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Arachnoiditis Warrior is Pain-Free after Calmare Therapy

January 27, 2021

By Dr. Michael Cooney

Pure joy.

When someone whose life has been sidelined by chronic nerve pain finally achieves pain relief–or a pain-free state–the feeling we get is pure joy.

As I’ve stated over the years, most of the time, people with chronic pain arrive at our clinic feeling skeptical, exhausted, financially spent and almost numb to the possibility of finally winning the war against pain.

This week, Sharlene is undergoing her second week of treatment with us after carefully weighing her decision to trust us with her health while helping lessen her pain after a 30-year battle with arachnoiditis. This debilitating condition causes chronic shooting pain, the feeling of bugs crawling on the skin, weak legs and even neurological problems.

Sharlene is one smart cookie, as is her devoted family, who are keeping a close watch on her care and her progress.

Today, we were delighted to see this update on Shar’s Facebook profile (which is public):

Sharlene shares her pain-free status on Facebook.

I performed treatment #7 of 10 this morning and we’ll continue to ensure her pain level remains stable at a 0, or a manageable level, for as long as possible.

Often, patients who have lived with chronic nerve pain for more than a decade may require Calmare Booster Therapy if the pain returns. Over time, this need decreases as time goes on.

One of the many reasons Calmare Pain Therapy has changed the face of pain management is the fact that is can lessen, or in Shar’s case, eliminate neuropathy caused by various types of injury or diseases, like arachnoiditis, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) after Shingles, fibromyalgia and light bruises to extensive surgery.

You won’t find needles, pain or a prescription drug list at Calmare Therapy, either.

This FDA-cleared alternative pain management therapy is non-invasive and has 0 side effects.

Yes, there are no side effects or pain when undergoing Calmare, other than you may be more tired for a period of time during and up to a month after treatment.

That’s it.

If you or a loved one feels that you are at the end of the line of pain management options, you are not.

Reach out and let’s talk about your battle. You and I will speak directly and there is no consultation fee, of course.

Call our clinic, located outside New York City, at (201) 933-4440 or email us at info@calmaretherapynj.com.

Let’s start fighting back against your pain today, no more waiting for tomorrow.

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Calmare NJ USA 2021 Covid-19 Precautions

January 20, 2021

Andrea is a registered nurse RN from PA who came to New Jersey for Calmare Therapy performed by Dr. Michael Cooney
Registered Nurse Andrea from PA receives neuropathy treatment from Dr. Michael Cooney

Calmare Therapy NJ USA is fully operational Monday – Friday, however, we are treating only one patient in the clinic at a time.

In addition, every patient is required to undergo a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of your first Calmare treatment. These reports can be emailed in advance to info@calmaretherapynj.com.

2021 Calmare NJ Safety Protocols  – Updated

  • Everyone, including patients, is required to wear masks and gloves at all times, even if you have received both Covid-19 vaccinations.
  • Dr. Cooney and his staff undergo regular COVID testing.
  • All patients have their temperatures taken prior to every treatment.
  • We are treating patients one-at-a-time only.
  • Unless patients are mobility-challenged, we ask that family/friends remain outside the clinic.
  • Clear partitions have been installed between patients/administrative staff.
  • Continuous deep-sanitizing is performed before and after every patient.
  • Hand sanitizer available in every treatment room, restroom and at clinic entrance/exit.

New Calmare Patients

If you are interested in pursuing Calmare Therapy for neuropathy (chronic nerve pain), please reach out to schedule your no-fee phone or video consultation with Dr. Cooney by calling (201) 933-4440 or email us at info@calmaretherapynj.com.

Calmare scrambler therapy is not right for everyone experiencing neuropathic pain; after a clinical consultation (sometimes performed by phone for out of region 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.

Calmare is a Provider-Dependent Therapy – Know Your Provider!

Booster Treatments

Young woman with CRPS receives Calmare scrambler therapy treatment in New Jersey

Depending on the severity of the original neuropathic pain condition, and the length of time the patient has been experiencing chronic pain, periodic booster treatments may be required to reduce any return of pain.

We are now accepting appointments for existing Calmare patients seeking one or more booster treatments. If you are transferring to us from another Calmare provider, we will be happy to confirm a prompt phone consultation for you with our clinical director Dr. Cooney. During this call, he will obtain medical history information and discuss your specific pain management goals before booster therapy is scheduled.

In addition, we ask that you complete our New Patient forms in advance, so as not to delay your scheduled treatment.

Feel free to speak with Dr. Cooney if you have experienced a resumption of pain to discuss next steps.

Meet other people like you who have undergone Calmare Therapy in NJ

Travel and Lodging Arrangements

calmare hotel arrangementsFor patients traveling outside the metro New York City area, please check with your preferred hotel and ensure they are fully operational to meet your needs.

We offer local lodging recommendations who offers an exclusive discount to Calmare Therapy patients.

Click below to learn more:

Calmare Therapy Recommended Lodging

We thank you for weathering the COVID-19 storm with us, but pain waits for no one.

With great care and a focus on patient safety, Dr. Cooney and our team are ready to help.

Our war on medication and treatment-resident neuropathy continues.

Wishing you a low-pain day.

 

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Watch Nearly 100 Calmare Patient Testimonials

December 15, 2020

By Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director

This time of year, I become rather sentimental, thinking about the previous 11 months and what we accomplished. Certainly, this year has been one for the record books (and not in a good way).

Remarkably, even since the onset of Covid-19 in March, we still welcomed new patients battling treatment-resistant chronic pain, who were determined to reach outside the confines of traditional pain management options (pain medications and invasive procedures) and traveled from around the country to undergo Calmare Therapy.

Masked, treating only one patient at a time, with family and friends waiting in their cars, we fired up the MC-5A Calmare device, and went to war, fighting chronic nerve pain as a result of disease or injury.

This week, I took a look at the Calmare YouTube channel for the first time in ages.

I was shocked by how many patient success stories we have posted since we introduced this little-known painless treatment for neuropathy back in 2011.

I lost count, but we are closing in on nearly 100 first-person patient reviews; I hope you will watch a few patient review videos to learn more about how Calmare works, especially if you are considering treatment with us in 2021.

Andrea is a registered nurse RN from PA who came to New Jersey for Calmare Therapy performed by Dr. Michael Cooney
Registered Nurse Andrea was here from PA in July 2020.

If we haven’t had an opportunity to speak directly about your chronic pain battle and mutually determine if Calmare might be right for you, please feel free to reach out to us at the clinic by calling (201) 933-4440 or email us at info@calmaretherapynj.com.

We are confirming new patients into May 2021 and hope you add you to our family of patients early next year.

As always, we will make every effort to accommodate patients traveling from outside the US.

2020 has been a rough year for all of us, but there are many better days up ahead on the horizon. I can see them. Until then, take good care.

Doc

 

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What Happens During a Calmare Treatment?

what happens during a calmare treatment

November 24, 2020

The patient experience is of utmost importance to us at Calmare Therapy NJ, a leading US Calmare Therapy pain management clinic since 2011.

The people who undergo our scrambler therapy have been through months–often years–of neuropathic treatments and pain medication efforts that ultimately did not help lessen their pain.

We thought it would help to explain how a Calmare Therapy treatment is performed, so you can understand just how non-invasive the process is and be fully informed before you have your first session.

First, a quick recap about scrambler therapy and how it works–

Scrambler therapy uses a biophysical rather than a biochemical (medication) approach. A ‘no-pain’ message is transmitted to the nerve via surface electrodes applied to the skin in the region of the patient’s pain, but not directly on the pain region.

The perception of pain, being sent in error through the nerve by the misfiring brain message, is cancelled by the scrambler therapy device and replaced with a no-pain message.

How does this process feel?

With guidance from Dr. Michael Cooney, our clinical director and one of only seven Certified Calmare providers in the US, we’ve outlined the process for you below:

The scrambler therapy process at Calmare NJ USA

First and foremost, each patient has a lengthy phone, video or in-person consultation (Calmare NJ USA follows all CDC-recommended COVID-19 safety precautions and currently treats only one patient at a time in our clinic) with Dr. Cooney, where extensive medical history and previous treatment efforts (medications, therapies, surgeries, injections, etc.) are reviewed and discussed.

Dr. Cooney will also ask you about your pain management outcome goal–

Do you want to be 100 percent pain-free, or would a pain level around 2-3 be acceptable? Do you want to regain mobility, return to work or school or improve sleep quality?

Once the doctor makes the final determination that a potential patient is a suitable candidate to undergo Calmare Therapy, and the patient chooses to proceed with treatment, the first scrambler therapy will begin:

1. Dr. Cooney will use his 10 years of scrambler therapy clinical expertise, in accordance with each patient’s lab tests, medical history and patient input, to determine where to place up to 10 leads (chords that transmit a mild current) for optimal pain relief. Not to worry–leads and pads will never be placed directly on your pain site.

2. When the patient is comfortable, Dr. Cooney will set the MC-5A medical device to begin transmitting the low-level “no pain” signal, disseminated across several varying algorithms. This process, performed once per day for 10 days, is performed for about 35 minutes, in most cases. There is no pain during the treatment, other than a mild humming noise. You are welcome to rest, read or use a digital device during the session.

3. When the treatment is completed, Dr. Cooney will carefully remove each lead, and the patient is free to leave.

Between treatments, you may feel tired and sleep more than usual, which is suggested.  Patients should limit the use of the affected pain site, if possible. For example, if the patient has chronic nerve pain in the legs, they should not take a sightseeing trip in Manhattan between treatments, even if they experience a significant pain reduction).

In addition, patients should stay continuously hydrated and focus on eating three healthy meals daily.

What is a “provider-dependent” treatment?

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At Calmare Therapy NJ, every treatment is administered by certified Calmare provider and clinical director Dr. Michael J. Cooney. 

That’s worth repeating–no assistant or staff person other than Dr. Cooney himself–will determine your pain treatment protocol, decide exactly where your leads/pads should be placed (extremely important) and the duration of each treatment.

Calmare patients do not have to live in fear of unpleasant side effects–there are none, other than perhaps feeling more sleepy than usual, which is a temporary experience.

Calmare Therapy is not suitable for everyone, but it does successfully reduce chronic nerve pain in many injuries and chronic medical conditions.

If you are frustrated by failed pain management efforts, we invite you to consider an alternative therapy that has been cleared by the FDA and has changed the lives of countless people battling treatment-resistant neuropathy.

Whatever course of pain management you ultimately choose, we wish you every success and pray for your reduced pain level, today and every day. 

Dr. Cooney at Calmare personally consults with every potential scrambler therapy patient.If you are interested in speaking with Dr. Cooney about your treatment-resistant chronic nerve pain condition, complete the Contact Me form below, call our clinic at (201) 933-4440 or email us privately at info@calmaretherapynj.com.

There is never a fee for a patient consultation.

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New Pain Therapy for Treatment-Resistant Sciatica

November 12, 2020

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

Sciatica can be relieved using calmoare therapy

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.

Double-Blind Clinical Study Finds Decreased Low Back Pain Following Calmare Therapy

For severe neuropathic pain cases, subsequent Calmare booster treatments are 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.

Calmare scrambler therapy benefits
  • Proven success in the treatment of neuropathic pain by leading oncologic studies 
  • FDA-cleared 510(k)-cleared and European CE mark-certified
  • Pain-free
  • Non-invasive
  • Drug-free
  • No side effects

People with treatment and medication-resistant neuropathy describe their outcomes after Calmare Therapy.

Will Calmare work for my back pain?

Calmare can lessen chronic pain in the back and sciatica

First, let us be perfectly transparent—while this non-invasive therapy has been successful for more than 75 percent of our patients with chronic nerve pain, it does not significantly reduce or eliminate pain or everyone, unfortunately.

We have seen notable success (pain reduction or remission) for children, teens, adults and seniors battling these neuropathic pain conditions:

  • Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Neck Pain
  • Foot Pain
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chemotherapy associated Cancer Pain – CIPN
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome – CRPS
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neuropathic Pain/Neuropathy – General
  • Phantom Limb Syndrome
  • Post-Shingles Nerve Pain – PHN
  • Pudendal (Gynecologic) Pain

Calmare is a ‘provider dependent therapy. Is your doctor Calmare Certified?

When will my pain level start to decrease?

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.

Is Calmare technology comparable to a TENS unit?

No. The Calmare® MC-5A device creates a low energy electrical impulse that travels through the patient’s nerves delivering a “no-pain” signal to the brain.

This scrambles (disrupts) the brain’s misfiring pain signal that the area of pain is normal and eventually results in prolonged pain relief.

TENS units are self-use devices that can temporarily lessen pain but when discontinued, provide no lasting pain resolution.


Learn more about our Calmare’s COVID-19 prevention protocols in place:

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 info@calmaretherapynj.com or call 201-933-4440 during normal business hours.

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CRPS Awareness Month 2020

CRPS symptoms can be lessened or eliminated after 10 Calmare scrambler therapy treatments performed by Dr. Michael Cooney

Color The World Orange™ was started in 2014 to recognize people and their loved ones battling complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) or RSD.

Yearly, CRPS Awareness Month is held in November, and we never miss an opportunity to recognize all the warriors around the world battling this debilitating condition.

Today, hundreds of buildings, bridges and landmarks around the world turn orange in recognition of this dreadful disease, for which there is currently no cure.

Calmare Therapy NJ USA has partnered with CRPS organizations around the world to help promote awareness and share resources for treatment and emotional support:

Burning Nights CRPS Support

Calmare Therapy content on Burning Nights: 

Calmare Therapy – Non-Invasive Treatment for CRPS

Fighting Back Against CRPS with Calmare Therapy 

Helping Children & Teens with CRPS Using Calmare Therapy

Calmare Therapy – Make New Inroads Against CRPS

 

RSDSA – Supporting the CRPS Community 

Calmare Therapy content on RSDSA:

Calmare Scrambler Therapy- When Traditional CRPS Treatments Don’t Work

 Facebook Live Interview with Dr. Michael Cooney of Calmare NJ USA (2020)Calmare has played an essential role in helping many CRPS warriors from around the world to resume a satisfactory quality-of-life after undergoing 10 Calmare treatments to relieve nerve pain.

A non-invasive, drug-free therapy, Calmare has O side effects and is painless to undergo.

Calmare is a new therapy for chronic painMeet our CRPS warriors after their Calmare Therapy treatment

To learn more about how Calmare scrambler therapy can lessen chronic pain and bring back the quality-of-life you deserve:

  • Call (201) 933-4440 and speak directly with our founder and clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney
  • Email us privately at info@calmaretherapynj.com
  • Fill out the eCard below and we will contact you at a convenient time:

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Free Calmare NJ Consultation and Treatment Nov. – Dec. 2020

New patients receive one 35-minute treatment at no charge

People seeking pain relief for medication and treatment-resistant chronic nerve pain will receive a first-time-ever free Calmare Therapy®  treatment, if they undergo the 10-treatment therapy protocol during Nov. – Dec. 2020.

“We hope this savings will help children, teens, adults and seniors make the decision to try an alternative therapy to reduce or eliminate their chronic nerve pain,” says Calmare NJ USA clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney.

In addition, new patients also receive a pre-treatment consultation, either by phone or in-person. During this discussion, patients have a firsthand opportunity to ask questions about scrambler therapy, including the customized treatment strategy for the placement of each Calmare lead.

Calmare Therapy (scrambler therapy) is an FDA-cleared alternative pain management therapy to lessen or reduce medication and treatment-resident chronic pain for children (age 10+), adolescents, adults and seniors.

The therapy is a non-invasive, painless treatment that is drug-free and has no side effects.

Regardless of pain level and physical symptoms, several neuropathic conditions can be significantly reduced—or even alleviated—after a series of 10 Calmare treatments, once per day.

Since 2011, Dr.  Cooney has personally treated more than 1,000 patients from the U.S. and around the world suffering from chronic, high-intensity neuropathic pain.

He is one of only seven Certified Calmare doctors in the United States (2020).

Why Calmare is a radically different pain treatment

Calmare is a new therapy for chronic pain

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, 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.

How Do I Set-Up My Calmare consultation?

Potential scrambler therapy patients should follow these four easy steps below: (feel free to reach out to us with questions!):

  1.  Review the Calmare NJ USA website to understand how scrambler therapy can relieve severe chronic nerve pain.
  2. Read or watch a few video testimonials by more than 75 patients who have shared their Calmare NJ USA treatment experiences on our Case Studies page and our YouTube channel.
  3. Contact the Calmare NJ USA clinic to schedule your in-person (we follow CDC guidelines for COVID-19 safety precautions) video or phone consultation. During this you will speak personally with Dr. Cooney about your medical history, previous pain relief efforts, current medication use and your pain management goals.
  4. If you and Dr. Cooney mutually agree to proceed with treatment, your 10-day therapy cycle will be scheduled, beginning on a Monday, and held at the same time each day, for two weeks (10 business days).

For questions, please email our Calmare team at info@calmaretherapynj.com or call our clinic directly at (201) 933-4440.

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US Military Veterans Covered for Calmare Chronic Pain Therapy

October 12, 2020

Veterans nationwide with medication and treatment-resistant chronic pain (neuropathy) can now undergo Calmare Therapy with Dr. Michael Cooney at Calmare Therapy NJ USA in Rutherford, New Jersey.

NOTE: A written referral for Calmare must be provided by a VA Hospital physician

Dr. Michael Cooney, clinical director, Calmare Therapy NJ USA, located in Rutherford, NJ, is a VA-approved, OptumServe in-network provider of Calmare scrambler therapy (CPT Code 0278T), an FDA-cleared, non-invasive therapy to combat chronic nerve pain as a result of injury, surgery or disease.

The four branches of the U.S. Military have been using scrambler therapy since 2011, increasing the number of Calmare MC-5A devices at its hospitals, including the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

“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.

“As an in-network OptumServe provider, we can help many veterans reduce neuropathic pain, especially those for whom medications and other traditional pain management therapies have failed to control their pain.”

How the Calmare device works painlessly to reduce chronic nerve pain

The FDA-cleared MC-5A scrambler therapy device (the brand name is Calmare) works by sending a “no-pain” signal through strategically-placed electrodes on the patient’s skin.

These signals override the native pain message, reducing the pain intensity and often offering immediate pain relief.

The long-term success achievements—at no added risk to the soldier–has made it an effective weapon against the “War on Pain.”

Calmare has no side effects and is painless to undergo.

While the treatment does not work for everyone, it has achieved am 80% success rate overall. Dr. Cooney has successfully treated nearly 1,000 patients since he underwent training to use the MC-5A device in 2011.

“Time and again, we have seen the Calmare device help people regain control of their lives and resume a healthy quality-of-life,” Dr. Cooney notes. “We have seen many people regain independent mobility after arriving at our clinic using wheelchairs, walkers or canes.”

Dr. Cooney says the success of the scrambler therapy device has been the highlight of his 35-year career in pain management.

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:

  • Cancer and chemotherapy
  • Chronic nerve pain
  • Phantom limb syndrome
  • Chronic back pain
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Neuralgias
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS or RSD)
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Shingles (PHN)
  • Failed back surgery
  • Brachial plexus neuropathy
  • Sciatic and lumbar pain
  • Diagnosed neuropathy

Instructions for US veterans to schedule Calmare

  1. Contact your VA primary care doctor to request a written referral to receive Calmare therapy for pain management. The doctor must specify CPT Code 0278T (scrambler therapy).
  2. Contact the V.A.’s OptumServe (also called “Optum”) department and submit the referral to them. Request therapy to be provided by Michael Cooney.
  3. will contact Calmare Therapy NJ USA with your medical history and we will work with you directly to schedule your 10 treatment schedule at a convenient date and time for you.
  4. You have a phone consultation with Dr. Cooney to discuss your neuropathic pain condition and pain management goals.
  5. You report for one daily treatments lasting about 35-minutes, spread out over a Monday-Friday 2-week timeframe.

The cost of your Calmare Therapy treatments (CPT0278T) is covered through the V.A.

 Schedule your Calmare consultation

Our quiet and personalized clinic is located in Rutherford, (Bergen County), New Jersey. We treat only one patient at a time.

We are located about 15 minutes from New York City.

Should you be traveling long-distance to New Jersey, consult our Hotel and Travel Arrangements page for discounted lodging options.

If you have any questions about requesting Calmare scrambler therapy through your VA doctor, feel free to reach out to our team at (201) 933-4440 or email us privately at info@calmaretherapynj.com.

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Calmare Can Lessen Postherpetic Neuralgia – PHN

September 29, 2020

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

PHN nerve pain can be reduced with calmare scrambler therapy

Schedule your no-fee consultation to speak with clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney to discuss your treatment-resistant postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) and how Calmare’s non-invasive therapy can significantly help relieve this type of nerve pain. Please read the background about how Calmare works to relieve nerve pain in advance. Email us at info@calmaretherapynj.com to schedule your call or call us directly at (201) 933-4440.


Shingles is also known as herpes zoster, a painful skin rash caused by the varicella-zoster virus.

Some people with Shingles, generally people over age 65, develop a notoriously painful condition called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN).

According to the Centers for Disease Control, PHN risk increases with age; additional predictors include pain level during the active Shingles condition and the size of rash.

Another reason for PHN’s notoriety is that traditional medicine often fails to successfully reduce the severe chronic nerve pain, leaving Shingles survivors significantly physically debilitated and diminishing their quality of life.

PHN is a notoriously difficult chronic pain condition to treat

Traditional medicine generally prescribes the usual regimen of prescription painkillers to lessen pain, along with invasive treatments, usually in the nerve block injection family.

These efforts, much like so many people battling chronic pain from other conditions, fail to offer sustained pain relief, or their success dwindles over time.

Here at Calmare Therapy New Jersey, we are achieving very positive pain reduction outcomes treating patients with postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) using non-invasive and drug-free scrambler therapy.

One of the specific reasons I introduced the Calmare MC-5A device was the wide-ranging chronic nerve pain conditions suitable for non-invasive scrambler therapy.

Since 2011, we have successfully helped people with PHN and even eliminated the chronic nerve pain entirely in some patient cases. 

But using non-invasive Calmare Therapy, I have achieved some outstanding patient outcomes and have been delighted to see these patients’ quality of life escalate after 10 scrambler therapy treatments.

Joan shares a letter about her Calmare research and firsthand PHN treatment experience.

Shingles and chronic pain researchers around the US agree, based upon their clinical trials using the Calmare device to treatment PHN pain:

Dr. Thomas Smith, director of Palliative Care at the Sydney Kimmel Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University, performed a clinical trial where they achieved an outstanding 95% reduction in pain a month after the treatment with no side effects.

Journal of pain and symptom management

Another study recently published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management with 52 random pain participants compared guideline-based drug management with the scrambler. The Calmare participants had a 91 percent reduction in pain compared to a 28 percent reduction in pain for those who used drug management.

ACOS

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) completed a clinical trial on the benefits of scrambler therapy:

“Scrambler therapy appears to have a promising effect on post-herpetic neuropathy (PHN) with prompt and continued relief and no side effects.”

The Shingles Vaccine

If you are over age 60, talk to your doctor about getting the shingles vaccine. The benefits are twofold: they reduce your risk of developing shingles; if you do develop shingles, you’ll be more likely to have a mild case, and far less likely to develop PHN.

If you have any questions about PHN and how scrambler therapy may help treat your neuropathic pain, call our pain management team at (201) 933-4440. I will be happy to speak with you personally about your case.

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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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Calmare NJ Accept Patients from Travel Advisory States

August 17, 2020

Understandably, traveling to New Jersey (or anywhere, for that matter) these days is complex. We’ve recently received calls from upcoming patients who are confused about their ability to enter our state if they are traveling from one of the 31 states (as of 8/17/20) listed on the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut Travel Advisory List.

Important Note:  Traveling to New York/New Jersey to undergo healthcare treatment is permissible; the self-quarantine is voluntary and compliance is expected.

“Travelers from impacted states should self-quarantine at a hotel, or other temporary lodging. Individuals should only leave the place of self-quarantine to seek medical care/treatment or to obtain food and other essential items.”

NJ State COVID-19 Information Hub

We do recommend that you speak with your local lodging provider about any COVID-19 operational changes and current precautionary measures.

Should you need recommendations for local hotels, please visit our New Patients page and click on Hotel & Travel Information.

Andrea is a registered nurse RN from PA who came to New Jersey for Calmare Therapy performed by Dr. Michael Cooney
Registered Nurse Andrea was here from PA in July 2020.

The Good News

Dr. Cooney and the Calmare team use every precautionary measure to protect patients and staff from possible virus transmission.

The Governor of New Jersey has been very conservative regarding the reopening phases for our state (no indoor dining, indoor gyms or indoor gatherings of more than 25 people).

Right now, our state’s transmission rate is below 1%, after a blip upward around the Fourth of July. This is one of the lowest COVID rates in the nation at this time.

At our clinic, we continue to treat only one patient in the clinic at a time and follow all CDC and State of NJ Department of Health precautionary guidelines.

Since we are keeping our staff as bare bones as possible, you may only come into direct contact with Dr. Michael Cooney, our clinical director, since he is the sole treatment provider.

Certainly, we are living in crazy times. But many people are still living with uncontrolled chronic pain. We can’t “wait” to help people in pain, living day-after-day with a diminished quality of life.

Therefore, following state requirements, we are continuing to move forward, treating our patients with fastidious care, supported by COVID precautionary measures in place.

Rhonda adds her pin to California on the Calmare Patient Map. Summer 2020

Pain waits for no one, not even a pandemic. But we will fight back with a safe and comforting environment to provide treatment, just like we have since 2011.

Please feel free to contact Dr. Cooney directly if you have questions or concerns about your future Calmare Therapy treatments.

Email:  info@calmaretherapynj.com

PH: 201.933.4440

Until we welcome you to New Jersey, stay safe, stay secure and may you have many low-pain days and nights.

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More Healthcare Providers Turn to Calmare for Chronic Pain Treatment

August 5, 2020

Andrea_crop

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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A Non-Patient Shares Thank You to Dr. Michael Cooney

July 22, 2020

Dr. Cooney and the Calmare NJ USA team stay true to our commitment to offering a different kind of pain management.

Even if you don’t choose Calmare scrambler therapy or another alternative pain treatment, we support you and wish you every success in lessening or eliminating your chronic pain.

The war on pain is relentless and we will battle it together, regardless of what team we play on.

Many thanks for sharing the message below on Dr. Cooney’s Facebook profile, Mar.

It means the world to all of us.

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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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Real Men Have Chronic Pain Too

men with chronic pain

June is Men’s Health Month, and an ideal time for us to highlight that countless men of all ages also battle chronic pain.

Too many guys think they have to ‘tough it out’ and suffer in silence, often for years.

Since we began offering Calmare scrambler therapy in 2011, we have treated males with chronic pain as a result of injury, surgery or medical condition from ages 11 to nearly 80.

We’ve treated many men who lived with neuropathy for years, believing they could ‘fight through the pain’ or that it would eventually become more manageable.

Unfortunately, neuropathy is not acute, like a cold, and it will not naturally resolve itself over time.

From our clinical experience, the longer one lives with chronic pain, or it is left untreated, the more prolonged the pain management process (pain alleviation) can be.

Clinical studies have also found that men with chronic pain tend to battle depression and anxiety issues.

Find out why Calmare booster therapy can help severe chronic pain sufferers

chronic pain treatment
Robert Vaughn adds his pin to the Calmare NJ USA patient map. May 2018

If you’re a male and plagued by chronic nerve pain, first and foremost, you are not alone.

Secondly, contact your healthcare provider to discuss pharmaceutical and other pain management therapy options.

Emphasize that you are seeking non-invasive pain treatment options first. If your pain level is manageable,  you may wish to forego pain medication.

Monitor your results and speak up promptly if you don’t experience pain relief or have adverse side effects to the medication or treatment protocol.

If traditional medication and pain therapy has not lessened or resolved your pain, please feel free to reach out to me personally to discuss your case.

Calmare Therapy is FDA-cleared, drug-free, has no side effects and is painless to undergo.

In the meantime, meet some of the men we have helped overcome their debilitating pain, once and for all:

Paul Ellis, Queensland Australia

Austin, age 18, Arizona (left)

Robert, Georgia

Joe, New York 

Ari, New York

Complete the Contact Me card below, email us privately at info@calmaretherapynj.com, or call our clinic, located in Rutherford, Bergen County, NJ, 15 minutes outside New York City, at (201) 933-4440. 

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Calmare: Non-Invasive Pain Management for Pediatric Chronic Pain

June 10, 2020

adolescent with chronic pain

Few things are harder for a parent than being unable to reduce chronic pain for a child living with neuropathy. Parents often resort to giving their children powerful opioids, desperate to lessen their discomfort.

As parents, we all feel that if we could take on the pain our children have, we would do so gladly.

But we can’t.

Parents of children battling medication and treatment-resistant chronic pain live with this challenge daily.

Estimates suggest that anywhere between 5 and 38% of children live with chronic pain. It not only affects their quality of life and that of their parents, but also increases the likelihood of this becoming a lifelong issue.

More than 70% of children and teens who live with chronic pain will go on to struggle with it in adulthood.

At Calmare Therapy NJ USA, we have treated more than 100 children, from ages 8 to 18.

“A common hurdle children with chronic pain face is the invisible nature of neuropathy and a child’s understandable difficulty describing their pain and level of pain,” says Dr. Michael Cooney, clinical director.

 Why non-invasive Calmare is ideal for pediatric neuropathy

 

  • FDA-cleared510(k)-cleared and European CE mark-certified
  • Pain-free treatment
  • Non-invasive (no injections, IV’s, outpatient procedures)
  • Drug-free (no narcotics or over-the-counter medications required)
  • No side effects (except for a possible light humming sensation, which we can adapt if your skin is unable to sustain any physical contact.)

 How does scrambler therapy work?

Click the image to read about Abby’s scrambler therapy success at 13-years-old.

Children or teenagers are comfortably connected to the Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment® device via small electrodes (similar to those used in EKG and other medical procedures) placed on the patient’s skin at the pain site/s.

The device then sends a very low current of electrical stimulation through the skin and nerve fibers, which carries a “no-pain” signal to the brain, essentially overriding the previous pain signal.

We recommend the child have books, magazines or handheld entertainment to help pass the time during the 35-minute daily treatments.

In some cases, pain relief has been reported after the first treatment, but each child’s case is unique.

Scrambler therapy treatments are performed over a two-week period, with the goal of the patient’s pain steadily decreasing, eliminating the need for wheelchairs, canes or any mobility support devices.

After ample rest and continued recovery at home, pediatric patients are encouraged to ease back into normal daily activities.

Eligibility criteria for pediatric Calmare patients

  • Prior to approval for treatment, parents should provide copies of the child’s MRIs, EMGs and/or CAT scans.
  • We treat children who have been medically-diagnosed with neuropathy
  • Youngsters should be able to describe where their pain is located, and on a scale of one to 10, roughly describe the level of pain with some accuracy.
  • Children should also be able to verbalize if their pain level increases or decreases.

Since the Calmare MC-5A device is FDA-cleared, has no side effects and cannot worsen an existing condition, the overall risk factor is very low.

There are no drugs, injections or surgery connected with scrambler therapy.

Seventy-five Calmare patients shared their experiences on video

During the 10-treatment course of therapy, most children will be able to identify a reduction in pain by the fifth treatment, some as soon as the first treatment.

Children with CRPS

Child has successful calmare pain therapy treatment
Click the image to watch 10-year-old Kiera’s Calmare Therapy experience.

Most families with a child experiencing chronic pain have previously tried ‘every pain management treatment under the sun’ before contacting us, especially for children living with CRPS / RSD / RND.

Not surprisingly, many are initially skeptical (and who could blame them?) about the potential for pain relief using scrambler therapy.

And after 10 daily Calmare treatment sessions, lasting about 35-minutes each, more than half of the pediatric patient we treat experience “very significant and sustained pain relief.”

Does Calmare work for every child? Sadly, like any therapy or medication, it does not work for everyone and we do not guarantee success.

Disappointing outcomes are often attributed to additional health issues inhibiting pain relief, misdiagnosis of the neuropathy (it is a structural injury rather than a nerve injury) or there is an additional undiagnosed medical condition/s.

Now that school is coming to a close for many students, summer is an ideal time to consider pain management.

Dr. Cooney offers no-cost phone consultations to discuss the child’s case, review medical records and answer questions.

Calmare Therapy Pediatric Testimonials 

As you will see below, other families with children and adolescents have generously shared their firsthand experiences with scrambler therapy, which helps families see the potential for success.

Austin from Western USA

 

 

Cara from Scotland

 

 

Carla from South Africa

 

 

Maiya

 

 

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Megan from Canada

 

 

Evan from New Jersey

 

 

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Emily Blake   Emily from Indiana

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Amanda from Indiana

 

Calmare Therapy NJ USA is a Certified Provider

 

Dr. Michael Cooney is one of seven USA certified providers of Calmare scrambler therapy. Since 2011, he has specialized in treating patients of all ages battling severe neuropathy as a result of CRPS / RSD, fibromyalgia, diabetes, shingles, post-surgical pain and pain after chemotherapy (CIPN ).

To contact Dr. Cooney at his clinic in New Jersey just outside New York City, email us at info@calmaretherapynj.com or call 201-933-4440 for a no-cost personal phone consultation.

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Hospital Lab Director Reduces CRPS Chronic Pain to 0/1

May 29, 2020

calmare treats CRPS and reduces pain
Rhonda and Dr. Cooney celebrate her success reducing her chronic pain from 2-10 down to 0-1.

By Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director

Trust us, we’re smiling under these masks!

In mid-May, Rhonda traveled from California for New Jersey to undergo 10 Calmare Therapy treatments after a toe injury in 2016 led to a CRPS diagnosis in both feet.

I was honored to treat her for two weeks, after she had endured four long years of unsuccessful medications, nerve blocks,  physical therapy and Ketamine, which ultimately failed to reduce  her pain level, which ranged from 2-10.

The hospital lab director had 10 Calmare treatments, once daily lasting about 30 minutes, and left at a 0/1 pain level, even during the night when her pain level traditionally spiked to 8+.

I was elated to use scrambler therapy to help get this healthcare worker back to work, where her heart lies.

But Rhonda is the hero, as she took a gamble, even during COVID-19, to win the war against chronic pain, by traveling 3,000 miles for our treatment.

Next week, she is returning to her beloved career once again, living life to the fullest.

 

Chronic pain patient is treated at Calmare Therapy NJ
Rhonda adds a pin to northern CA on our Calmare patient map.

Beginning in mid-May, we re-opened our pain management clinic in New Jersey, where we are treating only one patient at a time for optimal patient, family member and staff safety.

Learn more about our COVID-19 safety precautions in place.

Please complete the eCard below if you would like to discuss your chronic pain battle with me personally, email us at info@calmaretherapynj.com or call the clinic during business hours at (201) 933-4440.

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International Pain Foundation Nominates Dr. Michael Cooney

May 26, 2020

Dr. Michael Cooney nominated as Hero of Hope

Update: July 13, 2020

Dr. Michael Cooney is named a 2020 iPain Hero of Hope Finalist!

Hero of Hope Award 2020 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.

Meet some of the pain warriors we have treated over the years and feel free to reach out to us at (201) 933-4440.

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Calmare Scrambler Therapy Available at All Military Branches

May 22, 2020

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.

Dr. Michael Cooney is a New Jersey VA Hospital In-Network Provider

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
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Neuralgias
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS or RSD)
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Cancer and chemotherapy
  • Shingles (PHN)
  • Failed back surgery
  • Brachial plexus neuropathy
  • Sciatic and lumbar pain
  • Diagnosed neuropathy

LIST OF U.S. MILITARY BASES / HOSPITALS OFFERING CALMARE THERAPY (2020)

VA HOSPITALS

Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center
Richmond, VA 23249

ARMY

Madigan Army Medical Center

Tacoma, WA 98431

San Antonio Military Medical Center

Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234

Tripler Army Medical Center

Honolulu, HI 96859

AIR FORCE

Andrews Air Force Base
Andrews Air Force Base, MD 20762-6421

Eglin Air Force Base

Eglin AFB, FL 32542

NAVY

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
Portsmouth, VA 23708-2111

Naval Medical Center San Diego
San Diego, CA 92134-5000

Naval Medical Center Bethesda
Bethesda, MD 20889

Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune
Camp Lejeune, NC 28547-0100

Naval Hospital Pensacola
Pensacola, FL 32512-0001

Naval Hospital Bremerton
Bremerton, WA 98312-1898

Naval Hospital Jacksonville 
Jacksonville, FL 32214-5000

If you have any questions about requesting Calmare scrambler therapy through your VA doctor, feel free to reach out to our team at (201) 933-4440 or email us privately at info@calmaretherapynj.com.

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Covid-19 Precautions at Calmare NJ USA

May 19, 2020

Calmare pain therapy is now open after COVID-19

We are delighted to announce we have re-opened our Calmare clinic here in NJ after implementing several new safety and social distancing precautions:

Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director

  • Dr. Cooney is undergoing regular COVID testing.
  • The doctor and all patients have their temperatures taken before every treatment.
  • We are treating patients one-at-a-time only.
  • Unless patients are mobility-challenged, we ask that family/friends remain outside the clinic.
  • Clear partitions installed between patients/administrative staff.
  • Socially-distanced seating in waiting room.
  • Everyone, including patients, wearing masks and gloves at all times.
  • Continuous deep-sanitizing before and after every patient.
  • Hand sanitizer available in every room and at clinic entrance/exit.

New Calmare Patients

If you are interested in pursuing Calmare Therapy for chronic nerve pain, please reach out to schedule your no-fee phone or video consultation with Dr. Cooney by calling (201) 933-4440 or email us at info@calmaretherapynj.com.

Calmare scrambler therapy is not right for everyone and we will not recommend this therapy for you if the doctor 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.

Calmare is a Provider-Dependent Therapy – Know Your Provider!

Booster Treatments

We are now booking patients seeking one or more booster treatments beginning in June.

Depending on the severity of the original neuropathic pain condition, and the length of time the patient has been experiencing chronic pain, periodic booster treatments may be required to reduce any return of pain.

While some Calmare patients never require further treatment, some patients benefit from booster therapy as needed.

Feel free to speak with Dr. Cooney if you have experienced a resumption of pain to discuss next steps.

Meet other people like you who have undergone Calmare Therapy in NJ

Previously Scheduled Patients

We are individually contacting patients and families that we were unable to treat due to the onset of the novel coronavirus in March. If you have not received a call to schedule your therapy for a future date, please call our team at (201) 933-4440.

Note that we are offering priority dates to previously confirmed patients and those traveling from outside the US.

Travel and Lodging Arrangements

calmare hotel arrangementsFor patients traveling outside the metro New York City area, please check with your preferred hotel and ensure they are fully operational to meet your needs.

Calmare Therapy Recommended Lodging

We thank you for weathering the COVID-19 storm with us, but pain waits for no one.

With care and a focus on patient safety, we could not be more elated to get back to the work we do.

Our war on medication and treatment-resident neuropathy is back on.

Wishing you a low-pain day.

 

 

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Happy Mother’s Day!

May 8, 2020

“Mothers possess a power beyond that of a king on his throne.” —Mabel Hale

Thank you to mothers everywhere, who keep the lights on, the fires burning and hope alive, no matter what.

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Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy Touts Calmare Therapy

May 5, 2020

By Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director

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:

Dr. Loprinzi’s trials

Dr. Smith’s trials

Article excerpt:

“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.

So far, so good.

Calmare scrambler therapy benefits

  • Proven successful in the treatment of neuropathic pain by leading oncologic studies 
  • FDA-cleared 510(k)-cleared and European CE mark-certified
  • Pain-free
  • Non-invasive
  • Drug-free
  • No side effects

People with treatment and medication-resistant neuropathy describe their outcomes after Calmare Therapy

I speak personally with anyone interested in pursuing Calmare Therapy, which is performed by me exclusively.

We have achieved positive pain relief with children (over age 8), teens, adults and seniors. I can be reached at (201) 933-4440 or drcooney@calmaretherapynj.com. I hope you’ll reach out to talk.

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Free Virtual Pain Management Consults with Dr. Michael Cooney

March 31, 2020

Dr. Cooney specializes in alternative therapies to help people with medication- and treatment-resistant chronic nerve pain.

During our global confinement due to COVID-19, the healthcare community must nonetheless reach out to the community to offer guidance, advice and support.

Calmare Therapy NJ USA is continuing the fight against chronic pain.

Beginning Wednesday, April 1, 2020, Dr. Michael J. Cooney, clinical director at Calmare NJ (est. 2011) and a chiropractor with more than 40 years of clinical pain management expertise, will offer virtual, no-fee consultations with people batting treatment and medication-resident neuropathic pain around the world.

The doctor will be available to answer questions and suggest non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical alternative options to help lessen chronic nerve pain, based upon the information provided by the caller.

“During this unprecedented time, I am happy to use my expertise to offer non-invasive, drug-free pain management options for parents of children and teens, as well as adults and seniors with diagnosed neuropathy,” says Dr. Cooney.

He will also answer questions about the viability of Calmare scrambler therapy to people with chronic pain and make Patient-2-Patient referrals upon request.

Since Calmare NJ USA treats patients from around the world, international consultations are also welcomed (English only).

How to schedule your live consultation with Dr. Michael Cooney

Consultations are every Wednesday from 1 to 3 pm EDT (New York/USA) beginning April 1, 2020.

Length of consultation

20 minutes (average) in order to accommodate as many callers as possible.

Scheduling

Please email info@calmaretherapynj.com to reserve your requested date and specify your preferred time.

Please feel free to offer any helpful background about your medical history and any specific questions you may have. This is not required, but will help Dr. Cooney to optimally prepare for your discussion.

Virtual Consultation Dial-In Information

  • Cooney will accept your incoming call via the Facetime, WhatsApp or direct phone dial-in.
  • We will provide the number you should call when your consultation is confirmed, based upon which communication option you prefer.
  • NOTE: You will direct-dial to Dr. Cooney; he will not contact you.

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

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How Chronic Pain Warriors Can Boost Immunity to Ward Off COVID-19

March 27, 2020

immunity boosters for people with chronic pain during COVID-19

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

Even amidst these frightening and stressful times, people living with chronic nerve pain cannot afford to neglect protecting their immune systems.

Furthermore—vigorously defend yourself against things that drain your immunity stockpile, such as chronic stress and anxiety. At a time like this, I realize this is a challenge. But there are also times you can excuse yourself from a stressful situation at home, for example, or simply turn off the news for a few days.

I’ve outlined the most essential immunity booster recommendations that I share with our patients. My hope is that one or more of these tools will help your lessen pain while increasing the immune system to ward off illness—without any prescription medications.

Immune system boosters

 The statement below is so important, I’m writing it three times:

Reducing stress increases immunity against illness.

Reducing stress increases immunity against illness.

Reducing stress increases immunity against illness.

Chronic pain sufferers already spend much of their days at home, so the current self-isolation status is honestly nothing new to this community.

But how are you using your time? Scrolling most of the day? Watching Ellen or too many news broadcasts?

I’m a strong proponent of getting away from watching other people’s lives and focus on improving your own.

No, it’s not easy to pursue self-care at the moment; at the same time, self-care has never been more critical to people living with chronic nerve pain.

Peruse the list of immunity-boosters below and try some that feel manageable, and also one that doesn’t seem viable. You may surprise yourself.

  • Meditation – Everyone from pro football teams to elementary schools is practicing regular meditation. I listen to an app twice a week for guided meditation.
  • Laugh – For me, it’s reruns of The Office; My wife loves to watch Sebastian Maniscalco on Netflix.
  • Prayer – Attend a service remotely during COVID-19, pull a few verses from the Bible on your table, just pray and express gratitude, humility and grace.
  • Exercise – Lift light hand weights to build upper body strength and speed metabolism. Start walking, start biking, start Zumba. Start. And keep at it. Check with your doctor for guidance, if needed, and find videos to ensure you are working out with weights safely.
  • Nutrition – Eating whole food derived from plants, not manufactured or packaged, will reward you with boosting mental and physical health. By eating significant portions of vegetables, nuts, fruits and whole grains, you are naturally fueling your body with the vitamins and minerals to help it do its job better. Prepare to feel better, as a result.
  • REM Sleep – I know, it’s a challenge for chronic pain warriors to sleep on a good day. During these times of chaos, it’s even more of an uphill battle. Strive for seven hours of sleep nightly. Exercising and meditation also helps to calm the nerves and the mind, inviting better sleep quality. Spa-type music can also help. Do what works for you.
  • One of my patients swears a salt lamp in her bedroom improved her ability to sleep soundly through the night. It is imperative to get proper sleep so your body can regenerate.

Supplements, essential oils and herbs to boost immunity against illness

Talk with your doctor about these recommended supplements to ensure they do not conflict with any prescribed medications you are using.

My favorites for people living with chronic nerve pain:

  • CBD (again, another resource to reduce anxiety and stress)
  • Kratom
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric (pill form)
  • Nettle tea
  • Liquid vitamin C
  • Omega 3 fatty acids

Tee tree oil, dabbed just one time below the nostrils, is a natural, chemical-free anti-viral product.

On Guard is an ingested essential oil that is also known to strengthen the immune system.

Zyflamend, a pharmaceutical–free combination of multiple herbs that work synergistically to enhance its anti-inflammatory properties, continues to receive positive reviews from people with neuropathy for pain relief while also supporting healthy inflammation response and joint support.

Hands-on treatments to bolster immunity against viruses and illness

Self-massage is beneficial to lessen pain. Some people, especially those with CRPS, should apply gentle pressure above and below the actual pain site. This approach can improve immunity and help with lymphatic drainage.

I am also a big proponent of desensitization, a process that tells the brain that there is no reason for the pain. Here at Calmare NJ USA, we use a tennis ball to gently stimulate the lower end of the nerve by rolling the ball from heel to toe or wrist to fingertips, without pressure.

Doing so activates the sensory and proprioceptive nerves which communicate to the brain and send a no-pain signal.


We at Calmare NJ USA hope and pray you are all taking precautions necessary during this global crisis to protect yourselves against COVID-19.

Should you have questions about what I have discussed here, please feel free to call our pain management clinic at (201) 933-4440. I will respond promptly.

Stay well, stay healthy and keep hope in your heart,

Dr. Michael Cooney

 

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Update and Support from Calmare Therapy NJ USA

March 20, 2020

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 https://www.burningnightscrps.org/

Victoria, founder of Burning Nights, and her husband, visited our clinic for a wonderful visit in 2018.

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.

Burning Nights latest post:

Understanding COVID-19 and Its Effect on CRPS

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 info@calmaretherapynj.com for a prompt response.

To get the latest information on coronavirus, including tips for prevention and symptoms to look for, visit the CDC website, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

I hope and pray that you and your loved ones are safe and sound.

We shall overcome, together.

 

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Dr. Michael Cooney is Now a VA Hospital In-Network Provider

calmare VA banner for Twitter

February 28, 2020

Veterans should contact their VA primary care doctor for a referral 

Veterans with medication and treatment-resistant chronic pain are now fully covered to have Calmare Therapy, with a written referral from a V.A. physician.

Dr. Michael Cooney, clinical director, Calmare Therapy NJ USA, located in Rutherford, NJ, is a VA-approved, in-network provider of Calmare scrambler therapy (CPT Code 0278T), an FDA-cleared, non-invasive therapy to combat chronic nerve pain as a result of injury, surgery or disease.

The four branches of the U.S. Military have been using scrambler therapy since 2011, increasing the number of Calmare MC-5A devices at its hospitals, including the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

“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.

“As an in-network provider, we can help many veterans reduce neuropathic pain, especially those for whom medications and other traditional pain management therapies have failed to control their pain.”

How the Calmare Device Works Painlessly to Reduce Neuropathy

The FDA-cleared MC-5A scrambler therapy device (the brand name is Calmare) works by sending a “no-pain” signal through strategically-placed electrodes on the patient’s skin.

These signals override the native pain message, reducing the pain intensity and often offering immediate pain relief.

The long-term success achievements—at no added risk to the soldier–has made it an effective weapon against the “War on Pain.”

Calmare has no side effects and is painless to undergo.

While the treatment does not work for everyone, it has achieved am 80% success rate overall. Dr. Cooney has successfully treated nearly 1,000 patients since he underwent training to use the MC-5A device in 2010.

“Time and again, we have seen the Calmare device help people regain control of their lives and resume a healthy quality-of-life,” Dr. Cooney notes. “We have seen many people regain independent mobility after arriving at our clinic using wheelchairs, walkers or canes.”

Dr. Cooney says the success of the scrambler therapy device has been the highlight of his 35-year career in pain management.

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:

  • Cancer and chemotherapy
  • Chronic nerve pain
  • Phantom limb syndrome
  • Chronic back pain
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Neuralgias
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS or RSD)
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Shingles (PHN)
  • Failed back surgery
  • Brachial plexus neuropathy
  • Sciatic and lumbar pain
  • Diagnosed neuropathy

Instructions for Veterans to Schedule Calmare Therapy with Dr. Michael Cooney

  1. Contact your VA primary care doctor to request a written referral form to receive Calmare therapy for pain management. The doctor must specify CPT Code 0278T (scrambler therapy).
  2. Contact the V.A.’s Community Care department and submit the referral to them; request therapy to be provided by Michael Cooney.
  3. Community Care / TriWest will contact Calmare Therapy NJ USA with your medical history and we will work with you directly to schedule your 10 treatment schedule at a convenient date and time for you.
  4. You have a phone consultation with Dr. Cooney to discuss your condition and pain management goals.
  5. You report for one daily treatments lasting about 35-minutes, spread out over a Monday-Friday 2-week timeframe.

 

The cost of your Calmare Therapy treatments (CPT0278T) is covered through the V.A.

 

Schedule Your Calmare Therapy Consultation

Our quiet and personalized clinic is located in Rutherford, (Bergen County), New Jersey. We treat only one patient at a time.

We are located about 15 minutes from New York City.

Should you be traveling long-distance to New Jersey, consult our Hotel and Travel Arrangements page for discounted lodging options.

If you have any questions about requesting Calmare scrambler therapy through your VA doctor, feel free to reach out to our team at (201) 933-4440 or email us privately at info@calmaretherapynj.com.

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Rare Disease Day 2020

February 25, 2020

rare disease day 2020
Rare Disease Day 2020

“We’re sending extra hugs and prayers to our family of warriors battling rare diseases around the world.

We admire your relentless courage and hope beyond words.”

Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director

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Can Eating Chocolate Reduce Inflammation and Chronic Nerve Pain?

By Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director

dark chocolate lessens chronic pain
Can eating dark chocolate really reduce chronic pain?

Our Calmare Therapy NJ USA team fully supports combating chronic nerve pain without the use of medications, injections, surgery or other invasive pain management options.

It should come as no surprise, then, that we also support nutritional strategies to help reduce inflammation and resulting pain.

Many medicines are derived from plants, so eating plant-based foods only makes good sense to promote overall health.

For example, tomatoes promote heart health and spinach and other vegetables help offset several types of cancer.

And most pain sufferers know that cutting dairy, wheat, sugar or alcohol can decrease allergies, acid reflux and inflammation, ultimately improving overall well-being—including pain levels.

A sweet way to reduce pain

In addition, everyone’s favorite sweet treat, chocolate, has also been shown to help reduce pain.

But not all chocolate is the same.

Dark chocolate and cocoa have significantly higher flavanol levels, while milk chocolate and white chocolate have much lower levels.

Cocoa, the active ingredient in chocolate, provides a host of anti-inflammatory health benefits, from mood-lifting to antioxidants galore.

In addition to reducing swelling, dark chocolate also improves blood flow, which can also decrease pain.

Dark chocolate benefits

eat chocolate to lessen chronic nerve pain

The main active ingredient to create chocolate is cacao, derived from trees (again, plant-based). It has been scientifically proven to:

  • Increase the body’s natural opiates (endorphins)
  • Fire the brain’s cannabis receptors
  • Increase serotonin levels
  • Release the body’s natural amphetamine, phenylethylamine, better known as the “love drug”
  • Releases anandamide (aka the “bliss molecule”)
  • Contains tryptophan, the same chemical found in turkey, which makes you relaxed, even sleepy

Keep in mind, when shopping for dark chocolate for pain relief, the higher the cocoa content, the better.

Therefore, I’d skip the Dollar Store when shopping for medicinal chocolate products.

For the best results, choose a brand with at least 65 percent cocoa.

Fibromyalgia and Chocolate: What New Research Says About Health Benefits

Finally, dark chocolate doesn’t have the super-sweet and creamy flavor of typical milk chocolate, so it may take some taste bud adjustment when you first start to eat it.

Be creative, add it to your steamed milk or coffee; add it to a favorite recipe.

Limit yourself to three ounces a day, and look for chocolate with the lowest fat content you can find.

When a loved one asks what you’d like for Valentine’s Day this year, tell them you’d love some high-quality dark chocolate—doctor’s orders!


 

Dr. Michael Cooney is one of six Calmare-certified providers of scrambler therapy in the U.S. Since 2011, he has specialized in treating patients battling severe neuropathy as a result of fibromyalgia, CRPS / RSD, diabetes, shingles, post-surgical pain and pain after chemotherapy (CIPN).

To learn more, call 201-933-4440 or email us at info@calmaretherapynj.com.

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New CRPS Book Features Calmare Therapy and Dr. Michael Cooney

January 29, 2020

CRPS book features calmare therapy

Our 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 specialist Dr. Alaa Abd-Elsayed and Eric M. Phillips, president of the International RSD Foundation.

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

Scrambler Therapy: Drug-Free, Non-Invasive Pain Management for Chronic Nerve Pain

Dr. Michael Cooney treats people with 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.

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.

There is no fee for this consultation and no time limit.

 

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Dr. Michael Cooney Explains Calmare Scrambler Therapy on Mind Body Radio

January 13, 2020

Click to listen to the interview (January 2, 2020)

I was honored to be interviewed by Chris Sawyer on Mind Body Radio recently, discussing the merits of drug-free Calmare therapy.

Listen to the Mind Body Radio interview with Dr. Cooney here

What You Won’t Get with Calmare Therapy

Chris asked me all the right questions about scrambler therapy and we hope it highlights that pain management can be achieved without the use of:

  • medication
  • surgery
  • needles
  • invasive procedures

 

What is Calmare Therapy?

Is scrambler therapy right for my chronic nerve pain condition?

Calmare Therapy NJ USA Treats Chronic Pain Differently

The pain management crisis in healthcare has affected all of us.

We introduced Calmare Therapy at our New Jersey medical practice in 2011 precisely because pain medications and painful treatments don’t help many people relieve their neuropathies.

Free Consultation with Calmare’s Medical Director

If you are able to travel to New Jersey, USA, and would like to speak to me personally about your case, please reach out to our clinic at (201) 933-4440, email us at info@calmaretherapynj.com or complete the eCard below, and I’ll contact you by phone (or video chat if you are from outside the US).

I will reach out to you within 48 hours (not 48 days).

Wishing you a low-pain day,

Dr. Cooney

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Managing Dental Care When You Have Chronic Pain

December 30, 2019

Dental care and treatment can be stressful to people living with chronic pain.

More than 75 percent of the chronic pain patients we have treated also suffer from chronic dental issues.

People with myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) require the highest levels of specialized dental care due to the highly sensitive nature of their conditions.

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)
  • Dental decay
  • Erosion

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.

Oral Health: The Mouth-Body Connection (Web MD)

Periodontal Disease

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.

Extractions

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 Cooney is 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.

 

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Great Week to Talk with Dr. Cooney!

December 23, 2019

Dr. Cooney at Calmare personally consults with every potential scrambler therapy patient.
Dr. Michael Cooney at Calmare Therapy NJ USA personally consults with every potential scrambler therapy patient.

Good Morning and Happy Holidays!

With the exception of a few booster treatment appointments, the clinic is not starting therapy for new chronic pain treatment patients this week.

With that said, I have more time to speak with potential patients for 2020.

Please feel free to call in at 201.933.4440 and I’ll be happy to reach out.

Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director

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Electrician Chooses Calmare Over Ketamine and Spinal Stimulator for Chronic Pain

December 17, 2019

After seven unsuccessful surgeries trying to lessen his post-surgical CRPS, pain management doctors eventually recommended Rob undergo Ketamine infusions or have a spinal cord stimulator implanted in his spine.

I’m honored to say this electrician said ‘no thanks’ to both options and chose Calmare Therapy.

He shares his experience below:

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Calmare NJ USA Introduces CareCredit Payment Option

December 11, 2019

Effective immediately, we are pleased to offer an new payment plan options for Calmare patients and families:

Calmare Therapy NJ USA now offers CareCredit to patients approved to undergo Calmare Therapy, performed by clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney.

CareCredit helps you pay for out-of-pocket healthcare expenses to help manage medical, health and wellness expenses not covered by insurance.

We added this medical treatment financing option to help prevent our patients with chronic pain from delaying treatment due to financial restrictions.

This program also offers special financing options that you may not be able to get with other cards.

CareCredit Video Overview

You can apply for CareCredit here: https://www.carecredit.com/apply/

Additional CareCredit Information

FAQS

You will set up your CareCredit account independently and privately by working with the service directly.

Once your account is established, Contact Us at (201) 933-4440 and we’ll securely add this payment confirmation to your file.

Should you have any questions, call CareCredit toll-free at (800) 677-0718 or visit carecredit.com.

 

 

 

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New Yorker Finally Defeats Full Body CRPS with Calmare Therapy

December 4, 2019

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:

 

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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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New Sciatica and Chronic Back Pain Treatment: Calmare Therapy

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Too many people suffer from medication and treatment-resistant chronic back pain and sciatica.

November 6, 2019

We all know of friends, family members and work colleagues who suffer from chronic back or sciatica pain.

They’ve tried all the drugs and therapies and still have pain.

In our pain management clinic, back pain is the number one affliction our patients face.

For those patients 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 treatment for nerve pain that uses electrodes placed on the skin through which 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

Our device reduces sciatic and spinal neuropathy by creating an artificial neuron that retrains the brain by sending a ‘no-pain’ signal along the sciatic root to the brain.

It’s key to understand the distinction between

a sciatic/lumber neuritis and a sciatic/lumbar neuropathy.

The neuropathy (chronic pain) is constant; the pain may vary from low to high, but the discomfort never goes away completely.

This chronic, never-ending nerve pain is the root cause that scrambler therapy can relieve.

Conversely, a sciatic/lumbar neuritis is usually a structural or biomechanical problem, such as a pinched nerve or ligament damage.

These types of conditions should be treated by chiropractors or physical therapists who specialize in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries.

Calmare Therapy can significantly reduce or even eliminate chronic back pain as a result of nerve damage.Via small electrodes strategically positioned by a specially-trained doctor, a ‘no-pain’ message is transmitted directly to the nerve for a period of approximately 35 minutes per session.

Regardless of severity, pain and physical symptoms caused by the neuropathic condition can be significantly reduced-or even alleviated-by the conclusion of the 10-treatment series.

The cause of chronic sciatica or back pain may be a result of injury, failed back surgery or generalized aging of bones and joints.

Double-Blind Clinical Study Finds Decreased Low Back Pain Following Calmare Therapy

For severe cases of neuropathic pain, subsequent Calmare booster treatments are 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.

Calmare scrambler therapy benefits
  • Proven successful in the treatment of neuropathic pain by leading oncologic studies 
  • FDA-cleared 510(k)-cleared and European CE mark-certified
  • Pain-free
  • Non-invasive
  • Drug-free
  • No side effects

People with treatment and medication-resistant neuropathy describe their outcomes after Calmare Therapy

Will Calmare work for my back pain?

Calmare can lessen chronic pain in the back and sciatica

First, let us be perfectly clear—while this non-invasive therapy has been successful for more than 75 percent of our patients with chronic nerve pain, it does not significantly reduce or eliminate pain or everyone, unfortunately.

We have seen marked success (pain reduction or remission) for children, teens, adults and seniors battling these neuropathic pain conditions:

  • Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Neck Pain
  • Foot Pain
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chemotherapy associated Cancer Pain – CIPN
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome – CRPS
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neuropathic Pain/Neuropathy – General
  • Phantom Limb Syndrome
  • Post Shingles Pain – PHN
  • Pudendal (Gynecologic) Pain

Calmare is a ‘provider dependent therapy. Is your doctor Calmare Certified?

When will my pain level start to decrease?

In most cases, we see by treatment 3-4 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.

Is Calmare technology comparable to a TENS unit?

No. The Calmare® MC-5A device creates a low energy electrical impulse which travels through the patient’s nerves delivering a “no-pain” signal to the brain.

This scrambles (disrupts) the brain’s misfiring pain signal that the area of pain is normal and eventually results in prolonged pain relief.

TENS units are self-use devices that can temporarily lessen pain but when discontinued provide no lasting pain resolution.

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 or call 201-933-4440 and Dr. Michael Cooney will speak with you directly about your chronic pain challenge.

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What is a ‘Provider Dependent’ Therapy?

October 23, 2019

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

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The ultimate success of your Calmare Therapy depends on several variables.

In my opinion, other than being correctly pre-qualified as a patient candidate, the doctor administering the scrambler therapy will have a critical impact on your overall pain management success.

Therefore, your Calmare provider must have extensive expertisetraining and clinical skill to accurately diagnose the precise location of the original pain site/s and set the MC-5A Calmare technology accurately to support pain relief.

Four key Calmare provider responsibilities:

  1. Strategically positioning each of the scrambler therapy leads on the patient in accordance with the original injury and current pain regions
  2. Setting, overseeing and adjusting the device settings during each of the 10 treatments
  3. Managing and responding to ongoing patient feedback
  4. Monitoring day-by-day pain management levels based on patient input.

 I will be your Calmare provider, 100 percent of the time, from start to finish ─ no assistants, no support staff. 

The placement of the leads (patches), attached to each of the algorithms, as you can see below, must be precisely positioned in order to successfully alleviate the nerve pain.

If these leads are placed in the wrong area, this lessens the overall capability of the Calmare MC-5A technology to optimally perform its job of lowering your pain and lessening any related physical symptoms.

As a Calmare provider since 2011, I have treated more than 1,000 patients from around the world–successfully.

I have also served as an expert Trainer for new doctors introducing Calmare.

This is a responsibility I take very seriously.

What to look for in your Calmare provider

Clinical Director Dr. Michael Cooney places the scrambler therapy leads on a CRPS patient.

The most experienced Calmare Therapy providers have received a careful review and on-site examination by the company’s administrators, who may or may not designate the top providers as Calmare Certified.

I strongly encourage you to seek out these providers for your therapy.

Secondly, ask the provider you are considering how many patients they have treated with your specific chronic pain condition ─ back and neck pain, post-surgical pain, RSD / CRPS / fibromyalgia, pain after chemotherapy, diabetic neuropathy, etc.

Your Calmare technology will be most successful when your chosen provider has advanced expertise in the placement of each lead.

Finally, peruse the internet and read reviews about the provider you are considering.

Get firsthand information about what scrambler therapy is really like by connecting directly with our previous patients.

Speak with Our Calmare Therapy Clients

At Calmare NJ USA, we offer an exclusive program called the Patient-2-Patient program, where you can be in contact with one of our previous patients who has a similar medical condition to your own.

Who better to share their Calmare treatment experiences than our own patients?

Anyone choosing Calmare should ensure the treatment is performed by a healthcare professional specially-trained in the diagnosis and treatment of several types of advanced neuropathy.

As a friendly reminder, I am happy to speak with people living with treatment-resistant chronic pain anytime. Feel free to call my office at (201) 933-4440 or email us at info@calmaretherapynj.com.

Wishing you and your loved ones a low pain day.

Dr. Michael Cooney

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Dr. Michael Cooney and Calmare Featured on Explore Holistic

October 16, 2019

As more people battling chronic pain seek drug-free, non-invasive pain management alternatives, we are focusing our efforts to connect with related publications who are interested in sharing Calmare’s pain relief potential.

This month, Dr. Michael Cooney is a guest blogger for Explore Holistic, a website that examines alternative methodologies to improve health and protect wellness.

“Chronic Nerve Pain Relief with Scrambler Therapy”

Scrambler therapy can be particularly effective for chronic pain patients who have been unsuccessful lessening chronic nerve pain using pain medications, opioids, spinal cord stimulators and other implanted devices, Ketamine therapy, physical therapy, nerve blocks and so on…

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A smiling Emily Blake is shown with Dr. Cooney and Dr. Timakkondu, visiting Calmare physician from Madurai, India.

“One of reasons I introduced Calmare to my pain management clinic was to offer a viable therapy that does not cause additional pain to patients,” says Dr. Michael Cooney, clinical director and certified Calmare provider.

We hope you find Dr. Cooney’s article useful and informative as you seek pain reduction options.

Feel free to peruse this website and then contact us to discuss questions you may have or determine if Calmare may be right for you.

Our New Jersey clinic is open 10 am to 6 pm daily.

Call 201-933-4440 or email us privately at info@calmaretherapynj.com anytime.

Wishing you a low-pain day.

 

 

 

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Patient-2-Patient: Learn More About Calmare Therapy

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October 12, 2019

Who better to learn more about Calmare Therapy than someone like you who has already had the treatment?

Only at Calmare Therapy NJ USA, you can get firsthand information about what Calmare treatment is really like directly from other patients just like you!

How our Patient-2-Patient Experience Works

Patients Star and Kathryn meet at Calmare NJ. October 2019

Just fill out the info card below, and we’ll set up a time to talk with you about your chronic pain condition, your medical history and pain reduction goals.

After this (no cost) consultation by phone, if you wish to proceed and our clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney, determines you are a viable candidate for Calmare, we’ll reach out to our volunteer patient network to find someone who has a medical condition very similar to yours.

(Calmare volunteers are not compensated for their time).

By phone, email or other private social media resource, you can talk about your concerns, ask questions, get informed.

It’s that simple.

More than 80 percent of the patients we have treated are
pain-free or have reduced the degree of their pain significantly.

Now these patients want to “pay-it-forward.”

Patient-2-Patient Volunteer Matt

How does scrambler therapy reduce pain and physical symptoms?

(Keep in mind, our P2P volunteers are not medical professionals and cannot offer any medical advise or opinions).

Next Step:

Call us at (201) 933-4440 or just complete the Information Form (below) and we’ll put you in touch with our clinical director, Michael J. Cooney, DC, who will talk with you about your medical history, medication usage and other therapies you have tried.

If you mutually determine you may respond positively to this therapy, we’ll put you in touch with one of our patients diagnosed with the same or similar medical condition.

Then you can find out, from an actual patient’s point-of-view, how Calmare may just change your life.

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Calmare Scrambler Therapy Featured in Alternative Pain Directory

October 1, 2019

Cindy Perlin and her team at the Alternative Pain Directory invited Dr. Cooney to share an article about the benefits of Calmare scrambler therapy, which you can read here:

New Nerve Pain Therapy: Fast, Safe, Powerful Relief
Excerpt:

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.

 

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Dr. Cooney Featured on Patient’s “I’m Pain Free” Cake

September 24, 2019

Dr. Cooney was more than delighted this morning when he spied this on Facebook:

“Your photo made it on a cake, Dr. Cooney!

Celebrating MJ being pain-free, all thanks to you ❤️👍”

The people we meet fighting pain are amazing, one and all.

We are truly in this battle together.

 

 

 

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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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Calmare Therapy: Overcoming Chronic Pain Side Effects

August 26, 2019

The video you are about to see below was filmed by Megan in her New Jersey hotel room during her stay at Calmare Therapy NJ USA in July 2019.

She filmed her ‘before and after’ Calmare scrambler therapy treatments on her own accord and was not paid or influenced by our pain management team to do so.

Background on Megan’s Long-Term Battle with CRPS

Megan came to Calmare Therapy NJ USA from Australia in 2016 after being severely debilitated by neuropathic pain symptoms as a result of a five-year battle with medication and treatment-resistant neuropathy.

“When I arrived in New Jersey, I was in a wheelchair, unable to walk, stand or sit unsupported. My speech was affected and I had a bad stutter and slur when attempted.

My cognitive function deteriorated until I could no longer follow even a basic conversation or have an understanding of what was going on around me,” Megan wrote after her therapy.

“I had a constant tremor throughout my body and violent twitches which resemble seizures. I was in constant pain in my joints and having burning headaches at the base of my skull and back of my head that would incapacitate me further.

I was unable to do any regular daily activities such as showering, dressing, food preparation etc.”

Megan’s family discovered Dr. Michael Cooney’s use of Calmare Therapy to overcome chronic pain and they made the Herculean trip from Australia to New Jersey USA to try the treatments.

Eleven Scrambler Therapy Treatments Later (2016)

“I started feeling some of the benefits of the Calmare treatment after the first week. My pain was steadily decreasing, my ability to walk short distances was improving, my cognitive function was increasing, I only had one headache in the whole two weeks I was in New Jersey and it was more easily relieved than ever before.”

14 Months After Scrambler Therapy

August 2017 | Australia

“I just wanted to share the news that I’m finally back on road at work as a Paramedic here in Australia! I wouldn’t have gotten this far if it wasn’t for your help and support and the magical Calmare, and I wanted to say Thank You.

You really did save my life as I was in a very dark place before coming to the USA. I don’t think I would have been able to keep pushing through each day if I hadn’t had the amazing level of improvement I gained from your therapy.

You all also gave my mother and I a level of emotional support we had never received before, and we will always be thankful for that too. It has still been a long and frustrating battle to get me back to a level of normality, but it’s been worth it. My family has finally been able to relax; my parents even went on a holiday! And I can finally start being in my 20’s instead of my 80’s! 😀”

Three Years After Calmare Therapy

In mid-2018, Megan’s chronic pain began to steadily increase again. When the pain threatened her neurological skills and her mobility was regressing, she took the 24-hour trek from Australia to undergo 10 Calmare treatments again.

The first 3-4 treatments did not result in any marked improvement, as you’ll see on the video Megan made from her hotel room.

Undeterred, Dr. Michael Cooney persisted.

With Megan’s tenacity in full swing, treatment number 5 resulted in a pain level decrease.

Every treatment thereafter resulted in marked improvement in Megan’s speech, finger extension and reduction in leg spasms.

Thank you, Megan, for candidly sharing your ‘before and after’ Calmare treatments. We are most grateful for your generosity.

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Pain Warriors Make Friends at Calmare Therapy NJ USA

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August 8, 2019

It’s been mighty quiet around here since these two CRPS warriors left the building.

Laurie, left, from the west coast, was here for Calmare booster treatments and met new patient Megan from Calgary, who treated after her each day.

So great when our patients can meet others waging the same war.

We just wanted to remind any readers who visit our site that there are other people in the world fighting the same war.

Don’t give up hope finding pain relief.

Keep reading, keep calling.

Find a group of like-minded warriors.

Most importantly, remember that you are never alone in this battle.


To find out if Calmare scrambler therapy may be a via pain management solution to defeat your medication or treatment-resistant chronic pain, call our New Jersey clinic, located 15 minutes outside New York City, at 201-933-4440 to speak with our clinical director about your medical history and your case.

If you prefer to email us, reach out privately at info@calmaretherapynj.com.

 

 

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5-Star Review from a Calmare Patient’s Mother

July 23, 2019

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We’re in the midst of a very busy week, but we always start our day by checking email and social media profiles to see how our patients are doing post-treatment.

This morning, we were delighted to receive a 5-star Facebook review from the mother of a patient from Canada who just completed her Calmare treatments with us to combat a 4-year battle against CRPS.

Dr. Cooney loves this image with Megan and we are proud to share her mother’s review:

“Dr. Cooney just gave our daughter her life back after four years of intense suffering in her right foot with CRPS.

She started her treatment with a pain level of 9/10 and seven treatments later she was at a zero!!

We cannot thank this amazing, kind wonderful man enough!!!

Dr. Cooney will forever hold a huge part of our hearts.”

Nathalie M.

Dr. Michael Cooney obtained specialized training to use the Calmare MC-5A scrambler therapy device in 2010 and began treating his medication and therapy-resistant patients with chronic nerve pain in 2011.

Today, he has helped relieve advanced neuropathy in more than 1,000 patients who travel to Rutherford, New Jersey for his personalized treatment.

We invite to you read our Patient Case Studies page to review patient experiences.

Should you wish to speak via phone or video chat directly with Dr. Cooney about your chronic pain condition, call our clinic at 201.933.4440, email us privately at info@calmaretherapynj.com or complete the card below and Dr. Cooney will reach out to you directly.

Wishing you a low pain day.

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