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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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.

http://bit.ly/1B53gNp

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

January 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