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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
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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.

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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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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.

You can share Josh’s story below:

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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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Dr. Cooney takes a little R&R for family time

Dr. Cooney vaca 2015

August 11, 2015

Even the doctor needs to take a deep breath now and then.

It was time for me to take a breather last week. My wife and I took our daughter away to celebrate her 16th birthday.

She had to pry me away from my patients, but I know a little respite is good for my own health.

We enjoyed a great getaway with some wonderful weather and delicious food.

Time goes by quickly. Enjoy every day.

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Tammy Moved to Tears Discussing Her Successful Calmare Scrambler Therapy Outcome

By Barbara, Office Manager, Calmare Therapy NJ

Since Dr. Cooney became one of the first certified providers of Calmare scrambler therapy in the U.S., our clinic has changed dramatically.

Before CalmBarbaraare, we welcomed patients with acute and chronic pain issues from New Jersey and the metro New York City region.

But, suddenly, with the introduction of scrambler therapy, we were treating patients from around the country and, soon, around the world.

This week, I’m sharing a great Calmare story about Tammy who was here just a few weeks ago from California. Her husband discovered Dr. Cooney and decided to travel 3,000 so that he lovely wife could be treated by him.

She had undergone surgery on her finger which unfortunately resulted in Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy – RSD that eventually began to spread to her hand and then into her wrist.

Tammy had undergone other treatments for the pain, including opioids, which she really disliked.

But after the first few treatments performed by Dr. Cooney, our clinical director, who treats every Calmare patient himself, her throbbing and swelling began to diminish more and more with each session.

Actually, I’ll let Tammy tell the rest of her story herself.

Would you like to determine if Calmare scrambler therapy might be right for your treatment-resistant chronic pain?  We’d be happy to help. Just fill out the info below, please:

 

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Pattie from Australia: “We just didn’t give up hope”

July 24, 2015

Pattie from Australia_bestLast year, Pattie, our first of several patients from Australia, traveled to New Jersey, USA to try Calmare scrambler therapy. Developing a severe case of CRPS after knee replacement surgery, she had been through many unsuccessful treatments to overcome her severe post-surgical chronic pain.

When doctors eventually suggested implanting a spinal cord stimulator (SCS), Pattie and her husband concluded it was time to take matters into their own hands and find a solution to her CRPS on their own.

Researching Chronic Pain Alternative Treatments

After months of research, they discovered Calmare and learned that we specialize in RSD /CRPS treatment.

When we met Pattie after her arduous 24-hour flight, she was taking nearly 30 pain medications daily (which, sadly, is not unusual).

And so, we went to work.

Pattie Achieves 0 Pain Level and Dissolution of her CRPS Symptoms

After 11 treatments (she achieved a 0 pain level by the 10th treatment) Pattie left the U.S. pain-free in all parts of her body–including her knee–for the first time since her surgery three years ago (watch her personal video recap).

Our Calmare NJ family and her family will be friends for life, regardless of the fact that we live nearly 12,000 apart…

Pattie went back to Perth and was interviewed by the TV News where she shared her Calmare success story.

Pattie Sends an Update a Year Later

This busy wife and mother of four children sent us an update yesterday saying,

“Since my last treatment with you and at home I have been in remission from my CRPS pain and I’m down to only 3 meds a day–that’s a big difference from 30 meds a day! So life is better each day thanks to your dedication & kindness and your wonderful staff. Today I saw a pain specialist and he can’t believe I’m recovering from CRPS. He is now asking about Calmare! He said to me ‘you are a very lucky girl’ and I said it wasn’t luck at all. We just didn’t give up on ‘hope’. Thank you Doc for saving my life. Best wishes Pattie”

You can read Pattie’s full story here:

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Josh attacks his RSD using Calmare scrambler therapy and gets engaged–all in one week

We’ve been awaiting Josh Mowery’s arrival here for some time to combat his RSD.

He has sustained chronic hand pain (8 /10 on the pain scale) for more than two long years.

Josh started scrambler therapy treatments here with us on Monday, July 13, 2015.

After four daily sessions (lasting about 35-minutes each), his pain level is already down to a 1/2.hand during treatment

His swelling is also going down nicely.

Josh MowreyBut the good news doesn’t stop there–

Last night, he and his lovely girlfriend enjoyed a beautiful summer evening in New York City.

While basking in the city lights from the observation deck of the Empire State Building, Josh proposed!

The happy couple is here this morning while he undergoes treatment 5 of 10.

We’d say it’s been a rather good week for Josh.

We can’t wait to see what happens next week!

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New Brigham Young University research team to study Calmare scrambler therapy

trialsAdd another upcoming university-based, clinical research study about Calmare scrambler therapy to the list:

In addition to Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic, Massey Cancer Institute and others, BYU researchers will be conducting its own scrambler therapy study.

Dr. David Busath, heading up the research at Brigham Young University, stated, “I think the fooling the brain idea is a 1024px-BYU_Medallion_Logo.svglegitimate one…we’re convincing the brain in one area that this other area shouldn’t be hyperactive after all.”

Dr. Busath’s study protocol will consist of taking a patient  MRI for 20 minutes, then performing Calmare for 30 minutes, followed by another MRI.

Calmare provider and pain therapist Erick Bingham, not affiliated with the BYU study, stated in the article that the successful outcome for scrambler therapy patients depends on how the individual reacts after the very first treatment and believes patient response early on can be a predictor of the outcome. He says that 80 percent of the time, if the patient sustains a reduction in pain after that first treatment, they’re going to be a good candidate.

Dr. Bingham accurately noted that some patients will require periodic booster treatments while others remain pain-free with no need for future treatment.

Read the full article here

BYU scrambler therapy study candidates must have constant sharp pain in the hands or feet and not be on any anti-convulsant medication. Additionally, participants cannot have stents, pacemakers or other implants that would interfere with an MRI scan. Those wishing to apply for the two-phase study can contact Dr. Busath’s office at 801-422-8753.

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Virginia man with CRPS finally finds pain relief after seven long years

Mr. Socol lived and worked with a consistent pain level of 7/8 as a result of CRPS after a knee replacement surgery.

Understandably skeptical after trying several pain treatments without success, Ira leaves Calmare Therapy NJ at a pain level of 2 for the first time in more than 5 years.

In addition, he was able to feel his foot for the first time in 3 years.

As he tells it (below), his life going forward offers many opportunities that he formerly had to forego due to chronic pain.

Dr. Michael Cooney, clinical director at Calmare Therapy NJ and a CRPS / RSD treatment specialist, introduces Ira’s case:

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The mother of a child with CRPS shares a wonderful compliment after Calmare scrambler therapy

Abby Bluteau_6.2015Some weeks ago, we welcomed Danielle and her 13-year-old daughter, Abby.

She arrived in a wheelchair due to the effects of CRPS after a knee injury.

Abby’s pain was spreading  throughout the left side of her body and her family worried she was approaching full body  RSD.

It was a true Herculean effort for this mother and daughter to make the trip here to New Jersey, make no mistake.

The scrambler therapy goal

Our mission was simple:

Curtail the pain (which was a consistent 8-10) so that Abby could walk again.

Ten Calmare treatments later…

Unlike some patients, Abby didn’t experience significant pain reduction after the first few scrambler therapy treatments.

But we pressed on.

After treatment 5, we had a breakthrough and her pain began to decrease and last for longer periods of time.

By the end of her 10-treatment cycle, Abby left us without needing the wheelchair–just two weeks later.

Abby’s Calmare treatment was performed without:

  • drugs
  • side effects
  • any significant pain during the treatment

Abby is continuing to walk and regain the strength in her legs. While she sometimes uses a walker for support, she continues to improve (under the watchful eye of a great mom, which never hurts😉

Danielle shared this acknowledgement on Facebook and kindly permitted us to share it here with you: 

“If you or a family member have CRPS and don’t know what the machine in this picture is or who the doctor pictured with my daughter is you need to be informed. Check out Calmare Therapy. My recommendation hands down! My daughter was in a wheelchair unable to even stand on her own and is now able to walk with her walker and is gaining every day.

Calmare Therapy is changing our lives and giving my child her life back!

Dr. Cooney in NJ is awesome and worth every penny if your insurance doesn’t cover it.

Check out his website: 

https://calmaretherapynj.com/ or his Facebook page:

Early detection and treatment are critical. There are many, many case studies you can read and if there is a center closer to you Dr. Cooney will know about it.

I cannot stress enough to call him. He PERSONALLY will call you back and talk over your case.”

Can we tell you more about Calmare scrambler therapy?

 

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A Little Pet Therapy Never Hurts

MurphyLast week my family was away so I brought Murphy, my own little pet therapy, to the office.

As many of you know, I’m a big proponent of pets and their ability to calm the mind and lessen the pain.

If my wife will let me, I plan to bring him back to the office now and then as he was a big hit with our Calmare patients. ‪

Learn more about how pets can help combat pain here:

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College Athlete Liz Shares an Update After Scrambler Therapy in 2014 for CRPS

LizLiz treated here with us in November of 2014. She was battling increasingly severe CRPS symptoms and it was keeping her from sports (she’s a superstar basketball player) and just enjoying college.

She was diagnosed with CRPS after a nasty basketball injury to her right leg. Using crutches when she arrived here in NJ from Missouri, she was dealing with  a consistent pain level of 8 / 10.

When traditional pain medications and therapeutic treatments don’t lessen your CRPS pain or physical symptoms

Just 18-years-old, Liz had already been to a number of hospitals and physician specialists who prescribed several different medications and physical therapy. Unfortunately, none of these efforts reduced her pain.

She’s one of those people whose engaging personality just fills up any room she enters. For her to be suffering from CRPS was heartbreaking.

She and her family were savvy about her treatment plan--her diagnosis was relatively new and she aggressively sought a drug-free therapy before the condition worsened. When traditional medications and therapies were not successful, the family decided to try an alternative treatment.

Pain relief begins by scrambling the pain message from the brain

Once we started Liz’s treatment, her pain relief started after the first Calmare MC-5A treatment. By the end of the 10-treatment cycle, she was pain-free.

We checked in with her via Twitter this morning (where you go to reach anyone under 25, we have learned) and she immediately responded:

@CalmareNJ Tell everyone there hello! I’m doing great! Back at school and working- all thanks to you guys!

Might Calmare scrambler therapy be right for your chronic pain condition?

Fill in the information below and we’ll be happy to reach out to you:

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Calmare Booster Treatments Help Gabriel Keep His Pediatric RSD Under Control

Gabriel_6.2015By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director, Calmare Therapy New Jersey

A child from here in New Jersey who battles RSD, Gabriel, first came to us as a 9-year-old in December 2013 with severe RSD in his legs. Unlike most of our patients, he did not have a specific injury or surgery that initiated his pediatric chronic pain condition.

Prior to coming to Calmare NJ, he was treated by a rheumatologist, an orthopedist and his pediatrician. His full body CAT scan and MRI were both negative.

His doctors were unsure how to treat his pain. Prior to his mother discovering Calmare in a magazine article, Gabe underwent three painful nerve blocks and was prescribed a number of painkilling drugs, including Gabapentin.

Youngster cannot attend elementary school due to RSD/ CRPS symptoms

Eventually, Gabe was unable to attend school, play soccer or do karate. Even at such a young age, his RSD symptoms mirrored an adult case:

  • Skin discoloration
  • Allodynia (sensitivity to touch)
  • Chronic pain of varying levels of severity
  • Loss of mobility
  • Reliance on crutches to walk

Gabriel_age11_12.2013In 2013, Gabe arrived here and would be the youngest patient we had ever treated using scrambler therapy.

I had a good feeling that we could help Gabe after the first treatment. In fact, after just six sessions, Gabe was pain-free and put his crutches away in the trunk of his car and headed back home to share the great news—and resume the normal life of a young boy.

2014: Three booster treatments sends his pain back into remission

While some fortunate people never experience any significant recurrence of pain after scrambler therapy, some patients experience a recurrence months or even years later, particularly if their case was severe or they suffered with the condition for a long period of time.

In Gabriel’s case, he pain returned about 10 months later. His mother wisely brought him in for treatment. In May, he had two consecutive boosters (1 per day over two consecutive days) and in September he had one more session.

2015: One booster treatment sends his pain back into remission

Nine months later, Gabe was having some pain and wanted to begin using his crutches again. His wonderful Mom brought him in and this time, he only needed a single booster treatment to eliminate the pain.

One note, after his initial treatment cycle in 2013, his RSD skin conditions never returned.

Why I love my job

After just one treatment lasting about 35 minutes, this bright and funny 11-year-old boy confidently walked out of our office (without crutches) ready to face the summer of 2015.  Pain-free.

Would you like to talk with someone from our team about your RSD / CRPS or other chronic pain condition? Email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com or call us at (201) 933-4440.

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John finally finds pain relief from his PHN (Shingles) with Calmare scrambler therapy

John Willis_5.2015John Willis came to Calmare Therapy New Jersey on May 4, 2015 for treatment of postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) as a result of Shingles. He had been suffering for nine long months with a consistent pain level of 8/10.

Eventually, his pain decreased his quality of life—he could not longer drive or do many of the things he enjoyed.

His physician prescribed a number of prescription medications to help manage his pain but they were ineffective.

John tries an alternative treatment for PHN painShingles image

Mr. Willis was not content to live the rest of his life in this degree of pain. Once it was clear the medications were not going to help, he considered other alternative pain treatments. Through his research, he discovered Dr. Michael Cooney and his success using scrambler therapy.

He consulted with Dr. Cooney and they mutually agreed he was a suitable candidate to undergo the scrambler, which is painless and has no side effects.

John completed the 10-treatment regime and reduced his pain from an 8/10 to a steady 3/10. The good news is he is maintaining this more manageable pain level without using any medications which made him drowsy and just not feeling “like himself.”

Best of all, he can function again and resume his daily routine, including driving his car.

As always, our goal here at Calmare Therapy NJ is to achieve a 0/10 pain level with every patient. But, sometimes, that goal cannot be achieved. However, in John’s case, since his scrambler therapy treatment, his pain rate varies between 1 but does not go above a 3.

To Mr. Willis, this is a great success.

READ ABOUT JOAN’S SUCCESS TREATING HER SEVERE PHN USING SCRAMBLER THERAPY

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 study for PHN patients where they achieved an amazing 95% reduction in pain a month after the treatment with no side effects.

Journal of pain and symptom managementAnother 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.

ACOS• The 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.”

Are you or someone you care about living with severe pain from PHN?

Feel free to leave your information below and we’ll be happy to provide you with more information. We can also discuss your medical history and mutually determine if scrambler therapy might be right for you. 

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Welcome back Calmare NJ team member Cathy!

cathyShe’s Back!!

We are more than delighted to announce that our beloved Cathy is back in the office today after her hip replacement surgery in March.

No, it hasn’t been the same without you, dear Cathy, and we are overjoyed that life is back to normal now that you are at the front desk once again.

We missed you more than you know.

XOXO

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Diabetic Nerve Pain (DPN) Treatments Expand to Drug-free Alternative Therapies

diabetic neuropathyAn 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).

Despite its prevalence, the survey of 500 physicians and nurses, and over one thousand people with DPN found major misconceptions and a significant lack of patient awareness about the disease. When they do diagnose the condition, doctors often resort to writing a prescription for a painkillers, which can be prohibitively expensive, come with dangerous side effects, or become ineffective over time.

Pain Symptoms of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN):
diabetes

  • Numbness
  • 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 is often 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 NJ patients 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.

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.

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.

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of FreeDigital Photos.net “David Castillo Dominici”

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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and United Healthcare Continue to Add Calmare Coverage

medical insurance cardMay 5, 2015

We continue to share medical insurance coverage information with you as we receive reliable information from our scrambler therapy colleagues across the country.

It is important to note that every insurance policy is unique and that coverage will vary according to the employer’s criteria.

HOW DO I FIND OUT IF I HAVE MEDICAL COVERAGE FOR CALMARE SCRAMBLER THERAPY?

Call the Member phone number located on the back of your card and speak specifically with a live person about your plan’s “Coverage.”

Tell them the CPT code you are calling about is 0278T.

The representative should tell you if it is a covered service and how you can obtain pre-certification. Here at Calmare Therapy NJ, our administrative team will be happy to provide you with any documentation your insurer may require.

Contact your insurance company before you proceed with treatment, if possible.

ANTHEM BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD

As of May 2015, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, a federation of 37 separate United States health insurance organizations and companies, has provided some degree of coverage for the treatment of several chronic pain conditions using Calmare scrambler therapy.

We have confirmed reports of coverage by these specific Anthem BCBS companies:

BCBS of Indiana

BCBS of Kentucky

BCBS of Missouri

BCBS of Ohio

BCBS of Wisconsin

BCBS of Minnesota

BCBS of North Carolina

United Healthcare

We have several confirmed patient reports of coverage approval based upon the specific use of CPT Code 0278T.

Make no mistake, we’re not there yet. At the same time, we’re happy to begin to see some light at the end of the tunnel where some medical insurers are recognizing the cost benefit and effectiveness of Calmare’s scrambler therapy in comparison to:

  •  Exorbitantly expensive medications
  •  Invasive in-patient chronic pain treatments such as Ketamine therapy and spinal cord stimulators (SCS).

Meanwhile, we will keep fighting, getting the word out and getting patients to stand up to insurance companies and demand attend. This is a fight we are not going to surrender any time soon, rest assured.

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Thank You to Burning Nights for Their Calmare Scrambler Therapy Q&A

Burning NightsDuring the course of treating so many people with chronic pain, you meet many wonderful warriors who are battling disease with all their might.

A young woman from the UK is an outstanding inspiration in everything we do to combat the devastating effects of CRPS.

A warm thank you to Victoria and her Burning Nights‬ group for inviting me to be interviewed on their valuable CRPS website Q&A. This warrior has overcome seemingly insurmountable health crises to create and spearhead a website for #CRPS sufferers from around the globe.

We’ve chatted via email over the past year and she kindly offered to generate questions about our Calmare scrambler therapy from her thousands of readers worldwide.

I was very impressed by the intelligent and insightful questions from readers and hope I helped by offering quality information in return.

Victoria carefully edited this piece and has been very response to comments thus far.

I am personally honored to be affiliated and featured in this incredible helpful and useful resource to the CRPS community.

Thank you, Victoria, for your candor and willingness to feature a newer treatment option in the war on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

It’s been a pleasure from start to finish.

Dr. Cooney’s Q&A on Burning Nights

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The importance of dental care for fibromyalgia, CRPS / RSD warriors

DentistFibromyalgia (FMS) pain often occurs in the face, head, and neck areas, which can make dental visits something to avoid, understandably. But because serious dental issues are common in people with fibromyalgia, regular trips to the dentist are necessary to catch problems before they become more serious.

No one is looking to add to your pain, that’s for certain. But maintaining your dental hygiene now can save more pain down the line.

More than 75 percent of the CRPS / RSD patients we have treated also suffer from chronic dental issues. People with myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) require the highest levels of specialized dental care due to the highly sensitive nature of their conditions.

I sought out the advice of a local dentist who specializes in treating patients with chronic pain conditions and asked him for advice to share with our Calmare readers:

BUT WHY DO I NEED TO GO TO THE DENTIST? I AM ALREADY IN PAIN

Regular dental visits are the same as the need for a general overall check-up with your primary care doctor every year—if you don’t do it, any potential issues will have ample time to grow and become more serious−and more complicated to treat−after the issue is finally diagnosed.

Do the due diligence in locating a dentist who treats patients with fibromyalgia / CRPS / RSD and understands your special issues. Once you’ve found one, ask about specific tools to help minimize and control pain, dental or otherwise, before, during and after treatment.

One of the unfortunate byproducts of chronic pain management is the common use of medications. These medications often contribute to ‘dry mouth’ and without adequate saliva, tooth decay and gum disease are more likely to flourish.

This dry mouth condition is called xerostomia and it has major dental consequences such as:

  • Interference with normal swallowing patterns
  • Taste alterations (dysgeusia)
  • Interference with speech
  • Inability to maintain oral tissue integrity
  • Mucositis (chronic mouth irritation and inflammation)
  • Dental decay
  • Erosion

To combat this condition, keep hydrated by sipping water throughout the day, chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless hard candy. You may also wish to use a moisturizing mouth spray, which your dentist can provide.

PERIODONTAL DISEASE

Over time, gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets that often become infected. The body’s immune system fights the bacteria as the plaque spreads and grows below the gum line. Bacterial toxins and the body’s natural response to infection start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place.

If not treated, the bones, gums and tissue that supports the teeth are destroyed, requiring the diseased teeth to be extracted.

EXTRACTIONS

Understandably, people with chronic pain avoid potential pain triggers, including dental visits. So when tooth or gum pain or sensitivity presents, it is often in the latter stages of decay when the tooth cannot be salvaged. The unfortunate result is the need to remove the tooth.

THE BEST DEFENSE IS A STRONG OFFENSE

In the comfort of your home, brush teeth a minimum of twice daily and floss. (Yes, we know it’s gross, but isn’t it better to get that stuff out of your mouth and into the garbage?) Give your tongue a good brushing as well to remove bacteria that leads to plaque and chronic bad breath.

Twice-yearly tooth cleanings and exams are necessary to prevent and offset any issues before they become more serious and requiring more invasive treatment. Talk with your treating physician before your visit to determine any special protocol or medication requirements needed. Be sure that your doctor and dentist are in touch to fully understand the nature of your care needs.

After your cleaning or dental treatment, allow extra time to rest and recover. Eat soft food for a few days and avoid foods (meats, popcorn, hard candy) that can potentially become lodged in those clean and disease-free pearly whites!

Prevention of dental disease may very well pay off in good overall health, allowing your immune system to perform at its optimal level. While, admittedly, it’s not pleasant, it is nonetheless well worth the effort in the long run.

Dr. Michael Cooney is one of 10 certified providers of Calmare scrambler therapy in the U.S. He specializes in treating patients battling severe neuropathy as a result of fibromyalgia, CRPS / RSD, diabetes, shingles, post-surgical pain and pain after chemotherapy. To learn more, call 201-933-4440.

(Photo courtesy of freedigitalphoto.net)

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