Leanna, a 29-year-old real estate developer in New York City, was diagnosed with CRPS in her left leg after knee surgery in 2016.
She and her family sought out every pain management treatment and medication to lessen her chronic nerve pain, without success.
There were days she could not leave her bed due to spiking pain levels.
Her family discovered Calmare Therapy and Dr. Michael Cooney is a web search for “chronic nerve pain” and “alternative pain treatments.”
“By then, I was living with full-body CRPS; I had absolutely nothing to lose by trying by Calmare,” Leanna explains.
Calmare scrambler therapy is an FDA-cleared device that combats chronic nerve pain by scrambling the pain message sent by the brain, often in error (there is actually no pain in the region, but the brain is sending incorrect messaging).
Calmare is non-invasive (no needles, surgery, painful procedures), has no side effects and is completely drug-free.
Watch Leanna’s video where she describes what happened after her scrambler therapy treatments began, and ultimately how she felt at the conclusion of her 10-treatment Calmare series.
To learn more about Calmare scrambler therapy and the chronic pain conditions it treats, call our clinic, located in Rutherford, New Jersey at (201) 933-4440 or fill out our free Consultation Request below and we’ll reach out to you:
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.
As 2016 came to a close, our staff reminisced about our patients from around the world who have entrusted us to help them reduce their chronic pain since we began offering Calmare scrambler therapy in 2011.
One of the more memorable weeks included two patients battling the debilitating symptoms from complex regional pain syndrome–CRPS–also called RSD.
Eighty-seven-year-old Ann and 16-year-old Katie (right) both suffered from complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) symptoms at different stages of life. Both were determined to keep searching for a pain management solution that would empower them to resume a quality of life, no longer dictated by chronic pain and the physical symptoms of this disease.
The patients and their families decided to investigate a non-invasive, alternative pain treatment since traditional medicine was not successful. They discovered Dr. Cooney and his successful outcomes using Calmare scrambler therapy to combat CRPS pain and additional physical symptoms.
After completing the 10-treatment series during the same period, both achieved the lowest pain level they had experienced in years.
Dr. Cooney specializes in the use of scrambler therapy to treat severe neuropathy
Since scrambler therapy is non-invasive, FDA-cleared and has no side effects, it is safe for the use in children, teens, adults and seniors. Dr. Cooney and Calmare Therapy NJ specializes in treating these neuropathic pain conditions:
CRPS | RSD
Pain after Chemotherapy – CIPN
Chronic Neuropathic Pain
If you are ready to learn more about a newer treatment to overcome chronic pain, email us about your condition at CalmareNJ@gmail.com or call us between 10 am and 6 pm (Eastern | New York City time) at 201-933-4440.
Liz treated herewith us in November of 2014. She was battling increasingly severe CRPS symptoms and it was keeping her from sports (she’s a superstar basketball player) and just enjoying college.
She was diagnosed with CRPS after a nasty basketball injury to her right leg. Using crutches when she arrived here in NJ from Missouri, she was dealing with a consistent pain level of 8 / 10.
When traditional pain medications and therapeutic treatments don’t lessen your CRPS pain or physical symptoms
Just 18-years-old, Liz had already been to a number of hospitals and physician specialists who prescribed several different medications and physical therapy. Unfortunately, none of these efforts reduced her pain.
She’s one of those people whose engaging personality just fills up any room she enters. For her to be suffering from CRPS was heartbreaking.
She and her family were savvy about her treatment plan--her diagnosis was relatively new and she aggressively sought a drug-free therapy before the condition worsened. When traditional medications and therapies were not successful, the family decided to try an alternative treatment.
And we are pleased to say it was well worth their long journey.
Laurie Mounts was injured in 2008 and later diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). When she presented at Calmare Therapy NJ in early July 2014, her pain level was a 9/10 on her entire left side from her feet up to the shoulder.
Laurie’s symptoms includes discoloration (see image at left), allodynia, numbness, tingling, sweats, swelling, burning and brittle hair.
Before discovering scrambler therapy, Laurie and her family had aggressively sought out several pain relief treatments including physical therapy, prescription medications and, ultimately, the implantation of a spinal cord stimulator ( SCS ).
Ultimately, these chronic pain treatment efforts for CRPS were not successful.
Due to an eventual increase in pain levels, Laurie was bedridden much of her life and relied on sleep medications for the very limited amount of sleep she was able to achieve.
This lovely young woman and her dedicated family persevered, nonetheless.
That’s the odd thing about Calmare: Ideally, you hope patients don’t need to come back, but when they do, our team is overjoyed to reconnect with patients whom we have become so friendly with over the two-week treatment cycle.
“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!”