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Oregonian mother and daughter travel 3,000 miles for scrambler therapy in New Jersey

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And we are pleased to say it was well worth their long journey.

Laurie Mounts during treatment

Laurie undergoing pain-free Calmare Therapy treatment which has no side effects. July 2014.

Laurie Mounts was injured in 2008 and later diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome  (CRPS). When she presented at Calmare Therapy NJ in early July 2014, her pain level was a 9/10 on her entire left side from her feet up to the shoulder.

Laurie Mounts Legs before

Laurie exhibited classic CRPS symptoms including skin discoloration.

Laurie’s symptoms includes discoloration (see image at left), allodynia, numbness, tingling, sweats, swelling, burning and brittle hair.

Before discovering scrambler therapy, Laurie and her family had aggressively sought out several pain relief treatments including physical therapy, prescription medications and, ultimately, the implantation of a spinal cord stimulator ( SCS ).

Ultimately, these chronic pain treatment efforts for CRPS were not successful.

Due to an eventual increase in pain levels, Laurie was bedridden much of her life and relied on sleep medications for the very limited amount of sleep she was able to achieve.

This lovely young woman and her dedicated family persevered, nonetheless.

We are delighted to share their video diary here.

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!

 

Exercise can help lessen pain in chronic pain patients

spine-universe logoI’m thoroughly enjoying my blogging experience on SpineUniverse.com.   I’ve interacted with some interesting colleagues and offered advice to several readers.  Now that we are all online, the world seems much more compact!

I’d like to repost a recent article I wrote earlier this week about the value of exercising, even for patients in pain. Several of my Calmare scrambler therapy patients used walking (starting slow and building distance and speed) as the first exercise they undertook once their pain was under control.

Just be sure to consult with  your treating doctor about how much and what exercise is right for you, depending on your medical condition.

Now. Water aerobics anyone? 

From a doctor’s perspective, treating chronic pain is one of the most difficult professional challenges. Every patient is completely unique and so is their body and mind’s reaction to pain.  As a chiropractor who does not support invasive therapies or drugs, it’s my job to help patients discover additional ways to minimize pain that works uniquely for them.

Depending on the severity of your medical condition, this can range from the warm embrace of a beloved pet, wrapping the affected area with a warm towel, sipping a soothing cup of tea or ─or working up a sweat!

Although it may seem counterintuitive, exercise can most certainly be an excellent option to lessen pain.

How?

  • Your body releases endorphins when you exercise, which puts you in a better mood, combats depression and even helps block pain receptors.
  • Exercise also makes your body stronger, which can take some of the stress off areas causing you pain. For example, strengthening your core (belly muscles) can help reduce back pain because your back doesn’t need to work so hard to support your body.

You may be surprised at the positive response your body gives you after even a light workout. First and foremost, however, be sure to discuss starting an exercise routine with your treating doctor first. Once you’ve received the green light to go ahead, consider two of my favorite exercise options:

Yoga

Yoga is low-impact and incorporates stretching, strengthening, and meditation. Remember, you don’t need to be able to contort yourself into a pretzel to enjoy the benefits of yoga and, in fact, you are encouraged to go at a pace that is comfortable for you.  Most gyms and yoga studios offer classes for beginners, so you’re sure to find the class that suits you.

Swimming and Water Aerobics

If yoga isn’t for you, get in the water and consider a water aerobics program. According to the National Council on Exercise, your body weighs 90% less underwater. This takes a lot of stress off of your joints and muscles, allowing you to move more easily. Proper hydration is key with water aerobics because you won’t realize if you’re actually sweating.

You may be reluctant to get out and start exercising at first, but with the permission of your doctor, gently give it a try. Often, my patients will tell me they were skeptical about the benefits of exercising until they tried it.

And even though you’re excited to get started, take it slow at first so your body can adjust to the new level of activity. Starting a safe exercise program empowers patients in pain to be active and fight back against pain on their own terms.

Let me know if you find an exercise that works for you and I’ll be happy to share it.

Update on our 12-year-old patient, Jamie

July 16, 2012

(Ed. Note:  Joan sent us this update on her son, Jamie, last week and generously allowed us to share it with you all):

Thought you would like to know that Jamie is still going strong with zero pain after 22 weeks !! 

We just returned from a week at a lake and he water-skied and innertubed and kayaked and had a blast.  Much better than last summer when he could only watch…  Thanks again for giving him his life back,  Joan.

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!

Our 12-year-old former patient’s Mom offers an update

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Here at Rutherford Allied Medical, Fridays are always a good day. Even when we know we’ll be in on Saturday (every other week),  we still celebrate the ending of a fruitful work week. And once in a while, on our beloved Friday, we receive an added bonus–icing on the cake–which was the case this morning.

We’d like to share an email we received today, with names removed to protect our patient’s privacy. What does this message mean to us? It means we’ve helped a child with Calmare Therapy to find his way back to good health and enjoying life again–what every child deserves.

Hi Dr. Cooney,
 
I am happy to report that J_____S______ is still at ZERO pain and it has been 4 weeks (yesterday) !!!!  YEA!  

Thanks to YOU.
 
He has had 3 tennis lessons, managed a “Superior” at his piano festival last Sat (even though he hadn’t been able to practice with his left hand for the 2+ mo prior to Calmare therapy), he is able to use the wheel again at pottery, and has signed up for golf and fencing lessons and we leave to go skiing this afternoon!!!  HE HAS HIS LIFE BACK !!!
 
Thanks again,
 
J. S.

Thank you JS! You’ve more than made our TGIF.

CIPN patient shares her experience with Calmare Therapy

February 15, 2012 – Amsterdam

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A Letter from Nelia B (Condition: CIPN after Chemo Taxol Therapy)

For the past 2 1/2 years, I’ve been suffering from severe CIPN in my feet, after undergoing Taxol therapy for breast cancer. Three months after finishing the chemo, the neuropathy got much worse. Since then I’ve been on a high dose of pain medication (Gabapentin, Venlafaxine, Tramadol). Still my pain kept being at a level between 5 to 10. I also tried morphine patches, two painful and unsuccessful nerve blocks, cortisone injections, acupuncture, tens treatments and vitamin B12 shots. Nothing helped.

My doctors told me that my CIPN was chronic and not much else could be done about it. Meanwhile, I kept researching options and read about the clinical trials for CIPN with “Calmare Therapy” at the Massey Cancer Center, as well as at the University of Wisconsin (UW) Carbone Center. The doctors at both institutions told me that they experienced positive outcomes. I was also able to talk to a patient who underwent Calmare treatment, which was encouraging also. Then in the fall of 2011, I learned that the US Military opened several Calmare centers.

In December 2011, I decided to give it a try and contacted Dr. Cooney at the Rutherford Allied Medical Group in the United States. Afraid of being disappointed, I was a skeptical patient. But after the first treatment, my feet felt relaxed and I could sense a slight relief. Thereafter, I got better with every treatment and started cutting down the pain medication. After 10 treatments I was on 10% pain medication and the pain was at level 3 to 5. When I returned home the pain slightly increased, but then it stabilized. Although I am not pain free, I feel so much better.

The Calmare treatment has given me back some quality of live, I did not have in three years. I’ve much more energy, my head is clear–being on much less medication–and I feel hopeful! It’s great to be on the street and look down the block, knowing that I can actually walk there; it is even better that I can finally take my children to the playground. My family is very relieved seeing me feeling better.

I’m very grateful to have found the Rutherford Allied Medical Group in New Jersey. Thank you Dr. Cooney and Dr. Michel for the wonderful care!

If you suffer from CIPN, you absolutely should give it a try. Good luck!

Nelia B.

Mayo Clinical Trial using Calmare scrambler therapy for study

February 2, 2012

The Mayo Clinic is still posting for study participants to engage in scrambler therapy treatment for chronic pain in patients with rash from Varicella Zoster Virus infection. To learn more, visit http://clinicaltrials.mayo.edu/clinicaltrialdetails.cfm?trial_id=101568

Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) patient begins Calmare Therapy

As we mentioned a few weeks ago, we welcomed our first Calmare Therapy patient from Europe (Amsterdam) this week who is undergoing treatment to combat chronic bilateral foot pain as a result of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, or CIPN. As we and others have shared in the past, CIPN pain is notoriously difficult to treat successfully.

Our patient contracted CIPN three months after undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer more than three years ago.  Her pain level escalated to a seven and she began having difficulty walking. She is undergoing 10 Calmare treatments and her outcome looks very positive. We look forward to sharing her outcome as she therapy progresses.

Dr. Michael Cooney

Treatment for Chemotherapy Pain – Calmare Therapy Making News

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney

It is one of the great frustrations of healthcare–pain.  And, often, those who suffer the most live every moment of every day in pain. This could not be more true for cancer patients who have endured chemotherapy in order to eradicate the cancer from their bodies. Often, the chemo is successful and the patient’s cancer is in remission. But these “soldiers against cancer” are often left with a weakened, damaged body as a result of the powerful after-affects of the drugs.

This condition, chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, called CIPN, has no real cure. There are pain killing drugs (more drugs) of course, along with a few alterative therapies can help alleviate some of the pain. But there is no cure for CIPN.

That’s why the news from several studies underway, including the University of Wisconsin, as well as the Mayo Clinic (3/4 way through this video, Dr. Charles Loprinzi discusses the scrambler therapy study which they have in progress now 11.2011)  are so important. These centers’ studies are finding that Calmare’s scrambler therapy is producing significantly positive results in minimizing or even eliminating pain from chemotherapy treatment. These findings, starting to filter in from our country’s most respected cancer centers, serve as a light at the end of a long, dark tunnel of pain for our friends, family and colleagues living with the painful after-effects of chemotherapy treatment.