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.

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.”

Calmare Double Technology imageThat’s where the Calmare 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.

Abby Bluteau getting treatment_2015This process is repeated during 10 daily treatments which lasts about 35 minutes each.

As you can see from our patient having the treatment performed on her ankle, it is not painful.

In the majority of cases, by the end of the cycle, there is no more pain signal emanating from the brain. In many cases, pain is lessened for the patient as soon as the first treatment.

Calmare Therapy History

Scrambler therapy was developed by Italian Professor Giuseppe Marineo, a researcher and bioengineer and the founder and manager of Delta Research & Development. Delta R&D is the Bioengineering Research Center affiliated with Tor Vergata University in Rome.

He named the technology “Calmare,” the Italian word for soothe or ease.

To help our own patients here in New Jersey, we specifically selected Professor Marineo’s device, which is U.S. FDA 510(k)-cleared and European CE mark-certified as a non-invasive pain therapy device.

This free-standing device is painless for the patient, has no side effects and requires no medication.