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In 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!
The 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.
More than a year after her treatment, she continues to be pain-free.
By Dr. Michael J. Cooney
I was very pleased to see this national media report from reporter Ben Gruber at Reuters News Service about a doctor at Mayo Clinic who is achieving very positive cancer patient outcomes using Calmare scrambler therapy to treat post-treatment pain.
Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy is a common but extremely painful condition many cancer patients suffer from as a side effect after chemotherapy treatment. Finding successful pain management solutions to treat this debilitating pain have been particularly challenging.
But Dr. Charles L. Loprinzi, a highly regarded oncologist and professor at the Mayo Clinic, has been conducting clinical trials using scrambler therapy to help cancer patients for the past three years. Today, he’s sharing his positive findings with the national media about his success using the scrambler machine.
The majority of chronic pain patients we have seen here at Calmare Therapy NJ are being treated for severe chronic pain for additional neuropathic conditions — fibromyalgia, shingles, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and post-surgical pain.
The recovering cancer patients with CIPN we have treated to date have also experienced outstanding outcomes, however.
Chemotherapy is one of the most common (but powerful and often debilitating) treatments to combat several types of cancer. Thankfully, many patients survive as a result of this drug but thousands are left with chronic pain as a long-term side effect.
A new report states that a third of all cancer survivors experience long-term post-treatment pain after undergoing chemo:
Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment received its initial FDA clearance as a treatment specifically for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, or CIPN.
Mayo Clinic has been engaged in Calmare scrambler clinical trials for the past two years. The Massey Cancer Center at VCU has also been engaged in fruitful research.
You can find another clinical trial/research performed by doctors and researchers at the Paul Carbone Cancer Center at the University of Wisconsin here http://calmaretherapynj.com/clinical-trials-2/u-of-wisconsin-madison-cipn/
Teaching hospitals using Calmare Therapy
The device is currently being used in the U.S. at these key teaching hospitals:
- 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.
For patients with severe chronic pain conditions appropriate for Calmare Therapy, the standard treatment protocol is 10 consistent treatments over a two-week period. Most of the time, each treatment lasts from 30 minutes to an hour, but every patient is unique.
Depending on the severity of the original condition and the length of time the patient has been experiencing chronic pain, periodic booster treatments may be required to combat any post-treatment return of pain.
Keep in mind, many of our patients never need further therapy but in RSD / CRPS, Fibromyalgia cases, and other conditions resulting in long-term chronic pain, booster treatments can be extremely useful against any eventual elevation in pain.
How many booster treatments will I need?
The number of booster treatments required ranges from one to four treatments. Patients who experience a recurrence of pain should document when the pain returns and subsides and if any environmental issues were involved (stress, weather, overuse of the affected area) or if there was no specific cause for the elevation of pain.
If you have additional questions about Calmare Therapy or booster treatments, contact us at 201. 933.4440.
By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director, Calmare Therapy NJ
I’ve received several patient queries about the expertise of the healthcare professional who is actually performing the therapy (using their expertise to attach the leads to the patient in the optimal location-based upon the injury and pain region):
I’d like to touch on the importance of this question today─
Calmare is a “provider dependent” therapy
The scrambler therapy is performed by a “provider,” a specially-trained clinician who places each of the leads on the patient, sets the voltage, monitors response minute-by-minute and day-by-day, and makes ongoing adjustments based upon the patient’s response. In my practice, I am the provider, 100 percent of the time, from start to finish ─ no exceptions.
The Calmare administering healthcare professional must have extensive expertise, training and understanding to accurately diagnose the precise location of the pain site/s.
This can be easier said than done.
Why? Because the placement of the leads (patches) which are attached to each of the algorithms must be precisely placed in order to alleviate pain. If these leads are placed in the wrong area, this lessens the overall capability of the Calmare MC-5A technology to optimally perform its job. I have served as a Trainer for the treatment for some new doctors introducing Calmare, and it is a responsibility I take very seriously.
What to look for in your Calmare provider
The most experienced Calmare Therapy providers have received a careful review and on-site examination by the company’s administrators who may or may not designate the top providers as Calmare Certified. I strongly encourage you to seek out these providers for your therapy. Secondly, ask the provider you are considering how many patients they have treated with your specific chronic pain condition ─ back and neck pain, post surgical pain, RSD / CRPS / fibromyalgia, pain after chemotherapy, diabetic neuropathy, etc.
Your Calmare technology will be most successful when your chosen provider has advanced expertise in the placement of each lead. In my opinion, this vitally important task should only be administered by a healthcare professional specifically trained in the diagnosis and treatment of several types of advanced neuropathy.
As a reminder, I talk with patient living with severe, treatment-resistant chronic pain every day. Sometimes I recommend Calmare, sometimes other treatment is recommended. Regardless, I’m always happy to offer advice or my opinion. Feel free to call my office at (201) 933-444zero.
I am honored to be a guest speaker discussing my experience using Calmare scrambler therapy to combat Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy.CRPS/RSD & Chronic Pain Support Group of South Jersey Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: YMCA of Mount Laurel The Child Care Center 59 Centerton Road Mt. Laurel, New Jersey 08054 How to Enter: The YMCA Child Care Center is located at the far left rear of The YMCA Building, parking and entrance to The Child Care Center is at that location. Contact: Lisa Anne Vasey is the chairperson of the support group, which meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the YMCA in Mt. Laurel, NJ. For more information, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org . Lisa noted that the event is open to anyone living with RSD/CRPS, or another chronic pain condition, as well as friends and family members.
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.
May 2, 2014
It’s Friday, a perfect day to share some good news: The Stomp family kindly allowed us to share the positive outcome of their teenage daughter,who arrived here in a wheelchair due to severe CRPS after knee surgery four years ago. Kara is a lovely person with a loving family who would not give up a 4-year fight to find a solution to their daughter’s pain.
At age 14, Kara was diagnosed with CRPS after surgery for a dislocated kneecap. She spent the next four years undergoing painful, invasive and ultimately unsuccessful pain treatment efforts. By age 18, Kara was wheelchair-bound and living with CRPS symptoms including skin lesions, swelling, discoloration, allodynia and temperature change sensitivity. But her unrelenting father was determined to help his daughter and through his research, discovered Calmare scrambler therapy. Click here to learn more about their experience .
February 7, 2014
This week I’ve had two different patients tell me they didn’t know I was a chiropractor; rather, they assumed I administered Calmare scrambler therapy exclusively.
I have actually been a practicing chiropractic physician in Bergen County for more than 30 years at Rutherford Allied Medical Group here in Rutherford. Some years ago, I was frustrated that we had some patients for whom traditional chiropractic services, and even alternative therapies such as acupuncture, did not lessen or alleviate their acute or chronic pain.
Dr. Robert Kelly, our staff physician, and I agreed we would not resort to him prescribing painkillers, in most cases. Thus, our search for another solution let us, finally, to Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment.
Every day, we see patients who live down the street or across the country (as far away as Europe and Australia) in need of pain management to rid them of acute and the most severe chronic pain.
Everyone on our team truly loves being here (and we’ll tell you when you’re here, believe me) because we have an opportunity to use our skills and today’s technology to help people in pain.
I truly have the best job in the world. Good weekend all!