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Why Calmare Can Be Ideal for Children and Teens Battling Chronic Pain

November 30, 2016

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director, Calmare Therapy NJ USA

The last thing any parent or caregiver wants to do is subject their child to pain or watch them battle pain day after day.

Additionally, no parent I’ve ever met wants to give their child narcotics to combat pain, even for the short-term.

But, if your child is suffering, you’ll do just about anything to help them feel better.

I realized that during the month of June at our New Jersey Calmare clinic, about 70 percent of the patients we treated for neuropathy using scrambler therapy were under 25 years old.

And about 50 percent of those patients were under age 18.

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  • FDA-cleared 510(k)-cleared and European CE mark-certified
  • Pain-free treatment
  • Non-invasive (no injections, IV’s, outpatient procedures)
  • Drug-free (no narcotics or even over-the-counter medications required).
  • No side effects (except for a possible light humming sensation which we can adapt if your skin is unable to sustain any kind of touch)

How does scrambler therapy work?

Children or teenagers are comfortably connected to the Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment® device via small electrodes (similar to those used in EKG and other medical procedures) placed on the patient’s skin at the pain site/s.

The device then sends a very low current of electrical stimulation through the skin and nerve fibers, which carries a “no pain” signal to the brain, essentially overriding the previous pain signal.

Abby Bluteau getting treatment_2015We recommend the child have books, magazines or handheld entertainment to help pass the time during the 35-minute daily treatments (see Abby at left).

In some cases, pain relief has been reported after the first treatment, but each child’s case is unique.

Scrambler therapy treatments are performed over a two-week period, with the goal of the patient’s pain steadily decreasing, eliminating the need for wheelchairs, canes or any mobility support devices.

Once the child is back home, after ample rest and care is taken not to “do too much too soon,” many pediatric patients return to school and normal daily activities.

Pediatric Chronic Pain Patient Testimonials 

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Would you like to discuss if Calmare might help your child or teenager?

Reach out by calling the Calmare Therapy NJ USA clinic (located minutes from New York City) at (201) 933 – 4440; email us privately at CalmareNJ@gmail.com or complete the eCard below:

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Fibromyalgia (FMS) pain and symptoms can be lessened or eliminated with Calmare Therapy

Symptoms_of_fibromyalgiaNovember 28, 2016

People living with fibromyalgia are often left to suffer from debilitating symptoms–radiating muscular and joint pain, depression, painful tender points, fatigue, headaches, and sleep disorders–since the disease is notoriously treatment-resistant.

A laundry list of prescription medications, invasive and even non-invasive treatments have left sufferers still in pain, and living on the sidelines of life because of it.

One of the reasons Dr. Cooney and Dr. Kelly introduced Calmare Therapy in 2011 was to offer a new pain relief solution specifically for people battling medication and treatment-resistant pain, like fibromyalgia.

Calmare scrambler therapy painlessly scrambles pain messaging from the brain

FDA-cleared Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment uses a drug-free, non-invasive, biophysical approach to chronic pain relief by transmitting a ‘no-pain’ message to the pain-producing nerve/s via painless surface electrodes applied to the skin consistently over a period of time.

calmare-patient-laura-miller-in-central-park-2011Laura Miller describes her Calmare Therapy treatment for fibromyalgia

Regardless of the intensity of the pain, Calmare can offer a truly viable alternative to medications that only mask the pain temporarily.

Providing patients with Calmare chronic pain relief since 2011, we have experienced an average success rate of 80 percent, meaning patients have attained significant pain and symptom relief the degree they were able to return to normal daily function.

Teenager Katie Salmon talks about Calmare Therapy helping to defeat her fibromyalgia

Any potential Calmare patient has a live, phone or video chat meeting with Calmare Therapy NJ clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney, to discuss:

1) medical history

2) medications being used to treat FMS symptoms

3) other therapeutic treatment efforts previously undertaken

This one-on-one meeting also gives patients and loved ones the opportunity to ask their own questions about the Calmare therapy treatment process.

Our exclusive Calmare NJ Patient-2-Patient™ program will put you in touch with a fellow fibromyalgia patient (volunteer) who had a positive outcome after undergoing Calmare Therapy.

Catherine Miller gets her life back on track after Calmare Therapy 

Use our Patient-to-Patient program to talk with one of our patient volunteers who used Calmare to lessen fibromyalgia pain and symptoms

calmare-patient2patientPeople from around the world who come to New Jersey for Calmare scrambler therapy have already tried countless medications and painful and invasive treatments. Understandably, it’s difficult for them to try another ‘alternative treatment’ and risk disappointment again.

For this reason, we offer our Patient-to-Patient program comprised of volunteer (unpaid) former patients who completed the 10-treatment program and lessened or even eliminated their pain and symptoms from several chronic pain conditions, including FMS.

If you’d like to learn more about Calmare or chat with one of our volunteer patients, call us at (201) 933-4440, email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com or complete the eCard below:

 

 

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

thanksgiving_calmareFrom our entire team here in New Jersey, USA, we wish all of our patients, colleagues and friends a happy Thanksgiving.

No matter what our challenges may be in life, we have the gift of just being here, and for this we are so very grateful.

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Mayo Clinic Doctors Tout Calmare Scrambler Therapy’s Chronic Pain Treatment Benefits

November 14, 2016

mayo clinicAs we’ve reported before, the Mayo Clinic, one of the world’s most respected medical research institutions,  has performed a number of clinical trials using scrambler therapy for chronic pain reduction.

In the 11.11.16  issue of their patient-targeted newsletter published last Friday, Mayo Clinic Health Newsletter, the institution published a lengthy overview about scrambler therapy and its significant pain reduction merits for people with a range of medication and treatment-resistant neuropathies.

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Results from Dr. Charles Loprinzi’s scrambler therapy trial (2015)

Key Excerpt:

“Mayo Clinic doctors are optimistic about the pain scrambler. Based on research, and their own experience treating people, it appears the device can have good to dramatic results…”

We are (again) encouraged by the Mayo Clinic’s confidence to highlight scrambler therapy in their publications, which reach thousands of reader subscribers around the world.

To learn more about scrambler therapy treatment performed exclusively by Dr. Michael Cooney

Find out if your chronic pain condition might be right for Calmare Therapy.

Unlike other healthcare clinics, you can speak directly with Dr. Cooney about your medical history and previous chronic pain treatment efforts. At Calmare Therapy NJ USA, we will not recommend treatment for you if our team does not pre-determine you may a strong chance of sustained pain reduction.

Call us at (201) 933-4440 and let’s talk about your chronic pain condition. As you will discover after reading our Patient Case Studies, we treat newly diagnosed neuropathy as well as cases where patients have been battling this disease for decades.

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Honoring CRPS and RSD Warriors Everywhere – November 7

November 7, 2016

rsd-awarenessEveryone at Calmare Therapy NJ USA honors those battling one of the most debilitating silent diseases.

We are fighting every day to reach as many people as possible to let them know that there are alternative therapies which may help lessen their pain, when drugs, devices and invasive treatments have failed them.

There is always hope.

 

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Calmare Therapy Clinical Trial: Diagnosed Diabetic Nerve Pain

Calmare Therapy (Scrambler Therapy) to Treat Diagnosed Cases of Diabetic Nerve Pain and Reduce Chronic Neuropathic Pain Symptoms

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What is Diabetic Neuropathy?

Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can occur as a side effect from diagnosed diabetes. High blood sugar (glucose) can damage nerve fibers throughout your body, but diabetic neuropathy–nerve pain as a result of the disease of diabetes–most often damages nerves in the lower extremities (legs and feet) and the hands.

Depending on the affected nerves, symptoms of diabetic neuropathy can range from pain and numbness in the extremities to digestive, urinary tract, blood vessels and heart complications. For some people, these symptoms are mild; for others, diabetic neuropathy can be extremely painful, debilitating and disabling.

Even with stringent blood sugar control and a healthy lifestyle, some diabetic patients still experienced severe diabetic nerve pain.

Study Conducted by

Michael J. Cooney, D.C., Clinical Director

Rutherford Allied Medical Group / Calmare Therapy NJ

Location

323 Union Ave., Rutherford, New Jersey (10 miles from New York City)

Study Start Date

Monday, December 5 to Friday, December 16, 2016

Calmare Therapy NJ Background

Calmare Therapy NJ / Rutherford Allied Medical Group, is one of only ten certified providers of Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment®, an FDA-cleared, non-invasive, pain-free, drug-free technology to treat patients suffering from several types of long-term, high-intensity pain.

Since introducing the treatment in 2011, Dr. Cooney has successfully treated more than 500 patients with severe neuropathic pain as a result of injury, surgery or disease.

Scope of the Diabetic Nerve Pain Study

We are conducting a no-cost, 10-treatment (one 35-minute daily therapy session) Calmare Therapy clinical trial study for pre-qualified patients suffering from diagnosed diabetic neuropathy to determine the efficacy of scrambler therapy as a viable treatment solution for condition-induced neuropathy.

Eligibility Criteria

Selected clinical trial volunteers must be available to undergo a protocol of 10 treatments, once per day, Monday through Friday. We will make every effort to schedule daily appointments at a convenient time for participants.

Travel, daily transportation, meals and accommodations are at the trial participant’s expense

Informed Consent

Clinical trial volunteers who are selected for the study are asked to sign the Informed Consent Form. Signing this document does not require participants to remain for the duration of the study, however.

People can leave the study at any time—either before the study starts or at any time during the study or the follow-up period. The informed consent process continues throughout the study. If new benefits, risks, or side effects are discovered during the study, the researchers must inform the participants.

Publicity

Calmare Therapy NJ reserves the right to publish data about any participant’s trial outcome. We will not include your name or image, at your request.

To Apply / Contact Us / For More Information

To apply for the trial, learn more or ask questions, please contact:

Dr. Michael Cooney

Clinical Director

Calmare Therapy NJ / Rutherford Allied Medical Group

(201) 933.4440   |   calmarenj@gmail.com

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Honoring CRPS and RSD Awareness Month

November 1, 2016

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For more than five years, we have met courageous and resilient emi-hewatt_mom_dr-cooney_10-16people from around the world–from Australia to Latin America to South Africa to Canada–who are battling RSD and CRPS every minute of their lives.

We honor them even more during CRPS Awareness Month, held every November.

Many have come to Calmare Therapy NJ to try our scrambler therapy, often after drugs, Ketamine, spinal cord stimulators, injections and other treatments have failed them.

Danielle Payne and friends_7.16For many, this machine has changed their lives and allowed them to enjoy living again.Matt Hannon_7.16

To see smart, kind and funny CRPS warriors arrive at our clinic in wheelchairs–and leave walking with smiles on their faces–has been life-changing for every one of us involved in this battle.

We honor RSD and CRPS warriors everywhere.

You inspire us every single day.

Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

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Catherine is back in the kitchen after undergoing Calmare Therapy for Fibromyalgia

October 21, 2016

Catherine is able to do what she loves again, including cooking.
Catherine is able to do what she loves again, including cooking.

Catherine, a 50-something professional who works at a local university in Pennsylvania, had no success getting pain relief for her diagnosed fibromyalgia. But it certainly wasn’t for a lack of trying–

Over the years, she went to see many doctors and tried several chronic pain medications, steroids, epidurals and physical therapy.

She was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2007 after sustaining a shoulder injury. Since then, Catherine’s daily pain fluctuated between at least a four and as high as 8/10 on the pain scale. Not surprisingly, the disease made daily living increasingly difficult; she was also completely exhausted from the disease, to the point it affected her ability to actively participate in life.

When Traditional Fibromyalgia Medications and Treatments Fail…

Catherine heard good things about Calmare Therapy and liked that it was a drug-free, painless treatment–without any unpleasant side effects. She had tried  all of the “traditional” fibromyalgia treatments with no success. It was time to try an alternative therapy because as she noted, “I had nothing to lose and everything to gain.”

Ten Calmare treatments later, for the first time in nine long years, she is finally enjoying significantly less pain, much more energy and  no longer “living life on the sidelines.”

We were delighted to receive her update in our Facebook timeline earlier this week:

“I took a flying leap of faith and went to NJ for the 10-day Calmare Therapy treatment. Now that Calmare Technology 2012I’m feeling so much better, I found a place of my own!!! Move-in day is soon and I am starting to believe that I may have finally taken control of my life again.

This is also the first food photo that I have posted in a very long time.

With the reduced level of pain and the increase in energy since having Calmare, I can actually enjoy cooking again. Here’s a photo of my chicken bruschetta with parmesan roasted potatoes.”

Have Medications and Traditional Treatments for Your Fibromyalgia or Chronic Pain Condition Failed?

We can appreciate your situation. Most of the patients we care for have already tried medications, implanted pain devices, surgery, in-patient procedures and other pain management options, without success.

FAQs with logoCalmare Therapy is not right for everyone, but we would be happy to talk with you about your condition. Contact our friendly team at (201) 933-4440, email us on our private server at CalmareNJ@gmail.com or complete the eCard below and we’ll follow-up with you, if you prefer:

 

 

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Emi Hewatt Heads Back to Australia After Successful CRPS Treatment

October 14, 2016

emi-hewatt-having-calmare-treatment-_10-16You may recall The Border Mail newspaper article which addressed Emi’s four-year battle with CRPS and her effort to raise funds to come to New Jersey, USA from Corryong, Australia to undergo Calmare Therapy, performed by Dr. Michael Cooney, our clinical director.

Emi’s medical history may sound familiar to some of you–

She had foot surgery in 2012 and the symptoms of CRPS began about a month after the operation. Her condition and pain region continued to expand from her lower extremities up the right side of her body.

Due to extreme sensitivity in her foot and leg, she eventually required the support of a wheelchair full-time. In addition, she has not been able to wear shoes on her feet for years.

After a year spent fundraising, Emi arrives in New Jersey

She arrived here two weeks ago, after the arduous 24-hour flight and we immediately began daily scrambler therapy treatments. Steadily, Emi began to experience a lessening of pain with each passing day along with improved mobility.

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The young Aussie buys her first pair of shoes in years during her Calmare Therapy treatment in New Jersey, USA.

Emi responded after treatment #5 that she wanted to go shopping for a pair of shoes. Then she began walking without the need of her wheelchair.

We’ll let Emi share her outcome via her Facebook post after her final Calmare treatment:


“Well tonight is our last night here in the U.S., we fly home tomorrow. I ended up having another treatment yesterday and today. I only had a very very slight amount of pain but thought I would make the most of Calmare while I am here and I am glad I did! We NEED this Calmare treatment in Australia! It’s unbelievable how amazing it works. Before we came we were a bit sceptical and thought it was toogood to be true but after experiencing the amazing results for myself I can’t believe Australia is so behind.

I don’t want to leave! I want to stay here with Calmare NJ and the Calmare machine forever.

Thank you so much to Dr Cooney for giving me and many other CRPS suffers our lives back. You, Barb and Cathy are just beautiful!

The Purple Bucket Foundation are still working hard to get Calmare into Australia. We currently have a ‘my cause’ campaign going to get the machine registered with the Therapeutic Good Administration:  https://www.mycause.com.au/page/138433/bring-scrambler-to-australia

Can’t wait to get home and give everyone a big proper cuddle for the first time in 4 years!!

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A drug-free, alternative treatment for chronic pain, with no side effects

Considering the Herculean effort Emi and her family made to come to us for treatment, we hoped and prayed that she would achieve a successful outcome. (Scrambler therapy is not a panacea and does not work for everyone. Some patients have extenuating health issues beyond the chronic pain condition, some have been misdiagnosed and some disappointing outcomes are unexplained).

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Emi’s mother, Dr. Cooney and Emi say goodbye.

While we are filled to capacity this week, it’s going to be a little quiet around here now that Emi has headed back Down Under. But we are absolutely elated that she’s going home to enjoy a vastly improved quality of life, starting with the newfound ability to hug her loved ones again, without feeling any pain.

To learn more about Calmare Therapy NJ, USA

If you’d like to know more about Calmare Therapy, performed exclusively by CRPS treatment specialist and clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney, visit all the pages on this website. Then we invite you to reach out to us at (201) 933-4440 or email your medical history and questions to CalmareNJ@gmail.com. You can also connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

 

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Kelly Toler Visits for a Calmare Booster Treatment

October 12, 2016

You may recall Kelly came to us from Texas a year ago after hearing about Dr. Cooney’s success using Calmare to treat CRPS. At that time, she had been debilitated by severe pain for nearly seven long years. As a busy wife and mother with young children, she refused to give up finding a solution to make her pain manageable.

Just shy of a year since her successful treatment series, Kelly is back with us this week for booster treatments, to reduce her pain level.

She shared this post on our timeline just before arriving here in New Jersey:

“CRPS has the nicknamed the ‘suicide disease’ and I know exactly why (and it sucks that I know kelly-tolar_10-16_boosterthis).  I have been through many of the treatments they discuss in the CRPS documentary, “Trial By Fire,” including a 4-day ketamine infusion treatment, which was a very, very hard treatment to go through…

If you, or anyone you know, if suffering from this disease, please reach out and contact Calmare NJ and see if Calmare therapy is right for you!

It has done amazing things to change my live and the chronic pain path I have been on for over 8 years now.

I will never be 💯 percent pain-free, but to be able to be even close to that is all I could ask for!! Looking forward to seeing you Dr. Cooney on Wednesday!!”

Calmare Booster Treatments

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 needed to combat any return of pain. Many Calmare patients never need further therapy, but in RSD cases and other conditions resulting in prolonged chronic pain, boosters can be extremely useful.

Some patients only require one booster treatment, others require up to three, on average.

Dr. Cooney explains:

Learn More About a Drug-free Chronic Pain Solution

To learn more about scrambler therapy, which has no side effects, and how it can help lessen several types of neuropathic pain, call us at (201) 933-4440 or email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com. We’ll respond within 24 hours and even put you in touch directly with Dr. Cooney.

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Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association (RSDSA) Publishes Calmare Article By Dr. Michael Cooney

October 4, 2016

rsdsaSince we began treating RSD / CRPS patients back in 2011, we have followed and shared the educational and supportive content from RSDSA.org, a not-for-profit organization operating since 1984.

Today, for the first time in its history, RSDSA published a comprehensive article about Calmare Therapy, authored by our clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney.

Presented in Q&A format, the scrambler therapy overview includes pointed and objective questions about what scrambler therapy is–and what it is not.

If you have not discovered RSDSA,  whose sole mission is to offer CRPS / RSD warriors (and loved ones) valuable resources not only cope with CRPS/RSD–but to live well, we hope you will visit their website.

While you are visiting, please read Dr. Cooney’s article:

Calmare Scrambler Therapy- When Traditional CRPS Treatments Don’t Work
Would you like to learn more about scrambler therapy treatment for RSD/CRPS?

Our team in New Jersey, USA (located 10 minutes outside New York City and 30 minutes from Newark International Airport) would be happy to speak with you specifically about your case.

Contact us between 10 am and 6 pm Eastern time at (201) 933-4440 or email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com.

If you live in the U.S., we will be happy to call you directly. For international queries, we will set up a phone appointment time for you to call in and speak directly with Dr. Cooney.

 

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Medical Professional Finally Finds Pain Relief from Full Body CRPS

September 22, 2016
tish_1_9-22-16Tisha, a 30-something respiratory therapist from Vermont, was injured in an auto accident in January 2015 and eventually diagnosed with full body CRPS.

As a medical professional at a large regional medical center, she had access to all the pain management, cutting-edge pain medications and therapeutic treatments available where she aggressively sought pain relief.

She used a myriad of prescribed pain medications, underwent repeated nerve blocks and ongoing physical therapy.

Unfortunately, her CRPS pain was still relentless.

When prescribed medications and traditional pain treatments don’t work

Having exhausted traditional pain management solutions, Tisha researched alternative neuropathic pain therapies and discovered Calmare Therapy NJ during an internet search for “new treatments for CRPS.”

After speaking directly with clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney about her medical history, previous CRPS treatment efforts and current medication usage, they mutually agreed that scrambler therapy was a viable treatment option for her case.

When Tisha arrived in New Jersey, her pain level varied from a minimum of 6 up to 10/10.

She began the 10-treatment regime on Tuesday, September 6, but pain resolution was not immediate. Because Dr. Cooney is a doctor of chiropractic, he diagnosed that Tisha had sustained a slight derangement of the tibia/ fibula and femur junction, as a result of the car accident.

Thankfully, he as able to reduce the derangement through chiropractic manipulation. After this chiropractic procedure was performed, her overall pain began to diminish steadily.

Ensure that your Calmare Therapy provider is “Calmare Certified”
Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director
Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

“Calmare is a ‘provider dependent therapy’ which means the patient is reliant upon the expertise of the provider to place the leads in the optimal positions to achieve the most positive outcome,” says Dr. Cooney, one of six “Calmare Certified” providers in the U.S.

At the conclusion of the treatment cycle, Tisha returned to New England with a pain level of 1 / 10 for the first time in nearly 18 months.

Are you battling CRPS or RSD?

Dr. Cooney and his friendly and professional team would be happy to talk with you about your battle and determine if scrambler therapy might be a suitable treatment for you. Call us at 201-933-4400, email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com or complete the eCard below:

 

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Cleveland Clinic Continues Calmare Therapy Pediatric Clinical Trials

cleveland-clinicWhen you are providing an “alternative therapy,” there are always additional challenges in trying to successfully relay the merits of the treatment.

Calmare Therapy is no different. While it has been cleared by the FDA, there are still naysayers.

One of the things we do is to promote the ongoing clinical trials by our country’s most esteemed research hospitals, such as the Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins and Massey Cancer Institute.

A new Calmare patient, treating with us for CRPS pain and symptom relief, shared this article from the Cleveland Clinic, which highlights a variety of alternative treatments they recommend to help people battling RSD  / CRPS.

He explained that he first heard about Calmare from this article, published in 2014, which eventually led him to Calmare Therapy NJ USA.

The article noted:

Calmare® Pain Therapy and Experimental Therapies

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Calmare® Pain Therapy could be effective in reducing your symptoms.  At the present time, Cleveland Clinic Department of Pediatric Rehabilitation is trialing Calmare® under experimental review. The FDA is overseeing these investigations.

As you know from many of our patient testimonials from parents and their children, we have been able to lessen the pain from CRPS for many pediatric and adult patients using Calmare Therapy.

Calmare Booster Treatments Explained
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The MC-5A Calmare device is FDA-cleared and earned a U.S. Patent as a unique device in 2013.

Depending on:

1) the severity of the RSD / CRPS condition;

2) length of time the patient has been diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy or complex regional pain syndrome;

subsequent Calmare booster treatments (as few as one treatment) may be necessary, if the pain level begins to rise.

From our clinical experience, over time, the frequency and number of booster treatments necessary should decrease over time for most patients.

Where do you start?

At Calmare Therapy NJ USA,  the first thing for a potential patient to do is to pour a cup of tea and look at every page of our website. You’ll learn how our treatment works, the types of neuropathic pain we treat, and why having your therapy with us will be unique from other providers here in the U.S. and around the world.

Best of all, you will have a live, one-on-one conversation directly with our clinical director, Dr. Michael J. Cooney, who has championed Calmare as a superior treatment option for CRPS and RSD cases. During this discussion, you will talk about your medical history, other treatment therapies you have undergone and what medications you are currently using.

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Dr. Cooney is shown treating Trish, a CRPS patient from Australia.
Call our friendly Calmare team at 201-933-4440 or fill out the eCard below and we’ll call you!

 

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Brandon Heads to NJ for Calmare Therapy to Overcome CRPS Pain and Swelling

August 31, 2016

Oklahomian Brandon Willis was diagnosed with CRPS after foot surgery in 2013. Like many sufferers, prescribed opiates did not lessen his pain or help relieve other symptoms, particularly periodic swelling.

He discovered Dr. Cooney and Calmare Therapy after he joined several online CRPS groups, seeking support and treatment recommendations.

Brandon and his family headed east to New Jersey for treatment earlier this month. As he continued to feel better, they also made good use of the clinic’s close proximity to New York City and enjoyed several days of sightseeing.

Where do you turn when prescription drugs and other treatments don’t lessen your chronic pain?

Well, for starters, don’t give up searching for the right solution. Calmare is a new pain treatment that doesn’t involve any medication use, needles or other painful procedures. And there are no unpleasant side effects during or after each treatment.

Cleared by the FDA, Calmare scrambler therapy is a new treatment for chronic pain that is changing many people’s lives.

Calmare Certified Location LogoWe’d be honored to try to help you or a loved one battling CRPS, Shingles pain (PHN), pain after chemotherapy treatment (CIPN), diabetic neuropathy or chronic pain after surgery. Calmare Therapy NJ USA is one of only six Certified Calmare Therapy providers in the U.S.

Call our friendly and understanding Calmare team at (201) 933-4440 or email us at calmarenj@gmail.com. If you’d like us to reach out to you, complete the eCard below and we’ll get back to you right away.

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Calmare Helps Betsy Overcome Post-Surgical Chronic Pain

August 22, 2016

Betsy from New Jersey thought having back surgery would finally end her chronic back pain. After undergoing a laminectomy (an operation to remove the back of one or more vertebrae, usually to relieve pressure on nerves), her specific back pain was alleviated, but she experienced new pain running from her back down to her feet.

She was prescribed Lyrica, in increasing dosages, followed by cortisone shots. Neither reduced her unremitting pain.

Betsy’s husband grew increasingly worried, as his formerly vivacious and spirited wife was experiencing increasing pain and limited mobility.

They heard about Calmare Therapy, the FDA-cleared, drug-free, pain-free treatment, which combats several types of chronic pain, including post-op surgical neuropathy.

Betsy came to Rutherford, in Bergen County, NJ, and completed the 10 treatment cycle in July 2016.

Dr. Cooney, Betsy and her husband describe her case and eventual outcome after treatment:

Would you like to find out if Calmare Therapy might be right for you?

Many patients to come to Calmare Therapy NJ USA have already tried a plethora of drugs, injections, invasive procedures, inpatient drug treatments… and still have chronic pain that continues to deplete their quality of life every day.

But they, or their loved ones, have not given up hope. With no obligation, we would be happy to talk with you about your medical history and mutually determine if Calmare might be an option for your neuropathic pain condition.

Watch and read more stories about people from around the world who have come to New Jersey for Calmare Therapy, performed by Dr. Michael Cooney.

Please call us directly at (201) 933-4440, email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com or complete the eCard below and we’ll be happy to follow-up with you.

 

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Teenager Joyce Nester Can Finally Sleep Again After Calmare Therapy

August 10, 2016

Eighteen-year-old Joyce suffered for four long years with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). She was diagnosed with the condition although she did not suffer from an injury or surgery.

Powerful prescription drugs and other treatments efforts did not lessen her chronic pain. She soon needed a wheelchair for mobility. After undergoing 10 scrambler therapy treatments here at Calmare Therapy NJ USA, her pain was a 2/10 when she left.

Joyce shared an email update describing how she is doing on August 10, 2016:

“After a long, long trip home, I’m still resting well. Thanks to the Calmare, the flight home was a lot less painful and my nights are still a lot better!!

I’m tired and sore, but so glad I came to you guys! It’s been the most relief I’ve had in 4 years.

I can’t even say how thankful I am to you all…

Have a great year!

Joyce”

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Chanelle Checks in Between Hawaii and Australia

August 8, 2016

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

CRPS RibbonTwenty-eight-year-old Chanelle brightened our office during her 10- Calmare Therapy treatments earlier this year. She had been suffering with CRPS for 15 years (yes, it can affect children, teens, adults and seniors) primarily in her upper body, most severely in her left arm).

We started talking back in 2014, and this year she made the arduous 24-hour flight to New Jersey, USA from Australia.

Over the years, she and her loving family had aggressively tried several CRPS pain treatments for her, including:

  • Myriad of medications
  • Acupuncture
  • Physical therapy
  • Nerve blocks
  • Ketamine
  • Two spinal cord stimulator (SCS) trials (first traditional then high-frequency)

Finally, in the spring of 2016, Chanelle arrived at our clinic; after her 10-day treatment protocol,  she achieved an outstanding outcome, and left us nearly pain-free for the first time in more than a decade.

August 2016: Chanelle Sends an Update from Hawaii

Much to my delight, I received this recent update from her on my Facebook profile:

inside airplane“So a couple of weeks ago, i flew to Hawaii to see my partner. Since having the Calmare treatment, that has been the best flight experience for me. I’m usually in agonizing pain on the flight, and wonder why it is I torture myself my getting in a plane.

But this time, I sat back and enjoyed watching movies and arrived…relaxed 😊 !! My arm was even good enough for me to hold a gun long enough to shoot at the range… without pain.”

Why Calmare, Why Now?

This young woman’s story means the world to all of us. Every patient who graces our door has tried every drug, invasive and painful treatments and traveled incredible distances in search of pain treatment, only to be disappointed again. Many are (justifiably) on the verge of giving up hope.

But some have discovered our clinic here in New Jersey and their lives, along with their friends and family, have been changed by the success of scrambler therapy. We wish we could say this treatment for everyone and that it is “the cure” for all chronic pain. But, sadly, this isn’t the case. Nonetheless, we continue to achieve better than 80% success in significantly reducing severe chronic pain for people battling post-surgical pain and neuropathy from other chronic medical conditions.

We welcome our opportunity to help you or a loved loved one battling neuropathy, whether you are newly diagnosed or have suffered with chronic pain for decades, as Chanelle has.

Call us (you can ask for me and I’ll call you back) at 201-933-4440 or email me with your medical history. Let’s get a conversation going. Let’s start fighting back.

 

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Diabetic Nerve Pain Can be Managed Using Drug-Free Treatments Like Calmare Therapy

People with diabetes often experience excruciating chronic foot pain.

August 5, 2016

An astounding 26 million Americans are living with diabetes and about one in five experience diabetic nerve pain.

This severe chronic pain condition, called diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN), has been reported by patients at a rate that is actually double the estimate from healthcare providers across the country, according to a new survey conducted by the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA).

But diabetics are already reliant on medications to keep their conditions under control and do not want to add prescription pain medication to an already complex myriad of drugs they are taking to manage their disease.

More concerning, many doctors react to “I’m in pain” by writing a script for painkillers or opiates, doctors which can be prohibitively expensive, produce dangerous side effects, or become ineffective in managing the pain over time.

Pain Symptoms of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN):
  • Numbnessburning
  • Stabbing pain in the hands or feet
  • Tingling or burning
  • Extreme sensitivity to pain and temperature
  • Shooting pain
  • Loss of balance

Most troubling is the fact many sufferers don’t know to ask about drug-free ways to treat this pain with their healthcare providers. Sadly, 77% of patients says DPN interferes with their ability to complete and enjoy normal day-to-day activities.

What Causes Diabetic Neuropathy?

The cause of this pain is the result of uncontrolled sugar levels that, over time, damages the nerves, most commonly affecting the toes, feet and hands.

Successful treatment for diabetic nerve pain can be challenging, and the condition can often be drug-resistant as well.

Calmare Scrambler Therapy Can Overcome Nerve Pain

That’s where Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment can help. This drug-free, pain-free therapy is available at Rutherford Allied Medical Group in northern New Jersey, the one and only pain treatment facility that has advanced expertise in helping patients from around the world to cope with diabetes-related pain.

Living with diabetes is challenging enough—you should not have to live with debilitating pain or side effects from prescription painkillers just to get through the day.

Calmare Therapy NJ USA – A Different Kind of Pain Treatment Center

Dr. Michael Cooney is the clinical director of Calmare Therapy NJ and would be happy to talk with you about your medical history in more detail. He’ll be frank, candid and caring.

At Calmare Therapy NJ USA, you will experience healthcare in a more personalized, caring atmosphere. We deal with pain every day.

We know what you are dealing with. And we’re here to help you get back to living your life again.

If you would like to learn more, complete the form below and we’ll be happy to answer any questions via email or call you with this information. Or, if you prefer, feel free to call our Calmare team at 201-933-4440:

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Sixteen-year-old Battling RSD Achieves 0 Pain Level After Three Years

Danielle and her best friend.
Danielle and her best friend.

August 1, 2016

“My daughter missed about 75 percent of the last two school years,” says Marlo Payne, a registered nurse from update New York. “Her full body RSD had just taken over her life.” Danielle was diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) after a bunionectomy performed in 2013. The burning pain started in her toes and eventually spread to the top of her head.

Danielle said the burning pain was so severe she eventually felt ‘her brain sizzling.’ The Payne family mobilized and aggressively sought out a range of RSD treatment efforts:

  • Physical therapy
  • Epidurals
  • Surgery
  • Prescribed painkillers and opioids

With no significant success, and Danielle’s pain actively spreading, the family eventually traveled to the Cleveland Clinic so that Danielle could receive inpatient care in their widely regarded pain management physical therapy program.

Where do you turn after many chronic pain treatment efforts fail?

“We were all terribly disappointed when Danielle didn’t respond to this intensive treatment. I

Marlo Payne with Cathy_7.16

thought—what else can we do?” Her father Dan took matters into his own hands and began researching new RSD treatments online. He discovered Dr. Michael Cooney who uses Calmare Therapy (scrambler therapy) to lessen or even alleviate several kinds of neuropathic pain, particularly RSD / CRPS.

Best of all, this FDA-cleared treatment is painless, completely drug-free and has no side effects.

“By this time, Danielle was experiencing skin discoloration, unbearable pain and often relied on crutches or a wheelchair to get around. It was that bad,” Marlo recalls. Much to her surprise, when she initially called Calmare Therapy NJ, Barbara and Cathy immediately put her through to speak with Dr. Cooney.

“We talked about Danielle’s case, her previous treatment efforts and the severity of her condition. I wanted him to be fully aware of how bad her situation was,” Marlo explains. After talking with the doctor, she told her daughter’s best friend to pack up for a two-week stay in New Jersey to keep Danielle company during Calmare scrambler therapy treatment.

Danielle Arrives in New Jersey to Try Calmare Therapy

When she arrived, Danielle’s pain was a constant 10/10 on the Pain Scale. After her first treatment, however, Danielle felt some relief, estimating her pain was reduced to about an 8. With each daily treatment session, lasting about 35 minutes, her pain continued to decrease.

By treatment #7, the teen’s pain was down to a 2/10. By treatment #10, Danielle was pain-free for the first time in nearly three years.

Life after Calmare Therapy

Danielle Payne and friends_7.16Now back home and resuming a normal life for the first time in three years, Marlo says the whole family is still in a state of shock. “We’ve been consumed with this monster for so many years and to have it suddenly wiped away, well, we still can’t quite believe it,” Marlo says with a smile.

This relieved mother says that Danielle won’t go back to playing all the sports she loves, for now, but that full-time high school is definitely on the agenda. “Danielle was understandably depressed, being removed from a normal teenager’s social life due to the pain, but that’s no longer the case. She really has a second chance at life now.”

A few words about Dr. Michael Cooney

The Payne family also has kind words for Dr. Cooney and his team’s care:  He’s humble about his skill and he’s a straight-shooter, which I appreciate. He doesn’t sugar-coat and tells it like it is.”

Marlo says that families struggling with chronic pain should ‘make the phone call’ to Dr. Cooney.

“Study the information on their website and then speak to him about your situation. Dr. Cooney will be truthful, informative and candid with you. This machine may very well change your life. What are you waiting for?”

Would you like to learn more about Calmare Therapy, a drug-free treatment to combat chronic pain?

Call 201-933-4440 | Email CalmareNJ@gmail.com | eCard (below)

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Matt shares a health update since his Calmare booster treatments in 2014

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Matt and his son 

July 8, 2016

We were honored and thrilled to receive this social post from our patient Matt, who underwent Calmare Therapy with us in 2013 and came in for booster treatments in 2014:

“Just spent a day walking around an amusement park with my family.

No way was that possible two years ago before I found Calmare.

Thank you and God blessing you with your skills for giving me my life back!

I AM GRATEFUL!

 feeling blessed.”
Matt H., Mississippi
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Soldier Who Battled RSD for 10 Years Ends Chronic Pain with Calmare Therapy

 

July 1, 2016

In 2003, while serving in the Israel Defense Forces, Ari Katz injured his ankle which was diagnosed as nerve entrapment.  His subsequent surgery to correct the issue resulted in an eventual RSD diagnosis.

When Ari arrived at Calmare Therapy NJ from his home in New York City, his chronic pain level was an 8 /10.

One of his many interesting statements about Calmare Therapy is that “the scrambler” will not jeopardize his organs in the way that some opioids or other medications for pain might after extended use.

He also brings up a great point that if the RSD pain should return, he can return for a booster treatment, as needed, to lessen or eliminate the pain.

Do you have treatment-resistant chronic pain?
Dr. Robert B. Kelly, Interventional Pain Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Dr. Robert B. Kelly, Interventional Pain Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director
Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

The Calmare Therapy NJ USA team would be happy to talk with you about your medical history, pain battle and treatment goals.

Contact Us:

PH201.933.4440

Email: CalmareNJ@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/calmare.nj

Complete this eCard below and we’ll be happy to reach out to you:

 

 

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Why Painkillers May Worsen Chronic Pain

June 23, 2016

By Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director

pillsOur country is in the midst of an opiate crisis, with prescription painkillers sometimes serving as a conduit to dependence or even an addiction to these drugs. In some cases, it also opens the door to the use of heroin, an illegal street drug opiate.

Multiple unrelated studies have found that public health crisis may lie in the fact that long-term use of prescription painkillers actually worsens chronic pain. Needing more medication to alleviate pain can (unintentionally) lead to addiction.

Remember that painkillers mask your pain – they don’t treat the root cause.

University of Colorado-Boulder study

A recent study by researchers from the University of Colorado at Boulder published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that a short course of morphine after nerve injury in rats “doubles the duration of neuropathic pain.” The research team discovered that in people, pain and disease in the nervous system are most often treated with opiates, with little evaluation of the long-term consequences of this drug use.

If the results of the rat study hold true in humans, it means morphine initially numbs pain, but it affects glial cells in the nervous system. Those cells start sending out more pain signals to the nerves, prolonging and intensifying the pain timeline. In the rat study, rats treated with morphine took twice as long to recover as a control group – four weeks versus two weeks.

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Medication is not the solution to treating many types of chronic pain. Rather than continuing to focus on our country’s opiate epidemic, let’s focus on Calmare Therapy and other drug-free solutions to treat the root cause of the pain–not just temporarily mask it with prescription drugs.

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facebookListen to Dr. Cooney’s interview on “Aches & Gains” hosted by Dr. Paul Christo

Chronic pain changes the brain

Those suffering from chronic pain (neuropathy), rather than acute pain (short-term), experience changes in their pain receptors. These receptors go into overdrive and respond more easily to pain signals. That means patients feel more pain than nerves are actually sending out.

Initially, opiates provide pain relief and cause the brain to send out endorphins, the “feel-good” hormones. But over time, the brain produces fewer endorphins, so the body’s natural pain relievers are reduced. Patients can become more sensitive to pain, and the opiates become necessary just to feel normal.

It’s a vicious cycle. When longtime users stop taking opiates, they often go through various stages of ‘withdrawal.’

Side effects from painkiller usage decreases quality of life

In the short-term, opiate use may increase drowsiness and affect concentration and personality. Side effects may include nausea and vomiting. Long-term use of painkillers raises the risk of developing additional health issues such as:

  • Compromised immune system
  • Constipation
  • Depression or emotional instability
  • Irregular heart rhythms
  • Decreased interest in socializing and engaging in enjoyable activities
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sleep apnea
  • Dental problems

Not surprisingly, the higher the opiate dosage, the more likely the patient may experience side effects.

Detoxification

If the prescribed painkiller/s is not doing its job, under a doctor’s carefully monitored care, it may be time to wean off the opiates in order to try a drug-free neuropathic pain treatment.  In the short run, it’s difficult. Let me say this again–people trying to detoxify from opiate use should seek professional help and not try to do it on their own. Your doctor can offer treatment to help get you safely through varying degrees of withdrawal symptoms you may encounter.

Why Calmare Scrambler Therapy is an alternative to prescription  pain medication

Calmare leads on back 2_2014Calmare Therapy uses a biophysical (using physical methods to treat biological problems) rather than a biochemical (drugs) approach.

The brain’s reaction to chronic pain can be compared to learning to play the piano or memorizing a poem − the more the body “practices” processing pain, the stronger the connections between pain nerves and the brain become.

Michelle, who came to Calmare Therapy NJ from Australia, describes her experience

When someone is injured, the brain sets up a process to heal the injury. For example, cells carry away dead tissue, or it increases blood flow to the area. Eventually, the brain realizes the injury has healed and it cuts off the pain message.

But for some, the brain never sends that pivotal message saying “there’s no more injury here so you can stop the pain signal.”

This is where the scrambler device comes in—

Using several small electrodes (think EKG) carefully placed in the region of the injury, the Calmare Technology 2012technology sends a mild “no pain” message to the brain through the electrodes.

If you are looking for a drug-free solution to severe chronic pain

If you have unsuccessfully tried “every treatment out there” to lessen or eliminate your neuropathic pain caused by an injury, RSD, CRPS, pain from chemotherapy treatment (CIPN), diabetes, shingles (PHN) or pain after surgery, we welcome an opportunity to tell you more about FDA-cleared scrambler therapy.

Keep in mind, I speak personally with every potential patient before they come for treatment. We will discuss will your full medical history, current medication use, previous pain treatment efforts and your chronic pain treatment expectations.

Fill out the eCard below and we’ll be happy to schedule a phone consultation or our team will reach out to you:

Find out if you may be suitable to undergo Calmare Therapy:

Sources:

www.calmaretherapynj.com

http://www.pnas.org/content/113/24/E3441.abstract

http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2013/11/12/using-morphine-after-abdominal-surgery-may-prolong-pain-cu-boulder

http://thecolemaninstitute.com/treatment-options/chronic-pain-management/faqs

https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2016/04/6-myths-about-painkillers/

 

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Newly diagnosed with RSD, Marilyn battles back with drug-free pain solution, Calmare Therapy

June 8, 2016

Marilyn Green, who lives in Florida and New Jersey, had a difficult outcome after foot surgery. She was soon diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) and her pain shot up to a 9/10, making everyday living impossible and debilitating.

She was not willing to deal with side effects from painkillers, so she began to carefully research alternative pain solutions where she discovered Dr. Michael Cooney and Calmare Therapy.

After her series of 10 scrambler therapy treatments, performed by Dr. Cooney, she posted this message on her social media timeline:

“Foot update and public service announcement:
If you know anyone with neuropathy or other nerve diseases,
please read my story:

“I was legally separated from my air cast/ boot contraption in early April. Walking without the boot was like 100 snakes biting me with every step. I was referred to a pain management physician, who diagnosed RSD.

RSD is Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. This is an autoimmune disease that does not have a cure. Your brain is sending pain signals to the nerves in overload. It was a result of surgery, foreign body infection and the ensuing Bone Marrow Edema. The pain Dr prescribed Gabapenten and Tramadol. My pain level was very high. I picked up the meds and soon decided this was not the route I wanted to travel.

I did some research and found Calmare Therapy. I was lucky to find Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director of Calmare NJ. My first appointment, my pain level was about a 9. After 3 treatments I was around a 4. After 5 treatments my pain level was ZERO. I have remained at that level for almost 10 days from my 10 days of therapy.

I am walking almost normally and continue to wake up every morning with a happier spirit, knowing it will be pain free. I implore anyone in my situation or similar to give this treatment a try.

What is the price of joy, life and living? priceless!

Thank you to my husband for doing everything possible to support me and to my friends for your support and concern.

If anyone has questions about Calmare Therapy, send me a message. I am happy to share my experience. There is hope.

Dr. Cooney, I love you, but hope I never see you again! : )”

Would you like to learn more about Calmare Therapy, a drug-free treatment to combat chronic pain?

Call 201-933-4440  |  Email CalmareNJ@gmail.com  |  eCard (below)

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Ronald McDonald House Lodging Option for Pediatric Calmare NJ Patients

Updated June 27, 2016

By Barbara B., Office Manager, Calmare Therapy NJ USA 

Ronald McDonald HouseFamilies with children under the age of 21 traveling to New Jersey for Calmare Therapy may be able to stay at three Ronald McDonald homes located within commuting distance to our clinic in Rutherford, Bergen County.

We currently have a family staying at the residence in Long Branch, near the Jersey Shore, and they report the accommodations are warm, clean and very inviting.

Our clinic is located just 10 minutes from New York City so we have included a Manhattan location below as well:

LOCATIONS (3):

Rooms are offered on a first-come basis at no charge (a small donation of $10+ is requested).

New Brunswick Ronald McDonald House (30-minute drive to Calmare Therapy NJ)

145 Somerset Street | New Brunswick, NJ 08901 | PH: 732-249-1222

The home offers six themed bedrooms with private baths.

Long Branch Ronald McDonald House  – Jersey Shore (60-minute drive to Calmare Therapy NJ)

131 Bath Ave. | Long Branch, NJ 07740 | PH: 732-222-8755

The home offers eight themed bedrooms with private baths and a variety of recreational amenities.

New York City – Upper East Side of Manhattan (20- to 30-minutes by cab or public transportation to Calmare Therapy NJ)

405 E. 73rd Street | New York, NY 10021 | PH: 212-639-0100

The home offers private bedrooms, transportation services and additional on-site amenities.

There are several other lodging options near our clinic as well. Please refer to our Hotel and Travel Information page or call us directly at 201-933-4440 for more information.

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Pain Pathways Magazine Discusses Calmare Therapy Interview with Dr. Christo

May 24, 2016

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney

facebookI had the pleasure of appearing on Dr. Paul Christo’s popular radio program, Aches and Gains, to talk about our experiences using Calmare scrambler therapy to lessen or even eliminate several types of neuropathy. (The majority of patients we treat here in New Jersey are on the verge of giving up hope of finding a pain management solution).

On the program, I talked about why I found Calmare to be a revolutionary pain management option and which neuropathic conditions were particularly applicable for this type of therapy. Dr. Christo also interviewed a patient who had undergone scrambler therapy who described her firsthand experience before, during and after treatment.

Pain pathwaysRecently Pain Pathways Magazine, an outstanding print and electronic resource for anyone affected by pain, re-shared the Aches and Gains episode on their popular Facebook profile, inviting readers to listen to the podcast again:

PainPathways Magazine

Wondering about Calmare Therapy for pain relief?
Take 30 minutes and listen to this podcast from “Aches and Gains” with Dr. Paul Christo. He does a great job, along with his subject expert, of explaining this new treatment device.

If you are interested in learning more about the treatment, or my point of view about managing chronic pain, you may wish to listen.

Wishing you a low pain day.

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Calmare Therapy NJ to Sponsor 2016 RSDSA Achilles Walk in Central Park June 26

May 19, 2016

2016 Achilles Walk logoWe’re honored to be a sponsor at this year’s Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association’s (RSDSA) Achilles Walk on Sunday, June 26 in Central Park, New York City.

People from all around the globe come together in New York City’s scenic Central Park to recognize and combat CRPS in solidarity.

We’ve been Internet friends with so many RSDSA members and metro-NYC people batting RSD.

Our hope is to raise an astounding amount of money during the walk and finally meet some friends we’ve only known on Facebook!

Hope to see you there!

#CalmareNJCares

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Peggy Squashes RSD Hand Pain from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

May 12, 2016
Peggy Letcher_husband_Cathy

Our beloved Calmare scheduler and front desk administrator, Cathy (center) is shown with Peggy and her husband Tim who were with us for two weeks from New Mexico.

Since 2010, Peggy has been battling RSD in her left arm and hand after a carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosis.

She first came to us last October for 10-treatments and left pain-free for the first time in six years. Due to the severity and longevity of her RSD, low-grade pain returned this spring.

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Watch Peggy’s video diary here

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Before it could worsen, she and Tim came back for Calmare booster treatments, which may be needed if the pain returns.

Besides taking time to visit New York City (10 minutes from the office), they also ventured to Philly (under two hours) and Boston (about four hours) during their time here.

Peggy again achieved a pain-free state and is looking forward to heading back to their ranch with full use of her hand and arm.

As time goes on, patients who require scrambler therapy boosters generally need them less frequently. Some patients require only a single 35-minute booster treatment, while other need more sessions.

Are you battling carpal tunnel syndrome or another chronic pain condition?

Our Calmare Therapy team here in New Jersey would be happy to discuss our program and learn more about your medical history and pain management goals. Call us at 201-933-4440, email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com or complete the Information E-card below:

 

 

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Caterpillar Walk 2016 for Fibromyalgia in NYC

Caterpillar event_2_2016May 10, 2016

On Saturday, May 7, I had the honor and privilege to be part of the annual Caterpillar Walk for fibromyalgia held at Hudson River Park in Manhattan.Dr. Cooney_Caterpillar Walk 2016

I met so many inspiring people and families who have been affected by this “silent” disease.

It was an amazing day for me personally. When so many people fighting the same battle came together, we felt powerful, not debilitated.

As you’ll see in the coming weeks, we are achieving very positive outcomes with our patients battling FMS and the volume of patients we are treating with this disease is increasing every week.

Best of all, we are achieving these outcomes without any opioid use.

Thank you to the incredible event organizer, Milly Velez, along with her wonderful family and roster of co-workers, who organized an outstanding event that will contribute funds raised to families affected by this disease.

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Registered Nurse Beth Finally Gets RSD Pain Relief with Calmare Therapy

May 6, 2016

We appreciate when healthcare professionals seek Calmare Therapy, an FDA-cleared treatment to combat many types of neuropathic chronic pain. They have seen firsthand that opioids and invasive treatments may not provide the sustained pain relief they need to achieve a better quality of life.

Beth had managed to work as a nurse in Pennsylvania while silently battling RSD in her foot after a failed surgery. To combat the increasingly severe burning sensation she sustained, she had a spinal cord stimulator implanted, nerve block injections and was prescribed more pain medications than she was willing to take.

But the intensity of the pain only increased over time.

She and her husband discovered Dr. Cooney and his success using Calmare scrambler therapy to treat reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

By the time she arrived for treatment in New Jersey, her pain was a constant 10/10 and she was using a cane for support.

But we’ll let Beth share her story:

 

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Patients Welcome Back a Good Night’s Sleep after Calmare Therapy

May 3, 2016

By Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director

sleepThink about the day after you had a really horrible night’s sleep: You couldn’t think as clearly, you were in a bad mood, perhaps you had a headache and there was no way you were going to exercise. You didn’t feel like eating right and were too tired to socialize.

What if you felt like this every day?

As many of you know all too well, living with chronic pain has a plethora of symptoms and negative side effects. In addition to the physical and emotional pain, may people don’t even remember what it feels like to enjoy a good night’s sleep.

Chronic Pain and Sleeping Problems

For people with RSD, fibromyalgia or pain after surgery, cancer and cancer treatment, sleep problems and insomnia are often nightly occurrences. In fact, up to two-thirds of patients with chronic pain conditions suffer from sleep disorders. If that’s not bad enough, insomnia has been proven to exacerbate chronic pain systems.

Sleeping problems can range from difficulty falling asleep to staying asleep or being unable to enter a deep REM sleep stage. As a result, the normal sleep pattern is disrupted; as a result, in a state of exhaustion, many people sleep during the day (and then awake all night).

Many prescription pain medications can also disrupt or inhibit sleep, in addition to the laundry list of additional negative side effects from these drugs.

When I talk with new Calmare patients about their quality of life before treatment begins, the majority tell me that their inability to get a proper night’s rest is one of the main causes of their mental and physical debilitation.

Lack of sleep can cause mental confusion, inability to exercise or move the body, emotional instability and depression.

How Calmare Helps Patients Sleep Again

Some patients reach out to me after their 10-treatment series concerned about how much they are sleeping—sometimes 12 hours a night or even more. “Is this normal?” I’m asked. “Is something wrong with me?”

No, actually, this a good thing–The improvement in sleep patterns is a response to the calming effect of Calmare MC-5A technology algorithms. “Calmare” in Italian means to calm or soothe. This effect is a result of a reduction of hypersensitivity which caused the chronic pain condition, such as CRPS / RSD. As the brain is retrained, it can also reset its healing priorities.

I respond by asking them how long it’s been since they slept through the night without awakening. Most respond in terms of years, not weeks or months.

“Your body is just catching up on all that missed sleep,” I respond. In most cases, those who report needing extra sleep after scrambler therapy eventually resume normal sleep patterns within a few months.

Six Calmare Patients Share Their Sleep Stories

I posed a query on my Facebook timeline last week inviting people who underwent Calmare Therapy to share their feedback about how their quality of sleep changed after their treatment cycle.

The responses were insightful and enthusiastic:

Pattie Sgherza

“I remember the best sleep after my first treatment of Calmare as I had not slept comfortably and I was in constant pain even with high doses of meds for nearly 8-10 months since being diagnosed with CRPS. After my Calmare treatment, I was able to sleep throughout the whole night in any position with even linen and blankets touching my skin.

Katie Troisi

“Whenever I get the Calmare treatment, I sleep better than ever. I can sleep for hours at a time and still be tired. Too bad Calmare therapy can’t be used as a treatment option for insomnia!”

Jami B.

“I haven’t been a patient of yours but I’ve had 2 sets of Calmare treatments, once for 10 days and once for 5. I could sleep through the night without waking every 3 to 4 hours to take pain pills. Your articles and efforts help so much. Thank you so, so much for all you do!!”

Michelle Platschinda

“Prior to Calmare treatment, I would go days without sleeping and then when I did manage to sleep, it was broken and interrupted. Now… I can sleep all night and sometimes that’s even with an afternoon nap. 💤😘”

Amy Lee

“Not only sleep–but dream !! When you take pain meds ( at least for me) I don’t remember dreams and in my dreams I am healthy and pain free so to not only get sleep but dream❤ Thank You Calmare NJ for all you do ! :)”

Kelly Tolar

“I can now sleep on my right side which I haven’t been able to do in over 10 years! So yes! Sleep has improved for sure!!”

Improving Quality of Life

Since we introduced scrambler therapy in 2011, one of the resounding benefits, in addition to lessening chronic pain and other related physical symptoms, is the resumption of the quality of life for patients, including just being able to sleep.

If you have tried traditional therapies and medications to overcome your neuropathy and have not achieved success, we welcome an opportunity to tell you more about Calmare. Call us at 201-933-4440, email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com or respond to the Contact Me form below and we’ll be happy to reach out.

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Meet Dr. Cooney Saturday, May 7 at the NY/NJ Caterpillar Walk for Fibromyalgia (FMS)

Caterpillar Walk_2016May 2, 2016

Our own Dr. Michael Cooney, clinical director, Calmare Therapy NJ USA, will be a featured speaker and walker at the NY/NJ Caterpillar Walk on Saturday, May 7 starting at 9 a.m. at the Hudson River Park in lower Manhattan.

The Caterpillar Walk Program is a fundraising campaign designed to raise awareness and support for Fibromyalgia and chronic pain.

One hundred percent of the proceeds raised will support The Fibromyalgia Care Society of America.

 Make Your Caterpillar Walk Donation Here!

One of the greatest challenges of this syndrome is the lack of awareness and supportive services available for people living with this chronic illness and their families.

The Fibromyalgia Care Society of America has launched this year’s theme, “Join the Movement, One Step At A Time.”

Dr. Cooney has treated many fibromyalgia patients in his 30-year career and been particularly successful using Calmare Therapy (since 2011).

He hopes to meet many virtual friends and Spoonies affected by FMS,  live and in person!

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How to Explain Your Pain to a Doctor

April 20, 2016

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney

(I’m honored to have this article featured on SpineUniverse.com):

An experienced chiropractor has tips to help you get the care you need at your next appointment

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For more than three decades, I’ve been treating patients with acute and chronic pain from around the corner here in Rutherford, New Jersey to as far away as Australia and South Africa.

From our patient’s first consultation to the last treatment office visit, the success of any pain treatment we prescribe is contingent upon us (the health care provider) accurately treating the root cause of your pain.

As the patient, precisely describing your acute pain or neuropathic pain is a “high stakes” conversation.

I can read your medical history, referring doctor reports and lab results, but this is all secondary to understanding each patient’s pain mechanics.

It is absolutely essential that this is communicated to your pain management provider as accurately as possible.

(Read the full article here)

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Calmare Treats Neuropathic and Chronic Low Back and Leg Pain

Dr. Michael J. Cooney _2015_headshotApril 18, 2016

Dr. Michael Cooney’s article below was published by Spine Universe:

Scrambler Therapy Treats Neuropathic and Chronic Low Back and Leg Pain

spine-universe logo“Neuropathic pain is a complex type of chronic back and/or leg pain (eg, sciatica) usually caused by nerve injury. When a nerve is damaged it may not be able to transmit messages completely or correctly between the injury site and the brain.

Neuropathic pain is persistent and is sometimes described as unrelenting, although the intensity and characteristics (eg, dull, sharp, shock-like) of pain may change throughout the day and night.

Scrambler Technology for Neuropathic Pain

Scrambler technology (Calmare® Pain Therapy Treatment) is a non-invasive therapy that treats neuropathic and chronic pain by surface electro-stimulation.

Calmare leads on back 2_2014Electrode patches are precisely placed on the appropriate skin area, but not directly on the painful area. Rather, the electrode patches are placed on one or more dermatomes (an area of skin served by the fibers of a single spinal nerve root).

Precise Biophysical Electro-Stimulation

Each electrode patch is connected to the scrambler device by a thin cable. At Calmare Therapy New Jersey, (only) clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney controls the administration of low doses of electro-stimulation delivered through the patches. The therapy scrambles the pain messages transmitted between the pain site and the brain.”

Read the full article in Spine Universe here:

Do You Need Drug-free Pain Management for Your Back Pain or Leg Pain?

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An Update from Kelly Since Her Calmare Therapy for CRPS

April 13, 2016

As a doctor in practice for more than 30 years, it’s hard to stay in touch with all of our patients, although we try, believe me. Since Facebook came along, and we added Calmare Therapy which has brought us patients from coast-to-coast and around the world, we can keep up to date on patients, their families, and all life’s important milestones.

facebook-iconMost mornings, I start my day by checking my Facebook page to see how everyone is doing.

Today, I had a wonderful post from Kelly Tolar, a Texas mother who treated here last year for advanced RSD, which was not responding to any medication or therapies.

Kelly, a busy wife and mother, had endured debilitating pain and limited mobility for 10 long years after her CRPS diagnosis as a result of knee replacement surgery.

After trying invasive pain management treatments, including Ketamine therapy (“I wouldn’t wish that on anyone…”) she and her husband discovered Calmare Therapy online and came to see us here in New Jersey.

Thankfully, she achieved a significant reduction in pain and has been able to curtail her need for pain medications.

Six months since her 10-treatment series, Kelly shared this update:

Kelly Tolar‎ to Calmare NJ
18 hrs · TX, United States ·
Dr Cooney,

I’ve been meaning to tell you that my foot pain has been completely gone for about 2 months now and I’m still in the process of weaning of all my pain meds. After being on so many for 10 years or so, it’s been a struggle but I’m still working on it. Managed to go from 100 mg fentanyl patchs to ZERO patches!

Also am down from 100 mg nucenta to 50 mg now.

That’s the last of the pain meds after that!

Minor leg pain from time to time but not much over a 2 or 3!

Just wanted to share my progress and how good I feel and not having to complain 50 times a day that I’m in pain!!!

Kelly’s story is why we offer Calmare scrambler therapy. It can change lives. I wish I could say everyone will achieve this outcome, but believe me, that is our goal.

Kelly tells her story below:

I’D LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TREATMENT FOR MY RSD /  CRPS: 

RSD treatment, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, complex regional pain syndrome, CRPS
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Calmare Called ‘Future of Chronic Pain Relief’

March 29, 2016

There was a great television news feature about Calmare scrambler therapy earlier this year. The segment featured a dentist who had battled chronic neck pain and chronic head pain for years. He tried every pain treatment and therapy to no avail.

He eventually closed his practice, no longer able to work.

Scrambler Therapy Changes a Man’s Life

But after discovering Calmare, his pain was gone–after his very first treatment.

Here at Calmare Therapy New Jersey, we’ve seen the same outcome, time and again. Of course, not every patient’s pain is gone after the first therapy session (the protocol requires 10 daily treatments). And, unfortunately, it is not successful for everyone.

Read about scrambler therapy’s clinical trial results.

But the outcomes we have achieved have helped about 80 percent of the patients who are all treated exclusively by our clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney, who personally administers every therapy session.

Why Calmare Therapy New Jersey is Unique

Dr. Cooney speaks individually with potential patients before they come for treatment. He will ask about your full medical history, medications and previous pain treatment efforts.

If you and Dr. Cooney mutually agree that scrambler therapy is a suitable pain treatment option for you, our warm and friendly Calmare New Jersey team will schedule your treatment dates and prepare to welcome you to a unique and personalized therapeutic environment.

If you have unsuccessfully tried “every treatment out there” to lessen or eliminate your neuropathic pain caused by an injury, RSD, CRPS, pain from chemotherapy treatment (CIPN), diabetes, shingles (PHN) or pain after surgery, we welcome an opportunity to tell you more about FDA-cleared scrambler therapy.

I’d Like to Know More About Calmare Therapy

 

 

 

 

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Calmare Post-Treatment Protocol

March 17, 2016

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

Congratulations!  You have completed your Calmare Therapy treatment protocol.

Now that you have less pain, or are pain-free, your quality of life is about to improve dramatically. Once you are home, however, it is important to follow our post-treatment protocol, which we have outlined below.

Due to you improved mobility and decrease in pain level, many Calmare patients feel like they are ready to climb Mount Everest.

But doing too much too soon can actually hamper and lessen your results.

Therefore, I’ve outlined some instructions for patients (healthcare providers can contact directly for more detailed guidelines) to ensure you cover optimally and enjoy the benefits of Calmare Therapy for as long as possible.

relax sign“I’m back home after my scrambler therapy treatments. Now what?”

Please follow these instructions below and contact us any time if you have a question or concern.

Every patient is different and we welcome your queries any time:

No Exercise or Physical Therapy for Two Weeks after Treatment

 Your body is in the midst of recalibrating itself since your Calmare treatments.

When you begin to exercise, be prepared for soreness associated with new activity. During recovery, if injury occurs, use ice. To treatment muscle soreness, use heat. In both cold and hot treatment, administer 10 minutes on and then 10 minutes off for a period of one hour.

Don’t Overdo

While it is thrilling to feel less pain and be more mobile, the muscles need time to adjust to renewed use. Be careful and cautious and don’t do too much too soon. If you feel tired or any pain, stop what you are doing and rest.

Additional Sleep

Your body needs to re-adjust to several physiological changes after treatment. You may need to sleep several more hours than usual for the next two to three weeks. This is normal.

Check-in with Your Pain Management, Specialist or Family Physician

It’s important to discuss your successful treatment outcome with your doctor. It is likely that your medications, particularly for pain, may be lessened or eliminated completely.

Improve Your Nutritiongrilled chicken

Now that you are feeling better and moving more, you should see an improvement in your
appetite. Take advantage of feeling better and fuel your recovering body with high-quality foods– fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, nuts and protein (white before red).

Hydrate with at least 6 – 8 tall glasses of water daily.

Journal How You Feel

We hope you will chronicle how you feel after Calmare Therapy. Keep a record of the new activities you are able to participate in and how you feel throughout the day. We hope this treatment is life-altering for you. Therefore, write down how you feel.

If You Feel Pain

Depending on your medical condition and length of time you have experienced it, pain may return (to a lesser degree). Pay careful attention to any physical or emotional issues that may have contributed to this.

If pain continues for five continuous days, Calmare booster treatments (generally 1 – 3 treatments) may be necessary. Please call the office for further instructions.

Stay in Touch with Us

person on phoneAlways feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

We also welcome your pictures or videos to let us know how you are doing!

I’d like to learn more about Calmare Therapy and if it’s right for me

Great, we would be happy to talk with you personally or exchange emails if you are from overseas. Fill out the information card below and we’ll be in touch with you, according to your preference.

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A 13-year-old boy with RSD says goodbye to his wheelchair after Calmare Therapy

March 12, 2016

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director, Calmare Therapy NJ USA

There are few outcomes more satisfying than when our Calmare patients are able to throw the wheelchair they arrived in the back of the car because they no longer need it.

And when this happens with a pediatric patient, well, there isn’t a dry eye in the clinic.

Michael K. and his mother Dianna came to us from New York after they had exhausted several other treatment efforts, including a spinal cord stimulator (SCS) trial. He was also using the usual laundry list of pain medications, including Gabapentin.

Eventually his parents constructed a wheelchair ramp in the front of the house anticipating Michael would be disabled for the long-term.

He was injured playing middle school football and the RSD quickly grabbed hold of both of his feet, leaving him unable to put any weight on them. He also experienced medication and treatment-resistant neuropathy resulting in debilitating chronic pain.

An honor student, his discomfort became so severe he eventually had to leave school.

Michael left us pain-free, after arriving here at a 10/10 on the pain scale.

He has big plans once he gets home, starting with returning to school to be with his friends, where every 13-year-old kid should be.

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How to Prepare for Your Upcoming Calmare Scrambler Therapy Treatments

February 22, 2016

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director, Calmare Therapy New Jersey 

ID-10053921Looking ahead to March, we will be welcoming many new patients to Calmare Therapy here in New Jersey.

I thought it would be a good time to recap how patients and families can optimally prepare for their upcoming treatments.

Patients generally treat for a minimum of 10- daily (excluding Sunday and some Saturdays) which take about 35 minutes, on average.

Dr. Cooney’s Tips and Tools to Prepare for Your Calmare Therapy:
  1. Fill out your New Patient Forms in advance. You can forward them to us by fax (201-933-8159); send them by mail; or scan and email them to calmarenj@gmail.com.
  2. Send or bring along any objective tests ( X-rays, EEG, MRI, EMG or cat scans) for our pre-treatment study).
  3. Wean off as many medications (i.e. anticonvulsants and antidepressants) as possible, working in partnership with your prescribing doctor/s. (Note: Each patient case is different. We’ll talk with you about your specific medication protocol and how best to address this issue.)
  4. Do not use any skin lotions 24-hours before each treatment.
  5. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring some hand-held entertainment to occupy you during each treatment, which lasts about 35 minutes.
  6. Consider keeping a journal about your experience and discuss how you feel each day during therapy.
  7. Make hotel reservations well in advance. We provide a list of lodging options which have received high marks from our patients. (We don’t recommend using Airbnb or other sub-rental accommodations due to quality unreliability).
  8. Don’t be nervous!  The treatments are painless.

We are a positive and spirited team (as we hope you have heard!) and will be 100% certain to make you feel as comfortable as possible from your first visit to your last. Our collective goal is to lessen your pain without reliance on painkillers or other invasive treatments.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Would you like to talk with us about your chronic pain condition?

Email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com or call us at (201-933-4440).

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Teresa from Alabama Calls Scrambler Therapy a ‘Godsend’

February 19, 2016

Teresa’s lower extremity pain as a result of RSD often restricted her to living life from a chair due to the immobilizing pain.

“Some days, I made it to the chair and that was it for me. Just sitting there day after day.”

But she and her husband didn’t stop searching for a new RSD treatment that would help this Alabama woman get the life back that she so richly deserved.

They discovered Dr. Michael Cooney, one of five Certified providers of Calmare Therapy in the U.S., a drug-free, FDA-cleared scrambler therapy treatment that combats severe chronic pain  as a result of several neuropathic pain conditions such as RSD, CRPS, CIPN (pain after chemotherapy treatment) and post-surgical pain.

While Teresa undergoes one of her final treatments in the 10-treatment protocol, she describes how the treatment feels and the change in her pain level since working with the Calmare Therapy NJ USA team.

Are you or a loved one battling RSD, CRPS or another chronic pain condition?

Our New Jersey-based staff would be happy to talk with you about your specific medical condition.

If you’d like to know more, just fill out the online info card below:

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Chloe Finds CRPS Pain Resolution with Calmare Therapy

January 29, 2016

Nineteen-year-old Chloe valiantly underwent treatment after treatment –and more drugs than she can name–trying to defeat the pain from CRPS in her feet.

When she arrived here in New Jersey after flying 24-hours from Australia, her left foot was swollen to the size of a football and her right foot was in severe continual pain.

Here’s what she has to say about her Calmare Therapy which was personally administered by Dr. Michael Cooney:

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Dr. Michael Cooney Featured in Australian Newspaper with CRPS Patient Success Story

February 1, 2016

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Since Dr. Cooney introduced Calmare Therapy in New Jersey in 2011, patients have traveled from around the world to come for treatment personally administered by him.

Pattie Sgherza was one of the first patients to come to us from Australia in 2014. After her “life-saving” positive outcome against severe CRPS pain, she spoke with television media about her positive neuropathic pain treatment experience, which was seen by Michelle Platschinda, another RSD pain sufferer.

Last year, Michelle Platschinda traveled to see Dr. Cooney after a 24-hour flight to New York City in an effort to combat her advanced CRPS.

We still remember the day Michelle arrived in a wheelchair.

And, we are overjoyed to report, we recall even more clearly when she completed treatment and walked out of our office, unassisted, for the first time in years.

Calmare patient leads global CRPS awareness effort

Since then, she has been a woman on a global mission to increase awareness of CRPS and bring Calmare Therapy to Australia. Last year, she launched the Purple Bucket organization to do just that.

Yesterday, she was interviewed about her mission, her CRPS battle and her positive Calmare treatment outcome in The Border Mail newspaper.

Like many patients who come here for RSD pain treatment, Michelle and her supportive loved ones, are now like family to us.

michelle and Dr. CWe are in awe of her relentless tenacity to “get the word out” that Calmare scrambler therapy exists and the desperate need for this treatment to be available in her country–and around the world.

Are you battling RSD or CRPS?

Then we would love to talk more about your medical history and determine if Calmare Therapy may be the right treatment for you. Fill out the info below and we’ll be happy to reach out to you within 48 hours:

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Medscape reports on another positive clinical trial using Calmare for cancer pain

medscapeAnother Calmare Therapy clinical trial, conducted with people battling neuropathic pain as a result of chemotherapy treatment, has again shown  positive patient outcomes (significant lessening of pain) according to a new report published this week by Medscape, an affiliate of WebMD. (You have to register to read the article, but the process is free, quick and easy).

clinical trialCalmare Trial Key Points / Excerpts:

  • Scrambler therapy was not originally developed for the treatment of cancer-related neuropathic pain. Rather, it was developed for chronic pain and, indeed, has been used in many patients with noncancer-related pain, including low back pain.
  • Regardless of the type of neuropathic pain being treated, scores on the 11-point Numerical Rating Scale (NRS) decreased significantly from baseline to 1-month follow-up (P < .001).
  • The need for ‘rescue opioids’ dropped from a baseline dose of 5 mg to 0 mg at the end of the study.
  • No adverse side effects (“events”) that could have been associated with the therapy were reported.
  • A research team from the Massey Cancer Center at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond reported similar findings using the same cutaneous electro-stimulation device (scrambler therapy) for CIPN (J Pain Symptom Manage. 2010;40:883-891).
  • Some patients relapsed, but re-treatment and maintenance therapy (booster treatments) provided relief and, again, no adverse effects from treatment were observed.
  • Charles Loprinzi, MD, PhD, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues conducted a trial with 37 CIPN patients and achieved similar study outcomes (Support Care Cancer. 2015 23:943-951).
  • Dr. Loprinzi stated that people have been slow to explore scrambler therapy use because “it sounds too good to be true…” He also reported to Medscape that efforts to conduct larger trials are ongoing, but it takes time and money to perform these trials.

The European Journal of Oncology Nursing also published an abstract of the study reported by Medscape.


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Calmare Therapy NJ’s Exclusive Patient-2-Patient Program

Woman talking on phoneNow you can get firsthand information about what Calmare treatment is really like directly from other patients just like you!

If you are considering scrambler therapy, we will put you in touch with one of our Calmare Therapy NJ USA patient volunteers who was previously treated for the same  neuropathic condition.

By phone, email or other private social media resource, you can talk about your concerns, ask questions, get informed. (Our patient volunteers are not compensated).

It’s that simple. More than 80 percent of the patients we have treated are
pain-free or have reduced the degree of their pain significantly.

Now these patients want to “pay-it-forward.”

How does scrambler therapy reduce pain and physical symptoms?

(Keep in mind, our P2P volunteers are not medical professionals and cannot offer any medical advise or opinions).

Calmare Certified Location LogoCalmare Therapy NJ is one of only seven Certified providers in the United States (Dec. 2015).

Next Step:

Call us at (201) 933-4440 or just complete the Information Form (below) and we’ll put you in touch with our clinical director, Michael J. Cooney, DC, who will talk with you about your medical history, medication usage and other therapies you have tried.

If you mutually determine you may respond positively to this therapy, we’ll put you in touch with one of our patients diagnosed with the same or similar medical condition. Then you can find out, from an actual patient’s point-of-view, how Calmare may just change your life.

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Paul Undergoes Calmare Therapy RSD Treatments and Walks Again

January 4, 2016

Severe foot injury jeopardizes Paul’s quality of life

 Thirty-one-year-old Paul Ellis suffered a severe injury to his right foot which resulted in a CRPS (also referred to as RSD or reflex sympathetic dystrophy) diagnosis, eventually leaving him wheelchair reliant.

When traditional pain medications and other therapies failed to lessen his pain, he and his wife conducted a worldwide search for an alternative CRPS  / RSD treatments.

They discovered  Dr. Michael Cooney and his success treating complex regional pain syndrome using Calmare scrambler therapy.

Are you battling CRPS pain and symptoms

At Calmare Therapy NJ USA, we treat every patient individually starting with our first conversation.

In fact, you’ll have an opportunity to talk directly with our clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney, about your case at no cost.

Ready to learn more? Just fill out the contact form below:

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How to find the right pain treatment for you and your pain condition

Dr. kellyDecember 30, 2015

By Robert B. Kelly, D.O.

Pain Management Physician

Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment

Rutherford, New Jersey, USA


Dr. Cooney and I have been helping people overcome all kinds of pain for more than 30 years from our clinic here in Bergen County, New Jersey.

Choosing the right treatment and pain management doctor to meet your personal health goals is a very important decision.

Here at Calmare Therapy NJ, we disagree with the increasingly common treatment plan which consists of handing over a prescription for an opioid painkiller to a patient dealing with acute or chronic pain.

Time and again, we have seen the side effects from some of these drugs are ultimaMan with back pain2_FDPtely more debilitating than the pain. Additionally, there seems to be no end in sight to the U.S.’s pain medication addiction epidemic.

Looking for new or better pain management when you are debilitated by pain–and possibly medication side effects–can be particularly challenging.

I’d like to share some recommendations on the best approach to finding the right pain solution for you.

Whether your discomfort is a result of an acute or chronic pain condition–back and neck pain, lower extremity injury, fibromyalgia, CRPS / RSD, diabetic neuropathy, arthritis, cancer treatment, or pain after surgery–you need to find a way to get your pain under control so you can enjoy the highest quality of life possible.

How do you find a pain management partner?

  • Do some legwork or ask for help from a friend or family member. Reach out through social media sites, either publicly on your timeline, or via private direct message for referrals.
  • Research a local support group for the condition you are battling and seek recommendations from members.
  • Ask your personal doctor, or the physician treating your specific condition, for suggestions.
  • Schedule an appointment with 2-3 different chiropractors or pain management physician specialists to discuss your case and assess if the doctor’s suggested protocol coincides with your treatment philosophy.

Make certain you agree with the doctor’s philosophy on treating the mind and body

While medication can be effective and important for some pain management issues, it certainly isn’t the only tool available when it comes to pain treatment. Be sure to understand (and agree) with the doctor’s physical and emotional strategy for managing, lessening or alleviating your pain.

The unique benefits of Calmare Therapy and physical therapy

Calmare Technology 2012Our team here at Calmare Therapy NJ has been 100 percent committed to using scrambler therapy to “fix” the brain’s misconception that there is pain, when, in fact, it’s simply confused.  In my partnership with Dr. Cooney’s outstanding efforts, particularly within the CRPS / RSD/ PHN / CIPN communities, we have shown time and again that these painless treatments can literally give patients back their former quality of life prior to the injury  or disease resulting in the neuropathic condition.

You can overcome severe neuropathy without drugs!


Calmare Therapy NJ offers an exclusive Patient-to-Patient Program© where you can talk directly with one of our volunteer patients who has the same or similar medical condition and successfully underwent scrambler therapy. 


Physical therapy can also serve as an important part of any pain management program. Pain can be worsened by exercise that isn’t done correctly (or interpreted incorrectly as pain rather than overuse), and a physical therapist can tailor the right exercise regimen for you. Proper exercise slowly builds your tolerance and reduces your pain — you won’t end up overdoing it and giving up because it hurts.

Reach out for pain management help sooner rather than later

As with any medical condition, the longer it goes untreated (or improperly treated) the more Asian woman in painchallenging it can be to overcome. Additionally, if you are foregoing pleasurable events and day-to-day activities due to pain, it’s time to reach out for help from a healthcare provider who has significant expertise in the specific type of injury or condition you are facing.

The reality is that most of us will need professional medical care to help with some kind of pain condition during the course of our lives. In order to achieve the fastest and most successful outcome possible, take your time when selecting your pain management provider.

About Dr. Kelly

Dr. Kelly is a highly skilled Interventional Pain Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician with over 30 years of personalized one-on-one patient care. He obtained his medical education from Rutgers University and the University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ School of Osteopathic Medicine.

He completed his residency at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, PA.  Dr. Kelly is on staff at several New Jersey hospitals including St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Kelly works in tandem with Calmare Therapy NJ clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney to provide patients with a personalized, comprehensive pain management plan that will lessen or alleviate pain and significantly improve quality of life.

Is Calmare Therapy right for you? Find out more

Calmare logoThe doctors at Calmare Therapy NJ believe in a one-on-one approach–beginning with our first contact with you. If you’d like to discuss your neuropathic pain condition, fill out the information below and our doctors will call you or feel free to call us between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. (Eastern Time Zone) at 201-933-4440 or email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com and we’ll respond within 24 hours:

 

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Dr. Cooney talks about Calmare as a newer solution for PHN (Shingles) pain

Shingles imageBy Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

Increasingly here at Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment New Jersey, we are treating more patients with postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). 

We have achieved some outstanding results in regard to pain reduction. Shingles is also known as herpes zoster, a painful skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus.

PHN Clinical Trial Results Using Calmare Scrambler Therapy

But don’t just take our word for this success. Here’s what researchers have found in clinical trials:

• Dr. Thomas Smith, director of Palliative Care at the Sydney Kimmel Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University, performed a clinical trial where they achieved an outstanding 95% reduction in pain a month after the treatment with no side effects.

Journal of pain and symptom management Another study recently published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management with 52 random pain participants compared guideline-based drug management with the scrambler. The Calmare participants had a 91 percent reduction in pain compared to a 28 percent reduction in pain for those who used drug management.

ACOSThe American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) completed a clinical trial on the benefits of scrambler therapy:

“Scrambler therapy appears to have a promising effect on post herpetic neuropathy (PHN) with prompt and continued relief and no side effects.”

Shingles is a neuropathic pain condition that requires careful management

Once you have the pain symptoms under control, the disease still requires management in order to offset recurrences.

As in all chronic disease management, making a small effort to optimally manage your PHN can offer big rewards in how you look and feel every day. Further more, you’ll feel less pain, fewer physical symptoms, and be one day closer to remission.

These lifestyle recommendations can help you deal with chronic pain and other PHN symptoms, and most importantly, they put you in the driver’s seat of your health (not your shingles!)

Prioritize your mental health.

PHN can cause emotional distress and depression. If you’re feeling blue, have a prepared list of things to do to get through rough times ─ call a dear friend or loved one, spend time with people who lift you up, spend more time at religious services. If you are up to it, do good for others in whatever capacity you can offer. Get professional support by working with a therapist who specializes in disease management and chronic pain.

Focus on a healthy diet.

I can’t stress it enough:  Eating a nutritious diet is extremely beneficial to your overall health and your shingles– stick to fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats.

Exercise in moderation.

Since you are living with chronic pain, you are probably already aware that regular exercise can help you improves muscle strength, reduces stress and keeps the blood flowing throughout your body. If your case is severe, start by working one-on-one with a physical therapist or certified personal trainer who is familiar with working with PHN clients.

Establish a regular sleep schedule.

Adopt a sleep routine by going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, even on weekends. And for maximum sleep benefits, be sure you’re sleeping at least 8 hours each night.

Find ways that help you to cope with stress effectively.

Dealing with stress can help you manage the pain that often comes along with PHN. That’s why stress management techniques, such as pet therapy, deep breathing, walking in your garden or the local park, yoga and meditation are so popular today. They work. Find an activity that helps you relax.

Have a positive attitude.

Admittedly, some days it’s not easy.

But finding the good, the light, the positive (no matter how small it may be at times) is key when it comes to dealing with PHN.

With today’s alternative therapies that don’t include any drugs, such as scrambler therapy, there is no need to just accept all the debilitating symptoms that come with a shingles diagnosis.

You can fight back and get the quality of life you deserve.

If you have any questions about PHN and how scrambler therapy may help treat your neuropathic pain as well as other physical symptoms, feel free to call me at (201) 933-4440.

Patient Story

Read about Joan’s experience with Calmare here https://calmaretherapynj.com/2014/03/28/our-shingles-patient-responds-well-to-single-calmare-booster-treatments/

Would you like to learn more about Calmare scrambler therapy for herpes zoster pain and symptoms?

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Registered Nurse with RSD Shares Her Calmare Therapy Review

December 4, 2015

(Dianne was kind enough to ‘review’ us on our Calmare Facebook page this week and permitted us to share her review below):

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“I have had Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy for years and years! After an accident at work, I required back surgery (which turned into 3) and after the last one, my left foot was insanely painful. It quickly spread throughout my entire body.

I have 2 spinal cord stimulators – one for my lower body and one for my upper body. I had a drug pump for years as well. I’ve had too many injections and blocks to even keep track of. I was in a wheelchair for years…

I originally had two  Calmare treatments with chiropractor Dr. Michael Cooney (we’d gone up to visit with a friend from Australia who was having boosters) and got incredible relief from just the 2 treatments.

Since it worked so well – we (hubby and I) returned so that I could finish the full 10 sessions. Since my 10-treatment Calmare Therapy treatments:

  • I’ve not had either SCS on (normally they NEVER were off as doing so would cause immediate swelling and increased pain)
  • I’ve taken no meds during the day for pain and greatly reduced the night and morning meds!

I can say – for me – this has been the most wonderful treatment and it has worked!! I have had NO RSD pain thus far!

We stopped by out son’s on the way home  and I played outside with them. Our 16-yr-old granddaughter said, “Granny, this is the FIRST time we’ve ever gotten to play outside with you!” To be able to be “normal” and do things we take for granted each day??

PRICELESS!!

Even my kids and neighbors are amazed at just watching me walk!!

Downside? I have to get new shoes!! Lol. Not such a bad side!

But, I’m walking properly and all my shoes have this horrid wear pattern!! My back took a bit getting used to – finally being properly aligned while walking!! And geez, there are too many muscles complaining to me that they are being used and haven’t forever!!

doc, feel free to send folks to me who’d like to know MY experience with Calmare!

They will get the whole truth – pros and cons (cuz we know not everyone does get relief – especially as well as I have) but they will get questions answered!

And I love that I have 2 perspectives I can share – the personal — and from a nursing point of view!!

Non-invasive treatment that DOES help with RSD? I can’t tell you how wonderful it is has been!!”


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Trish travels across the world to try Calmare Therapy

December 1, 2015

Posted by the Calmare NJ Team

If you could discover something to lessen or alleviate your pain and renew your quality of life, you’d go to the end of the earth to get it.


Trish and her daughter did just that.

Trish and Dr. CHer life was increasingly sidelined by the effects of CRPS after an injury to her thumb five years ago. With fortitude and resilience,  she underwent treatments, tried various medications, submitted to nerve blocks and other painful procedures in search of a cure to her neuropathic pain, without any marked success.

But she and her family refused to surrender to this disease.

After reading about other people who had achieved significant pain and symptom relief Trish on machinewith Calmare scrambler therapy performed by chiropractor Dr. Michael Cooney in New Jersey, USA, (including some of her fellow Aussies) she and her daughter ultimately decided it was worth the gamble (and the long, long 24-hour flight).

We are delighted to present Trish’s special video story below, which she generously offered to share:

A few weeks after she was back home safe and sound in Australia, her daughter dropped us this message:

“So just letting you know mum walked the dog with me last night around the block! First time in years and years!!”

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Texas Mother with CRPS Finally Achieves Pain Relief with Calmare Scrambler Therapy

November 17, 2015

Kelly is a happy, full-of-life young mother who endured debilitating pain and limited mobility after a CRPS diagnosis as a result of knee replacement surgery.

After trying invasive treatments, including Ketamine therapy (“I wouldn’t wish that on anyone…”) she discovered Calmare scrambler therapy and traveled 3,000 to be treated by Dr. Michael Cooney, clinical director, Calmare Therapy NJ, USA.

Before she headed home to her family, she shared her experience in this video:

Are you or a loved one battling RSD, CRPS or another chronic pain condition?

Our Calmare team would be happy to talk with you about your specific case. Keep in mind, scrambler therapy isn’t right for everyone. If you’d like to know more, just fill out the online info card below:

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Share a little kindness in difficult times

kindNovember 16, 2015

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director, Calmare Therapy NJ USA

Every week our office adopts an attribute for our team to focus on and we all try our hardest to exhibit this behavior.

In the past, our weekly words have been meticulous, tenacious, gregarious, fervent.

When faced with the task this morning, it was a tough assignment given current events.

While we may not be able to control what happened, we can focus on being especially kind to our fellow-man during these difficult times.

This way, we all feel better.

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