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The Pain Exhibit offers forum for artists living with chronic pain

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April 26, 2013

The PAIN Exhibit is an online educational, visual arts exhibit from artists with chronic pain with their art expressing some facet of the pain experience. The mission is to educate healthcare providers and the public about chronic pain through art, and to give voice to the many who suffer in silence http://painexhibit.org/

Many of my patients are socially isolated due to their medical conditions related to chronic pain. As a result, many are incredibly creative artistically and use it as a way to express how they feel.  I could not be more impressed that this forum exists.  I encourage you to take a stroll through their online gallery.

If you have art you would like to share, reach out via this link.

Calmare Therapy now offered at all four military branches

military-logo-header1After a modest testing of Calmare Therapy in a few military hospitals just a few years ago, the U.S. Military has now expanded this FDA-cleared neuropathic scrambler therapy solution to all four military branches. It has proved valuable as a drug-free, cost-effective, pain-free treatment for several types of chronic pain. While these outlets do not serve civilians, it is satisfying to know that our wounded soldiers now have access to this solution for post surgical pain, phantom limb syndrome, diabetic neuropathy and other chronic diseases, back injury, neck pain, lower limb neuropathy and other neuropathic conditions.

LIST OF U.S. MILITARY BASES / HOSPITALS OFFERING CALMARE THERAPY (2013)

VA HOSPITALS

Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center
Richmond, VA 23249

ARMY

San Antonio Military Medical Center
(formerly Brooke Army)
Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234

AIR FORCE

Andrews Air Force Base
Andrews Air Force Base, MD 20762-6421

NAVY

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
Portsmouth, VA 23708-2111

Naval Medical Center San Diego
San Diego, CA 92134-5000

Naval Medical Center Bethesda
Bethesda, MD 20889

Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune
Camp Lejeune, NC 28547-0100

Naval Hospital Pensacola
Pensacola, FL 32512-0001

Naval Hospital Bremerton
Bremerton, WA 98312-1898

Naval Hospital Jacksonville 
Jacksonville, FL 32214-5000

Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton
Camp Pendleton, CA 92055-5008

U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa
Chatan-cho, Okinawa 904-0103

Post Herpetic Neuralgia (PHN) patient conducts exhaustive research on drug-free pain treatment and finally discovers relief with Calmare Therapy

(For privacy purposes, Joan prefers to publish her first name only).
anon woman in silhouetteJoan’s education and livelihood has been centered in the field of healthcare. She earned degrees in health science as well as a nursing degree (RN). Her career spans more than 30 years working as an executive in a pharmaceutical company and in private consulting.

In 2005, she was diagnosed with shingles and has suffered from post hepatic neuropathy (PHN) ever since. Joan was not content to simply take pain medications for the rest of her life (the dosages were high and she experienced unpleasant side effects). Below, Joan shares firsthand how her discovery of Calmare Therapy finally lessened her chronic neuropathy and improved her quality of life exponentially.

Joan’s Story
“I left no stone unturned in my search for relief from PHN’s severe nerve shocks that strike at any given time. The symptoms that I suffer from are intensive nerve pain shocks that happen almost nonstop and painful skin sensitivity (allodynia) that renders me unable to wear certain fabrics or allow anyone to touch the affected side of my back. It becomes very hard to relax and the pain causes me to hold a lot of stress in my body. I was an out-patient at a renowned New York City pain center for a number of years where I was prescribed many different pain medications; underwent several painful and invasive nerve block procedures and even tried deep brain stimulation treatments. Sad to say, none of these efforts resulted in any significant improvement in my pain.

At the onset of my illness, I was prescribed Lyrica and the dosage gradually crept up until I was taking 600mg, much higher than the recommended daily dosage of 300mg. I was on this regime for a couple of years. Then I changed physicians and was prescribed a compounded topical cream in addition to the Lyrica. This medication regimen offered me some relief, but if I missed a dose or did not apply the cream, the pain became very intense. Many nights, the shocks and firings from the nerve damage kept me awake.

Monthly pain management research
Each month since this happened to me, I sit down at my computer and research the latest findings and new therapies for pain neuropathy. When I discovered the clinical trial results for Calmare Therapy, published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management Continue reading

Why we are 100% committed to Calmare Therapy

November 9, 2012

Because we have the privilege of knowing and helping magnificent young women like Amanda who makes us appreciate life more than ever:

Welcoming our first Calmare patient from the UK

The past week has been a tough one on us personally and professionally. Thankfully, we were able to keep the office operational throughout most of the storm. All of us sustained significant destruction of our homes but that is only brick and mortar (and a lot of mud…) which can be repaired and rebuilt.
 
Remarkably, one of our new patients was able to fly into NJ from England over the weekend in order to start her Calmare Therapy as scheduled beginning yesterday. What a remarkable woman to make the journey in search of a solution to her chronic pain as a result of  CRPS/RSD in the left foot and knee for more than two years! Other therapies and drugs did not lessen or alleviate her pain.  She read about our positive results treating RSD using Calmare and made the long (and painful) journey here to start treatment. We look forward to keeping you updated on her progress.

Guest blogger – Our front desk associate, Cathy, talks about Calmare

Cathy Schnackenberg Gruszka

September 14, 2012

My name is Cathy Schnackenberg Gruszka and I have known Dr. Michael Cooney since I was 17-years- old and my Mom said I should go see the new chiropractic doctor here in Rutherford, New Jersey. Mind you, I never imagined 35 years later I would be working for Dr. Cooney because I had no clue as to what a chiropractor did!  After meeting him, I immediately felt a connection with Dr. Cooney so of course I told my four sisters about him. They have gone to him ever since and we were one of the first families to treat at his practice before it has grown into what we have now.

Today, I’m honored to be an employee of Dr. Cooney and work as his front receptionist at the practice. My personal and professional mission is to get the word out that I truly see miracles happen here with the Calmare Therapy. I am not saying it works for everyone, however, what I witness every day are true miracles. I see people come in saying they have had certain pain where they are ready to give up all hope, some say we are their last resort, some are so skeptical but are nonetheless willing to try the Calmare because they still have that flicker of hope.

I will tell you this, I love my job!!!! I love seeing patients leave here with a huge smile on their faces. When they say to us, “This office has given my life back to me…”well, words cannot express how I feel. The best part of being part of Dr. Cooney’s group is that I get to meet so many wonderful people from around the United States and even around the world! Although they sometimes tell me I have touched their lives, truly they have touched mine.

I feel extremely lucky to be working here where miracles happen. If anyone suffers from non-stop pain and wonders, “Would this work for me?” I definitely can tell you in all honesty that I recommend you give it a try. You have nothing to lose.

I, on the other hand, have much to gain ─ I get to meet so many wonderful people and play a small part in helping them get back to enjoying their lives again.

Thank you to “Surviving Chronic Pain”

September 5, 2012

It was my honor to guest post about Calmare Therapy on the very popular Facebook and website organization, “Surviving Chronic Pain,” a peer-to-peer support group for people suffering any form of chronic pain. They offer a 24-hour chat room where people can find support. Just launched in March of this year, their Facebook group already has a membership network of more than 2,500 members. My post is reposted below:

Surviving Chronic Pain

A Special “Guest” Post by Dr. Michael Cooney
Rutherford Allied Medical Group │ Calmare Therapy NJ

A little background about Calmare Therapy

First, thank you to Karen and her group leadership at Surviving Chronic Pain for inviting me to guest post. My life’s work has been to alleviate or greatly minimize people living in pain. A few years ago, we had some patients whom were unable to help using traditional therapy nor did they respond to medication. We decided to take action for a new, drug-free solution. After researching and experimenting with several types of non-invasive technologies designed to alleviate pain, we finally discovered Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment.

Once the machine was delivered to our office, we asked those treatment-resistant patients to come in and try Calmare, as an informal clinical trial. The results shocked us for a couple of reasons:

• The majority of patients who tried it (living with chronic pain conditions including post surgical pain, diabetic neuropathy, CRPS, RSD, chronic lower extremity pain) saw significant improvements in their pain by the third 45-minute treatment, some even sooner.

• By the end of the 10-treatment cycle, more than 50% of our patients no longer needed pain medication.

• Patients experienced no pain during the therapy and there were no side effects during or after treatment (except for some sleepiness).

To this day, we aren’t sure who was more excited by the results of our clinical trial – the patients or our staff!

Two years later, we have treated children, teens, adults and seniors from around the U.S., Europe and Africa. We are proud to be part of a national network of Calmare providers who are helping people in pain from coast to coast – and beyond.

In closing, my message is this ─ as frustrating and discouraging living in chronic pain can be, don’t give up finding a solution to improve your quality of life. Every patient’s medical condition and history is different. Therefore, what doesn’t work for him, may be just what your body needs. There are non-invasive alternative pain therapies that can work. If you are unable to look for possible solutions yourself, get support and help from family members and friends. (They love you and want to help you).

If any Surviving Chronic Pain members would like to learn more about Calmare Therapy, feel free to call me at (201) 933-444-zero and I will be happy to talk with you about your unique healthcare situation. Our website is www.calmaretherapynj.com.

Wishing everyone a low pain day. Thanks for listening!

“RSD Gina” discovers Calmare Therapy available in her own backyard

June 2012
Gina, or “RSD Gina” as she is known online, is a lovely and vivacious woman whose daily joy from just living was stolen by a long struggle with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD). Through her research for a drug-free solution to her chronic pain, Gina heard very positive feedback from other people living with RSD who discovered Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment. Then she discovered that one of seven certified providers was located in close-to-home in nearby Bergen County, New Jersey. She contacted Dr. Michael Cooney, program director, and was eventually cleared to begin treatment. Here, “RSD Gina” shares her story.

Due to the severity of Gina’s RSD, she will be coming in for a booster treatment. We hope to share her follow-up experience with you in the near future.

Recommended: “Life as a young adult with RSD / CRPS”

One of our patients established a well written and informative blog, Life as a Young Adult with RSD /CRPS. She started Calmare Therapy with us this week after interacting with us and our patients on Facebook. She is chronicling her Calmare experience on this blog and we’d like to share her most recent post. You can also subscribe to her blog to follow her progress.

Calmare Day 3 Update- A Fantastic Day!

So had session 3 today of calmare. It went really well. By the time i got home, my pain level was at about a 4 out of ten.  Keep in mind that’s after a long commute down the Jersey Turnpike. it remained that most of the day. It spiked a bit in my back when i lifted some heavy containers (stupid me!), but my legs remained at a 4! I took a shower tonight and i have to say it was probably the first time i actually enjoyed  a shower in at least a year! I could shave my legs and use shower gel on a poof and the water actually felt great! I’m very pleased with how much the sensitivity to touch has decreased! I didn’t expect that to happen! I was only expecting pain relief. In fact, it lowered the spiked back pain back to a four! Now its almost bedtime, my worst time and my pain’s at about a 5 out of ten. I’m really pleased! And i blowdryed and straightened my hair! I haven’t straightened my hair since the fall of 2011.

Thank you to 201 Health magazine

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 June 28, 2012

Just received our issue to see a wonderful three-page spread on Calmare Therapy and Dr. Cooney in 201 Health Magazine_2012.

Our thanks to patients, Amanda Davidson and Laura Miller, for offering to be interviewed and photographed for the article. This piece serves as an objective, informative introduction to the therapy and speaks from our patients’ point-of-view. Most importantly, this article proves that the “word” is out about Calmare and how it can help people in pain. Bravo 201 Health!