Category Archives: treatment for fibromyalgia pain

Join me March 25 at the CRPS/RSD Support Group of South Jersey

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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, March 25, 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 lisav1@live.com .
 
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.

Yes, I am a chiropractor, also

February 7, 2014

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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!

 

Matt visits us for Calmare booster treatments

Matt from MSThat’s the odd thing about Calmare:  Ideally, you hope patients don’t need to come back, but when they do, our team is overjoyed to reconnect with patients whom we have become so friendly with over the two-week treatment cycle.

Matt Hannon, our favorite Mississippian, came up for a week of booster treatments last week in his effort to ward off his RSD pain for a full year.

He posted this today on our Facebook wall this morning, so our day is already perfect at 8:15 am, as a result:

“Had another great week of Calmare booster treatments at Calmare NJ.

Wonderful people, great service, big hearts, wouldn’t want to go anywhere else.  Hoping for a full pain-free year this time! 

Thanks Doc, Kathy and Barbara.  Love you guys.”

Call in to chat with Dr. Cooney on Friday, November 1

rsdnad youDr. Michael J. Cooney will be a guest on Joseph Aquilino’s“RSD and You”  BlogTalk Radio program airing Friday, November 1 at 3 p.m. Eastern time. Joseph is a longtime RSD sufferer who has become a national leader in spreading awareness about this ‘silent’  and debilitating disease affecting children, adults and seniors.

Our patients from around the country are invited to call in (310-982-4253)  and share their experiences as well as individuals, their families or friends who are currently living with CRPS / RSD  /RND who may have questions about scrambler therapy as a treatment for these diseases.

Addendum 11/2/13:  I’d like to add a personal note of thanks to our patients who generously took the time to call-in to the program and share their experiences. You can listen to the program in its entirety by clicking here: 

How to know when you need a pain management specialist

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney

back_painChronic pain can sneak up on you.  You’re diagnosed with a disease / condition that causes constant pain and before you know it, months or even years have passed and you are still living in pain and relying on your original treating doctor for pain therapy treatment.

One of the complaints we hear most often from our patients is the fact that they waited “too long” before consulting with a doctor who specializes exclusively in treating neuropathy. Don’t get me wrong – this is certainly not a dig at physicians or doctors in general. Rather, it is a discussion about when the time comes to find a doctor who specializes in your condition and offers a wide spectrum of expertise and resources to help you.

Might you be in this situation?  Here are some guidelines to know when the time is right to find a pain management specialist:

Your pain just won’t go away.

If you have pain that is not significantly minimized after three months.

Family and internal medicine doctors specialize in many areas of healthcare. Pain management practitioners specialize exclusively in resolving acute, chronic and severe pain. Pain specialists are trained to evaluate complex pain problems and have a wide variety of treatment options you may not know about.

You want to stop taking prescription painkillers and utilize alternative treatments which are drug-free, pain-free and have few, if any, unpleasant side effects. 

Pain specialists have a wide spectrum of traditional and alternative treatments to battle several types of neuropathy from physical therapy to acupuncture and newer non-invasive pain treatments.

You are taking more and more medications to treat your pain and it isn’t helping.

Over time, most medications become less effective at decreasing pain (“tolerance”). A pain specialist can help review the medications you have been using and usually find alternatives that can help manage your pain more effectively.

In my case, as a chiropractic physician, we’ll implement therapies that don’t even involve the use of medications, in many cases. (This was my original impetus to introduce Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment to my patients).

You want to know if you have any alternatives to surgery.

Many patients have pain that can be quite severe but view surgery as the last possible treatment alternative. Additionally, some patients’ pain is a result of surgery so they are obviously reticent about undergoing more operations.

Your pain has decreased with treatment but your progress has stopped or stalled.

Increasingly, people are not willing to settle for a life living with “manageable” or “bearable” pain day-in and day-out. Often, patients make steady progress with family doctor-prescribed medications or therapies but reach a point where their pain is no longer lessened.

When a doctor has utilized all the methodologies at his disposal but the pain is still present, it may be time to seek out a pain management specialist.

Don’t we all want to live our lives without any pain? Don’t settle and don’t give up. There are a wealth of viable, high quality treatments to combat many types of neuropathy. Find a doctor who understands the origin of your pain and offers a detailed treatment protocol strategy designed specifically for you.

Once treatment begins, call or email your doctor and give him an update about how you are feeling. Don’t politely wait until your next appointment. If something isn’t working, your doctor can make changes and adjustments. Always remember, as a patient, you are the doctor’s customer.

Johns Hopkins doctor / researcher studies Calmare declares he’s a “believer”

national pain report

Dr. Thomas Smith reported today in the National Pain Report that after four long years of studying Calmare scrambler therapy, his findings found:

“We’re not talking about a 10 percent reduction in pain. We’re talking a 50 to 80 percent reduction in pain, which is exactly what one sees with spinal cord stimulation,” says Smith.

 As reported in the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, while Calmare  has been used primarily to treat neuropathy, it  has also been used to treat other chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, phantom limb pain, back pain, and Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (also known as RSD).

Overall, I thought this report was forthright and finally confirms what we’ve been saying all along. Once we hear good news from the Mayo Clinic study, more people in pain will hear about scrambler therapy and seek treatment. The insurance companies will finally be forced to face the reality of the cost effectiveness of this alternative solution to pain and properly cover this treatment.

Our day is coming.

Dr. Cooney is now a columnist on SpineUniverse.com

spine-universe logoI was pleased to be asked by spineuniverse.com to act as one of their columnists. I will be writing about drug-free, non-invasive treatments for chronic pain connected to the back and spine (which includes just about any pain). 

Besides being one of 10 Certified providers of Calmare scrambler therapy, I look forward to sharing some of the therapies I have used with patients in pain as a result of acute injury, chronic disease, post-surgical pain and pain after chemotherapy treatment (CIPN ).

If you’d like to take a look, here’s my inaugural article about the value of music therapy for chronic pain patients http://www.spineuniverse.com/blogs/cooney/tune-turn-down-chronic-pain

More patients rejecting doctor-recommended spinal cord implants and painkillers to combat chronic pain

ksl tvOn Friday, June 7, there was a great TV news story from Utah about several  Utah men with chronic neuropathy, foot pain, and RSD who took a chance on Calmare Therapy and finally found substantial relief from severe pain. We’re not sure why there weren’t any women profiled in the piece, but we’ll take any news we can get…) http://www.ksl.com/?sid=25506361&nid=148&fm=most_popular&s_cid=popular-5

News reports, blog articles, research news and patient stories–we will get the word out.  Painkillers? Painful and invasive pain treatments? Your days are numbered.

Joy from West Virginia wins the RSD war with Calmare Therapy

Last week, I received this update from Joy:

“I have come off of 5 meds so far since my last Calmare treatment. I can’t believe the difference in my clarity. I never really read the side effects of them until yesterday… Thanks again for your magic machine.  The first Saturday I was home, my husband and I took a little hike! He has been so happy with the outcome of the treatments! Okie dokie, keep working your magic!!”

Joy_WV_4.2013Joy is one of those vivacious people who are bigger than life–she has a winning personality and charisma that is off the charts  (her name suits her perfectly). The fact that she’s been living for years with RSD pain in her foot after a fall is unbelievable.

Yet again, her neurologist told her that to minimize the RSD pain she would need a neurostimulator implanted into her spine and a tabletop full of drugs. And, like many,  she simply said, “no.”

Joy came to see me last year to try one Calmare treatment.  I offer this to anyone who I feel may benefit from the treatment. (The first visit is free if there is no reduction in pain. If they feel the relief, then that visit is the first of ten). While patients don’t always experience immediate pain relief, so do. This was Joy’s case. In fact,  she went home after a single treatment (the standard protocol is a 10-treatment series, one per day). But a year later the pain returned and she decided to undergo the full treatment series to achieve longer-lasting pain relief. However, her response early on was so successful that we agreed that eight treatments was enough and off she went back to West Virginia.

She filmed a video here depicting her experience. As you can see, this is not a woman who is going to give up easily. And, thankfully, she left us, wearing her favorite boots again.

Mississippi man says no to more surgery and invasive treatments for his RSD

Since introducing Calmare Therapy, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some spectacular people who I would never have met otherwise. Here’s a perfect example–

It’s not every day that a Jersey City boy (me) meets up with a southern gentleman from Mississippi.  But Matt Hannon heard about Calmare Therapy and came up to see us for five treatments.  He’s a family man and a very bright fellow (some kind tech expert) and chief of the local volunteer fire department. He was also living with a severe case of RSD he could not get off his back.

Medical History:

He was diagnosed by his doctor with RSD in his right foot following lower back disc surgery. He limped and experienced extreme pain after walking about 10 minutes. To get through the day, he took a battery of OTC and prescribed pain medications.

Facing more recommended surgery and/or the implantation of a spinal cord stimulator, Matt took matters into his own hands.  He began Calmare scrambler therapy  May 20 with a pain level of 7/8.  After four Calmare treatments,  he came in with a 2/3 and post treatment (#5) he was a 0/10. 

He shared his experience with us and generously allowed us to share it with you below: 

Matt from MS

R. Matt Hannon

“Had an AWESOME successful week with Doctor Cooney at Calmare Therapy in New Jersey.  I traveled over 1,000 miles each way and it was worth every second and every penny. It has given me my life back. I still have some numbness, tingly and temperature departures but I can definitely deal with this. I have not been able to walk more than 10-15 minutes in 2 years and one day walked over an hour as well as traveling through the airports using NO pain meds! I also met 2 other female patients there who also had success with their RSD this week as well.

Dr. Cooney cares greatly for what he does and is literally changing lives. Kathy in the office was great as well and very kind.

I hope the treatments I had are good for life, but if they are not, I will definitely go back here only. Feel free to comment or inbox me with any questions. This is pain free and risk free, you have NOTHING to risk or lose!

My doctors here wanted me to have more surgery and a neurostimulator.  But I took my health in my own hands and did my research for the best Calmare anywhere. I have no ties to Doctor Cooney and was a complete stranger (coming all the way from Mississippi).

Truth?  I was skeptical because I had tried so many treatments through the years. After the first treatment ,I amazed and even jogged down the hall from the elevator to my room! Again please contact me if you are skeptical and contact Doctor Cooney today. Even my family was skeptical, but this changed my life and I am very grateful!

Thank you all and good luck and God Bless.”

Matt Hannon