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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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Seventeen-year-old Katia finally enjoys pain relief from RSD after Calmare Treatments

January 25, 2016

Katia #2“I just hopped out of the shower, and instead of my legs and arms being a purplish brown they were…normal. To say the least, I was quit surprised. And a bit confused, because that hasn’t happened in years. I just kind of looked at my legs, poked them, and it didn’t hurt.

And I just kind of paused and was like “huh, well this is new.”

Katia, age 17,  during her Calmare Therapy NJ treatments with clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney 

While most teenagers are out with friends having fun, Katia lived her life in bed, battling constant pain. She suffers from complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), also called reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), a neuropathic condition that is resistant to medication and traditional therapeutic treatments.

What full-body CRPS feels like

Unfortunately, in Katia’s case, she lives with full body CRPS.

All of her limbs–even her lungs and heart–are affected.

Katia’s condition is so severe that even her senses–hearing, smell, taste–are negatively affected.

She also suffers from acid-like burning throughout her body, in addition to uncontrolled spasms in her limbs, lungs and heart.

The lung spasms are particularly painful.

But Katia’a unrelenting family heard about Calmare Therapy as a new RSD treatment tKatia getting treatmento combat the pain–and the additional symptoms that present in more severe cases.

What a Calmare treatment feels like

Katia and ChristieAfter talking with other CRPS patients who had been treated by Dr. Michael Cooney at Calmare Therapy New Jersey USA, who has successfully treated hundreds of RSD and CRPS patients since 2011, they decided to fundraise in order to make the trip and have Katia undergo the daily treatments.

After a community-wide fundraising effort, she and her family trekked 3,000 from the west coast to be treated by Dr. Cooney in October 2015.

Calmare is a “provider-dependent” therapy and why this matters

Doctor and patient hit it off right away and the family was close by for support and good humor.

Much to the teenager and her family’s shock, after being severely debilitated for years, Katia began to feel less and less pain after each Calmare treatment and her additional symptoms steadily subsided as well.

When her treatment series ended, Katia flew home with her family elated to finally return to the routine of a typical teenager’s life–after a long absence.

What a re-injury can mean for someone living with RSD

Once she was back home and living life with a pain level below a 3/10, Katia experienced an unfortunate accident  / re-injury.

The CRPS wasted no time and returned with a vengeance, shooting her pain back up to an 8-9.

But this time, Katia and her family had their own ammunition to battle back–Calmare Therapy.

Earlier this month, they returned to New Jersey for Calmare booster treatments, and Katia’s RSD treatment pushed her pain level back down to manageable numbers (1-3 on average).

Katia MartinBefore she left, Katia presented Dr. Cooney with a wonderful hand-knit winter hat (which was particularly useful during the 20 inches of snow we experienced over the weekend…) in CRPS orange, no less.

Katia’ Mother Sends an Update – January 19, 2016

(shared with permission)

Dearest Dr. Cooney,

I can’t thank you enough. Katia is doing so very good.

I can’t stop smiling.

I wish I could tell everyone who suffers about you.

I’ve been working hard in that regard. At this point mostly on the Internet. But I know a few people around here that need you too. Hopefully they will give it a try.

The only thing they have to lose is pain, right? 

Her pain did spike on the plane. We knew it would. But as soon as we got off, it started going back down. By the time we drove home it was down to a 3.

Today all day she has been a 2.

I am so thankful. You saved her. You gave her back to me. She is becoming her funny happy self again.

I will keep in touch, and let you know how she does.  Have a great week.

Hugs to you

CM”

 

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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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The Calmare Connection Joins Two Women from Texas and Australia with RSD

November 13, 2015

BlackburnDianne came to us from Texas suffering from full-body RSD.

She was initially injured as a child and has been suffering with chronic pain for decades.

Despite her serious healthcare challenges, Dianne was able to earn her Registered Nurse (RN) degree while she experienced some remission.

But following back surgery in 2000, the RSD flared its ugly head yet again.

Over the years, Dianne underwent several different therapies and tried various prescribed medications to help lessen the pain.

A long history of unsuccessful neuropathic pain treatments

As most RSD patients can confirm, these efforts were unfortunately unsuccessful. Dianne had repeated nerve blocks, Ketamine, not-one-but-two spinal stimulators impanted, an implanted drug pump and used several powerful medications, to no avail.

Equally frustrating, the side effects from all the prescribed drugs opened the door to listlessness, weight gain, depression, too much sleep and/or insomnia.

But even while ensuring all these obstacles, with the support of her family, she didn’t give up looking for pain and symptom relief.

Using her own health and medical education expertise, she never stopped searching for new RSD treatments to help overcome her increasingly severe symptoms.

Two women worlds apart find common ground with chronic pain

From Texas, she connected online with our patient Michelle, who had a similar medical history, who had traveled from Australia to New Jersey for Calmare scrambler therapy RSD treatments and sustained an outstanding patient outcome.


Michelle shares her Calmare Therapy NJ story here:


Calmare Technology 2012After many texts and emails back and forth, Dianne and her husband decided to make the long 3,000 mile trip to New Jersey where she underwent ten 30-minute scrambler therapy treatments each day.

Steadily, her pain began to decrease and each day, the pain relief lasted for longer periods of time.

She told Dr. Cooney she really couldn’t describe what she felt as her pain began to diminish because it had been so long since she had experienced any relief.

An ‘astonished’ Texan finally achieves RSD pain relief

Earlier this week, Dianne completed her treatments and reported an “astonished” 0 pain level upon her departure. She also significantly reduced her medication needs.

Because of the long-term severity of her condition, Dianne may need to return periodically for booster treatments. We’ve advised her to take it easy, sleep at least 8-hours a night, do not  “do too much” each day, and slowly get back to enjoying her life again, which she so richly deserves.

Calmare logoWould You Like to Talk with Us About Your Chronic Pain Condition?

Call us at 201-933-4440, email us at calmarenj@gmail.com or fill out the info below and we’ll be happy to contact you:

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CRPS Month Means So Much to Us Here at Calmare Therapy NJ

November 3, 2015
Abbey_CRPS Day

Hi Everyone!

It’s Barb from the Calmare Clinic in New Jersey. Everything is coming up orange as we commemorate CRPS Awareness Month. It’s amazing to see how this effort has literally gone worldwide.

We’ll be sending pictures soon about how we are honoring this effort in our offices.

This morning, it was a thrill for us to see this message from Danielle from Vermont talking about her young daughter who treated here with us:

“On this day of bringing national awareness to the disease Abby lives with Abby Bluteau_6.2015daily … CRPS, I am so very thankful for Dr. Cooney at Calmare NJ for his love and dedication to helping those who suffer like Abby. He gave my daughter her life back with Calmare therapy! You are a blessing to all whose lives you touch!”‪ #‎CRPSORANGEDAY‬

Needless to say, it’s wonderful messages like these that inspire us even more to help people living with chronic pain every day.

This is a battle we are going to win, one by one.

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Taking a deep breath and enjoying family time

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Even the doctor needs a little R&R occasionally.

My daughter plays lacrosse all over the region every weekend.

This time of year, the scenery is beautiful and the air is fresh and invigorating.

Great memories, great times.

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Mayo Clinic shares another CRPS patient positive outcome after Calmare Therapy

October 23, 2015

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

Slowly but surely, the major research institutions are beginning to recognize what we’ve been doing here in New Jersey for the past four years is truly worth studying and testing–

mayo clinicYesterday, the Mayo Clinic reported on another clinical trial patient battling complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and the remarkable outcome she achieved after undergoing Calmare’s MC-5A scrambler therapy treatments.

Patient Quotation (excerpt):

“I had accepted the fact that I’d probably live my entire life in pain,” she says. “Now, the scrambler is working wonders for me. For the first time in five years, I feel like I’ve finally found a treatment that can permanently change my future.”1

How does Calmare’s scrambler device work?

The Mayo Clinic explains (excerpt):

“Scrambler therapy works by using a nerve stimulation device to mix another signal into the transmission from the damaged nerves to the brain. Basically, it replaces the information that signals pain with information that does not signal pain. The therapy involves placing electrodes connected to the scrambler device on the skin near damaged nerves. The scrambler sends painless electrical signals to those nerves that they relay to the brain. The new signals break the pain cycle and retrain the brain to understand that it is not really experiencing pain.”1

Ensure your Calmare provider has extensive expertise treating CRPS and RSD successfully

I’ve stated this before but it bears repeating:

Calmare is a “provider dependent” therapy:

camare foot image with leadsYour Calmare doctor determines the exact placement of your leads (key to transmitting the pain signal messaging) in accordance with the original injury site.

Depending on the patient’s response, these leads may need to be moved at some point during the 10-treatment series.

The doctor must understand the anatomy of the body and the manner in which the pain message is being transmitted to and from the brain in order for Calmare to optimally do its job.

If the doctor does not accomplish this task, the patient’s pain  and symptom relief can be significantly diminished–or not successful at all.

Calmare Certified Location LogoTwo key questions to ask your potential Calmare provider:

  1. Are you Calmare Certified?
  2. How many patients have you successfully treated with (your specific medical condition): CRPS, RSD, PHN, CIPN, diabetic neuropathy, post-surgical pain…

Scrambler Therapy can relieve debilitating pain and symptoms from several neuropathic conditions

Here in New Jersey, we specialize in treating CRPS and RSD. But we have also achieved outstanding patient outcomes treating many other conditions as well:

I’d like to learn more about using the Calmare device to treat my chronic pain condition

Great!  You can call us directly at 201.933.4440 and talk with our CRPS team specialists (or ask to speak to me directly). If I’m with a patient, I’ll call you back. You are also welcome to email me at calmarenj@gmail.com.

Or fill out the information below and we’ll reach out to you:

http://sharing.mayoclinic.org/discussion/sidelined-no-more-scrambler-therapy-puts-tess-wilson-back-in-action/

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Brigham Young University Joins Mayo Clinic and Others in Calmare Therapy Trials

October 19, 2015

trialsWe love to share our own patients positive outcomes after scrambler therapy but it’s also important to report on people who have undergone Calmare treatment outside our clinic here in New Jersey.

Brigham Young University researchers recently 1024px-BYU_Medallion_Logo.svgoffered this update during their
Calmare clinical trial, supported by MRI monitoring, on their clinical trial patient outcomes using scrambler therapy treatment.

Along with clinical trials at Johns Hopkins, the Mayo Clinic and other universities, BYU researchers are studying MRI scans to determine exactly how the MC-5A device is altering the pain message in the brain to lessen and even alleviate several chronic pain in people with drug and treatment resistant neuropathy.

BYU Trial patient Jennifer McLean said: 

“It’s just kind of unbelievable dealing with it for so long and then not having the pain there. It’s really nice.” McLean said she feels something she’s not had for a long time: relief.

The constant excruciating, stabbing, pulsating neuropathy in her right hand and fingers is gradually diminishing because a new generation electrical stimulation device is sending another signal to her brain.

“It’s just been such a blessing to have some relief and to know there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel.”

BYU Trial patient Taylor Johnson reported:

Johnson said the pain was so bad he couldn’t stand on the leg. He suffered from this pain for nearly two years due to reflex neurovascular dystrophy. The disease sent pain signals to the brain even though there was no injury. After several treatments, the pain was gone and he was able to run, walk and do whatever activity he wanted.

BYU Trial patient Brock Roblin said after his Calmare treatments:

He had been suffering from intense pain for four years.

Like many others, Roblin had been through that endless loop of prescription medications, including a sleeping pill every night for two years, and the maximum dosage of an anti-convulsant drug. After several scrambler treatments, the burning sensation in the feet that would keep Brock awake at night disappeared. He was also no longer dependent on prescription drugs for pain.

Don’t give up your search for neuropathic pain relief

Calmare Therapy cannot help everyone living with neuropathy, unfortunately. But for people with many kinds of pain that does not respond to traditional therapy or medication, it has greatly improved lives.

We would be happy to talk with you about your specific medical condition. Just fill out the information below so we can get started. Right now, right here. Today.

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How to Prepare for Your Calmare Scrambler Therapy Treatments

October 8, 2015

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

ID-10053921It’s a good thing when I can’t recall how many patients we have treated using Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment since we began offering this revolutionary device in 2011.

Suffice it to say, we have welcomed many people with several different neuropathic conditions–pain after chemotherapy, post-surgical pain, diseases including Shingles, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Myofacial pain–from around the corner here in Bergen County, NJ to as far away as South Africa and Australia.

Once we mutually determine that Calmare may be a viable treatment option for pain and symptom reduction, it’s time to prepare to begin the 10-series treatment protocol.

Patients and families always ask us how to optimally prepare for the upcoming treatments–a very good question.

I thought this would be useful information to share with our blog readers as well.

Dr. Cooney’s Tips and Tools to Prepare for Your Calmare Therapy:
  1. Send us or bring any objective tests ( X-rays, EEG, MRI, EMG or cat scans) for our pre-treatment study).
  2. Wean off as many medications as possible–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.)
  3. Do not use any skin lotions 24-hours before each treatment.
  4. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring some hand-held entertainment to occupy you during each treatment, which lasts about 35 minutes.
  5. Fill out the Calmare NJ New Patient Forms in advance to save time once you arrive.
  6. 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% sure to make you feel as comfortable as possible from your first visit to your last.

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

Just fill out the information below:

Photo Credit:  Stuart Miles – FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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Bridget Overcomes Full Body CRPS Physical Side Effects with Calmare Pain Therapy

September 30, 2015

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

One of the challenges treating (and fighting) chronic pain is that you usually can’t see it. Often, there are no outward signs of the neuropathy—no visible bruises, cuts or other physical symptoms.

But for some patients battling complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and other conditions, the discomfort from physical symptoms can actually rival the chronic pain.

CRPS is a notoriously difficult condition to treat using medications or various therapeutic options. It usually develops either following injury to a peripheral nerve (type II) or as a result of trauma without obvious peripheral nerve damage (type I). It presents with a characteristic constellation of sensory, motor, autonomic and vascular signs.

“Bridget” (not her real name for privacy reasons), a registered nurse no longer able to work, came to us with one of the most severe cases of CRPS (also called RSD) lesions we have seen since Michael was here a few years ago. She sent us these images (below) before she came to NJ to ensure we understood the severity of her skin condition.

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I was not deterred; we had treated this side effect in other patients battling RSD and CRPS.  Prior to coming to New Jersey, the 40-year-old told us that she spent “most of her time in bed.” 

Bridget Tries Several CRPS Treatments Prior to Scrambler Therapy in NJ

Working with several physicians and pain management specialists, Bridget took the usual regimen of pain medications, including Neurontin, to treat her neuropathy.

She also underwent these invasive treatments:

  • Stellate ganglion blocks (sympathetic nerve block administered into the front of the neck by injection)
  • Spinal cord stimulator (SCS) a device implanted into the spinal column (she has since removed the batteries from the device, no longer needing it)
  • Ketamine infusions

Severe CRPS Lesions

Bridget before 5Now suffering from fully body CRPS after sustaining a fall in 2012, Bridget was also dealing with increasingly large and inflamed lesions on her left flank and abdomen.

Due to the severity of the lesions, she had to be hospitalized during a period when they became infected. 

Bridget arrives at Calmare Therapy NJ at a 10/10 pain level

She was in extreme discomfort when she arrived her– her pain level was unrelenting and nearly unbearable.

In addition to the lesions shown here, Bridget was also forced to deal with these ongoing side effects:

  • Allodynia
  • Numbness in different parts of her body
  • Tingling / pins and needles sensations, sweating spells 24/7
  • Skin burning sensations and intermittent swelling
  • Electrical shock sensations
  • Severe sensitivity to temperature changes

Not surprisingly, she was virtually unable to sleep–which added another set of debilitating symptoms to face–including mental exhaustion and depression.

After Calmare Therapy: She heads home without pain for the first time in 3 years

Bridget finished up her treatment cycle a few weeks ago. (Due to the severity of her case, she underwent additional treatments). By the end, she had achieved a true pain-free state for the first time in over three years. She felt so pleased with her condition, Bridget removed the batteries from her SCS.

The majority of her symptoms noted above were gone. You can also see the overall improvement in her lesions below as well.  I expect them to continubridget after 3e to dimBridget after 1inish so long as she follows our post-treatment protocol.

Bridget left us mobile and able to perform a regular daily routine without help.  One of her last statements to me before leaving was, “It feels so weird to be pain-free. I’m just stunned.”

Might Calmare Therapy Be Right for You?

Welcome to a healthcare practice that is different from most others you may be experienced. At Calmare Therapy NJ, we specialize in drug-free treatments for severe chronic pain on a personalized, one-on-one basis. And, more often than not, you’ll talk at length with me–not a nurse or a staff member–about your condition. (If I don’t think the scrambler is right for you, I’ll tell you..)

Fill out the information below and I’ll be happy to you or a loved one to chat.  .

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Dr. Michael Cooney and Calmare Therapy Featured in National Pain Report

national pain reportSeptember 17, 2015

For years, we have been loyal readers of the National Pain Report due to its unique content focus (pain–its origins, causes and, most importantly, how to get rid of it) and willingness to cover emerging therapies to treat neuropathy.

Today, Dr. Cooney’s personal profile about scrambler therapy and its potential benefits is the featured story on their website:

“Scrambler Therapy − A New Way to Treat Chronic Pain Without Drugs or Invasive Devices”

Excerpt:

“The majority of patients we treat with scrambler therapy arrive at our clinic frustrated and exhausted by the endless search for pain relief. Often, in desperation, they resort to surgery, experimental procedures outside the U.S. or powerful pain medications which leave them mentally and physically diminished by side effects.

I encourage people with treatment-resistant neuropathy and their families to consider less invasive alternative solutions to combat the effects of chronic pain. Surprisingly, the cost can be comparable to prescription medications and in-patient co-pays, in many cases. And the outcome can be life-changing.

Regardless of the pain therapy you choose, keep in mind there are treatments that do not involve narcotics, surgery or invasive procedures which can result in more pain and discomfort. Keep looking, talk to doctors, follow and keep up on the new research. There may very well be a solution out there to minimize your pain. But, often, it’s up to you to discover it.”

Thank you to the National Pain Report for publishing this article. More people in pain are going to learn about this alternative pain therapy and seek help.

I’d like to learn more about Calmare Scrambler Therapy

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I am a CRPS Warrior

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September 15, 2015

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

Our patient Michelle from Australia returned to our clinic here in NJ for a few Calmare booster treatments last week.

When she arrived here for the first time, she had spent the last four years in a wheelchair due to CRPS. (She’s shown here presenting me with a CRPS Warrior Medal for my efforts to help the RSD / CRPS community).

She experienced a pain recurrence and before the pain level elevated, she wisely decided to take action and come in for a few treatments.

Michelle is one of the leaders of a CRPS group in Australia seeking doctors there who are willing to obtain the proper training and begin offering Calmare scrambler therapy in their country. If anyone can get this job done, she will!

Until then, she and her loved ones are willing to make the herculean trip here to the U.S. in order to keep her disease–and the pain–under control.

I’m happy to report she left at a 0/1 pain level after three treatments and no longer needing her walking stick.

My support of this machine to treat people battling RSD and CRPS is unrelenting. I’ve seen it restore and improve the lives of so many good people living with chronic pain every day.

Narcotics, injections, spinal cord stimulators and invasive devices simply don’t work, much of the time.

Does it work for everyone? Sadly, no. But we’re going to keep trying, patient by patient.

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Why Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment is ideal for children and teens with chronic pain

September 1, 2015

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

The last thing any parent or caregiver wants to do is subject their child to pain—even if the goal is to help decrease pain.

In addition, 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.

I realized that during the month of August here in our New Jersey Calmare clinic, about 70 percent of the patients we treated for neuropathy using scrambler therapy were under 30 years old.

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

Why Calmare scrambler therapy is an ideal treatment for pediatric neuropathyGabriel_6.2015

  • FDA-cleared 510(k)-cleared and European CE mark-certified
  • Pain free
  • Non-invasive (no injections, IV’s, outpatient procedures–nothing)
  • Drug-free (no narcotics, nothing over-the-counter).
  • No side effects (the most you may experience is a 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 treatments (see Abby at left).

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

During the 35-minute daily treatments performed over a two-week period, the patient’s pain steadily decreases with the goal of sending the child or teen home without the need for wheelchairs, canes or any supportive 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.

Can you share some pediatric patient Calmare Therapy success stories?

Absolutely!

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Abby

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Amanda

Jamie 2_8.2015Jamie

Gabriel_age11_12.2013Gabriel

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

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Calmare Therapy warrior Jamie checks in since his 2012 treatment

August 28, 2015

Calmare scrambler therapy is not a “cure” for RSD or CRPS, unfortunately.

But in Jamie 2_8.2015the best possible scenario for patients who undergo the 10-treatment series, it can put the severe pain and physical symptoms:

  • allodynia
  • severe temperature fluctuations
  • sensitivity to touch
  • debilitating pain and muscle weakness

into a remission state and restore the patient’s quality of life.

As you may know from our patient stories, we are treating many children, teens and young adults with this condition, many successfully.

Some patients, like Jamie, who we treated for shoulder pain three years ago, have never needed  additional scrambler therapy “booster treatments” but some patients do need them periodically. From my experience, most patients who require boosters need fewer as time goes on and they can sustain a pain recurrence for longer periods of time.

Click here to learn more about Calmare Therapy Booster Treatments

Jamie’s mother Joan was kind enough to check in last week and shared the following:

Jamie_8.2015“Here is a blast from the past. This is Joan.  In Jan/Feb 2012 you fixed my son’s shoulder pain.  Jamie is doing great shoulder wise. Almost 6 ft. tall and has his learner’s permit!

Here he is out in the back yard with a friend throwing a Frisbee so I took a few photos for you. Left arm/shoulder doing just fine as you can see!

Thanks again. I do not even want to think about what life would have been like these last 3 years if you hadn’t helped him.”

It’s hard to describe what these messages mean to all of us from former patients. For children and young adults who are riddled with debilitating neuropathy is particularly difficult.

But when we receive these kind of messages? It makes all the daily challenges more than worth it.

Thank you for reaching out Joan. Great to hear from you. And to Jamie–be careful on the roads!

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Josh Overcomes RSD Pain with Calmare Therapy and Marries his True Love

There’s nothing we love more than a happy ending after a long battle with treatment-resistant neuropathy.

We talked with Josh several times before he and his girlfriend decided to come to NJ and undergo Calmare Therapy for his spreading RSD after a hand injury two years ago.

As you know from his earlier story, after being treated by our clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney, who specializes in CRPS and RSD patients, he left our clinic with little or no pain–and a future wife!

Now newlyweds, Josh and his bride are on their way to living happily ever after.

Josh is a smart man, to be sure. He messaged us this morning saying,

“Married life is amazing. Our wedding day was perfect and I mentioned your name in my vows while holding _____’s hand with my left hand! We had a gorgeous day and it went so smoothly we couldn’t believe it. I am slowly gaining back the muscle I had lost, still listening to my body and resting the instant I feel weak or sore in any way.”

Thank YOU Josh, for allowing us to share your inspiring story. Take good care. Call us if you need us.

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Abby charts her post-Calmare treatment on a Facebook page

Abby Bluteau_6.2015Earlier this summer, 13-year-old Abby and her mother were here to treat her severe CRPS. She arrived in a wheelchair with pain on her whole left side. The family was worried Abby would soon have full-body RSD.

Before her treatment began, her mother Danielle asked what she Abby Bluteau getting treatment_2015dreamed of doing if Calmare scrambler therapy was successful.

Abby responded she’s like to run and jump on the beach in Maine.

Well this week, that dream became a reality and her mother shared it on our Facebook timeline this morning.

For parents or teens battling CRPS / RSD, you may wish to read Abby’s chronicle of her journey before, during and after therapy with our clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney, here in New Jersey.

facebook-iconA Teenager’s Journey with CRPS shows a brief video of Abby last week.  Running on the beach. In Maine.

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