michael Cooney treats people with CRPS chronic 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.
Note: People from COVID-19 Travel Advisory States are Approved to Travel to NJ
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.
Increasingly, people who undergo Calmare scrambler therapy (CPT Code 0278T) are not accepting their medical insurance denial of coverage.
Patients are appealing the decision.
And they are winning!
Here is a recent example where a UnitedHealthcare member with CRPS appealed their denial of coverage for scrambler therapy in California:
An independent medical review organization (“IMRO“), in a rereview case filed with the California Department of Insurance, recommended overturning an insurance treatment coverage denial by the UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company for Calmare Therapy used to treat pain and physical symptoms from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (“CRPS“).
In the determination letter sent to a patient last month, the IMRO’s final determination was as follows:
FINAL DETERMINATION: OVERTURN. This means we disagree with UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company’s decision to deny reimbursement for transcutaneous electrical modulation pain processing provided from 12/03/18 through 5/14/19.
Two out of three medical experts decided transcutaneous electrical modulation pain processing (scrambler therapy) provided was likely to have been more beneficial for the enrollee than any available standard therapy.”
Per CIC Section 10169.3(f), the California Department of Insurance adopts the decision of the IMRO. The IMRO decision is final and not subject to further appeals.
While Calmare is generally an out-of-network therapy, we will work closely with you to provide any and all documentation you may require to help win reimbursement from your medical insurance company.
We especially encourage CRPS warriors to keep the link to the article above to use as ammunition as well.
To discuss your chronic pain condition, call us at (201) 933-4440 or email us privately at info@calmaretherapy nj.com.
Clinical Director Dr. Michael Cooney is one of only seven Calmare Certified providers in the US. He specializes in treating CRPS and PHN, a nerve pain condition resulting from Shingles. Learn more about the wide array of neuropathic conditions that may be mitigated by the use of non-invasive, side-effect-free scrambler therapy https://calmaretherapynj.com/chronic-pain-conditions/
“He knows not his own strength who hath not met adversity.”
William Samuel Johnson
By Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director
As we grapple with COVID-19’s siege on our lives and our health, I wanted to touch base and offer an update from New Jersey:
We are treating patients, new and those seeking booster treatments, on an individual basis, with no overlap from other patients in the office.
Immediately after a patient has received scrambler therapy, we use the next appointment time to thoroughly sanitize our treatment rooms and public spaces, from the front doorknob to the check-in desk and everywhere in between.
When possible, we ask that the patient’s family or friends do not enter the clinic, but wait in the car.
So far, so good.
For people who wish to re-schedule upcoming Calmare Therapy treatments, please reach out as quickly as possible to give us ample time to fill your slot.
Due to the additional time required to clean our clinic between patients, 50% fewer appointments are currently available.
I want to share some valuable content from our longtime friends and partners on dealing with the coronavirus while living with CRPS.
We encourage you to bookmark BN and check back for more of their specialized content.
Burning Nights CRPS founder, Victoria Abbott-Fleming, headquartered in the UK, battled CRPS after a car accident in 2003. She is now a global figurehead providing objective information and resources about CRPS.
She and her organization are also strong supporters of alternative pain management therapies, like Calmare scrambler therapy, to treat chronic nerve pain and the physical symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome.
During this scary time, know that I am here to offer any advice or guidance to anyone in the chronic pain community. Just call the clinic at (201) 933-4440 or email me at email@example.com a prompt response.
Megan and her mother took a chance and a plane ride from Canada for her to try Calmare after a difficult 4-year battle with CRPS.
In the video below, Megan describes the laundry list of therapies and pain medications she took before heading to the US to work with Dr. Michael Cooney, a leading provider of Calmare Therapy specializing in CRPS cases.
When she arrived in New Jersey during July 2019, Megan’s pain level was near a 10/10.
We handle pain therapy a little differently than most pain management clinics.
We take a personal approach from day one.
If you or a loved one has tried pain medications and neuropathic pain treatments without success (reduction of pain and related physical symptoms), don’t give up hope.
The majority of chronic pain patients we help have been right where you are now.
First and foremost, we’d like to learn more about your nerve pain battle.
After you’ve reviewed our website and learned how Calmare works–and what type of medical conditions are appropriate for therapy, complete the eCard below, email us privately at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our clinic at 201.933.4440 and we’ll put you directly in touch with our clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney, who personally speaks by phone with every potential patient.
The truth of the matter is Calmare is not right for every patient who wishes to undergo scrambler therapy.
After your video or phone consultation, if Dr. Cooney does not determine scrambler therapy has a strong probability of significantly reducing or eliminating your chronic pain, he will not approve you for treatment.
But you never know until you reach out, have faith and continue your quest to win the war on pain.
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Calmare Patient Quotations
“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!”