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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!
As 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.
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.
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.
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.
Nice way to end my week–
Mireille 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.
I 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.
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 JerseyDate: 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 email@example.com .
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.
Needless 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.
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.