Hello friends and families affected by RSD,
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.
Hello friends and families affected by RSD,
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.
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.
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.
Here’s a quick update on some of our patients here for treatment within the past few days:
The good news is, the week isn’t over yet. Chronic pain, bring it on. We’re ready.
By Dr. Michael J. Cooney
Calmare Therapy NJ
Abigail 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 referring to ─
• chronic burning
• severe itching
• extreme skin sensitivity to touch (allodynia)
• open sores
• changes in hair and nails
• 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.
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!
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.
But 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.
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:
Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment received its initial FDA clearance as a treatment specifically for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, or CIPN.
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:
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.
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.
Increasingly 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.
• 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.
“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.
Read about Joan’s experience with Calmare here http://calmaretherapynj.com/2014/03/28/our-shingles-patient-responds-well-to-single-calmare-booster-treatments/
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.
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 medical 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,
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!)
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.
By Dr. Michael J. Cooney
Calmare Therapy NJ
There 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 opioids 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 opioids 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.
For 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.
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.
If you have additional questions about Calmare Therapy or booster treatments, contact us at 201. 933.4440.
August 18, 2014
We are honored to share one of our 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:
“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.”
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:
And we are pleased to say it was well worth their long journey.
Laurie Mounts was injured in 2008 and later diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). When she presented at Calmare Therapy NJ in early July 2014, her pain level was a 9/10 on her entire left side from her feet up to the shoulder.
Laurie’s symptoms includes discoloration (see image at left), allodynia, numbness, tingling, sweats, swelling, burning and brittle hair.
Before discovering scrambler therapy, Laurie and her family had aggressively sought out several pain relief treatments including physical therapy, prescription medications and, ultimately, the implantation of a spinal cord stimulator ( SCS ).
Ultimately, these chronic pain treatment efforts for CRPS were not successful.
Due to an eventual increase in pain levels, Laurie was bedridden much of her life and relied on sleep medications for the very limited amount of sleep she was able to achieve.
This lovely young woman and her dedicated family persevered, nonetheless.
July 2014: Calmare Therapy NJ Case Study
RSD is a heartless disease. For many patients, it begins near an area of the body which has sustained an injury or surgery and, over time, can spread to other parts of the body. Kim Williamson from upstate New York can certainly relate:
Kim sustained a right wrist injury that required two surgeries on the top and bottom of her wrist. Her RSD began in her right shoulder but by the time she arrived here in New Jersey for Calmare scrambler therapy treatment, she was in a wheelchair. The RSD spread down the right side of her body into her leg. The pain from walking was so debilitating, she could no longer walk at all. If she was forced to use her leg, she would drag it behind her to avoid putting any pressure on it at all.
In addition to the chronic neuropathy, Kim has skin discoloration, allodynia, open sores on the upper right arm and difficulty sleeping.
“I couldn’t believe this was happening to me. I felt like I had lost my life and nothing was normal anymore,” Kim recalls. She was no longer able to work and relied on the standard protocol of RSD painkillers to get through the day.
Kim sees “The Doctors” television program about Calmare scrambler therapy
Kim watched the June 2014 episode of the nationally syndicated television show, “The Doctors” which featured Calmare Therapy. “I liked that it wasn’t a painful treatment and didn’t have any side effects,” Kim explains. “I was determined to see if this could help me get even a little of my old life back.”
Kim said, in a best case scenario, she hoped that Calmare chronic pain treatment might help her to walk again and ideally lessen her pain by 80 percent.
Dr. Cooney weighs in on Kim’s case
“You never get used to seeing a Calmare patient arrive for treatment in a wheelchair,” Dr. Cooney says. “It lights a fire in me to help that patient defeat the RSD, CRPS or whatever disease has caused this person to become immobile.” Dr. Cooney, one of 10 Certified providers of Calmare Therapy in the U.S., will generally recommend a treatment protocol of 10 daily therapy treatments, lasting 30 to 60 minutes each.
“Although Kim’s case was severe, she responded very successfully to treatment. After three treatments, she was walking again,” Dr. Cooney recalls with a smile. After treatment number eight, Kim was pain-free and her physical symptoms were diminishing just as quickly. Dr. Cooney says he didn’t feel any further treatments were needed at that time because she was without pain and for a sustained period of time.
The whole office was elated to see Kim walk out the door and head back home very differently than when she arrived. She was kind enough to make a video testimonial for Calmare NJ which we’ll share with you soon.
By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director, Calmare Therapy NJ
I’ve received several patient queries about the expertise of the healthcare professional who is actually performing the therapy (using their expertise to attach the leads to the patient in the optimal location-based upon the injury and pain region):
I’d like to touch on the importance of this question today─
Calmare is a “provider dependent” therapy
The scrambler therapy is performed by a “provider,” a specially-trained clinician who places each of the leads on the patient, sets the voltage, monitors response minute-by-minute and day-by-day, and makes ongoing adjustments based upon the patient’s response. In my practice, I am the provider, 100 percent of the time, from start to finish ─ no exceptions.
The Calmare administering healthcare professional must have extensive expertise, training and understanding to accurately diagnose the precise location of the pain site/s.
This can be easier said than done.
Why? Because the placement of the leads (patches) which are attached to each of the algorithms must be precisely placed in order to alleviate pain. If these leads are placed in the wrong area, this lessens the overall capability of the Calmare MC-5A technology to optimally perform its job. I have served as a Trainer for the treatment for some new doctors introducing Calmare, and it is a responsibility I take very seriously.
What to look for in your Calmare provider
The most experienced Calmare Therapy providers have received a careful review and on-site examination by the company’s administrators who may or may not designate the top providers as Calmare Certified. I strongly encourage you to seek out these providers for your therapy. Secondly, ask the provider you are considering how many patients they have treated with your specific chronic pain condition ─ back and neck pain, post surgical pain, RSD / CRPS / fibromyalgia, pain after chemotherapy, diabetic neuropathy, etc.
Your Calmare technology will be most successful when your chosen provider has advanced expertise in the placement of each lead. In my opinion, this vitally important task should only be administered by a healthcare professional specifically trained in the diagnosis and treatment of several types of advanced neuropathy.
As a reminder, I talk with patient living with severe, treatment-resistant chronic pain every day. Sometimes I recommend Calmare, sometimes other treatment is recommended. Regardless, I’m always happy to offer advice or my opinion. Feel free to call my office at (201) 933-444zero.
Nice way to end my week–
Mireille was here in March for treatment of CRPS and had a great outcome.
A few weeks ago she fell and hurt her shoulder and the CRPS reared its ugly head. She was here for 3 booster treatments this week and headed back to VA pain-free.
Bring it on, summer weekend, and enjoy everyone.
I thoroughly enjoyed spending Tuesday evening with chairperson Lisa Anne Vasey (shown left) and her inspiring group of 30+ members / attendees who came together for the monthly CRPS / RSD and Chronic Pain Support Group Meeting in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey.
But thanks to Lisa Anne’s kind invitation, I had the opportunity to talk with several patients fighting this battle right here at home.
If anyone lives in the south Jersey or Mt. Laurel area, I hope you will give this terrific group a try and attend one of their meetings.
Here are the details:
CRPS/RSD & Chronic Pain Support Group of South JerseyDate: The fourth Tuesday of every month Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: YMCA of Mount Laurel The Child Care Center 59 Centerton Road Mt. Laurel, New Jersey 08054 How to Enter: The YMCA Child Care Center is located at the far left rear of The YMCA Building, parking and entrance to The Child Care Center is at that location.
For more information, contact Lisa at email@example.com .
I am honored to be a guest speaker discussing my experience using Calmare scrambler therapy to combat Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy.CRPS/RSD & Chronic Pain Support Group of South Jersey Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: YMCA of Mount Laurel The Child Care Center 59 Centerton Road Mt. Laurel, New Jersey 08054 How to Enter: The YMCA Child Care Center is located at the far left rear of The YMCA Building, parking and entrance to The Child Care Center is at that location. Contact: Lisa Anne Vasey is the chairperson of the support group, which meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the YMCA in Mt. Laurel, NJ. For more information, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org . Lisa noted that the event is open to anyone living with RSD/CRPS, or another chronic pain condition, as well as friends and family members.
Christina, a professional whose career requires her to be out in the field several days a week, was debilitated by pain from complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) to the point she was no longer able to work.
Unwilling to continue to undergo invasive treatments, mind-numbing painkillers and the demands of an implanted spinal cord stimulator (SCS), Christina took matters into her own hands and discovered Dr. Cooney, one of 10 Calmare certified providers in the United States.
Needless to say, the CRPS and RSD community has been abuzz since yesterday’s airing on The Doctors that addressed the non-invasive and FDA-cleared Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bu1hrRVLVo&feature=youtu.be
My colleague from New York presented a clear and informative overview of why this therapy to treat severe neuropathy can be so effective for patients living with many types of chronic pain, including complex regional pain syndrome, RND and reflex sympathetic dystrophy.
Now that the media is finally discovering Calmare, we encourage patients and families who may be on the verge of ‘giving up’ discovering a treatment to alleviate pain will contact us for a consultation. As I noted a few weeks ago, we will even perform a treatment at no charge for patients who we deem viable candidates for scrambler therapy.
Today’s episode will feature TV entertainment program correspondent Jim Moret and his teenage son who has been battling Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). Mr. Moret has written and reported on his son’s medical condition for the past few years and their frustration with the medical community’s failure to discover a viable treatment protocol for him.
The feature on The Doctors will address the Moret’s family’s frustration in trying to find a treatment that will lessen or alleviate their son’s continual pain (he presents classic RSD / CRPS symptoms).
We can’t help people living with treatment-resistant neuropathy — as a result of RSD, CRPS, pain from chemotherapy treatment, post-surgical pain or diabetic neuropathy — if they don’t know Calmare exists. This television program will, hopefully, have a strong impact on our ability to reach those who need us.
Calmare Pain Therapy NJ / Rutherford Allied Medical Group
Michael J. Cooney, D.C.
Calmare Therapy NJ / Rutherford Allied Medical Group
Rutherford, New Jersey (10 miles from New York City)
Study Start Date:
July 7, 2014
Calmare Therapy NJ / Rutherford Allied Medical Group, is one of only 10 certified providers of Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment®, an FDA-cleared, non-invasive, pain-free, drug-free technology to treat patients suffering from several types of long-term, high-intensity pain as a result of injury or disease.
We are conducting a clinical trial study for pre-qualified people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) who have been suffering from the disease-related symptom of chronic neuropathy for more than one year. The purpose of the study is to determine if the MC5-A Calmare Therapy (scrambler therapy) machine can lessen or eliminate pain symptoms as a result of MS.
Pre-approved study participants must be available to undergo a protocol of 10 treatments, once per day lasting up to one hour. There is no charge for the series of 10 treatments but travel, meals and accommodations are at the expense of the approved trial participant.
To Apply / Contact Us / For More Information:
To find out more and determine if you may be an appropriate candidate for this no-cost study, please contact:
Dr. Michael Cooney
Calmare Therapy NJ / Rutherford Allied Medical Group
(201) 933.4440 | email@example.com
By now you know how dedicated we are here at Calmare Therapy NJ to get the word out to people who are continuing to suffer with many kinds of chronic pain. So many of our patients, living with diabetic neuropathy, cancer and chemotherapy pain, RSD, CRPS, pain from shingles and post surgical pain have shared their stories confirming that scrambler therapy can:
Now we’d like to offer you an opportunity for scrambler therapy to help you–at no cost (and certainly no obligation) to you.
How it works:
1) Please call our Calmare Therapy team to discuss your medical history, medication use and other pain treatment efforts you have undergone; (Dr. Cooney prefers to talk with everyone who calls about Calmare).
2) If Dr. Cooney and the treatment team determines Calmare may help you (after you have discussed the points in #1 above), we’ll make an appointment for you to undergo one full Calmare treatment.
3) If you then decide to proceed with the 10-treatment regime, this will be considered your first of 10 treatments. If you decide not to move forward, there is no charge.
Why are we offering this one-on-one consultation with Dr. Cooney and a full treatment here in our New Jersey office for free?
We believe that experiencing a scrambler therapy treatment, and understanding more fully what the treatment encompasses, can help patients and families see firsthand just how special this new chronic pain treatment can be.
And we are more than happy to contribute our time and effort to showing patients that it is possible to overcome severe neuropathy, without the plethora of narcotics and invasive treatments.
This offer is open until July 31, 2014. We hope you’ll consider this opportunity. You have nothing to lose but the pain.
By Dr. Michael Cooney
Pattie and her husband have just completed her Calmare Therapy and left us to begin their long trek back to Perth, Western Australia. Pattie underwent a total knee replacement a few years ago resulting in an eventual CRPS diagnosis.
Doctors recommend SCS
She knew the myriad of narcotics she was prescribed for chronic neuropathy were not lessening her symptoms or helping to stop the pain that was spreading throughout her body. When doctors eventually suggested implanting a spinal cord stimulator (SCS), she and her husband concluded it was time to take matters into their own hands and find a solution to her CRPS on their own.
After weeks of research and networking across the globe with others suffering with CRPS, they consistently observed a consistent message from several people who achieved a successful medical outcome with the help of Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment.
Enduring a 24-hour flight in search of pain relief
This determined couple conducted interviews with Calmare doctors in the U.S. They spoke with me on several occasions about my personal treatment protocol for RSD and CRPS patients. Eventually, they decided to make the herculean trip here to New York / New Jersey.
Pattie had extensive pain in several regions of her body along with swelling, discoloration and ongoing sweating spells; she was also physically debilitated by all the medications she had been using (up to 30 pills per day).
We began daily scrambler therapy treatments each lasting about an hour. I determined after the second treatment that we were already making positive progress as she acknowledged a reduction in pain in certain areas. Slowly, after every therapy session, Pattie’s pain reduction lasted for longer stretches of time.
Pattie achieves 0 pain and dissolution of her CRPS symptoms
After 11 treatments (she achieved a 0 pain level by the 10th treatment) she 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.
Pattie, an intelligent wife and mother of four children, has generously contributed a video diary of her Calmare experience to share with other CRPS patients who may be in search of a drug-free, pain-free treatment for their chronic pain. We’ll be sharing her story with you very soon.
This couple endured a 24 hour plane ride to come here for the Calmare MC-5A scrambler therapy treatment and I am delighted to say she left us as a lighter person with no pain, which is the way it should be.
Stay tuned for her great story. Pattie has inspired us all to do everything we can to spread the word about Calmare scrambler therapy to the CRPS / RSD community.
A CRPS warrior offers advice to others struggling with the disease
Pattie offers this advice: “You just need to try this because it may just give you back the life you enjoyed before CRPS stole it away.”
By Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director, Calmare Therapy NJ
Over the past few years, a significant percentage of the RSD / CRPS /fibromyalgia patients I treated had previously undergone Ketamine Infusion Therapy. I’d like to offer a little background on Ketamine and share some feedback from my patients who used it in various forms—through IV, creams and even as a form of coma-inducing sedation.
For RSD, CRPS and fibromyalgia sufferers, Ketamine is sometimes recommended for temporary chronic pain relief. It is an NMDA blocker that shuts down pain signals coming from the brain and then reboots the brain without the pain signal.
Successful outcome statistics for RSD patients treated with Ketamine are less than 50%. Boosters are necessary every two – three months and the cost averages about $2,000/ treatment. Each IV infusion takes about four to five hours.
Patients sometimes experience significant and unpleasant side effects from this drug, including hallucinations, nausea, extreme fatigue, mental confusion, substantial weight-gain and ‘claw hand’ syndrome.
Criteria to undergo Calmare scrambler therapy after Ketamine treatment
If you have undergone Ketamine treatment without a successful outcome, you can undergo Calmare (assuming your medical condition is determined appropriate for treatment). However, there must be a full three-month span between the last Ketamine treatment and the start of Calmare.
In fact, the less neurolytic drugs (Lyrica, Neurontin, Cymbalta) patients are using during Calmare Therapy, the better. Why? Because these drugs have an effect on brain activity and conflict with the functionality of Calmare to optimally do its job.
In other words, you need to feel your body’s untreated pain in order to identify when the scrambler therapy is lessening the neuropathy, for how long and to what degree.
I realize that for patients who have been reliant on neurolytic drugs for months or years, reducing the dosage of medication before our treatment starts can be daunting. My argument is that the potential rewards for patients who undergo Calmare Therapy may eliminate the need for these expensive and debilitating drugs. Permanently.
Therefore, I believe this is a gamble worth pursuing.
Every patient’s case is unique because we all react to injury and pain, acute or chronic, in different ways. If you or a loved one is interested in learning more about Calmare Therapy, please feel free to contact me directly at (201) 933-444-zero.
May 2, 2014
It’s Friday, a perfect day to share some good news: The Stomp family kindly allowed us to share the positive outcome of their teenage daughter,who arrived here in a wheelchair due to severe CRPS after knee surgery four years ago. Kara is a lovely person with a loving family who would not give up a 4-year fight to find a solution to their daughter’s pain.
At age 14, Kara was diagnosed with CRPS after surgery for a dislocated kneecap. She spent the next four years undergoing painful, invasive and ultimately unsuccessful pain treatment efforts. By age 18, Kara was wheelchair-bound and living with CRPS symptoms including skin lesions, swelling, discoloration, allodynia and temperature change sensitivity. But her unrelenting father was determined to help his daughter and through his research, discovered Calmare scrambler therapy. Click here to learn more about their experience .
May 1, 2014
I took a few days of R & R with my family last week but, to be honest, I was eager to get back and check-in on my existing Calmare scrambler therapy patients and start our standard 10-treatment series protocol for a lovely woman who arrived here last weekend from Perth, Australia. She began treatment on Monday, April 28.
She was diagnosed with chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS) in 2012 after knee surgery. Her CRPS condition expanded into her left leg and eventually up to her right arm.
We began corresponding earlier this year and she ultimately took the long, long 24-hour plane ride (particularly with her chronic pain condition) from Perth to New York City.
When she arrived, her pain level bounced between 7 – 9 . Thus, our challenge is substantial. After three Calmare treatments, I can say, “So far, so very good.” I look forward to updating you on her progress going forward.
Dr. Michael Cooney
Mireille, an attorney from Alexandria, VA, came to Calmare Therapy NJ supported by her husband on March 11 for CRPS treatment.
Her neuropathic condition began in April 2012 after a sore throat turned into glossopharyngeal neuralgia (a condition in which there are repeated episodes of severe shock-like pain in the tongue, throat, ear, tonsils and head which can last from a few seconds to a few minutes). Eventually diagnosed with CRPS, the disease began to overtake her upper body including her back, arm, hand, shoulder and neck.
Mireille learned about Calmare scrambler therapy after conducting research on the Internet for new, non-invasive treatments for Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome. Because Dr. Cooney was Calmare Certified, she spoke with him by phone and they mutually agreed that she was a suitable candidate to undergo treatment.
A myriad of drug and treatment efforts
When she arrived, Mireille was living with a pain level of 9 /10 in her upper back and the left side of her neck. She also presented with physical symptoms including allodynia in the neck and shoulder, discoloration in the hand, occasional swelling in the arm and ongoing temperature fluctuations in her arm. Her EMG and MRI results were negative, which is common with CRPS patients.
Mireille and her doctors had aggressively sought a variety of medications and treatments to neutralize her pain including:
Calmare for patients with spinal cord stimulators ( SCS )
So long as the SCS is turned off throughout the 10-treatment Calmare regimen, the patient can safely undergo therapy. Day-by-day, as Mireille underwent the 45-minute treatments, her physical symptoms began to lessen and her pain level fell. As treatment progressed, the length of time she felt no pain continued to grow between each daily treatment.
Finally, after two additional treatments, Mireille headed back to Virginia with 0 pain for the first time in long two years. She was also thrilled to be able to sleep through the night again ─ even in a hotel bed! (We are often told that a good night’s sleep is one of the most cherished quality-of-life issues for people living with chronic pain).
Best of all, Mireille, who had taken a professional leave of absence as a law clerk with the Federal Government last December due to her debilitating pain, is eagerly preparing to get back to work after resting at hone for a week.
New York resident Joan K., our first shingles patient, completed the Calmare treatment program in June 2012 after she had exhausted a battery of other pain therapy efforts trying to end her severe chronic pain.
Shingles, a viral infection of the nerve roots, can be contracted by any person who had the chickenpox virus. Approximately 500,000 cases of shingles occur every year in the U.S. Most people recover from their bout, but for about 30 percent, the pain doesn’t go away. It can last for months, years, or even the rest of their lives.
Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN)
These patients have what is called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), when the shingles virus damages the nerves of the skin. In these more severe cases, even the slightest touch — from clothing or even a breeze — can be excruciatingly painful.
Mrs. K describes her PHN pain as “severe stabbing pain”. She also experienced some nagging soreness along her rib cage. We were all delighted when her scrambler therapy efforts yielded a successful outcome back in 2012 and her pain was not just lessened, it was actually eliminated (0 / 10).
Three months after completing her treatment series, she experienced a slight return of the pain and came in for a single booster treatment lasting about 40-minutes; In December 2012, she came in for a second booster. In both instances, she received one treatment and the stabbing pain was gone again.
Joan’s pain does not return for more than a year after two boosters
She did not require any boosters during 2013 and last week, 15-months after her first Calmare treatment series, she came in for one treatment that again eliminated her pain.
While PHN is not a common condition, we have seen consistently positive patient outcomes using the scrambler. I am more than encouraged by the results I am seeing. If you or someone you know is living with severe shingles pain, I would be happy to talk or meet with you to discuss your medical history and determine if Calmare might help to end your PHN pain as well.
You may recall Joy Morris was here with us last summer for the 10-treatment series of Calmare Therapy to combat reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) located in her left knee down through her foot. When she arrived, her pain level was 10/10.
Since her successful therapy, (she left New Jersey at a 0 / 10 pain level), her chronic pain from RSD diminished to the point that she no longer needed any of the 10 pain medications she was prescribed. But the good news didn’t end there.
Once Joy was free from all the pain pills, her overall health and well-being improved dramatically:
The benefits of life without pain medications
“In less than a year, I lost 55 pounds and three dress sizes!” the West Virginian mother and grandmother says. “You’d be surprised how alive and active you can be when you aren’t living every day in the pain medication haze.”
Since Calmare, Joy says she has saved nearly $7,000 in doctor visits and prescription drug costs. “This has been a very good thing because I was able to use the savings to buy a new wardrobe!”
“Last week, before Joy’s two Calmare booster treatments, her pain level had intermittently increased as high as a 7 but hovered around a 3. After two boosters lasting 40-minutes each, she left at a 0 pain level again,” Dr. Cooney reports.
“Joy is a vivacious, happy person who deserves to live a pain-free life. Her RSD was one of the more severe cases I have treated; I am very pleased that she was able to sustain a 10-month span before she needed any follow-up treatments.”
February 7, 2014
This week I’ve had two different patients tell me they didn’t know I was a chiropractor; rather, they assumed I administered Calmare scrambler therapy exclusively.
I have actually been a practicing chiropractic physician in Bergen County for more than 30 years at Rutherford Allied Medical Group here in Rutherford. Some years ago, I was frustrated that we had some patients for whom traditional chiropractic services, and even alternative therapies such as acupuncture, did not lessen or alleviate their acute or chronic pain.
Dr. Robert Kelly, our staff physician, and I agreed we would not resort to him prescribing painkillers, in most cases. Thus, our search for another solution let us, finally, to Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment.
Every day, we see patients who live down the street or across the country (as far away as Europe and Australia) in need of pain management to rid them of acute and the most severe chronic pain.
Everyone on our team truly loves being here (and we’ll tell you when you’re here, believe me) because we have an opportunity to use our skills and today’s technology to help people in pain.
I truly have the best job in the world. Good weekend all!
For those of you who know me, you’re fully aware that I don’t tend to support using debilitating and expensive painkillers to treat pain.
Imagine the irony when a patient from Maryland came to see me, suffering with severe RSD, who worked for a pharmaceutical company.
I’ve written about her treatment story in my new column for SpineUniverse.com, a terrific resource for anyone with head pain and migraines, neck pain and back pain. I highly recommend their site for accurate and up-to-the-minute research findings. I hope you enjoy it.
Part of being a child is taking your share of hits, scrapes, bumps and bruises. But some children who sustain these routine injuries are faced with the unexpected onset of chronic pain that can take away the simple joy of childhood. This chronic condition, reflex neurovascular dystrophy (RND), is in the same disease family as RSD / CRPS and fibromyalgia.
The root of all of these diseases stems from damaged nerves (most commonly as the result of an injury or surgery) which amplifies the pain signal to the brain. The resulting pain can be excruciating and especially heartbreaking when this pain is suffered by a child. RND is more common than you might think.
Last year, we profiled a high school student, Katie, a smart and athletic teenager with RND. She responded beautifully to scrambler therapy and while we miss her, she left our office pain-free and has never needed to return for booster treatments (read about her post-treatment update letter here: http://calmaretherapynj.com/2013/02/14/mother-of-teen-with-fibromyalgia-shares-calmare-experience/).
Gabriel’s young life is put on hold by pain
Two weeks ago, 11-year-old Gabriel from New Jersey came in with RND in his right leg after sustaining a soccer injury in 2010. He described his pain as a 9/10 upon arrival. Over the past few years, he underwent the standard course of treatments for neuropathy with a battery of doctors including his pediatrician, orthopedist, rheumatologist and pain management specialists. He took painkilling-medication and endured unpleasant injections to treat severe pain.
Due to his extreme ongoing pain and skin sensitivity, Gabriel had to drop out of soccer and karate and be home-schooled. He suffered from chronic fatigue and weight gain, as a result of the painkilling medications.
I began treating him with daily Calmare Therapy treatments of about an hour a day; starting with the second treatment, and Gabriel’s pain began to diminish and I saw a smile for the first time.
An optimal outcome with a treatment that has no pain or side effects
After completing the standard two-week treatment protocol, Gabriel was pain-free for the first time in three years. He has begun to sleep through the night again. By the eighth treatment, he was able to put his favorite sneakers on for the first time in months.
Just in time for Christmas, this terrific young man’s Calmare treatment is complete. He and his elated family are moving forward with their lives, starting with celebrating the holidays in a big way this year.
Thank you to Gabriel and his parents for having the faith and fortitude to keep looking for a drug-free and non-invasive treatment to overcome chronic RND pain. You positive outcome has been an early Christmas present for me, indeed.
It’s a week before Christmas and, hopefully, you are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel—your home has a decoration or two; you’ve ordered some gifts and there might even be a favorite sweet treat or two in the kitchen. If you are living with chronic pain, you may very well be exhausted and in more pain before the holidays even get here.
Now is the time to take a breather in order to lower your pain levels. Here are some good ways to distress so you are in a positive frame of mind to enjoy the celebration.
Living with a chronic pain condition, you may not be able to do everything you had planned during the holiday season. Sometimes, traditions need to change. Don’t beat yourself up. If you couldn’t chop down the tree or prepare a big holiday meal this year, everyone will survive. Instead, enlist the support of other family members and teach them how to carry on your proud family traditions.
Get Some Exercise
“But won’t exercising worsen my pain?” In most cases, when you get your body moving and your heart pumping, your brain releases endorphins, which puts you in a better mood and relieves stress. Moving your body also helps to let go of the day’s worries, allows your busy mind to wander and stretches muscles to keep them from tightening up. Exercise can also help you sleep significantly better at night. Check with your doctor before you start a new exercise regime, just to be sure.
Unwind Your Way
Pencil in plenty of “you” time every single day. You need it and so does your body. Relax and enjoy whatever calms you down and rests your body and mind. Whether it’s a morning stroll for a coffee, getting a massage or enjoying reading a children’s book to a favorite youngster, take the time to unwind and truly enjoy the joy of the holiday season.
Photo Credit: http://parentingpink.com/?p=15693
I have already seen several of my chronic pain patients with elevated pain levels this week after the start of the annual ‘holiday rollercoaster’.
Please pace yourselves. Your health comes FIRST and foremost so that you have the strength to enjoy the ride.
Please get your rest and don’t overdue.
I worry :)
I’m thoroughly enjoying my blogging experience on SpineUniverse.com. I’ve interacted with some interesting colleagues and offered advice to several readers. Now that we are all online, the world seems much more compact!
I’d like to repost a recent article I wrote earlier this week about the value of exercising, even for patients in pain. Several of my Calmare scrambler therapy patients used walking (starting slow and building distance and speed) as the first exercise they undertook once their pain was under control.
Just be sure to consult with your treating doctor about how much and what exercise is right for you, depending on your medical condition.
Now. Water aerobics anyone?
From a doctor’s perspective, treating chronic pain is one of the most difficult professional challenges. Every patient is completely unique and so is their body and mind’s reaction to pain. As a chiropractor who does not support invasive therapies or drugs, it’s my job to help patients discover additional ways to minimize pain that works uniquely for them.
Depending on the severity of your medical condition, this can range from the warm embrace of a beloved pet, wrapping the affected area with a warm towel, sipping a soothing cup of tea or ─or working up a sweat!
Although it may seem counterintuitive, exercise can most certainly be an excellent option to lessen pain.
You may be surprised at the positive response your body gives you after even a light workout. First and foremost, however, be sure to discuss starting an exercise routine with your treating doctor first. Once you’ve received the green light to go ahead, consider two of my favorite exercise options:
Yoga is low-impact and incorporates stretching, strengthening, and meditation. Remember, you don’t need to be able to contort yourself into a pretzel to enjoy the benefits of yoga and, in fact, you are encouraged to go at a pace that is comfortable for you. Most gyms and yoga studios offer classes for beginners, so you’re sure to find the class that suits you.
Swimming and Water Aerobics
If yoga isn’t for you, get in the water and consider a water aerobics program. According to the National Council on Exercise, your body weighs 90% less underwater. This takes a lot of stress off of your joints and muscles, allowing you to move more easily. Proper hydration is key with water aerobics because you won’t realize if you’re actually sweating.
You may be reluctant to get out and start exercising at first, but with the permission of your doctor, gently give it a try. Often, my patients will tell me they were skeptical about the benefits of exercising until they tried it.
And even though you’re excited to get started, take it slow at first so your body can adjust to the new level of activity. Starting a safe exercise program empowers patients in pain to be active and fight back against pain on their own terms.
Let me know if you find an exercise that works for you and I’ll be happy to share it.
That’s the odd thing about Calmare: Ideally, you hope patients don’t need to come back, but when they do, our team is overjoyed to reconnect with patients whom we have become so friendly with over the two-week treatment cycle.
Matt Hannon, our favorite Mississippian, came up for a week of booster treatments last week in his effort to ward off his RSD pain for a full year.
He posted this today on our Facebook wall this morning, so our day is already perfect at 8:15 am, as a result:
Wonderful people, great service, big hearts, wouldn’t want to go anywhere else. Hoping for a full pain-free year this time!
Thanks Doc, Kathy and Barbara. Love you guys.”
It may sound odd to say this, but RSD sufferer Dayna Payne, a kind and intelligent 16-year-old, is a fortunate young woman. In late 2011, after surgery as a result of a fractured right foot, Dayna was diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD). Her constant symptoms included burning pain near the incision site, extreme aversion to touch and non-stop “pulsing pain” in the region. Over time, this chronic pain began to spread up through her back, into both wrists, and down to her left knee.
High school interrupted
During her freshman year of high school, Dayna was forced to withdraw from school due to the severity of her condition. All the while, her indefatigable parents aggressively sought out the latest treatment solutions to help their daughter (Dayna’s mother is a registered nurse and assistant director of nursing in the Emergency Department at a local hospital).
“I was taking several pain medications every day ─ Lyrica, Lortab, Ultram, and Nucynta; I also had uncomfortable injections and infusions; nerve blocks and finally underwent the trial for a spinal cord stimulator,” Dayna explains.
Dan Payne, Dayna’s father, says his daughter was not deemed an appropriate candidate for the spinal cord stimulator. “I was really upset after that bad news,” Dan recalls. “Little did I know, it was the best thing that could have happened.”
Resilient parents + caring boyfriend = A new RSD treatment discovery
Dayna’s devoted boyfriend, Skyler, researched on the Internet about treatments for RSD and discovered a YouTube video of Amanda Davidson from Indiana, a girl about Dayna’s age, who told her story about overcoming severe RSD after undergoing Calmare scrambler therapy. Dr. Michael Cooney of Calmare Therapy NJ, who specializes in treating RSD and CRPS patients, was Amanda’s doctor. Skyler presented his findings to Dayna and her parents, who researched Calmare’s success battling RSD even further.
“I’ll be honest, after all the disappointments we had been through, we nonetheless went up to New Jersey to try the Calmare, but felt pretty skeptical about any chance of it helping our daughter,” Dan says.
While undergoing treatment at Calmare Therapy NJ, Dayna met another RSD patient from Ohio who was receiving Calmare booster treatments. “She told me that this treatment doesn’t hurt and absolutely works,” Dayna says. After the first week of daily 45-minute treatments, Dayna’s pain decreased from a 10/10 to a 3/10. By the end of week two, she was nearly pain-free for a period of almost 24 hours straight. “We decided to do one extra treatment so I could go home with 0 pain, which I did.”
Adjusting to a life with less pain
The Payne family is slowly trying to get used to Dayna’s improved health. Everyone says one of the most meaningful benefits of Calmare’s success is that Dayna can be hugged by her family for the first time in more than two years. “Just being able to do this means the world to me,” Dayna says.
Going forward, the high school junior, now being homeschooled, hopes to return to school and graduate next year with her class. She is also looking forward to attending the prom this year with her boyfriend. But, for now, she still has to remind herself that she can do things in every day life she has not been able to do, such as climbing stairs and gentle running. “After all these years in pain, my brain still keeps telling me to ‘be careful’ before I do anything,” Dayna says.
Dr. Cooney weighs in
Dr. Cooney says that he’s thrilled with Dayna’s outcome but urges her not to get too crazy at first. “Many Calmare patients are understandably eager to jump back into a ‘regular life’ after living on the sidelines for so long,” Dr. Cooney explains. “But initially, take it slow and easy.” The doctor says physically debilitated patients need to ease muscles, which haven’t been used because of the pain factor, back into regular use. “Many patients also need extra sleep after treatment, which is completely normal.”
Dayna offers a few words of advice for others considering Calmare Therapy. “When I spoke with Amanda, she gave me some great advice that helped me so much ─ don’t give up; stick with the therapy. As you continue with the treatments, the time your pain is lessened will get longer and longer until it just finally goes away, which is an amazing feeling!”
Dr. Michael J. Cooney will be a guest on Joseph Aquilino’s“RSD and You” BlogTalk Radio program airing Friday, November 1 at 3 p.m. Eastern time. Joseph is a longtime RSD sufferer who has become a national leader in spreading awareness about this ‘silent’ and debilitating disease affecting children, adults and seniors.
Our patients from around the country are invited to call in (310-982-4253) and share their experiences as well as individuals, their families or friends who are currently living with CRPS / RSD /RND who may have questions about scrambler therapy as a treatment for these diseases.
Addendum 11/2/13: I’d like to add a personal note of thanks to our patients who generously took the time to call-in to the program and share their experiences. You can listen to the program in its entirety by clicking here:
By Dr. Michael J. Cooney
I had the great pleasure of working with a 51-year-old gentleman in June who arrived here at our office using a wheelchair as a result of full-body CRPS. He contracted the condition after sustaining multiple injuries in an auto accident in 2007. Even after years of extensive pain management therapy, treatments and medication, his pain level remained at a consistent 10/10.
Symptoms of CRPS
He was experiencing these ongoing symptoms:
Patient shares a familiar background
He shared some familiar comments on his New Patient Intake documents:
“My goal is to have pain decreased so I can live a normal life and not be miserable 24/7.”
“I 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 and outpatient rehab and nothing has worked. I am desperate and worried there is no hope.”
Undergoing Calmare’s MC-5A scrambler therapy
After 17 Calmare Therapy treatments, he left our office walking and with 0/10 pain. Keep in mind, most patients undergo the standard treatment regime of 10 daily treatments. Due to the severity and longevity of his condition, he completed an additional seven treatments to ultimately achieve this pain-free condition.
When his pain returned to a 4-5 /10 three months later (September), he returned (still walking without a wheelchair or cane) to undergo nine additional booster treatments and again left at a 0/10 pain. This gentleman is a perfect example of a patient with severe CRPS who required subsequent Calmare booster treatments after the initial treatment.
Calmare is an analgesic, not a miracle cure
Scrambler therapy is not a one-time cure-all miracle. Calmare is an analgesic, a treatment designed to offset (and in the best case scenario) eliminate pain. While many patients undergo the initial 10-treatment therapy protocol and eliminate their pain, others need to return periodically if/when pain returns.
The good news is that many patients can offset this lesser degree of pain with over-the-counter pain relievers while others strive to remediate the pain completely through booster.
Finally, this patient generously allowed us to photograph the extensive lesions on his legs before and after treatment. We did not administer any topic creams or medications to the lesions. Simply, as the Calmare Therapy relieved the patient’s CRPS neuropathy, the lesions disappeared as well.
We reported late last year that the U.S. Military was piloting Calmare Therapy as a new treatment for wounded soldiers at its largest hospitals in the world. To their credit, the Military was one of the first to get on-board with the MC-5A scrambler therapy as a means to alleviate severe pain without the use of invasive treatments or drugs.
Today, the U.S. Military is one of the largest providers of Calmare Therapy in the world. The Calmare device is offered and available at medical centers and hospitals in all branches of service. Military providers use Calmare to treat several conditions including:
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that Calmare was selected as one of the pain care training providers to our nation’s military personnel. The FDA-cleared, 510-K cleared and CE-marked medical device was highlighted as a “promising pain management device of choice”.
I was delighted to be interviewed by Entrepreneur Magazine’s health writer, Lisa Evans, for the article, “Four Ways to Eliminate Back and Neck Pain at Work” about how to overcome and avoid spinal pain when your job requires you to sit at a desk all day.
So many people are strapped to the desk in order to make a living. Here’s hoping this can help lessen the pain of the daily grind.
By Dr. Michael J. Cooney
Chronic pain can sneak up on you. You’re diagnosed with a disease / condition that causes constant pain and before you know it, months or even years have passed and you are still living in pain and relying on your original treating doctor for pain therapy treatment.
One of the complaints we hear most often from our patients is the fact that they waited “too long” before consulting with a doctor who specializes exclusively in treating neuropathy. Don’t get me wrong – this is certainly not a dig at physicians or doctors in general. Rather, it is a discussion about when the time comes to find a doctor who specializes in your condition and offers a wide spectrum of expertise and resources to help you.
Might you be in this situation? Here are some guidelines to know when the time is right to find a pain management specialist:
Your pain just won’t go away.
If you have pain that is not significantly minimized after three months.
Family and internal medicine doctors specialize in many areas of healthcare. Pain management practitioners specialize exclusively in resolving acute, chronic and severe pain. Pain specialists are trained to evaluate complex pain problems and have a wide variety of treatment options you may not know about.
You want to stop taking prescription painkillers and utilize alternative treatments which are drug-free, pain-free and have few, if any, unpleasant side effects.
Pain specialists have a wide spectrum of traditional and alternative treatments to battle several types of neuropathy from physical therapy to acupuncture and newer non-invasive pain treatments.
You are taking more and more medications to treat your pain and it isn’t helping.
Over time, most medications become less effective at decreasing pain (“tolerance”). A pain specialist can help review the medications you have been using and usually find alternatives that can help manage your pain more effectively.
In my case, as a chiropractic physician, we’ll implement therapies that don’t even involve the use of medications, in many cases. (This was my original impetus to introduce Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment to my patients).
You want to know if you have any alternatives to surgery.
Many patients have pain that can be quite severe but view surgery as the last possible treatment alternative. Additionally, some patients’ pain is a result of surgery so they are obviously reticent about undergoing more operations.
Your pain has decreased with treatment but your progress has stopped or stalled.
Increasingly, people are not willing to settle for a life living with “manageable” or “bearable” pain day-in and day-out. Often, patients make steady progress with family doctor-prescribed medications or therapies but reach a point where their pain is no longer lessened.
When a doctor has utilized all the methodologies at his disposal but the pain is still present, it may be time to seek out a pain management specialist.
Don’t we all want to live our lives without any pain? Don’t settle and don’t give up. There are a wealth of viable, high quality treatments to combat many types of neuropathy. Find a doctor who understands the origin of your pain and offers a detailed treatment protocol strategy designed specifically for you.
Once treatment begins, call or email your doctor and give him an update about how you are feeling. Don’t politely wait until your next appointment. If something isn’t working, your doctor can make changes and adjustments. Always remember, as a patient, you are the doctor’s customer.
Jennifer McCarroll, a young mother of two young children, has lived with severe RSD, day-in and day-out, since she was injured 12 long years ago when her wrist was severely injured resulting in an eventual RSD diagnosis. Determined to get her life back, she aggressively underwent a plethora of pain therapy efforts over the years including:
Unfortunately, she garnered little or no pain relief. After reading about Calmare Therapy on a Facebook RSD Support Group page, she presented to us with a consistent pain level of 10 / 10 and these physical symptoms:
From the start, I explained that the longer a patient has lived with the RSD, the longer treatment results will take, in most cases. After examining her and talking at length about her medical history, I determined Jennifer’s case was one of the most severe RSD conditions I had seen to date.
An Update After 10 Treatments
After treatment #10, Jennifer’s pain is down to 3.5 for the first time in more than a decade. Her physical symptoms have significantly diminished as well ─ she has no more swelling; the skin discoloration is gone; her allodynia is at a mild level and cramping occurs only when she lifts her arms over her head.
We are continuing this week with five more treatments (11-15) with the goal of achieving 0 pain for Jennifer for the first time since she can remember.
Jennifer shared this public message on Facebook (which meant the world to us) and permitted us to share it here:
I hope everyone will take a minute to read this…
I have lived with RSD since 2001 you would be surprised how easy it is to hurt your body or damage it. I have seen so many doctors–some tried to help my pain, but as I progressed, most doctors didn’t know what to do. Some put me through some of the craziest procedures… ,some where more understandable, and some felt it was “all my head”…
I have gotten up for 12 years every day and I suck-it-up and bite the pain because I am a mother.. So when I asked myself, “Did I try everything?” I can say “YES!”
I have lived with a pain level of 10/10 all this time.
I really lost hope believing I could ever be what I call normal (no pain). Then I read about Calmare Therapy on the Internet. I figured it couldn’t make me any worse than I already was so I went to Dr. Cooney.
Now, 10 Calmare treatments later, and I’m feeling about a 3-5 pain level. Dr. Cooney has been doing my Calmare and I think he’s the best (patient, nice, caring). His office staff is really great too. They make you comfortable to be there and for people with high pain (we’re never comfortable no matter where we are)…they make you smile.
Thanks Dr. Cooney! I love being able to hug my Mom and my kids again which I haven’t been able to do for so, so long.
Thanks Calmare Therapy!
Dr. Thomas Smith reported today in the National Pain Report that after four long years of studying Calmare scrambler therapy, his findings found:
“We’re not talking about a 10 percent reduction in pain. We’re talking a 50 to 80 percent reduction in pain, which is exactly what one sees with spinal cord stimulation,” says Smith.
As reported in the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, while Calmare has been used primarily to treat neuropathy, it has also been used to treat other chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, phantom limb pain, back pain, and Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (also known as RSD).
Overall, I thought this report was forthright and finally confirms what we’ve been saying all along. Once we hear good news from the Mayo Clinic study, more people in pain will hear about scrambler therapy and seek treatment. The insurance companies will finally be forced to face the reality of the cost effectiveness of this alternative solution to pain and properly cover this treatment.
Our day is coming.
Over the course of the past few years, I’ve been asked about my position on the use of a spinal cord stimulator as a treatment for severe, treatment-resistant pain. I’m treating a patient this week with an SCS (turned off during the 10-treatment cycle) and received another query last night via Facebook, so I’ve composed my own personal position statement on the subject, based upon my experience:
First, each patient’s medical condition is unique and the prescribing doctor must use all of his resources to procure the most viable treatment plan offering the best chance of a successful outcome. My opinion is based upon the patients I have treated over the years with these implanted devices.
How Calmare Therapy’s electric transmission differs from SCS
SCS is, at best, a temporary relief. There seems to be about a three to six- month period when it can be optimally effective. The SCS functions like a tens machine which transmits a single current. Conversely, Calmare’s scrambler therapy technology offers 16 different currents which constantly alternate so that no one sequence is repeated during a treatment. This variability prevents the brain from learning to tolerate it (as with the SCS) and therefore will not accommodate to it.
Why is the SCS often a short-term solution for pain relief? The brain will learn to tolerate a single consistent current and ultimately it will be less effective. The SCS is especially tricky for the RSD / CRPS patients due to the surgical implantation involved and the potential for the development of additional pain symptoms after the procedure.
Cost Benefit Analysis
Another practical aspect is the cost of the SCS, which can be more than $60,000, sometimes partially covered by insurance, but often not. To me, when you compare the cost of 10 Calmare treatments ($2,500 total) combined with the fact that it is:
• has no painful side effects
• doesn’t involve any pharmaceutical use
• cleared by the FDA
It does make me wonder why the SCS garners so much attention.
Many patients using the SCS experience some anxiety when I tell them their device will be shut off for 10 days, which is certainly justifiable. As a Calmare provider, there is nothing better than having these patients later tell me they have no need to turn it back after their treatment cycle is complete.
If you or a loved one has the SCS device implanted and it is not providing the desired results, please contact our office so we can learn more about your medical history, treatment efforts, medication usage and personal experience with your device. From this information, we can mutually determine if scrambler therapy might be a viable treatment alternative for you.
I was pleased to be asked by spineuniverse.com to act as one of their columnists. I will be writing about drug-free, non-invasive treatments for chronic pain connected to the back and spine (which includes just about any pain).
Besides being one of 10 Certified providers of Calmare scrambler therapy, I look forward to sharing some of the therapies I have used with patients in pain as a result of acute injury, chronic disease, post-surgical pain and pain after chemotherapy treatment (CIPN ).
If you’d like to take a look, here’s my inaugural article about the value of music therapy for chronic pain patients http://www.spineuniverse.com/blogs/cooney/tune-turn-down-chronic-pain
Welcoming our first patient (RSD) from Australia here this week along with some incredibly inspiring new patients from Florida, Ohio, Penn. and NJ.
We are treating RSD, post-surgical back pain and diabetic neuropathy.
Those of us in the office enjoy watching patients and their family members getting to know each other and sharing positive dialogue.
Australia meet Ohio. Florida say hello to PA.
Everyone has a different address, different story of pain, different vision of a successful outcome. But we all have one goal collective goal.
Hello Chronic Pain? It’s Calmare. We’re going to get you.
Twenty-four thousand patients with spinal (back pain) problems were studied by the highly regarded Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (MA) and Harvard Medical School. Their new report (July 29, 2013) findings say that most doctors ignore (or don’t know about) standard clinical guidelines for treatment of back pain and routinely write scripts for “powerful and addictive narcotics instead”.
However frustrating to those of us offering a drug-free alternative therapy to back pain (Calmare scrambler therapy), we can’t help these patients if the doctors are unaware that scrambler therapy is a viable treatment for back pain!
This is expressly why we post videos of patients (and their family) stories and I spend a good amount of time every day on Twitter and Facebook. If we can’t reach the doctors about Calmare, we’ll bypass them and go right to the patients and their families.
I’ll be honest, it’s difficult to think about all the people out there taking these powerful (and debilitating) narcotics because that’s the best solution their doctor could come up with for their back pain. As many of us know, introducing these drugs often just adds to the patient’s troubles — without alleviating or minimizing the back pain.
That’s why we will keep at this, one-by-one, reaching out the to chronic pain community however possible, getting the word out that there are alternative solutions to pain that offer far better results than drugs, drugs, and more drugs.
Someone was kind enough to forward this post they saw on the Internet that mentions me. I know who wrote it but I am happy to respect he and his family’s privacy. I found his methodology for discovering a drug-free solution for his niece’s pain very forthright and objective. Hope you don’t mind me sharing his point-of-view:
I am a science teacher and got involved in researching options when I heard that my niece was going through this awful pain and was on track to get a spinal cord stimulator. Since I am very good at researching, I dove in for a few months and started looking for alternatives. Read about ketamin (looked risky), different kinds of drugs (side effects, and don’t address the underlying issue), saw the long term studies on spinal cord stims (the only randomized, controlled study was not so good long term, and it has definite risks for the surgery to introduce new pain sites), and a few others. I saw someone mention Calmare scrambler treatment a few times and decided to look into it.
Personally, I like going to the controlled, scientific studies that are published in recognized pain journals, especially the Randomized Controlled Tests (RCT’s) that are the gold standard for research. The ones I found for Calmare have excellent results, and a large scale one is due out soon. I also saw that Mayo Clinic and U of Wisconsin Cancer center is using and doing studies with Calmare as well.
I found a radio talk show program “Aches and Gains”, by Johns Hopkins Pain Specialist Paul J. Christo, discussing it (February 16, 2013), and saw several videos with patients who it had been successful for. I started researching the various practitioners to see who had been having a lot of experience with CRPS and choose Dr. Cooney. He was the one I found the most CRPS info for (and he turned out to be wonderful to work with). Anyway, after all of that, I passed on the info to my sister and they decided to go for it.
As for the TENS being the same/similar, that is not the case. The big differences are in the amount of current being used, and the types of neurons being used to transmit the signal. Calmare just received a patent approval, which required that it was different than a TENS unit, and worked in a different way. I just googled it (patent no. 8,380,317) and it said that it sends the “no pain” signal on the surface C fiber nerve receptors instead of interrupting pain signals through the A-beta fibers like the TENS does. (sorry, the biology teacher coming out….)
The gist is that TENS intercepts the pain signal, but I believe that when you are not using it, the pain returns (but I don’t have experience with it personally). However, the Calmare signal is providing “no pain” data to the brain using the pathway from the original injury. My hypothesis (this is from other research that I’ve done) is that this gives the brain a chance to realize that there is no tissue damage going on, and therefore doesn’t need to assign pain to it. This then gives the brain a chance to reset/relearn the normal no pain state.
Anyway, the bottom line is that Dr. Cooney’s Calmare machine brought my niece’s level 8 pain (with meds) down to a 0, and now she can walk normally. Her foot has some muscle and tendon aches because they are being used again, but this is also improving with use.
Again, I recommend that people with crps/rsd look into, talk to a Calmare doctor and decide for themselves.