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Here’s Why the Calmare® Medical Device is Very Different from a Tens Unit

September 22, 2020

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 patients from 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.

Calmare Certified Location LogoFinally, Calmare Therapy is only administered by a medical professional who has years of clinical expertise delivering customized pain therapy.

Why You Should Carefully Select Your Calmare Therapy Provider

The Calmare Device Earned a U.S. Patent Number

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? 

TENS unitOf 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 hand-during-treatmentis 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

Calmare Technology 2012Injury 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

nurses-on-phoneAdmittedly, 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 info@calmaretherapynj.com to discuss your chronic pain condition.

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Calmare Therapy’s Longtime Friendship with Burning Nights CRPS

September 18, 2020

By Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director


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.

Meet Amanda from Indiana, one of our first RSD patients

After Amanda, then a teenager, and her family took a gamble on Calmare Therapy, Amanda’s pain relief was so significant, she was able to:

  • Return to in-person high school
  • Go on to college and graduate
  • Marry the love of her life

(Note that Amanda did return over the years for a few Calmare booster treatments, when her pain level began to climb. After the boosters, her pain level returned to a steady 0-3).

After sharing Amanda’s reduction in chronic pain on our website and YouTube channel, people from around the world, who were also battling CRPS, began to come to our clinic for treatment.

Our CRPS warriors share their Calmare therapy outcomes

Meet Michelle from Australia

Meet Tammy from New Mexico

Meet Juana from Colombia

Meet Paul from Australia

Meet Carla from South Africa

Connecting with the Burning Nights CRPS organization in the UK

We have been fortunate to be supported by Burning Nights CRPS, a UK-based resource for people and families dealing with CRPS.

They offer a remarkable wealth of resources for people around the world with the aim of “helping to improve the quality of life for every CRPS sufferer around the world.”

In 2017, we were fortunate to welcome the organization’s founder, also a CRPS warrior, Victoria Abbott-Fleming, to our clinic for a tour and a demonstration of scrambler therapy.

Victoria, seated, founder of Burning Nights, and her husband, left, visited our clinic for a wonderful visit. Dr. Cooney is also shown with Star, a CRPS patient from Alabama, and her husband.

Today, we continue to support each other’s efforts. In fact, Burning Nights features a detailed description of Calmare on its Alternative Therapies for CRPS page.

Visit Burning Nights CRPS to learn more about Calmare Therapy

In addition to a wealth of support and resource information available, I have written several articles that offer my personal insight into the benefits of scrambler therapy:

Calmare Scrambler Therapy Q&A

Calmare Therapy for Children & Teens with CRPS

Calmare Pain Treatment’s Battle against CRPS Pain – A 2020 Update

Non-Invasive CRPS Treatment: Calmare Therapy 101  

Burning Nights CRPS Founder Victoria Abbott-Fleming Visits Calmare NJ USA

Finally, if you are in a position to donate to Burning Nights, a UL-registered charity, you can learn more here: https://www.burningnightscrps.org/crps-rsd-support/

CRPS warriors are never alone

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.

As a reminder, people in the US are permitted to enter New Jersey for pre-scheduled medical treatment, even if they come from a Travel Advisory state. Learn more: https://calmaretherapynj.com/2020/08/17/calmare-nj-accept-patients-from-travel-advisory-states/ 

Due to fluctuating regulations, people from outside the US should consult with their home government for guidelines about traveling to the USA for medical treatment.

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Dr. Cooney and Patient Interviewed for New CRPS Book

August 31, 2020

Clinical Director, Dr. Michael Cooney, who has successfully treated hundreds of people living with CRPS since 2011 using Calmare scrambler therapy, is featured in a new book on the topic:

COMPLEX REGIONAL PAIN SYNDROME (CRPS): PATIENTS’ PERSPECTIVE OF LIVING IN CHRONIC PAIN.

The book is co-written by pain management physician Dr. Alaa Abd-Elsayed and Eric M. Phillips, president of the International RSD Foundation.

Dr. Abd-Elsayed cited Dr. Michael Cooney and Calmare Therapy in his new book for sale on Amazon.
Dr. Alaa Abd-Elsayed

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:

CRPS book features Dr. Michael Cooney

Teen Football Star Finds CRPS Pain Relief After Calmare Therapy

We are grateful to Austin’s family, who volunteered to share their family’s story and Austin’s positive outcome after Calmare Therapy.

Austin did return months later for three scrambler therapy booster treatments, which may be necessary for more severe or prolonged cases of chronic nerve pain.

He shared an update from the mountains (where he was snowboarding!) in February 2019:

Teenager Snowboards By for a Post-Calmare Scrambler Therapy Update

Austin and Dr. Michael Cooney celebrate his success after undergoing Calmare scrambler for CRPS.

“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.”

CRPS book features calmare therapy

CRPS: Better Non-Invasive Pain & Symptom Management

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.

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UnitedHealthcare’s Denial of Coverage for Calmare Overturned

August 24, 2020

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.

Read the full announcement here:

Insurance Carrier Denial of Coverage for Calmare Pain Mitigation Therapy(TM) Overturned in California

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/

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More Healthcare Providers Turn to Calmare for Chronic Pain Treatment

August 5, 2020

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September 1, 2020 – Update from Andrea

Via email to Dr. Cooney (yes, we request ongoing updates from you after treatment!)

Hi Dr. Cooney!

Not being in that horrible pain is such a wonderful thing! I have been able to do most things now like I used to. I’ve been trying to strengthen my muscles by swimming almost daily, and I will be joining the gym on Tuesday to continue strengthening.

Tomorrow is my first day back to work! I have 8 hours shifts for the next 2 weeks and then 12 hour shifts start. I’m hoping to be able to pace myself and use medications during my shifts if needed.

I’ll keep in touch with you as time goes on! Thank you for everything!!!!”

Sincerely,

Andrea L. S., RN
PA


It means the world to us when healthcare providers put their expertise and trust in Calmare scrambler therapy and clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney to treat their chronic pain.

Andrea, a bright and talented registered nurse from PA, has battled CRPS since 2017, after a simple fall in her driveway at home.

After her diagnosis of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS),  she was eventually unable to work, living with a consistent pain level of 8/9 daily.

After six Calmare treatments, Andrea’s CRPS pain level has reduced from an 8/9 to 1–and we aren’t done yet!

Clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney will perform four more Calmare treatments (10 scrambler therapy treatments is the typical protocol) to fortify the pain reduction with the goal of achieving a sustained pain-free level.

Our goal is to send Andrea home pain-free and with plans for her to get back to work and resume the work that is her passion–helping others.

“Andrea will follow our Calmare NJ USA-specific post-treatment protocol and rest as much as possible,” Dr. Cooney notes. “If she feels ready, I can foresee her returning to nursing in about a month.”

Meet More Registered Nurses Who Trust Calmare Therapy

Click on the links below to meet more healthcare providers who have shared their scrambler therapy experiences:

Virginia Nurse Finds Success with Calmare after Traditional Pain Management Fails

Oregonian Nurse Chooses Calmare Therapy for CRPS Chronic Pain

Registered Nurse Beth Finally Gets RSD Pain Relief with Calmare Therapy

RN Deena from Texas with CRPS Shares Her Calmare Therapy Review

If you would like to discuss your chronic pain condition with Dr. Cooney, call our Calmare team at 201-933-4440, email us at info@calmaretherapynj.com or complete the free Consultation Request card below, and we’ll be happy to reach out to you:

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Today at 7 pm EST: Dr. Michael Cooney Appears on RSDSA Media

July 16, 2020

dr michael cooney uses calmare to treat crps

Join Calmare NJ USA clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney live at 7 pm Eastern on the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association (RSDSA)’s Facebook Live series.

He will be answering viewer questions and sharing his firsthand experiences using Calmare scrambler therapy to treat CRPS in children, teens, adults and seniors for the past nine years.

Some of our RSD / CRPS patients will also be speaking live about their personal Calmare experiences and you can ask them questions as well!

Log-in via the link below and I look forward to meeting you online!

Facebook Live with Dr. Michael J. Cooney, July 16th

 

 

 

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Dr. Michael Cooney to Appear on RSDSA Facebook Live July 16

 

dr michael cooney uses calmare to treat crps

We are pleased to announce that Calmare NJ USA clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney will appear on the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association (RSDSA) Facebook Live series on Thursday, July 16 at 7 pm EST.

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.

If you miss the Live event, you can still view the discussion on tour website or the Calmare YouTube channel.

Calmare NJ USA will also offer the video on our social profiles as well.

For questions, please call (201) 933-4440 or email us at info@calmaretherapynj.com


Michael J. Cooney, DC Biography

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.

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Successfully Battling CRPS Pain During CRPS Awareness Month

November 11, 2019

CRPS Patient Nearly pain Free after Calmare Therapy
Erin and Dr. Cooney say goodbye after her successful scrambler therapy treatments.

A Facebook comment posted by Erin’s mother this morning:

“How can I thank you for giving us our daughter back?

Her treatments have completely changed her—body, mind, and spirit, Dr. Cooney!

I pray she remains in remission. This is nothing short of a miracle!!!”


Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Awareness Month is recognized in November around the world.

I was particularly pleased that Erin’s arduous five-year battle with this notoriously difficult-to-treat condition was overcome after 10 treatments of Calmare scrambler therapy.

Erin, now 29, was diagnosed with CRPS after a surgical procedure in 2014. Since then, she has been living with chronic pain in her leg as high as 8 to 10 on the Pain Scale.

The Kentucky native tried countless pain medications, injections and even additional surgery, without significant pain relief.

Last Friday, after 10 Calmare treatments, her pain level was a consistent 1/10 for the first time in five years.

 

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To learn more about FDA-cleared Calmare scrambler therapy, reach out to our friendly team of pain management experts by calling (201) 933.4440.

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Mother and Daughter Travel to the US for Calmare Therapy

September, 2019

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.

Meet two brave women on a mission.

To learn more about Megan’s battle, click here: https://calmaretherapynj.com/2019/07/23/a-5-star-review-from-a-calmare-patients-mother/

How to Learn More About Calmare Scrambler Therapy

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 info@calmaretherapynj.com 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 FACTS

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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