What services does Calmare NJ USA offer?
We specialize exclusively in the administration of the Calmare® Pain Therapy Treatment MC-5A device which has been cleared by the FDA for use in the United States.

Clinical Director Dr. Michael Cooney has treated more than 1,000 patients since he began providing Calmare scrambler therapy in 2011.

Who should use the Calmare® MC-5A device?
Calmare’s scrambler therapy has been effective in treating multiple types of chronic nerve pain, including the conditions noted below.

Please contact our clinic at (201) 933-4440 to discuss if your condition may be appropriate for treatment.

  • 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
What conditions is Calmare® Pain Therapy not suitable for?
  • Patients with a pacemaker or defibrillator
  • Women who are pregnant
  • Certain medical conditions including epilepsy
  • Patients using neuroleptic agents for pain should partner with their prescribing physicians to ween off these medications prior to treatment in order to obtain the most significant outcome possible. (Our Calmare team will discuss this issue on a case-by-case basis with every patient).

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.

What are the side effects of Calmare?

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

Is this device similar to a TENS unit?

TENS is a completely different type of on-off current, and, classically, the effect wears off as soon as the electrodes are removed.

When Scrambler Therapy works, it resets or reboots the system for an extended period of time.

The Calmare® MC-5A device creates a low energy electrical impulse which travels through the patients 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 but when treatment stops, the pain usually returns.

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 may be necessary.

Dr. Cooney discusses Calmare booster treatments.

How quickly will I see results?

There are several variables that determine how quickly pain relief will commence. Some patients experience pain relief as early as their first session but others begin to see results after additional treatments. However, as the number of treatments increase, the duration of pain relief will be sustained for a longer period of time.

How do I pay for treatment?

If you are interested in Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment®, please make an appointment by calling (201) 933.4440 to come in for a thorough, no-cost consultation with one of our specially-trained Calmare doctor specialists.

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.

Who will perform my scrambler therapy treatments?

Calmare 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 our clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney, on a five-day/week basis and lasts approximately 35 minutes per session.

Will medical insurance cover the treatment?
Insurance reimbursement may be available for scrambler therapy depending upon your individual medical insurance policy coverage. Please call our office for a complimentary insurance benefits check. We also work with Worker’s Compensation cases as well.

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

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

Yes!  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 other private social media resource, 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 Calmare scrambler therapy Clinical Trial 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: 2/2021