What services does Calmare NJ USA offer?
We perform pain management using the MC-5A Calmare® scrambler therapy device to significantly reduce or eliminate medication and treatment-resistant chronic pain. This device has earned FDA clearance in  the US and several other countries around the world.

Our clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney, has successfully treated more than 1,000 patients after completing extensive scrambler therapy clinical training in 2010.

What kinds of chronic nerve pain can the Calmare® MC-5A device treat?
Calmare’s scrambler therapy has been effective in treating multiple types of chronic nerve pain, including the conditions noted below:

  • Chronic pain syndrome
  • Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN)
  • Cancer-related neuropathy
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Shingles (PHN)
  • Sciatica
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Transdermal pain modulation
  • Pain neuropathy
  • Radicular pain
  • Diabetic pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Failed back surgery syndrome
  • Phantom limb syndrome
Please contact our clinic at (201) 933-4440 to discuss if your condition may be appropriate for treatment.
What are the contraindicators for Calmare® Therapy?
Scrambler therapy is not suited for everyone, including:
  • Patients with a pacemaker or defibrillator
  • Women who are pregnant
  • Certain medical conditions, including epilepsy
  • Patients using neuroleptic agents for pain should work with their prescribing physicians to ween off these medications prior to treatment to obtain the most significant outcome possible. (Our Calmare team will be happy to discuss this issue on a case-by-case basis with each patient, if applicable).

How safe is it?
This treatment has been used in the U.S. for several years and has been cleared by the FDA. Calmare has been performed successfully in Europe for more than 15 years. It has no side effects, is painless to undergo and completely non-invasive.

What are the side effects of Calmare?

Thousands of people have benefited from Calmare® Pain Therapy Treatment with no reported side-effects other than a “humming” sensation during treatment.

Is the Calmare device similar to a TENS unit?

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TENS is a completely different type of on-off current; one of the key differentiating facts is the pain reduction diminishes when the electrodes are removed.

Here’s Why Calmare Differs from a Tens Unit

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 process “tricks” the brain that the area of pain is normal and eventually results in prolonged pain relief.

TENS units use high-energy electrical impulses to block pain signals or distract the brain; when treatment stops, the pain usually returns.

Scrambler therapy is administered by a carefully-trained Calmare provider with an advanced clinical understanding of human anatomy, brain function and the origins and treatment of neuropathy.

How many treatments will I need?

After your initial consultation, our standard protocol is 10 consistent treatments over a two-week period.

Subsequent booster treatments, performed months or years later, may be required for people who have severe or long-term pain.

Dr. Cooney discusses Calmare booster treatments.

How quickly will I see results?

Several patient-specific factors determine how quickly pain relief will commence. Some experience pain relief as early as their first session while others begin to see results after additional treatments. However, as the number of treatments increases, the duration of pain relief should be sustained for a longer period of time.

What Covid-19 protocols do you have in place (2021)?

  • We are treating only one patient at a time in our clinic.
  • Everyone, including patients, is required to wear masks, covering nose and mouth, 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.
  • Unless patients are mobility-challenged, we ask that family/friends remain outside the clinic.
  • Continuous deep-sanitizing is performed before and after every patient.
    Hand sanitizer available in every treatment room, restroom and at clinic entrance/exit.
  • Dr. Cooney is the only treatment provider who will be within six feet of the patient. He has received both Covid-19 vaccines (February 2021).
  • Learn more about our Coronavirus protocols here: https://calmaretherapynj.com/2021/01/20/calmare-nj-usa-2021-covid-19-precautions/

I don’t know the New York/New Jersey area and will be coming for treatment. How do I prepare and make arrangements?

calmare therapy is a alternative pain management therapy for children

Welcome to the Calmare NJ family! By visiting the New Patients section of our site, we can offer guidance on travel, lodging and other essential information to make your trip and stay  comfortable and stress-free.

How do I pay for treatment?

If you are interested in Calmare Therapy ®, we will be happy to confirm a live phone or video consultation with clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney to discuss your case in detail. Please call to set up a consultation or email us at info@calmaretherapynj.com. There is no fee for this consultation,

Upon acceptance in the program, patients will pre-pay for the treatment series (10 treatments is standard).  If there is a financial hardship in the family, we will make every effort to work with you.

We also offer CareCredit, for patients and families who may wish to pay for their therapy on a monthly basis by establishing an account with this health and wellness credit provider.

Who will perform my scrambler therapy treatments?

Mari RamosCalmare is a “provider dependent” therapy; the success of the treatment is dependent on the carefully calculated (optimal) placement of each of the treatment leads in accordance with the location of the original pain, injury or surgical site.

Every treatment at Calmare Therapy NJ USA is performed exclusively by Dr. Michael Cooney on a five-day/week basis and lasts approximately 30-35 minutes per session.

Will medical insurance cover the treatment?
Insurance reimbursement may be available for scrambler therapy, depending upon your medical insurance policy coverage. Please call our office for a complimentary insurance benefits check.

We also work with Worker’s Compensation cases.

Please note the CPT code for scrambler therapy is 0278T.

Read: How to Prepare for Your Calmare Therapy

Is it possible to talk with another patient who had undergone scrambler therapy with Dr. Cooney?

pain management therapyAbsolutely! Via our exclusive Patient-2-Patient Program, we will put you in touch with one of our post-treatment patient volunteers who was previously treated for the same or a similar neuropathic condition you are currently battling. 

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

Note: Our P-2-P patient volunteers are not compensated and are not medical professionals. They cannot offer commentary or advice about your medical care or treatment.

Where can I review scrambler therapy Clinical Trials and medical presentations by the (unaffiliated) healthcare community?

Start by reviewing our Clinical Trials page, which we updated regularly:


For medical insurance companies, physicians and pain management healthcare providers, we encourage you to watch Calmare Therapy – An Innovative Pain Treatment: What Is It? presented by the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, a collaborative partnership between Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. (Grand Rounds presentation).

Updated: 4/2021

More questions? Email our friendly and efficient team at info@calmaretherapynj.com and we’ll answer your questions in 48 hours or less. If your question is urgent, call our clinic at (201) 933-4440.