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Calmare Scrambler Therapy

Drug free, pain free, proven treatment for chronic pain

Calmare Therapy warrior Jamie checks in since his 2012 treatment

Calmare scrambler therapy is not a “cure” for RSD or CRPS.

But in Jamie 2_8.2015the best possible scenario for patients who undergo the 10-treatment series, it can put the severe pain and physical symptoms:

  • allodynia
  • severe temperature fluctuations
  • sensitivity to touch
  • debilitating pain and muscle weakness

into a remission state and restore the patient’s quality of life.

As you may know from our patient stories, we are treating many children, teens and young adults with this condition, many successfully.

Some patients, like Jamie, who we treated for shoulder pain three years ago, have never needed  additional scrambler therapy “booster treatments” but some patients do need them periodically. From my experience, most patients who require boosters need fewer as time goes on and they can sustain a pain recurrence for longer periods of time.

Click here to learn more about Calmare Therapy Booster Treatments

Jamie’s mother Joan was kind enough to check in last week and shared the following:

Jamie_8.2015“Here is a blast from the past. This is Joan.  In Jan/Feb 2012 you fixed my son’s shoulder pain.  Jamie is doing great shoulder wise. Almost 6 ft. tall and has his learner’s permit!

Here he is out in the back yard with a friend throwing a Frisbee so I took a few photos for you. Left arm/shoulder doing just fine as you can see!

Thanks again. I do not even want to think about what life would have been like these last 3 years if you hadn’t helped him.”

It’s hard to describe what these messages mean to all of us from former patients. For children and young adults who are riddled with debilitating neuropathy is particularly difficult.

But when we receive these kind of messages? It makes all the daily challenges more than worth it.

Thank you for reaching out Joan. Great to hear from you. And to Jamie–be careful on the roads!

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Josh Overcomes RSD Pain with Calmare Therapy and Marries his True Love

There’s nothing we love more than a happy ending after a long battle with treatment-resistant neuropathy.

We talked with Josh several times before he and his girlfriend decided to come to NJ and undergo Calmare Therapy for his spreading RSD after a hand injury two years ago.

As you know from his earlier story, after being treated by our clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney, who specializes in CRPS and RSD patients, he left our clinic with little or no pain–and a future wife!

Now newlyweds, Josh and his bride are on their way to living happily ever after.

Josh is a smart man, to be sure. He messaged us this morning saying,

“Married life is amazing. Our wedding day was perfect and I mentioned your name in my vows while holding _____’s hand with my left hand! We had a gorgeous day and it went so smoothly we couldn’t believe it. I am slowly gaining back the muscle I had lost, still listening to my body and resting the instant I feel weak or sore in any way.”

Thank YOU Josh, for allowing us to share your inspiring story. Take good care. Call us if you need us.

Find out more about what Calmare Therapy is and how it works:

Would you like to talk about your RSD or CRPS condition?

Leave your information below, and we’ll be happy to reach out:

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Abby charts her post-Calmare treatment on a Facebook page

Abby Bluteau_6.2015Earlier this summer, 13-year-old Abby and her mother were here to treat her severe CRPS. She arrived in a wheelchair with pain on her whole left side. The family was worried Abby would soon have full-body RSD.

Before her treatment began, her mother Danielle asked what she Abby Bluteau getting treatment_2015dreamed of doing if Calmare scrambler therapy was successful.

Abby responded she’s like to run and jump on the beach in Maine.

Well this week, that dream became a reality and her mother shared it on our Facebook timeline this morning.

For parents or teens battling CRPS / RSD, you may wish to read Abby’s chronicle of her journey before, during and after therapy with our clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney, here in New Jersey.

facebook-iconA Teenager’s Journey with CRPS shows a brief video of Abby last week.  Running on the beach. In Maine.

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Dr. Cooney takes a little R&R for family time

Dr. Cooney vaca 2015

August 11, 2015

Even the doctor needs to take a deep breath now and then.

It was time for me to take a breather last week. My wife and I took our daughter away to celebrate her 16th birthday.

She had to pry me away from my patients, but I know a little respite is good for my own health.

We enjoyed a great getaway with some wonderful weather and delicious food.

Time goes by quickly. Enjoy every day.

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Tammy Moved to Tears Discussing Her Successful Calmare Scrambler Therapy Outcome

By Barbara, Office Manager, Calmare Therapy NJ

Since Dr. Cooney became one of the first certified providers of Calmare scrambler therapy in the U.S., our clinic has changed dramatically.

Before CalmBarbaraare, we welcomed patients with acute and chronic pain issues from New Jersey and the metro New York City region.

But, suddenly, with the introduction of scrambler therapy, we were treating patients from around the country and, soon, around the world.

This week, I’m sharing a great Calmare story about Tammy who was here just a few weeks ago from California. Her husband discovered Dr. Cooney and decided to travel 3,000 so that he lovely wife could be treated by him.

She had undergone surgery on her finger which unfortunately resulted in Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy – RSD that eventually began to spread to her hand and then into her wrist.

Tammy had undergone other treatments for the pain, including opioids, which she really disliked.

But after the first few treatments performed by Dr. Cooney, our clinical director, who treats every Calmare patient himself, her throbbing and swelling began to diminish more and more with each session.

Actually, I’ll let Tammy tell the rest of her story herself.

Would you like to determine if Calmare scrambler therapy might be right for your treatment-resistant chronic pain?  We’d be happy to help. Just fill out the info below, please:

 

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Pattie from Australia: “We just didn’t give up hope”

July 24, 2015

Pattie from Australia_bestLast year, Pattie, our first of several patients from Australia, traveled to New Jersey, USA to try Calmare scrambler therapy. Developing a severe case of CRPS after knee replacement surgery, she had been through many unsuccessful treatments to overcome her severe post-surgical chronic pain.

When doctors eventually suggested implanting a spinal cord stimulator (SCS), Pattie and her husband concluded it was time to take matters into their own hands and find a solution to her CRPS on their own.

Researching Chronic Pain Alternative Treatments

After months of research, they discovered Calmare and learned that we specialize in RSD /CRPS treatment.

When we met Pattie after her arduous 24-hour flight, she was taking nearly 30 pain medications daily (which, sadly, is not unusual).

And so, we went to work.

Pattie Achieves 0 Pain Level and Dissolution of her CRPS Symptoms

After 11 treatments (she achieved a 0 pain level by the 10th treatment) Pattie left the U.S. pain-free in all parts of her body–including her knee–for the first time since her surgery three years ago (watch her personal video recap).

Our Calmare NJ family and her family will be friends for life, regardless of the fact that we live nearly 12,000 apart…

Pattie went back to Perth and was interviewed by the TV News where she shared her Calmare success story.

Pattie Sends an Update a Year Later

This busy wife and mother of four children sent us an update yesterday saying,

“Since my last treatment with you and at home I have been in remission from my CRPS pain and I’m down to only 3 meds a day–that’s a big difference from 30 meds a day! So life is better each day thanks to your dedication & kindness and your wonderful staff. Today I saw a pain specialist and he can’t believe I’m recovering from CRPS. He is now asking about Calmare! He said to me ‘you are a very lucky girl’ and I said it wasn’t luck at all. We just didn’t give up on ‘hope’. Thank you Doc for saving my life. Best wishes Pattie”

You can read Pattie’s full story here:

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Josh attacks his RSD using Calmare scrambler therapy and gets engaged–all in one week

We’ve been awaiting Josh Mowery’s arrival here for some time to combat his RSD.

He has sustained chronic hand pain (8 /10 on the pain scale) for more than two long years.

Josh started scrambler therapy treatments here with us on Monday, July 13, 2015.

After four daily sessions (lasting about 35-minutes each), his pain level is already down to a 1/2.hand during treatment

His swelling is also going down nicely.

Josh MowreyBut the good news doesn’t stop there–

Last night, he and his lovely girlfriend enjoyed a beautiful summer evening in New York City.

While basking in the city lights from the observation deck of the Empire State Building, Josh proposed!

The happy couple is here this morning while he undergoes treatment 5 of 10.

We’d say it’s been a rather good week for Josh.

We can’t wait to see what happens next week!

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New Brigham Young University research team to study Calmare scrambler therapy

trialsAdd another upcoming university-based, clinical research study about Calmare scrambler therapy to the list:

In addition to Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic, Massey Cancer Institute and others, BYU researchers will be conducting its own scrambler therapy study.

Dr. David Busath, heading up the research at Brigham Young University, stated, “I think the fooling the brain idea is a 1024px-BYU_Medallion_Logo.svglegitimate one…we’re convincing the brain in one area that this other area shouldn’t be hyperactive after all.”

Dr. Busath’s study protocol will consist of taking a patient  MRI for 20 minutes, then performing Calmare for 30 minutes, followed by another MRI.

Calmare provider and pain therapist Erick Bingham, not affiliated with the BYU study, stated in the article that the successful outcome for scrambler therapy patients depends on how the individual reacts after the very first treatment and believes patient response early on can be a predictor of the outcome. He says that 80 percent of the time, if the patient sustains a reduction in pain after that first treatment, they’re going to be a good candidate.

Dr. Bingham accurately noted that some patients will require periodic booster treatments while others remain pain-free with no need for future treatment.

Read the full article here

BYU scrambler therapy study candidates must have constant sharp pain in the hands or feet and not be on any anti-convulsant medication. Additionally, participants cannot have stents, pacemakers or other implants that would interfere with an MRI scan. Those wishing to apply for the two-phase study can contact Dr. Busath’s office at 801-422-8753.

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Virginia man with CRPS finally finds pain relief after seven long years

Mr. Socol lived and worked with a consistent pain level of 7/8 as a result of CRPS after a knee replacement surgery.

Understandably skeptical after trying several pain treatments without success, Ira leaves Calmare Therapy NJ at a pain level of 2 for the first time in more than 5 years.

In addition, he was able to feel his foot for the first time in 3 years.

As he tells it (below), his life going forward offers many opportunities that he formerly had to forego due to chronic pain.

Dr. Michael Cooney, clinical director at Calmare Therapy NJ and a CRPS / RSD treatment specialist, introduces Ira’s case:

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The mother of a child with CRPS shares a wonderful compliment after Calmare scrambler therapy

Abby Bluteau_6.2015Some weeks ago, we welcomed Danielle and her 13-year-old daughter, Abby.

She arrived in a wheelchair due to the effects of CRPS after a knee injury.

Abby’s pain was spreading  throughout the left side of her body and her family worried she was approaching full body  RSD.

It was a true Herculean effort for this mother and daughter to make the trip here to New Jersey, make no mistake.

The scrambler therapy goal

Our mission was simple:

Curtail the pain (which was a consistent 8-10) so that Abby could walk again.

Ten Calmare treatments later…

Unlike some patients, Abby didn’t experience significant pain reduction after the first few scrambler therapy treatments.

But we pressed on.

After treatment 5, we had a breakthrough and her pain began to decrease and last for longer periods of time.

By the end of her 10-treatment cycle, Abby left us without needing the wheelchair–just two weeks later.

Abby’s Calmare treatment was performed without:

  • drugs
  • side effects
  • any significant pain during the treatment

Abby is continuing to walk and regain the strength in her legs. While she sometimes uses a walker for support, she continues to improve (under the watchful eye of a great mom, which never hurts ;)

Danielle shared this acknowledgement on Facebook and kindly permitted us to share it here with you: 

“If you or a family member have CRPS and don’t know what the machine in this picture is or who the doctor pictured with my daughter is you need to be informed. Check out Calmare Therapy. My recommendation hands down! My daughter was in a wheelchair unable to even stand on her own and is now able to walk with her walker and is gaining every day.

Calmare Therapy is changing our lives and giving my child her life back!

Dr. Cooney in NJ is awesome and worth every penny if your insurance doesn’t cover it.

Check out his website: 

http://calmaretherapynj.com/ or his Facebook page:

Early detection and treatment are critical. There are many, many case studies you can read and if there is a center closer to you Dr. Cooney will know about it.

I cannot stress enough to call him. He PERSONALLY will call you back and talk over your case.”

Can we tell you more about Calmare scrambler therapy?

 

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A Little Pet Therapy Never Hurts

MurphyLast week my family was away so I brought Murphy, my own little pet therapy, to the office.

As many of you know, I’m a big proponent of pets and their ability to calm the mind and lessen the pain.

If my wife will let me, I plan to bring him back to the office now and then as he was a big hit with our Calmare patients. ‪

Learn more about how pets can help combat pain here:

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College Athlete Liz Shares an Update After Scrambler Therapy in 2014 for CRPS

LizLiz treated here with us in November of 2014. She was battling increasingly severe CRPS symptoms and it was keeping her from sports (she’s a superstar basketball player) and just enjoying college.

She was diagnosed with CRPS after a nasty basketball injury to her right leg. Using crutches when she arrived here in NJ from Missouri, she was dealing with  a consistent pain level of 8 / 10.

When traditional pain medications and therapeutic treatments don’t lessen your CRPS pain or physical symptoms

Just 18-years-old, Liz had already been to a number of hospitals and physician specialists who prescribed several different medications and physical therapy. Unfortunately, none of these efforts reduced her pain.

She’s one of those people whose engaging personality just fills up any room she enters. For her to be suffering from CRPS was heartbreaking.

She and her family were savvy about her treatment plan--her diagnosis was relatively new and she aggressively sought a drug-free therapy before the condition worsened. When traditional medications and therapies were not successful, the family decided to try an alternative treatment.

Pain relief begins by scrambling the pain message from the brain

Once we started Liz’s treatment, her pain relief started after the first Calmare MC-5A treatment. By the end of the 10-treatment cycle, she was pain-free.

We checked in with her via Twitter this morning (where you go to reach anyone under 25, we have learned) and she immediately responded:

@CalmareNJ Tell everyone there hello! I’m doing great! Back at school and working- all thanks to you guys!

Might Calmare scrambler therapy be right for your chronic pain condition?

Fill in the information below and we’ll be happy to reach out to you:

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Calmare Booster Treatments Help Gabriel Keep His Pediatric RSD Under Control

Gabriel_6.2015By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director, Calmare Therapy New Jersey

A child from here in New Jersey who battles RSD, Gabriel, first came to us as a 9-year-old in December 2013 with severe RSD in his legs. Unlike most of our patients, he did not have a specific injury or surgery that initiated his pediatric chronic pain condition.

Prior to coming to Calmare NJ, he was treated by a rheumatologist, an orthopedist and his pediatrician. His full body CAT scan and MRI were both negative.

His doctors were unsure how to treat his pain. Prior to his mother discovering Calmare in a magazine article, Gabe underwent three painful nerve blocks and was prescribed a number of painkilling drugs, including Gabapentin.

Youngster cannot attend elementary school due to RSD/ CRPS symptoms

Eventually, Gabe was unable to attend school, play soccer or do karate. Even at such a young age, his RSD symptoms mirrored an adult case:

  • Skin discoloration
  • Allodynia (sensitivity to touch)
  • Chronic pain of varying levels of severity
  • Loss of mobility
  • Reliance on crutches to walk

Gabriel_age11_12.2013In 2013, Gabe arrived here and would be the youngest patient we had ever treated using scrambler therapy.

I had a good feeling that we could help Gabe after the first treatment. In fact, after just six sessions, Gabe was pain-free and put his crutches away in the trunk of his car and headed back home to share the great news—and resume the normal life of a young boy.

2014: Three booster treatments sends his pain back into remission

While some fortunate people never experience any significant recurrence of pain after scrambler therapy, some patients experience a recurrence months or even years later, particularly if their case was severe or they suffered with the condition for a long period of time.

In Gabriel’s case, he pain returned about 10 months later. His mother wisely brought him in for treatment. In May, he had two consecutive boosters (1 per day over two consecutive days) and in September he had one more session.

2015: One booster treatment sends his pain back into remission

Nine months later, Gabe was having some pain and wanted to begin using his crutches again. His wonderful Mom brought him in and this time, he only needed a single booster treatment to eliminate the pain.

One note, after his initial treatment cycle in 2013, his RSD skin conditions never returned.

Why I love my job

After just one treatment lasting about 35 minutes, this bright and funny 11-year-old boy confidently walked out of our office (without crutches) ready to face the summer of 2015.  Pain-free.

Would you like to talk with someone from our team about your RSD / CRPS or other chronic pain condition? Email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com or call us at (201) 933-4440.

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John finally finds pain relief from his PHN (Shingles) with Calmare scrambler therapy

John Willis_5.2015John Willis came to Calmare Therapy New Jersey on May 4, 2015 for treatment of postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) as a result of Shingles. He had been suffering for nine long months with a consistent pain level of 8/10.

Eventually, his pain decreased his quality of life—he could not longer drive or do many of the things he enjoyed.

His physician prescribed a number of prescription medications to help manage his pain but they were ineffective.

John tries an alternative treatment for PHN painShingles image

Mr. Willis was not content to live the rest of his life in this degree of pain. Once it was clear the medications were not going to help, he considered other alternative pain treatments. Through his research, he discovered Dr. Michael Cooney and his success using scrambler therapy.

He consulted with Dr. Cooney and they mutually agreed he was a suitable candidate to undergo the scrambler, which is painless and has no side effects.

John completed the 10-treatment regime and reduced his pain from an 8/10 to a steady 3/10. The good news is he is maintaining this more manageable pain level without using any medications which made him drowsy and just not feeling “like himself.”

Best of all, he can function again and resume his daily routine, including driving his car.

As always, our goal here at Calmare Therapy NJ is to achieve a 0/10 pain level with every patient. But, sometimes, that goal cannot be achieved. However, in John’s case, since his scrambler therapy treatment, his pain rate varies between 1 but does not go above a 3.

To Mr. Willis, this is a great success.

READ ABOUT JOAN’S SUCCESS TREATING HER SEVERE PHN USING SCRAMBLER THERAPY

PHN Clinical Trial Results Using Calmare Scrambler Therapy

But don’t just take our word for this success. Here’s what researchers have found in clinical trials:

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

Journal of pain and symptom managementAnother 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.”

Are you or someone you care about living with severe pain from PHN?

Feel free to leave your information below and we’ll be happy to provide you with more information. We can also discuss your medical history and mutually determine if scrambler therapy might be right for you. 

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Welcome back Calmare NJ team member Cathy!

cathyShe’s Back!!

We are more than delighted to announce that our beloved Cathy is back in the office today after her hip replacement surgery in March.

No, it hasn’t been the same without you, dear Cathy, and we are overjoyed that life is back to normal now that you are at the front desk once again.

We missed you more than you know.

XOXO

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Diabetic Nerve Pain (DPN) Treatments Expand to Drug-free Alternative Therapies

diabetic neuropathyAn astounding 26 million Americans are living with diabetes and about one in five experience diabetic nerve pain.

This severe chronic pain condition, called diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN), has been reported by patients at a rate that is actually double the estimate from healthcare providers across the country, according to a new survey conducted by the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA).

Despite its prevalence, the survey of 500 physicians and nurses, and over one thousand people with DPN found major misconceptions and a significant lack of patient awareness about the disease. When they do diagnose the condition, doctors often resort to writing a prescription for a painkillers, which can be prohibitively expensive, come with dangerous side effects, or become ineffective over time.

Pain Symptoms of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN):
diabetes

  • Numbness
  • Stabbing pain in the hands or feet
  • Tingling or burning
  • Extreme sensitivity to pain and temperature
  • Shooting pain
  • Loss of balance

Most troubling is the fact many sufferers don’t know to ask about drug-free ways to treat this pain with their healthcare providers. Sadly, 77% of patients says DPN interferes with their ability to complete and enjoy normal day-to-day activities.

What Causes Diabetic Neuropathy?

The cause of this pain is the result of uncontrolled sugar levels that, over time, damages the nerves, most commonly affecting the toes, feet and hands.

Successful treatment for diabetic nerve pain can be challenging and the condition is often drug-resistant as well.

Calmare Scrambler Therapy Can Overcome Nerve Pain

That’s where Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment can help. This drug-free, pain-free therapy is available at Rutherford Allied Medical Group in northern New Jersey, the one and only pain treatment facility that has advanced expertise in helping NJ patients with diabetes-related pain.

Living with diabetes is challenging enough—you should not have to live with debilitating pain or side effects from prescription painkillers just to get through the day.

Dr. Michael Cooney is the clinical director of Calmare Therapy NJ and would be happy to talk with you about your medical history in more detail.

If you would like to learn more, complete the form below and we’ll be happy to answer any questions via email or call you with this information.

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of FreeDigital Photos.net “David Castillo Dominici”

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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and United Healthcare Continue to Add Calmare Coverage

medical insurance cardMay 5, 2015

We continue to share medical insurance coverage information with you as we receive reliable information from our scrambler therapy colleagues across the country.

It is important to note that every insurance policy is unique and that coverage will vary according to the employer’s criteria.

HOW DO I FIND OUT IF I HAVE MEDICAL COVERAGE FOR CALMARE SCRAMBLER THERAPY?

Call the Member phone number located on the back of your card and speak specifically with a live person about your plan’s “Coverage.”

Tell them the CPT code you are calling about is 0278T.

The representative should tell you if it is a covered service and how you can obtain pre-certification. Here at Calmare Therapy NJ, our administrative team will be happy to provide you with any documentation your insurer may require.

Contact your insurance company before you proceed with treatment, if possible.

ANTHEM BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD

As of May 2015, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, a federation of 37 separate United States health insurance organizations and companies, has provided some degree of coverage for the treatment of several chronic pain conditions using Calmare scrambler therapy.

We have confirmed reports of coverage by these specific Anthem BCBS companies:

BCBS of Indiana

BCBS of Kentucky

BCBS of Missouri

BCBS of Ohio

BCBS of Wisconsin

BCBS of Minnesota

BCBS of North Carolina

United Healthcare

We have several confirmed patient reports of coverage approval based upon the specific use of CPT Code 0278T.

Make no mistake, we’re not there yet. At the same time, we’re happy to begin to see some light at the end of the tunnel where some medical insurers are recognizing the cost benefit and effectiveness of Calmare’s scrambler therapy in comparison to:

  •  Exorbitantly expensive medications
  •  Invasive in-patient chronic pain treatments such as Ketamine therapy and spinal cord stimulators (SCS).

Meanwhile, we will keep fighting, getting the word out and getting patients to stand up to insurance companies and demand attend. This is a fight we are not going to surrender any time soon, rest assured.

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Thank You to Burning Nights for Their Calmare Scrambler Therapy Q&A

Burning NightsDuring the course of treating so many people with chronic pain, you meet many wonderful warriors who are battling disease with all their might.

A young woman from the UK is an outstanding inspiration in everything we do to combat the devastating effects of CRPS.

A warm thank you to Victoria and her Burning Nights‬ group for inviting me to be interviewed on their valuable CRPS website Q&A. This warrior has overcome seemingly insurmountable health crises to create and spearhead a website for #CRPS sufferers from around the globe.

We’ve chatted via email over the past year and she kindly offered to generate questions about our Calmare scrambler therapy from her thousands of readers worldwide.

I was very impressed by the intelligent and insightful questions from readers and hope I helped by offering quality information in return.

Victoria carefully edited this piece and has been very response to comments thus far.

I am personally honored to be affiliated and featured in this incredible helpful and useful resource to the CRPS community.

Thank you, Victoria, for your candor and willingness to feature a newer treatment option in the war on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

It’s been a pleasure from start to finish.

Dr. Cooney’s Q&A on Burning Nights

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The importance of dental care for fibromyalgia, CRPS / RSD warriors

DentistFibromyalgia (FMS) pain often occurs in the face, head, and neck areas, which can make dental visits something to avoid, understandably. But because serious dental issues are common in people with fibromyalgia, regular trips to the dentist are necessary to catch problems before they become more serious.

No one is looking to add to your pain, that’s for certain. But maintaining your dental hygiene now can save more pain down the line.

More than 75 percent of the CRPS / RSD 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.

I sought out the advice of a local dentist who specializes in treating patients with chronic pain conditions and asked him for advice to share with our Calmare readers:

BUT WHY DO I NEED TO GO TO THE DENTIST? I AM ALREADY IN PAIN

Regular dental 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 in locating a dentist who treats patients with fibromyalgia / CRPS / RSD 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.

One of the unfortunate byproducts of chronic pain management is the common use of medications. These medications often 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.

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 the diseased teeth to be extracted.

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 tooth.

THE BEST DEFENSE IS A STRONG 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 10 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.

(Photo courtesy of freedigitalphoto.net)

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An update from Katie who is back in high school after Calmare Therapy

Katie TriosiApril 8, 2015 – Rutherford, NJ

Sixteen-year-old Katie was here for scrambler therapy treatment a few months ago after CRPS sidelined her from even going to high school. She missed nearly a year of school, which was so disappointing as she’s one of the brightest young women we’ve ever met!

Katie underwent 10 Calmare scrambler treatments at the same time as 87-year-old Ann. We created a video combining each of their stories here reflecting their wide range in age, but same positive outcome.

She posted this update today about how she is feeling and how school is going:

“Just wanted to post a quick update……I am still pain-free as a result of Calmare Therapy! Monday will be 2 months since my last treatment and I was pain-free 2 days before that!!!!!

I will have to repeat the eleventh grade unfortunately but I am applying to the advanced high school and if I get in I will be able to take high school courses and pre-med college courses so fingers crossed I get accepted.

Life has been looking up as I have been getting more into my old routine. I am taking courses online right now in Chemistry and Spanish so that I can finally finish the tenth grade!”

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What happens during a Calmare scrambler therapy treatment?

The patient experience is of utmost importance to us at Calmare Therapy NJ. The people we help have been through months–often years–of chronic and neuropathic pain treatments and medications that ultimately did not help lessen the pain.

Calmare Technology 2012Through the Calmare MC-5A  FDAcleared treatment protocol , supported by our own one-of-a-kind patient-centered care model, we can offer:

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Seniors

dramatic, and often lasting neuropathic relief empowering them to resume the high quality of life they so richly deserve.

At Calmare Therapy NJ, we listen to the patient

The scrambler treatments are performed in a highly interactive environment where we are actually seek out the patient’s care goals and treatment feedback before, during and after therapy.

Friends and family members are invited into the treatment room with you to offer support, company and (hopefully) a laugh or two.

There are no side effects from this treatment–no pain, no nausea, headaches, or physical symptoms.

Scrambler therapy is a “provider-dependent treatment

imageAt Calmare Therapy NJ, every treatment is administered by certified Calmare provider and trainer, 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 should be placed (extremely important) and the duration of each treatment.

Scrambler therapy is administered non-invasively, without needles, surgery or drugs. It uses a low-level electrical impulse to mimic the body’s natural nerve communications, and take the chronic “pain” message, and replace with a “no pain” message.

camare foot image with leadsMost of our patients need (10) daily 35-minute treatment sessions, although some need a few more (particularly if they have been suffering for several years) or fewer, should the condition be more recently diagnosed.

There are typically no side effects and in most cases, pain relief is substantial or even eliminated.  Subsequent booster treatments may be needed down the line (typically 1 to 3 treatments) should the pain condition return.

Cost of Calmare Scrambler Therapy Versus Drugs or Co-Pays for In-Patient Treatment

The cost of the 10-treatment series is similar to the cost of most out-of-pocket drug therapies or many co-pays or deductibles required for more invasive and higher risk treatments.

We believe, as do our patients, that the overall value of scrambler therapy at Calmare Therapy NJ is measured in improved quality of life for most of our patients.

The treatment is not suitable for everyone, but it does treat many injuries and chronic medical conditions resulting in chronic pain.

If you are interested in learning more, just complete the Contact Me form below:

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U.S. Air Force Medical Wing publishes story about their success with Calmare scrambler therapy

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To be honest, we’ve lost count of how many U.S. Military hospitals are using the Calmare Pain Therapy device as a drug-free treatment to lessen or eliminate several types of chronic pain–from combat injuries or as a result of diagnosed medical conditions.

This article was written by the 779th Medical Wing of the U.S. Air Force and highlights the positive outcome of a soldier suffering with severe restless leg syndrome (RLS) for seven long years.

After 10 treatments of scrambler therapy, the treating doctor reported:

“One patient had pain from his knees to toes for seven years. After the first treatment, he was able to feel the bottom of his feet while walking with no pain in his legs. After the second treatment he was pain free and had no symptoms of numbness or burning. No further treatments were required,” said Dr. Thomas Piazza, a physician acupuncturist at the Air Force Acupuncture Center at the 779th Medical Group.”

If you or a loved one has served in the U.S. Military and is experiencing peripheral neuropathy, check this list of hospitals offering Calmare scrambler therapy: http://www.calmarett.com/locations/usmilitary.html

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Calmare scrambler therapy helps two women with CRPS, ages 87 and 16

Eighty-seven-year-old Ann from the Jersey Shore and Katie, age 16, suffered the same complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) symptoms at different stages of life. But both were determined to resume a quality of life no longer dictated by chronic pain and the physical symptoms of this disease.

Every patient that we treat here in New Jersey who is fighting back against neuropathic pain as a result of a plethora of diseases or injuries, teaches us something new about the enormous potential of this therapy.

We put together this quick video that highlights both women’s journeys and their positive outcomes.

Ann is a “tell it like it is” senior who is sharp as a tack. Katie is so articulate and intelligent. We are so pleased that since her treatment here, she will be returning to school for the first time in more than a year.

No matter where you may be on the age spectrum, Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment may be a viable solution to get your life back on track and helping you enjoy the quality of life you so richly deserve. Call us at 201-933-4440 or send a private email to us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com and we’ll respond within 24 hours.

Pain After Chemotherapy |  CRPS | RSD | Fibromyalgia | Shingles | Post-Surgical Pain

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Burn victim hero tells “The Doctors” how Calmare Therapy diminished his nerve pain

the doctors 2Dave, burned over 90% of his body as a child, survives but lives with chronic nerve pain.

His chiropractor, who uses Calmare Therapy, suggests he try the scrambler treatment which would painlessly scramble the pain messages to/from his brain and break the pain signal.

“The Doctors” television program interviewed Dave and shared his secret to pain relief.

davedaveThis remarkable man is why we few doctors here in the U.S. stand behind Calmare Therapy. Again and again, it lessens or alleviates several different types of neuropathic pain when the drugs and painful procedures fail.

It is stories like these that keep us inspired and even more encouraged to help everyone learn about this treatment.

Thank you, Dave, for sharing your remarkable bravery. You can also watch his interview here:

 

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Calmare NJ’s Patient-to-Patient Program in Action

CALMARE P2P WEB BANNERSince so many people with neuropathy /chronic pain have attempted several different treatments and therapies to minimize their discomfort (often without success), we launched our exclusive Patient-to-Patient Program which puts potential Calmare Therapy patients in touch with another patient with the same disease / medical condition who has already undergone scrambler therapy with us.

We thought it was a great way to help future patients feel less anxiety about moving forward and it offered the freedom to share experiences and concerns with someone who could relate to their battle.

We have more than 50 previous Calmare patients who are part of this program and volunteer their time to talk with new patients by email, phone or Skype.

Di Slade from south africaDiana Slade, a South African with CRPS who traveled more than 7,000 miles to New Jersey for treatment last year, chatted via email a few months ago with a new patient from Missouri, also with CRPS, prior to her coming here for treatment.

Here’s an excerpt of an email Di sent to the woman in Missouri:

 

Di’s CRPS Diagnosis and Treatment History:

“I developed CRPS in my foot 6 long years ago after back surgery. I had joint degeneration in my lower spine, chips off L5 and L4, and overall wear and tear (too many horses and motorbikes!).

In all, I had 8 back operations.

I went through every painkiller you can imagine, courses of epileptic drugs, Ketamine creme, and two rhizotomies (an invasive surgical procedure which severs nerve roots in the spinal cord through the insertion of an electrified hot probe to the sensory nerve just outside the joint).  After these efforts were unsuccessful, I went through a long, painful and ultimately failed spinal cord stimulator implant.

My husband discovered Calmare on an Internet search and we soon realized Dr. Cooney in the U.S. specialized in CRPS cases. While going for treatment in Italy would have been closer, we decided to fly 15 hours to Newark, New Jersey, USA, for Dr. Cooney’s treatment in late 2014.

Starting Point: Pain Level 10/10

Di's foot during Calmare Therapy to treat CRPS in her foot. (2014)
Di’s foot during Calmare Therapy to treat CRPS in her foot. (2014)

When I arrived in the States at Dr. Cooney’s clinic, my pain level was a 10/10.

There was no improvement after 3 daily treatments. But on day 4, everything started to change quickly. (I recall Dr. Cooney smiling wryly at my expression of utter shock).

My pain began to steadily diminish every day after that. After 11 treatments,  I left the U.S. PAIN FREE for the first time I can remember.  Even sitting on the loooonnng flight back to South Africa–no pain!! 

How my life has changed since Calmare

  • I am no longer living a ‘blurry life’. ( I do not take any pain medications)
  • I can take a shower
  • I can easily put-on and take-off a pair of socks
  • I sleep for 6 hours straight
  • I can finally put my foot in a stirrup again and ride (my business and my passion)
  • My family has their Mom back!
Calthy (left) shown with Di during her treatment.
Cathy (left) and Di during her treatments at Calmare Therapy NJ

As Dr. Cooney tells everyone, this is not a “miracle cure” but it is a treatment that works for many people — and I was fortunate to have been one of them.

I certainly wouldn’t recommend a spinal implant or pump of any sort. In my experience, there are too many that fail.  And then what??

Doc and his staff, especially Cathy, are amazing. Having read your email, what have you to lose?  You have a life to regain.

Please shout if I can help you with anything else and good luck!

Di

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Helpful Information for Out-of-Town Patients

Good Morning Everyone,

It’s Barbara and Cathy stopping by the blog to update you on our newly updated Hotel and Travel Arrangements information.

world-mapMost of our Calmare patients and families are coming from different parts of the U.S. and, increasingly, outside the U.S. (hello South Africa, Australia, Belgium, Hong Kong, UK and Canada!)

We have updated our local hotel recommendation list based upon patient feedback (which is mostly positive!). If you are coming to Rutherford, New Jersey for Calmare scrambler therapy, this page of nearby hotels as well as transportation information may assist you.

Note that somhotel roome hotels offer grocery delivery to your room (many rooms include working kitchens) and some also meal service in public areas.

Always feel free to reach out to us:

  • By email calmarenj @ gmail. com
  • Call us at the office between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. New York City (Eastern Time)
  • Fill in the Contact Form below

We look forward to welcoming you to Calmare Therapy NJ soon!

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Calmare found to reduce low back pain after university clinical trial

national institutes of health logoLast week, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, also known as the ‘nation’s medical research agency’, reported findings from a Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing clinical trial which showed that showed that the use of Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment (scrambler therapy) as a drug-free treatment to lessen or eliminate low back pain yielded impressive results:

The Institute reported on January 8, 2015 that:

  • Thirty participants were randomized to receive up to 10 sessions of Calmare® treatment (n = 15) or a ‘sham’ treatment (n = 15) using the same device at a non-therapeutic threshold.
  • 3 weeks after conclusion of treatment series, compared with the sham group, the Calmare® group reported a significant decrease in the “worst” pain and interference scores.
  • There were also significant differences in pain sensitivity and differential expression of 17 pain genes, suggesting that Calmare® can be effective in reducing pain intensity and interference in individuals with persistent low back pain by altering the mechanisms of enhanced pain sensitivity.

This is outstanding news reported by an organization affiliated with the federal government. Might someone on the NIH team have become aware of Calmare’s effectiveness as a result of its expanded use in the largest U.S. Military hospitals across the globe?

Calmare Therapy can help lessen or eliminate several types of neuropathic pain with none of the unpleasant costs or side effects associated with painkillers (opioids).

Often, the out-of-pocket charges for Calmare Therapy are comparable to those patients must incur for their various medications for pain.

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on January 12, 2015.

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NPR offers story about “invisible” disease called chronic pain

NPROn this cold and dark January afternoon, we wanted to share this NPR story  featuring a small group of people living the best they can with pain that never stops.

These neuropathic pain statistics shouldn’t surprise anyone who knows someone who is suffering:

  • 116 million Americans suffer from chronic pain or about 33% of the entire population.
  • The Institute of Medicine estimates chronic pain costs the U.S. up to $635 billion yearly in medical expenses and lost wages.
  • A study of U.S. pharmacy records finds the number of Americans filling prescriptions for opioid painkillers has declined yet people who are still able to get those drugs are using them for longer amounts of time.

The  Dec. 24 NPR episode discusses the frustration chronic pain sufferers feel when everyone tells them they don’t ‘look sick’ and maybe their issues are ‘all in their heads’…

Yes, we know, those of you reading this can probably relate. As we’ve stated from the first day we introduced Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment, the painkillers are not the solution to pain.

However, believe us, fighting the advertising budgets of the big pharmaceutical companies continually pushing these drugs to patients, doctors and hospitals, is the battle of a lifetime.

But it’s a war we are more than willing to fight.

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Michelle’s video diary of hope and courage is the perfect 2014 send-off

We’re at the end of a tremendous year.  I’m sorry to see it go but thrilled to see what’s ahead for those of us supporting scrambler therapy as a new drug-free treatment of severe chronic pain.

We’ve met so many wonderful people who have come to Calmare New Jersey from places like South Africa,  Australia,  Canada, Oregon, Topeka, Louisiana and Kansas City.

They came to us with a dream of living a better life.

With less pain.

We’ve not been able to share every story and some patients choose to keep their battles private.

Michelle, confined to a wheelchair for four years, did a brilliant job depicting her battle in this video that brought her to Rutherford, New Jersey, USA from Australia.  She, and her remarkable family, arrived here with unrelenting hope and unrivaled tenacity.

They simply refused to give up the search for a treatment to overcome this terrific mother’s debilitating and crippling pain from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome ( CRPS).

michelle and Dr. CBy the grace of God, their resilience was rewarded and we were able to play a role in changing the course of Michelle’s future, for the better.

Michelle’s story tells us all one important message that is the perfect send-off for 2014:

There is always hope.

http://bit.ly/1B53gNp

Happy New Year from us all.

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A Christmas message from Elizabeth in Kansas City

December 2014

(Elizabeth’s message below explains, in simple terms, why we do what we do with our scrambler machine. The potential for this machine to change lives is immeasurable. Notes from patients like these only increase our commitment to helping people with chronic pain):

Dear Dr. Cooney,  Kathy, Barbara and Staff:

Sending the happiest of Christmas and holiday greetings from Kansas City! Your admirable dedication to healing will always be an inspiration and I hope has earned you a cheerful and relaxing holiday!

Thanks to you guys, my own Christmas will be filled with joy and celebration as I embark on a new, pain-free journey in 2015! Here’s hoping this card finds you as happy and at peace with your lives as I am with mine now.

Your friend,

Elizabeth

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Quebec, Australia, Indiana, Louisiana this week

world-mapIn a waiting room survey today, we realized we have patients receiving Calmare Therapy from two countries, Louisiana and Indiana.
There must be some good conversations happening out there!
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Liz heads back home to Missouri without the chronic CRPS pain

Liz
“I will never be able to thank this man for everything he has done for me in the last 2 weeks! Excited to be headed home! ” (Twitter 11/21/14)

So pleased to start my week by visiting my Twitter feed and seeing this awesome picture and message posted by our patient Liz, who headed back home to Missouri after a successful 10-treatment scrambler therapy cycle here in New Jersey.

She is a wonderful young woman who will do big things in her life.

After Calmare, she will no longer be hindered by chronic pain.

#CRPS  #RSD #CalmareNJ

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Di offers an update from her home in South Africa after Calmare Therapy

Di Slade from south africaAs a doctor, there is nothing better than hearing positive news from your patients after their treatment is complete. Before I introduced Calmare scrambler therapy in 2011, the vast majority of my patients were from New Jersey or metropolitan New York City.

But since our marked success treating severe chronic pain with scrambler therapy, patients have come here to Rutherford from Australia, Switzerland, Netherlands and the UK and several other countries. It has been so enjoyable to meet people from around the world. Even better, in the majority of cases, we have sent them home feeling better than they have felt in years, sometimes decades.

Cathy, our front desk administrator, and Di.

Di came here from South Africa earlier this year with CRPS. What a delightful person! Her steadfast refusal to surrender to this disease was beyond inspiring for our entire Calmare Therapy NJ team. Even with the demands of a business and busy family, Di knew it was time to step away and defeat the CRPS monster once and for all.

Just this week, we corresponded by email for the first time in a few months.

Here’s an update on how she’s doing:

“Doc, am really feeling like I have a new lease on life.

As strange as it may seem, it took some time to get used to having no pain!  But hey, am now brand new and M___ says he isn’t going to trade me in!!
Thanks for looking after me and getting me to where I am now–to just being able to sleep, to put socks on without being nauseous with pain, and to be able to shower and let the water run over my foot is, well, quite strange still.
But strange is good!
Take care and will stay in touch. Love and a hug.
Di”
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Charles Osgood reports on Mayo Clinic Calmare Trial

TheOsgoodFileThe highly regarded journalist Charles Osgood, author of the  long-running Osgood File, reported on a new clinical trial at Mayo Clinic featuring a woman who battled cancer with chemotherapy. Unfortunately, the treatment left her with a severe chronic pain condition called chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy (chronic pain) or CIPN.

The patient, Karen, had pain that was so severe she could barely walk.

She heard about a new treatment for chronic pain called scrambler therapy being offered at the Mayo Clinic and signed up. Once cleared for the trial, Karen began daily Calmare treatments, which are pain-free and have no side effects.

During the interview with Osgood, Karen reported that  Calmare started working after the very first treatment. After four treatments, the pain she had endured for more than a decade was gone.

“It wasosgood so incredible that I hadn’t felt pain-free for so many years that I guess I didn’t expect it to last,” Karen says during the interview.

More than a year after her treatment, she continues to be pain-free.

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The Unsung Heroes, a Story of Hope #Calmare

calmarenj:

What an outstanding patient story by my colleague Dr. D’Amato’s patient.

“Calmare isn’t a cure; RSD is a lifetime foe. But because of one man’s dream, and some courageous men and women, I no longer walk alone. I no longer walk as a helpless victim. With Calmare, my hope is alive.”

Originally posted on aBodyofHope:

"Warrior" by Marcie Ann | The Unsung Heroes, A story of hope #Calmare #RSD #CRPS Warrior Painting by Marcie Ann

A nightmare, a gauntlet of choices… of invasive procedures. Pills, so many pills. The looming threat of addiction, as I searched to end what seemed to be endless suffering. RSD: a constant adversary.

Written by Marcie Ann, Guest Contributor.

I asked, where are the heroes and the heroines of this nightmare I’m trapped in? Who will save me from this monster?

Abandonment: As friends, family, and the medical community tire of my seemingly infinite needs. My very existence is a constant reminder for those who love me and those sworn to heal. They too are helpless.

It’s the never ending story; it’s the song that never ends.

And then, in the heart of a man named Giuseppe lays a seed and the courage to nurture it, to fight this relentless beast. And so the heroes and the heroines enter what seems to be a…

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Workers’ Compensation Coverage of Calmare Treatment Continues to Increase

By Dr. Michael Cooney
Clinical Director
Calmare Therapy NJ
 

worker's comWorkers’ Comp is increasing approving coverage of scrambler therapy.

In some cases, the treatment has been covered and, in some newer cases, they have even covered travel expenses and hotel accommodations for out-of-state patients to come to New Jersey for therapy.

A standard Calmare treatment protocol for most patients is a cycle of 10-daily treatments that last about an hour.

I perform each patient’s treatment personally, no exceptions. This is important as Calmare is a “provider dependent therapy”. As the patient, you are reliant upon your therapy provider to know where to place the leads during each treatment session.

This expertise is critical to the overall success of the treatment. I’ve served as an expert trainer for other providers in using the machine and am one of 10 Calmare Certified Providers in the U.S.

If you have a Workers’ Comp case and would like to pursue treatment, please call us to discuss your medical history, previous therapy efforts and medication usage.

Please also have your Case Manger’s name, phone number and our Workers’ Comp administrators will follow-up.

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San Franciscan Daniel Newman discovers Calmare from another CRPS sufferer

Daniel NewmanDaniel Newman was not winning his long battle with CRPS in his lower leg.

But a fortuitous conversation with Amy Ratner, also a CRPS sufferer who achieved remission after Dr. Michael Cooney’s Calmare scrambler therapy, proved to be a very valuable conversation.

Daniel arrived here in NJ as one of our more skeptical patients (rightfully so after enduring a long list of previous treatments and medications).

Before his flight back to California, he took a few moments to discuss his treatment experience and outcome:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jegv-zhCHYQ

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Calmare NJ to sponsor Central NJ RSD / CRPS Walk of Hope for a Cure

Hello friends and families affected by RSD,

RSD walk logoPlease join me on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the RSDSA’s “Walk of Hope for a Cure” at Thompson Park in Lincroft (Monmouth County) to show support and raise much-needed money for RSD research.

Calmare NJ is honored to serve as one of the sponsors for this event.

Click here for details on registration to walk or to donate to the cause.

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What’s happening at Calmare Therapy NJ this week

Update from Dr. Michael Cooney:

It’s been an informative week. As you know, it’s a challenge for us to “get the word out” about the remarkable outcomes we are seeing in long-suffering patients who are living with several types of advanced chronic pain.

We don’t begin to have the big advertising budgets that the pharmaceutical companies have to market to patients and doctors every day.

How people with chronic pain are discovering Calmare scrambler therapy

So we invite our patients to help us spread the word by sharing their own personal battles against chronic pain.  As you can see from the link above, they tell their stories with genuine heart, soul and inspiration.

(Looking for stories of courage and overcoming adversity?  Watch a few of these videos .  I do — every single day).

With this patient support and sharing, more people debilitated by severe chronic pain as a result of chemotherapy treatment, autoimmune diseases, fibromyalgia and RSD and CRPS are hearing about this new treatment for pain.

Patient Poll

This week, we took a patient poll and 75%  reported they heard about us from other people, usually suffering with the same neuropathic condition, who (finally) achieved significantly less pain — or went home pain-free. Keep in mind these people  had previously undergone a plethora of invasive and unsuccessful pain therapies — Ketamine, spinal cord stimulators, nerve blocks, opioids, etc.

Treatment Updates 

Here’s a quick update on some of our patients here for treatment within the past few days:

  • Katie  returned for 2 booster treatments. She left with 0 pain.
  • Kara came for 3 booster treatments but achieved a 0 pain level after 2 treatments and headed back to school.
  • We welcomed a new male patient from California with  CRPS of one lower leg.  After the first 2 treatments, he is experiencing marked pain reduction.
  • Amanda (RSD) came in for 5 booster treatments and left at 0 pain.
  • A female from Virginia with CRPS  had 5 boosters and returned to 0 pain level.

The good news is, the week isn’t over yet. Chronic pain, bring it on. We’re ready.

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Scrambler therapy can lessen or alleviate CRPS symptoms including allodynia and severe itching

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney
Clinical Director
Calmare Therapy NJ

CRPS RibbonAbigail posted a great question here on our website  asking if the other CRPS symptoms (besides the chronic pain) are lessened after Calmare Therapy treatments. I thought it was a terrific query because we focus so much on the MC-5A technology’s ability to reduce pain that we may overlook the added benefits of reducing or eliminating the additional physical symptoms of the syndrome.

Those of you with RSD and CRPS know all-too-well the symptoms I am refCalmare Technology 2012erring to ─

• chronic burning
• severe itching
• extreme skin sensitivity to touch (allodynia)
• open sores
• numbness
• changes in hair and nails
• swelling
• stiffness of joints

The good news is that most – if not all — of these “secondary symptoms” will dissipate once the pain is controlled.

When our RSD and CRPS patients volunteer to make video diaries of their experiences, we try to show the marked changes from their physical side effects ‘before’ and ‘after’ Calmare treatment.

As you can see in this outstanding Calmare patient testimonial from our patient Mr. Harris, the improvement is very significant.

imageUnlike other healthcare practices, we welcome your calls and questions.

You are more than welcome to contact us at the office to talk about your medical history. If we busy with patients, just leave your information with Barbara or Cathy and we (truly!) will call you back.

More often than not, I will call you myself!

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Dr. Loprinzi from Mayo Clinic reports outstanding outcomes using Calmare scrambler therapy

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By Dr. Michael J. Cooney

I was very pleased to see this national media report from reporter Ben Gruber at Reuters News Service about a doctor at Mayo Clinic who is achieving very positive cancer patient outcomes using Calmare scrambler therapy to treat post-treatment pain.

Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy is a common but extremely painful condition many cancer patients suffer from as a side effect after chemotherapy treatment. Finding successful pain management solutions to treat this debilitating pain have been particularly challenging.

mayo clinicBut Dr. Charles L. Loprinzi, a highly regarded oncologist and professor at  the Mayo Clinic, has been conducting clinical trials using scrambler therapy to help cancer patients for the past three years. Today, he’s sharing his positive findings with the national media about his success using the scrambler machine.

The majority of chronic pain patients we have seen here at Calmare Therapy NJ are being treated for severe chronic pain for additional neuropathic conditions —  fibromyalgia, shingles, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and post-surgical pain.

The recovering cancer patients with CIPN we have treated to date have also experienced outstanding outcomes, however.

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Cancer-related neuropathy affects 33% of cancer survivors

Chemotherapy is one of the most common (but powerful and often debilitating) treatments to combat several types of cancer. Thankfully, many patients survive as a result of this drug but thousands are left with chronic pain as a long-term side effect.

A new report states that a third of all cancer survivors experience long-term post-treatment pain after undergoing chemo:

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Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment received its initial FDA clearance as a treatment specifically for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, or CIPN.

Here’s an account of a Calmare patient who came to us here in New Jersey from Europe to treat her ongoing post-chemo neuropathy.

Mayo Clinic has been engaged in Calmare scrambler clinical trials for the past two years. The Massey Cancer Center at VCU has also been engaged in fruitful research.

You can find another clinical trial/research performed by doctors and researchers at the Paul Carbone Cancer Center at the University of Wisconsin here http://calmaretherapynj.com/clinical-trials-2/u-of-wisconsin-madison-cipn/

Teaching hospitals using Calmare Therapy

The device is currently being used in the U.S. at these key teaching hospitals:

  • Virginia Commonwealth University’s Massey Cancer Center
  • Paul Carbone Cancer Center at University of Wisconsin-Madison

We talk with patients and families every day about pain

If you or a loved one is dealing with pain after chemotherapy treatment, you know how difficult it can be. Dr. Michael Cooney talks with patients and families every day about if / how Calmare scrambler therapy treatment may help lessen or even alleviate CIPN. Feel free to reach out to the Calmare NJ team.

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Talk with someone like you dealing with RSD, shingles or fibromyalgia pain

CALMARE P2P WEB BANNERBy Dr. Michael J. Cooney

Just about every day, I meet a patient with chronic pain who has already been through a long list of medications and therapeutic pain treatment efforts before coming to Rutherford Allied Medical Group and Calmare NJ.

Justifiably, they are often skeptical when we discuss the merits of a newer alternative neuropathic pain treatment like scrambler therapy.

I certainly can’t blame them.

In fact, this was the primary reason we introduced the Calmare NJ Patient-2-Patient program back in 2012.  It has proven to be one of the best programs we have ever introduced because it allows people who are considering undergoing Calmare Therapy to chat with another person who has the same medical condition and had the treatment.

If you or someone you care about is living with treatment-resistant disease or post-surgical pain, contact us to chat. If we mutually agree Calmare might be right for your situation, ask about the Patient-2-Patient program so that you can find out firsthand what this remarkable treatment can do to help overcome your severe chronic pain.

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Dr. Cooney offers tips for people living with postherpetic neuropathy ( Shingles )

Shingles imageIncreasingly here at Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment New Jersey, we are treating more patients with postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). 

We have achieved some outstanding results in regard to pain reduction. Shingles is also known as herpes zoster, a painful skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus.

PHN Clinical Trial Results Using Calmare Scrambler Therapy

But don’t just take our word for this success. Here’s what researchers have found in clinical trials:

• 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.

ACOSThe 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.”

Shingles is a neuropathic pain condition that requires careful management

Once you have the pain symptoms under control, the disease still requires management in order to offset recurrences.

As in all chronic disease management, making a small effort to optimally manage your PHN can offer big rewards in how you look and feel every day. Further more, you’ll feel less pain, fewer physical symptoms, and be one day closer to remission.

These lifestyle recommendations can help you deal with chronic pain and other PHN symptoms, and most importantly, they put you in the driver’s seat of your health (not your shingles!)

Prioritize your mental health.

PHN can cause emotional distress and depression. If you’re feeling blue, have a prepared list of things to do to get through rough times ─ call a dear friend or loved one, spend time with people who lift you up, spend more time at religious services. If you are up to it, do good for others in whatever capacity you can offer. Get professional support by working with a therapist who specializes in disease management and chronic pain.

Focus on a healthy diet.

I can’t stress it enough:  Eating a nutritious diet is extremely beneficial to your overall health and your shingles– stick to fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats.

Exercise in moderation.

Since you are living with chronic pain, you are probably already aware that regular exercise can help you improves muscle strength, reduces stress and keeps the blood flowing throughout your body. If your case is severe, start by working one-on-one with a physical therapist or certified personal trainer who is familiar with working with PHN clients.

Establish a regular sleep schedule.

Adopt a sleep routine by going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, even on weekends. And for maximum sleep benefits, be sure you’re sleeping at least 8 hours each night.

Find ways that help you to cope with stress effectively.

Dealing with stress can help you manage the pain that often comes along with PHN. That’s why stress management techniques, such as pet therapy, deep breathing, walking in your garden or the local park, yoga and meditation are so popular today. They work. Find an activity that helps you relax.

Have a positive attitude.

Admittedly, some days it’s not easy.

But finding the good, the light, the positive (no matter how small it may be at times) is key when it comes to dealing with PHN.

With today’s alternative therapies that don’t include any drugs, such as scrambler therapy, there is no need to just accept all the debilitating symptoms that come with a shingles diagnosis.

You can fight back and get the quality of life you deserve.

If you have any questions about PHN and how scrambler therapy may help treat your neuropathic pain as well as other physical symptoms, feel free to call me at (201) 933-4440.

Patient Story

Read about Joan’s experience with Calmare here http://calmaretherapynj.com/2014/03/28/our-shingles-patient-responds-well-to-single-calmare-booster-treatments/

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Woman from Switzerland finally gets CRPS relief in Rutherford, NJ, USA

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September 2014

Doctor’s Message:

Claudia Berghaus came to Calmare Therapy NJ from Neuhausen, Switzerland suffering from CRPS ( Complex Regional Pain Syndrome ) in her left foot and leg.

CRPS diagnosis after surgery

Her condition started following surgery from a sledding accident in 2012. She required six screws and metal bars to hold the bones (which were eventually removed). But her chronic pain continued.

Claudia_Bergman_Switzerland_9.2014Claudia followed the traditional path for pain treatment: prescription pain medications, physical therapy─ even more surgery to move the nerve.

More physical therapy followed, but her neuropathy only worsened.

Claudia discovered Calmare scrambler therapy for chronic pain on the Internet and researched it extensively in both Europe and the United States.

I was honored she elected to travel to us here in the U.S. to undergo treatment with me, due to my expertise treating RSD and CRPS cases, which are often the most challenging neuropathic conditions to overcome.

After undergoing a long and arduous trip, she arrived in New Jersey, USA with a pain level of 8 even while continuing to use pain medication.

One-hour daily Calmare Therapy treatments commence for 10 days

Following a careful study of Claudia’s medical history and a thorough medicalcamare foot image with leads examination, we got to work. It was clear where her Calmare leads needed to be placed (this is a provider dependent treatment) in relation to her injury and the active spreading path of her CRPS.

The outcome after Claudia’s treatment series

• Claudia is no longer using any medications.
*Her pain levels are consistently between 0 and a 2.
• Her sleep pattern went from a max of 3 hours/night to sleeping soundly through the night for the first time in two years.

Before she left to return to Europe, she took the time to share this  (much appreciated) letter with us:

Dear Dr. Cooney, Cathy and Barbara,

Claudia letter image_croppedThank you for going with me on this journey of mine to fight CRPS in my left foot. Coming here all the way from Switzerland (!) was a very good thing for me to do.

Thanks to the Calmare treatment, I’m off Lyrica twice a day and off the other opioid tablets for good.

There is definite improvement on the pain scale towards 0.

Keep doing what you are doing because it really makes a difference, hopefully not only in my life but for others too.

I’ll keep you posted for sure and I’ll come right back again if ever needed. I came to the U.S. for your treatment and brought with me a huge desire for relief of this pain.

I arrived quite skeptical and now am going back home full of hope and confidence for the future!

Once more, Vielen Dank! (thank you!)

Best wishes,

Claudia from Neuhausen Switzerland

*9.16.14 UPDATE: Claudia just dropped us a message letting us know she arrived home safe, sound and pain-free

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Young mother finally achieves pain relief from CRPS after Calmare scrambler therapy

Natasha WagamanNatasha Wagaman, a wife and mother of two young children, was diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome ( CRPS ) after breaking her metatarsal and spraining her ankle.

Before discovering Calmare Pain Therapy, she underwent several invasive treatments in an effort to lessen her severe chronic pain:

• Implanted device for pain relief
• Three sympathetic nerve blocks
• Various prescription painkillers

Natasha generously shares her firsthand experience with Calmare here:

https://www.youtube.com/editvideo_referrer=watch&video_id=k1jIRV6u44g

Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment® is a non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical solution for pain control and drug resistant pain.

If you are considering Calmare, keep in mind this treatment is “provider dependent” which means the patient is reliant upon the healthcare provider’s expertise in the placement of each Calmare lead in order to lessen or resolve the pain.

Choose your provider with great care.

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It’s time to focus on alternatives to opioid use for chronic pain

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney
Clinical Director
Calmare Therapy NJ

no-pain imageThere was an interesting article about chronic pain in the Chicago Sun Times last week (thank you for sharing it Deena Lotridge) about professional football players dealing with medication-resistant neuropathy.

Essentially, they face the same frustrating scenario that any patient with injury or disease–related chronic pain faces ─ often, the prescribed opiates and strong painkillers just don’t work. And their negative side effects, such as blurred thinking, low energy, depression, social isolation and the expense, far outweighs any short-term benefits.

The most poignant statement in the article states, “To be sure, we cannot continue to rely on opiates over the long-term and must replace them as a treatment method.”

While we appreciate these articles focusing on the healthcare crisis of pain and narcotic use, they always seem to fall short when it comes to specifically outlining the newer and proven alternative solutions to treat pain.

Meanwhile, right here in New Jersey, we are  successfully using Calmare scrambler therapy to treat a myriad of severe neuropathic conditions for patients who were close to giving up ever finding pain relief.

Without media attention on drug-free, alternative treatments for severe neuropathic pain, patients and families have no idea we can help them regain their lives and get back to enjoying life again.

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Calmare booster treatments for follow-up pain management care

RAM logoFor patients with severe chronic pain conditions appropriate for Calmare Therapy, the standard treatment protocol is 10 consistent treatments over a two-week period. Most of the time, each treatment lasts from 30 minutes to an hour, but every patient is unique.

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 post-treatment return of pain. camare foot image with leads

Keep in mind, many of our patients never need further therapy but in RSD / CRPS, Fibromyalgia cases, and other conditions resulting in long-term chronic pain, booster treatments can be extremely useful against any eventual elevation in pain.

How many booster treatments will I need?

The number of booster treatments required ranges from one to four treatments. Patients who experience a recurrence of pain should document when the pain returns and subsides and if any environmental issues were involved (stress, weather, overuse of the affected area) or if there was no specific cause for the elevation of pain.

Dr. Michael Cooney discusses Calmare booster treatments and why they can be helpful to some patients.

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If you have additional questions about Calmare Therapy or booster treatments, contact us at 201. 933.4440.

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Wheelchair-bound by full body RSD, PA landscaper finally finds symptom relief from Calmare Therapy

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August 18, 2014

We are honored to share one of oRAM logo_originalur most dramatic Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment patient outcomes for a gentleman living with RSD since 2007.

In October 2013, when 52-year-old Pennsylvanian Michael Harris first arrived here in Rutherford, NJ –in a wheelchair — after unsuccessful Ketamine therapy treatments, he shared some very familiar issues he was forced to live with every day:

MH HeadshotI can never relax—not even for a minute—because of this pain.”

“I have tried many different meds, endured so many stays in hospitals– inpatient, outpatient, rehab…and nothing has worked. I am desperate and worried there is no hope for me at this point.”

“My ultimate (dream) goal is to have pain decreased so I can live a normal life and not be miserable 24/7.”

Michael Harris - Legs after

Seventeen Calmare treatments later, including a subsequent round of booster treatments during the spring of 2014, Michael shares his personal success story, including a startling ‘before and after’ of his chronic skin lesions, a common symptom of severe RSD.

Back in 2013, we agreed that Michael’s case was one of the toughest we had ever seen. But there was nonetheless a steadfast determination that Michael held on to telling him not to give up.

We are honored to know someone like Michael Harris. We know you will enjoy his video story:

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