Multi-pronged, drug-free approach to fibromyalgia pain gains momentum

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney

As you know, I’m not a proponent of prescription pain medication unless it is deemed absolutely necessary by a physician with advanced expertise treating a particular neuropathic condition.

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Fibromyalgia sufferers can certainly relate. Many of the patients we treat here at Calmare Therapy New Jersey are opposed to using medication for several reasons–the debilitating side effects, the out-of-pocket costs and the end result, which is often disappointing.

USING NATURAL PAIN TREATMENTS THAT DON’T REQUIRE A PRESCRIPTION

Patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia (FMS) often choose to proactively seek out different complementary and alternative treatments. Since medications and surgery are rarely indicated, the use of safer (less toxic) alternatives has become widespread. About 50 percent of FMS patients report using these alternative treatments to help combat pain:

  • Exercise programs
  • Prayer, meditation and music therapy
  • Support Groups (live or via the Internet)
  • Chiropractic services and alternative treatments
  • Vitamin supplements

 VITAMIN C

Antioxidants are part of the repair mechanism for cell healing. Vitamin C is Vitamin Cimportant for tissue repair and its concentrations are lowered in patients who have suffered a trauma.

Long used by athletes to speed wound healing and recovery after work-outs, vitamin C has now caught the attention of medical researchers, who are examining how this vitamin works and whether it is effective as a supplement for patients with fibromyalgia.

Often, FMS patients take individual nutrients for specific symptoms which were recommended by a doctor. Other times the nutrient is part of a larger holistic regimen that also includes diet, weight management, vitamins, minerals, and herbs.

The Myers Cocktail method of IV infused Vitamin C and other key minerals (including magnesium) is catching on and a big story in the news lately. While I don’t personally endorse this treatment, I am mentioning in here because several of my patients who have undergone this therapy reported an improvement in FMS symptoms.

There is a large and fruitful healthcare community which is helping patients with acute and chronic pain with nary a drug in sight. From our beloved scrambler therapy to the use of vitamins and minerals, treatments with fewer side effects can offer relief from symptoms and pain.

But our medical community in this country still reaches for the prescription pad first. It is our duty, as holistic caregivers, to make sure patients are educated about other treatment modalities.

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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.

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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!”

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 45-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:

Scrambler therapy helps women with fibromyalia pain and symptoms

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Rutherford Allied Medical Group

I have been treating people in pain for more than 30 years. Providing successful pain relief for fibromyalgia sufferers has been especially challenging because many, if not most, therapies are often unsuccessful.

As a result, patients are ultimately dependent on pain medications for relief, which can introduce its own set of problems and ongoing expenses. The chronic nature of fibromyalgia symptoms interferes with job performance and attendance, personal relationships and ultimately dampens the overall quality of life.

The value of drug-free alternative treatments for women with fibromyalgia
Symptoms_of_fibromyalgiaWomen are ten times more likely to develop fibromyalgia. FDA-cleared Calmare scrambler therapy uses a drug-free, non-invasive, biophysical scrambler therapy to transmit a “no pain” message from the brain to the area in pain using electrodes similar to what you might use for an EKG. After personally administering this treatment for five years, we’ve experienced an average success rate of 85 percent treating advanced cases of fibromyalgia even when the patient is also suffering from reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD).

What does “success rate” mean?

In order to be considered part of our 85% success rate, the patient is required to achieve an outcome that reflects a very significant decrease in pain which is sustained for an increasing period of time after each treatment.

In several cases, patients leave treatment at a 0/10 on the traditional pain scale.

This is not a “miracle” therapy for neuropathy

But let me be clear─Calmare is not a “one-time-only” miracle cure. This FDA-cleared therapy is (typically) administered during a 10-treatment series lasting about 45 minutes to an hour for each session. However, booster treatments may be necessary months or years later, depending on the severity and length of time the patient has been in chronic pain.

The importance of your Calmare Therapy treatment provider

Should you choose to undergo Calmare Therapy for fibromyalgia or another type of chronic pain, a word of advise─make sure your therapy is performed by a doctor who has advanced expertise in understanding the musculoskeletal system and how pain is communicated between the brain and the receptors in the body. If your therapy is performed by someone with less expertise, your results may be diminished. Also, there are currently only seven providers in the U.S. who have been certified to perform Calmare Therapy, including myself.

Scrambler therapy patients defeating fibro pain weigh in

Laura Miller from Indiana

Katie Salmon from Pennsylvania

Melissa S from Michigan

If you’re a fibromyalgia sufferer, don’t give up the fight to find a cure for your pain. For inspiration, we invite you to watch a few videos of some of our patients whose lives have been changed because of Calmare Pain Therapy. I am always available to answer any questions or talk about your particular healthcare situation. Feel free to contact me anytime.

About Dr. Michael J. Cooney

Calmare Certified Location LogoMichael Cooney is a doctor of chiropractic at Rutherford Allied Medical Group in Bergen County, New Jersey. He is one of only 10 Certified Calmare Therapy providers in the U.S. Calmare has proven to be successful in the treatment of pain as a result of injury, RSD, fibromyalgia, radiating pain, cancer and chemotherapy treatment, PHN, diabetic pain, back and neck pain, post surgical pain, failed back surgery syndrome, and general neuropathy.

To learn more, call (201) 933- 4440 or complete this inquiry form below:

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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March 17, 2014

Update from Dr. Cooney at Calmare Therapy NJ

Things are humming along here at the clinic with a steady stream of patients from around the globe. But we’d like to offer this treatment to as many people as we can.

Understandably, most people and their families dealing with chronic pain (neuropathy) have been disappointed too many times to count by medications —that don’t work —or treatments that only result in adding more pain on top of pain.

As you’ve read here before, I perform every scrambler therapy treatment personally. While I have an outstanding staff, this is a ‘provider dependent’ treatment particularly useful in the treatment of these conditions:

  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Pain after surgery or injury
  • Low back and neck pain
  • Chemotherapy pain (CIPN)
  • RSD, CRPS
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Shingles (PHN)

Holeg painw to schedule your free Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment in NJ

1) Please call our Calmare Therapy team to discuss your medical history, medication use and other pain treatment efforts you have undergone.

2) If we mutually determine 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.

We believe that undergoing a scrambler therapy treatment, and understanding more fully what the treatment encompasses, can help patients and families experience firsthand just how remarkable this 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 opioids and invasive treatments.

We hope you’ll consider this opportunity. You have nothing to lose but the pain.

Would you like to talk with us about your medical history?

Fill out the information below and we’ll be happy to get in touch with you:

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CALMARE CLINICAL TRIAL BEGINS APRIL 15: ARACHNOIDITIS

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New Trial Begins April 15, 2015:

Originally posted on calmarenj:

clinical trialDIAGNOSED ARACHNOIDITIS PATIENTS

Study

Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment (Scrambler Therapy) to Treat Diagnosed Cases of Arachnoiditis and Reduce Chronic Neuropathic Pain Symptoms

Phase

Pilot

What is Arachnoiditis?

Arachnoiditis is a chronic pain disorder caused by the inflammation of the arachnoid membrane and subarachnoid space that surround the nerves of the spinal cord. The inflammation can cause the meninges to adhere to the spinal cord and nerve roots.

Because the nerve roots are affected, symptoms such as numbness, tingling, and burning pain is often felt in the lower back or legs.

Severe cases of arachnoiditis can result in the loss of motor function, loss of bladder and bowel control and even paralysis. Arachnoiditis can arise from infection, direct spinal injury, and chronic compression of the spinal nerves or invasive spinal surgeries.

Study Conducted by

Dr. Michael J. Cooney
Rutherford Allied Medical Group / Calmare Therapy NJ

Location

Rutherford, NJ (10 miles…

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Mayo Clinic Cancer Center supports expanding Calmare clinical trials

Mayo Forefront

Forefront–Translating Research into Clinical Advances

We discovered this interesting report produced by the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center last year which expressed support for expanding clinical trials of Calmare scrambler therapy after early results proved “promising and deserves to be evaluated in a placebo-controlled randomized study.”

The report states (page 5, beginning on bottom left and continuing to right column):

“In addition, the group continues to evaluate promising therapies to alleviate CIPN. This work, using randomized, placebo-controlled studies, has helped better define agents that do not appear to be helpful and newly discovered agents that look more promising. While no markedly effective therapies have been identified for treatment of established CIPN, the group continues to explore new and promising agents.

This work has included the study of the value of using an electrocutaneous nerve stimulation device, called MC-5A Calmare®, also known as “scrambler therapy.” The MC5-A Calmare® device provides cutaneous electrostimulation by simulating nerve action potentials and directly stimulating peripheral nerves.

The MC5-A Calmare® device is not thought to act just by inhibiting pain transmission, but instead by substituting “pain” information with “non-pain” information. It is thought that it does this by mixing another signal into the pain signal transmission, which replaces the original pain information, thus the term, “scrambler therapy.”

Based on pilot data from another group of investigators, supporting that this therapy was useful in patients with chemotherapy neuropathy, Mayo is evaluating this treatment in patients with chemotherapy neuropathy and other pain states. Initial data from Mayo support that this treatment looks promising and deserves to be evaluated in a placebo-controlled, randomized study.”

At different times, the Mayo team has been in touch with us here at Calmare Therapy NJ and we are eager to see what transpires in 2015.

If you have undergone chemotherapy treatment and are experiencing resulting chronic pain (CIPN) Mayo Clinic is currently seeking clinical trial participants. You can learn more here.

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

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:

 

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

Scientifically-Backed Ways to Get Rid of Winter Doldrums

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney

It’s not just you–it’s the time of year when we all feel a little boxed-in, a little down.

depressed personIf you add illness, such as RSD / CRPS,  chronic painor you are recovering from surgery to that equation, it can be a tough time.

I tell my patients that this feeling will pass and the way they feel now is absolutely temporary.

Our wise and caring office manager, Barb, found this good article in a magazine that we copied and are sharing with affected patients….

Try a couple of these ideas and see if it helps. Let us know by sharing your comments below.

REALSIMPLE.COM – 8 Scientifically-Backed Ways to Beat the Winter Blues 

*Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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Happy New Year from us all.

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

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!

2015 CALMARE CLINICAL TRIAL: ARACHNOIDITIS

clinical trialDIAGNOSED ARACHNOIDITIS PATIENTS

Study

Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment (Scrambler Therapy) to Treat Diagnosed Cases of Arachnoiditis and Reduce Chronic Neuropathic Pain Symptoms

Phase

Pilot

What is Arachnoiditis?

Arachnoiditis is a chronic pain disorder caused by the inflammation of the arachnoid membrane and subarachnoid space that surround the nerves of the spinal cord. The inflammation can cause the meninges to adhere to the spinal cord and nerve roots.

Because the nerve roots are affected, symptoms such as numbness, tingling, and burning pain is often felt in the lower back or legs.

Severe cases of arachnoiditis can result in the loss of motor function, loss of bladder and bowel control and even paralysis. Arachnoiditis can arise from infection, direct spinal injury, and chronic compression of the spinal nerves or invasive spinal surgeries.

Study Conducted by

Dr. Michael J. Cooney
Rutherford Allied Medical Group / Calmare Therapy NJ

Location

Rutherford, NJ (10 miles from New York City)

Study Start Date

April 15, 2015

Details

Calmare Therapy NJ / Rutherford Allied Medical Group, is one of only ten 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.

Scope of 2015 Calmare Study

We are conducting a free, 10-treatment (one 45-minute daily therapy session) clinical trial study for pre-qualified patients suffering from diagnosed Arachnoiditis to determine the efficacy of scrambler therapy as a viable treatment solution for condition-induced neuropathy.

Eligibility Criteria

Pre-approved study patients must be available to undergo a protocol of 10 treatments once per day. There is no charge for the series of 10 treatments.

Travel, daily transportation, meals and accommodations are at the expense of the trial patient.

Informed Consent

People who agree to take part in the study are asked to sign the informed consent form. However, signing the form does not mean people must stay in the study. People can leave the study at any time—either before the study starts or at any time during the study or the follow-up period. The informed consent process continues throughout the study. If new benefits, risks, or side effects are discovered during the study, the researchers must inform the participants. They may be asked to sign new consent forms if they want to stay in the study.

To Apply / Contact Us / For More Information

To find out more and determine if you may be an appropriate candidate for the no cost study, please contact:

Dr. Michael Cooney
Clinical Director
Calmare Therapy NJ / Rutherford Allied Medical Group
(201) 933.4440 | calmarenj@gmail.com

Liz heads back home to Missouri without the chronic CRPS pain

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“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

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”

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.

The Unsung Heroes, a Story of Hope #Calmare

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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.

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

Calmare Therapy NJ Joins Central NJ “Walk for a Cure” for RSD / CRPS

Driving rain didn’t deter us from the Central NJ “Walk for a Cure” sponsored by the . We were honored to be part of this inaugural walk and humbled by the distances some families traveled in driving rain to be part of this first annual event.

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.

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.

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.

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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!

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.

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.

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.

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/

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

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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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:

Oregonian mother and daughter travel 3,000 miles for scrambler therapy in New Jersey

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And we are pleased to say it was well worth their long journey.

Laurie Mounts during treatment

Laurie undergoing pain-free Calmare Therapy treatment which has no side effects. July 2014.

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 Mounts Legs before

Laurie exhibited classic CRPS symptoms including skin discoloration.

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.

We are delighted to share their video diary here.

A wrist surgery leads to reflex sympathetic dystrophy ( RSD) covering right side of body

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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 Williamson_FINALKim 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.

Calmare is a “provider dependent” therapy. Know your provider.

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

Calmare Certified Location LogoI’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):camare foot image with leads

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 expertisetraining 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.

Calmare booster treatments are ready if CRPS roars

Nice way to end my week–

Mirelle_VA_Image 2_betterMireille 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.

Dr. Cooney

Thank you to the CRPS / RSD Support Group of South Jersey

Lisa VaseyI 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.

An interesting aspect to our Calmare Therapy program here in New Jersey is the fact the majority of our patients come from outside the state, and increasingly, outside the U.S.

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 Jersey

Date:  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 lisav1@live.com .

 

 

 

New Jersey woman returns to her demanding real estate career after successful scrambler therapy treatment

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Click here to watch Dr. Cooney and Christina discuss her treatment plan.

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.

Christimageina took matters into her own hands and discovered Dr. Cooney, one of 10 Calmare certified providers in the United States.

Here, Dr. Cooney and Christina share their doctor and patient expertise and positive outcome (video).

“The Doctors” television program features Calmare scrambler therapy

the doctors 2Needless 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.

“The Doctors” to feature Calmare Therapy today

the_doctors_logoAt last, Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment is earning the national exposure it deserves to help get the word out!

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.

Scrambler therapy (Calmare Therapy) clinical trial for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

clinical trialCalmare Pain Therapy Treatment (scrambler therapy)
to treat chronic neuropathy
for people with
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) 

Sponsor:

Calmare Pain Therapy NJ / Rutherford Allied Medical Group

Principal Investigator:

Michael J. Cooney, D.C.
Calmare Therapy NJ / Rutherford Allied Medical Group

Location:

Rutherford, New Jersey (10 miles from New York City)

Study Start Date:

July 7, 2014

Details:

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.

Purpose:

Calmare Technology 2012We 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.

Candidate Criteria:

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
Clinical Director
Calmare Therapy NJ / Rutherford Allied Medical Group
(201) 933.4440 | calmarenj@gmail.com

Free Calmare Therapy Treatment

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:

  • Lessen or even eliminate severe chronic pain
  • Lessen or eliminate symptoms
  • Decrease or eliminate the need for painkilling drugs
  • Offer a painless, non-invasive treatment for pain with no side effects

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.

Pattie from Australia beats her CRPS with Calmare Therapy

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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.”

Pattie tells her own personal story here