Dr. Michael Cooney is a chiropractor just outside New York City who has been treating complex acute and chronic pain conditions for more than 30 years. In partnership with Dr. Robert Kelly, a pain management physician, they have successfully treated thousands of patients from around the world.
In 2011, without publicity or fanfare, Dr. Cooney, clinical director of Calmare Therapy NJ, USA, began offering Calmare Therapy to help his treatment-resistant patients. Little did he know he would soon be treating people from around the world, primarily battling CRPS / RSD.
In April 2015, Dr. Cooney was interviewed for Burning Nights and answered questions about Calmare submitted by readers worldwide.
Since then, the Mayo Clinic in the U.S. conducted the first CRPS / RSD clinical trial using the Calmare device and achieved results so resounding, they profiled some trial patient stories (links below).
Dr. Cooney offered to share an update with us:
Some years ago, we had an issue with some of our patients. Even after prescribing medication, physical therapy, chiropractic treatment or other non-invasive treatments–some people were still in pain. Over time, some were even further debilitated by the side effects of pain medication. In other words, traditional pain treatment didn’t work on these patients. Many of these patients had been referred to us by other physicians who were also not successful in helping them.
As a healthcare provider charged with helping children, teen, adults and seniors overcome pain in order to resume the highest quality of life possible, I had a responsibility to find a solution to help these patients who had already tried every treatment possible, including Ketamine, implanted devices, more surgeries.
Dr. Kelly and I looked long and hard for the best new alternative therapy which could treat different kinds of chronic pain—but without side effects, more pain or drugs. Eventually, we discovered Calmare scrambler therapy, invented in Italy, and cleared by the FDA here in the U.S. During our due diligence, we agreed we had finally found the comprehensive treatment solution we were seeking.
I obtained the professional training to use the Calmare MC-5A device and grew more excited with each passing day. I knew this technology would offer a new option to many patients who had run out of pain treatment choices. We tested the machine on some patients and immediately they saw relief, even after one or two treatments.
How Calmare Can Lessen Severe Pain
Scrambler therapy consists of a machine that looks somewhat like an electrocardiogram device. Leads are placed above and below the area of the neuropathy. Painless scrambled electrical signals are then sent to the brain that perceives them as normal, non-pain signals. Via this process, the brain is retrained (“scrambled”) to understand that there is no physiological reason for the pain. With CRPS / RSD specifically, the pain experienced by the patient is similar to phantom limb syndrome. The treatments do not cause any pain nor are there any reported side effects.
Dr. Charles L. Loprinzi, who was interviewed in January 2016 after leading his own successful Calmare clinical trial for the Mayo Clinic, explains, “TENS is thought to work through the gateway theory of pain relief, whereby normal touch sensations blocks pain sensations. But scrambler therapy, on the other hand, provides normal-self, non-pain electrical information via nerves which have received transmissions of chronic pain information.”
Dr. Loprinzi said that through a process called ‘plasticity,’ this is able to retrain the brain so that it no longer recognizes pain sensation in the chronic pain area.
Mayo Clinic Calmare Trial Patient Story: “Side-lined No More”
Post-Clinical Trial Interview with Dr. Loprinzi
An Unexpected Benefit – Calmare Helped People Battling CRPS / RSD
While the treatment was originally designed to help lessen post-chemotherapy pain, healthcare providers discovered that it could also lessen treatment-resistant pain for other neuropathic conditions including CRPS / RSD, postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) or shingles; diabetic neuropathy and post-surgical pain.
While I can only speak about the patients I have treated directly, we have seen a significantly decreased volume of pain in about 80 percent of the CRPS / RSD cases I have personally treated since 2011. Not only have patients achieved pain relief or remission, their physical symptoms–allodynia, open sores, skin discoloration–have also been diminished or resolved. Over time, some patients require follow-up booster therapy (generally 1 – 3 treatments) while others remain pain-free.
Nurse Dianne Blackburn Discusses her Calmare Therapy Experience
“I’ve had Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) for years. After an accident at work, I required back surgery (which turned into three) and after the last one, my left foot was insanely painful. It quickly spread throughout my entire body.
I have two spinal cord stimulators – one for my lower body and one for my upper body. I had a drug pump for years as well. I’ve had too many injections and blocks to even keep track of. I was in a wheelchair for years…
I originally had two Calmare treatments with chiropractor Dr. Michael Cooney (we’d gone up to visit with a friend from Australia who was having boosters). Since it worked so well for me, hubby and I returned so that I could finish the full 10 sessions.
Since my 10-treatment Calmare Therapy treatments:
I’ve not had either of my spinal cord stimulators on (normally they NEVER were off as doing so would cause immediate swelling and increased pain)
I’ve taken no meds during the day for pain and greatly reduced the night and morning meds!
I can say – for me – this has been the most wonderful treatment and it has worked!!
I have had NO RSD pain thus far!