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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