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How to Enjoy the Summer While Managing Chronic Pain

May 25, 2018

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney

Chronic pain conditions can disrupt daily routines and activities, especially in the summer. Hot weather can exacerbate pain symptoms, while changes to the household routine such as school breaks for the kids or family vacations can make wellness routines harder to maintain.

Regardless of where you live, everyone looks forward to the summer months—the daily schedule is less hectic leaving more time to just enjoy yourself.

Enjoying the summer months and hopefully making some new memories along the way requires planning for chronic pain sufferers.

I start telling my patients in April that they should be thinking of warmer months ahead and plan accordingly.

Self-care extends through all the seasons. Planning ahead for health-challenging roadblocks minimizes reliance on others, feeds your independence and keep you socially engaged.

Don’t let pain rule your summer by preparing for challenges—and enjoying the luxuries that only these few months offer:

  1. Seek out your happy place – the water

Depending on your pain condition, water can be a wonderful respite from pain and you can find a pool or lake without looking too hard. Make a point of accepting those pool party invitations and bring a cool drink into the water with you. Don’t swim? Many pools are only four to five feet deep, so no worries. While you are in the surf or lake or pool, do some light stretching (so one can see you under the water). Closer to home, a misting fan can be very relaxing and cold packs can be lifesavers during summer pain flares.

  1. Avoid extreme heat

Unfortunately, you may be living every day with burning nerve pain. The last thing you want to expose yourself to is sunburn or prolong heat exposure. Changes in temperature and barometric pressure can also trigger joint pain. Fortunately, many people who battle pain don’t also prefer to stay out of the heat, so it should not be hard to find some company. Plan activities in the early morning or after the sun begins to set and put a hand-held fan in your bag whenever you venture out. Wear loose clothing and comfortable shoes. Grab a light hat to shield your face, also.

  1. Prioritize proper seating

Summer activities always seem to include plenty of uncomfortable seating– tiny café chairs, bleachers at a ball game, outdoor concerts where you sit on the hard ground.

Plan ahead—store a folding or travel chair that fits in the truck of your car. Add a couple of cushions to sit on or bolster your lower back.

“Is your mattress contributing to your pain?”

  1. Boost your immune system and eat fresh summer fare

Fruits and vegetables are not going to be better than they are right now. Enjoy them and boost your vitamin and mineral bank as well. Increase the quality of your food. You will feel so much better for it. My favorite summer snack is the big red cherries you only see for a few weeks in the market. I eat far too many every year. The good news is that the USDA Agricultural Research Service found that cherries contain pain-fighting and inflammation-reducing compounds that can help lessen pain, particularly arthritis.

  1. Monitor the air quality

During the summer, it is especially important to pay attention to the air quality ratings before heading outdoors. Studies have shown urban air pollution increases inflammation, particularly for people with fibromyalgia, chronic pain syndrome, and MS. Before heading outside, check the Air Quality Index (AQI) at your outdoor destination.

  1. Don’t put your healthcare on vacation

Don’t let summer vacations or road trips get in the way of your treatment plan. Check in with your doctor before you go. Let us know what your plans are and we’ll help navigate your adventure as painlessly as possible.

Be as self-sufficient as you can by planning ahead this summer. This will lessen stress and increase your sense of independence.

Learn more about Calmare Therapy, an alternative therapy for combatting treatment-resistant nerve pain.

Dr. Michael Cooney is one of six U.S. certified providers of Calmare Scrambler Therapy. He can be reached at (201) 933-4440 or CalmareNJ@gmail.com.

 

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“VA Turns to Alternative Pain Treatments Amid Opioid Crisis”

May 17, 2018

“Pain is rampant among veterans. Nearly 60 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are afflicted by chronic pain, as are more than 50 percent of older veterans. Many have returned home with battlefield injuries, but even more suffer back ailments, nerve damage, headaches, and other forms of severe pain that come with age and inadequate treatment.”

Boston Globe

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The U.S. Air Force offers Calmare Therapy to airmen suffering from chronic nerve pain.

Since Calmare scrambler therapy was introduced in the United States, the Veteran’s Administration was one of the first healthcare organizations to purchase MC-5A devices and try the drug-free therapy to lessen several types of chronic pain.

Today, Calmare is offered at several VA hospitals worldwide and is also a covered treatment, enabling veterans to obtain scrambler therapy at any provider, including Calmare Therapy NJ USA, (with a referral from a VA-affiliated doctor).

U.S. Veterans are Covered for Calmare Pain Therapy with Referral

This week, the Boston Globe published a terrific article highlighting that the VA is aggressively adopting alternative medicine alternatives to battle pain instead of opioids.

While we were disappointed not to see Calmare featured (CPT Code 0278T), we were pleased to see recognition of the VA’s effort to treat neuropathy without opioids.

“Nerve Scrambler Therapy Lessens Pain for Warfighters”

Whether you are a veteran–or one of millions living with chronic pain because traditional pain management or prescription medications simply did not work for you–we hope you will reach out to learn more about our new pain management alternative.

Calmare has no side effects, the treatments are painless

and there are no medications or invasive procedures required.

Peruse our website, read our patient testimonials and reach out via email at calmarenj@gmail.com or call our New Jersey-based clinic at (201) 933-4440.

Most importantly, do not give up hope. There is a cure for your pain.

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Marilyn Checks in Two Years After Calmare Therapy

May 10, 2018

After failed foot surgery, Marilyn Green soon found herself facing a bigger challenge–a devastating CRPS diagnosis.

Two years later, she made us laugh out loud at this post (below) on our Facebook timeline:

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“Two years ago, I started my Calmare NJ Therapy.

Other than a “zinger” once in a while, I have been pain-free!

Thanks Dr. Cooney and staff.

I live life now!!! Hugs!

Marilyn Green

Are you tired of failed pain management treatments?

Dr. Michael Cooney, clinical director, speaks personally with potential scrambler therapy patients every day.

Like Marilyn, If you have been diagnosed with a neuropathy and have not achieved significant relief from medication or other therapies, drug-free, non-invasive Calmare Therapy may be a viable treatment option for you.

If you peruse dozens and dozens of our patient stories, you will see one common thread:

“I had just about given up finding a therapy to reduce or eliminate my debilitating pain.”

If this describes your situation, call us at (201) 933-4440 or complete the info card below, and we’ll reach out to you:

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U.S. Veterans are Covered for Calmare Pain Therapy with Referral

May 6, 2018

The Veteran’s Administration is now covering Calmare scrambler therapy treatments on its VA Fee Basis Program for any patient under the care of a VA physician, using the CPT code 0278T.

All four branches of the U.S. Military have been successfully using scrambler therapy since 2011 and have steadily increased the number of MC-5A devices at its hospitals, including the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

To obtain medically-covered treatment from a Calmare provider, the patient must obtain a referral for scrambler therapy from a VA-affiliated hospital.

“The U.S. Military was one of the first treatment centers to adopt Calmare to treat injured soldiers who did not respond to pain medication or traditional neuropathic pain treatment,” says Dr. Michael Cooney, clinical director of Calmare Therapy NJ USA.

“Clearly, for them to move add the Calmare CPT code to their list of covered services, they acknowledge the positive outcomes they have achieved.”

U.S. Soldier describes overcoming full-body CRPS after Calmare Therapy

During training sessions for military healthcare personnel, the Calmare Therapy method of pain relief was highlighted as one of their most promising medical treatments.

A Proven, Drug-Free, Painless, Chronic Pain Therapy for Soldiers with No Side Effects

Using a non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical philosophy, this pain management approach treats neuropathic conditions caused by a variety of medical conditions including:

  • Cancer and chemotherapy
  • Chronic nerve pain
  • Chronic back pain
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Neuralgias
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS or RSD)
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Shingles (PHN)
  • Phantom limb syndrome
  • Failed back surgery
  • Brachial plexus neuropathy
  • Sciatic and lumbar pain

Calmare Therapy Offered at All Military Branches

How the Calmare Device Reduces or Eliminates Neuropathic Pain

The FDA-cleared MC-5A scrambler therapy device was adopted by the U.S. Armed Forces in 2011 as an alternative to surgery or potentially addictive narcotics.

The technology works by sending a “no-pain” signal through strategically-placed electrodes on the patient’s skin.

These signals override the native pain message, reducing the pain intensity and often offering immediate relief.

For maximum benefit and long-term alleviation of symptoms, multiple treatment sessions are often recommended, depending on the cause and severity of the pain.

The long-term success achievements—at no added risk to the soldier–has made it an effective weapon against the “War on Pain.”

Today, the American military is one of the world’s largest providers of Calmare Therapy; the device is offered at medical centers in every branch of service.

At Calmare Therapy NJ USA, our clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney, is one of the world’s foremost experts on using the device to treat severe chronic pain in children, teens, adults and seniors.

“Time and again, we have seen the Calmare device help people regain control of their lives and resume a healthy quality-of-life,” Dr. Cooney notes. “We have helped patients regain long-lost mobility after arriving at our clinic using wheelchairs, walkers or canes.”

Schedule Your Calmare Therapy Consultation

If you are a patient at a VA hospital and have been prescribed Calmare scrambler therapy for pain management, contact our highly experienced team, located 10 minutes from New York City, 20 minutes from Newark Airport and about two hours from Philadelphia by calling (201) 933-4440.

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ADDED DATES: Fibromyalgia Clinical Trial at Calmare NJ USA

May 3, 2018

CLINICAL TRIAL – DIAGNOSED FIBROMYALGIA

Study 

To Measure Chronic Pain Reduction in Patients Diagnosed with Treatment-Resistant Fibromyalgia after Administering 3-5 Calmare (Scrambler Therapy) Treatments

Phase

Pilot

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.

Calmare scrambler therapy is a drug-free, non-invasive, FDA-cleared therapy that painlessly scrambles a misfiring pain message from the brain, suggesting there is pain, when, in fact, there is not.

Purpose of the Clinical Trial

To document the viability of using scrambler therapy as a pain management solution to significantly reduce or eliminate neuropathic pain in patients diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.

Study Conducted by

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

Rutherford Allied Medical Group  | Calmare Therapy NJ USA

 Location

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

Trial Start Date (Rolling Admission)

May 21, 2018 to August 31, 2018

Testing Period

After a personal consultation and evaluation by Dr. Michael Cooney, selected trial candidates will undergo 3 to 5 treatments, once daily, lasting approximately 35 minutes. Additional treatments will be at the discretion of the clinical director.

Calmare Therapy NJ Background

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

Scope of the Calmare Fibromyalgia Clinical Trial

We are conducting a no-cost, 3 or more treatments (one 35-minute daily therapy session) clinical trial study for pre-qualified patients suffering from diagnosed fibromyalgia FMS to determine the efficacy of scrambler therapy as a viable treatment solution for condition-induced neuropathy.

Trial participants are selected at the discretion of Dr. Michael Cooney, clinical director, Calmare Therapy NJ USA | Application Form

Eligibility Criteria

Selected clinical trial volunteers must be available to undergo the protocol once per day. We will make every effort to schedule daily appointments at a convenient time for participants.

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

Contraindications

We are seeking trial candidates with few or no additional medical conditions, in order to maximize the treatment and outcome of the FMS condition exclusively.

Candidates are not eligible for the trial if they have the following medical conditions, devices or prescribed medications:

  • Pacemaker
  • Automatic implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (AICD)
  • Pregnancy
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart conditions
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Antidepressants

Informed Consent

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

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

Publicity

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

To Apply / Contact Us / For More Information

There is no fee to participate. 

To apply for the trial, click here to complete and scan the attached application form and return it to calmarenj@gmail.com or fax to (201) 933-8159.

For questions about the trial, please contact:

Dr. Michael Cooney

Clinical Director

Calmare Therapy NJ / Rutherford Allied Medical Group

(201) 933.4440   |   calmarenj@gmail.com

 

 

 

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John is Cane-Free After Battling CRPS for Four Years

May 2, 2018

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John from New York State flashes a smile with Barbara, Calmare NJ USA clinic manager, during his 10 Calmare Therapy treatments in New Jersey.

John Farruggella arrived from New York State two weeks ago, using a cane for mobility. His pain level was 8/9 due to a four-year battle with CRPS, after an injury in the workplace.

He tried countless medications and pain management treatments over the years, which were not successful.

His therapy options, other than increasingly strong opioids, were limited.

John’s wife decided to try a different strategy–

She began to research alternative medicine options and discovered Calmare Therapy, a drug-free, painless solution to combat chronic nerve pain, particularly nerve pain conditions like RSD / CRPS.

Dr. Michael Cooney specializes in using Calmare scrambler therapy to combat CRPS.

Weeks later, John arrived at our clinic in New Jersey, feeling equal amounts of hope and skepticism, fearing he would be disappointed again, going home in the same level of pain.

John’s RSD Pain Level Decreases Throughout His Therapy

During the course of his Calmare treatments (once daily for 10 days) John’s pain level steadily improved:

  • After the first week, his pain level fell to a 4/5.
  • When he arrived for his sixth session, John was no longer using his cane.
  • By the conclusion of his tenth and final treatment, his pain level was reduced further to 3/4, and he was no longer using prescription pain medications.
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John adds his pin to the Calmare global patient map after his successful pain therapy.

“I wanted to share John’s story because he represents some of our patients who do not leave pain-free, but their pain has been significantly reduced, and they are no longer using canes, wheelchairs and other devices to support mobility,” says Dr. Michael Cooney, clinical director at Calmare Therapy NJ USA.

But if you suffer from neuropathy, you can certainly appreciate the vast quality-of-life improvement managing a pain level of ¾ versus 8/9.

When you consult with Dr. Cooney and his team of scrambler therapy professionals, he will explain the variables that will play a role in your eventual outcome.

That’s right, you will be speaking with our clinical director personally about your medical history. Why?

“Calmare is not right for every patient,” says Dr. Cooney.

“By speaking with patients, I can assess if scrambler therapy is a viable treatment option.”

Would you like to have a phone conference with Calmare clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney

Terrific!

Fill out and click ‘send’ on the ecard below, call the Calmare NJ USA clinic at (201) 933-4440 or email us privately at calmarenj@gmail.com.

We’ll respond to your message within 48 hours.

Until then, wishing you and your loved ones a low-pain day.

 

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Teenager Travels from Scotland to NJ for Calmare Therapy

April 26, 2018

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Cara adds a pin to Scotland on the Calmare patient map.

Thirteen-year-old Cara underwent several therapies and pain management medications to lessen her nerve pain as a result of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

She was still left in pain throughout much of her body.

Ultimately, her family elected to seek an alternative pain therapy solution and chose to cross the pond after Cara’s parents consulted via phone with Dr. Michael Cooney, clinical director, Calmare Therapy NJ USA.

“I continue to see very positive outcomes in children and teens who are battling nerve pain,” Dr. Cooney explains. “The therapy is not painful and has no side effects–when does that ever happen?”

This young lady lit up the clinic during her stay here in New Jersey a few weeks ago.

Best of all, she left smiling with her pain level down to a 1/10.

She and her mother explain how her treatment went, from start to finish:

Do you have a child or teenager battling neuropathic chronic pain?

We’d be happy to speak with you about a drug-free, painless (tingly, as Cara called it) technology that can reduce or even resolve the pain, so your child can go back to being a kid again.

Reach out at Calmarenj@gmail.com or call the clinic directly at (201) 933-4440 to speak with our friendly, respectful team of pain warriors.

Learn more about treating pediatric chronic pain using Calmare scrambler therapy.
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BrainSpan™ Diagnostic Services Improve Calmare Patient Outcomes

April 18, 2018

Through the examination of nerve cells, we can diagnose potential inflammation, which may the root cause of chronic pain symptoms.

At Calmare Therapy NJ USA, your scrambler therapy protocol includes more than pre-treatment consultations, multiple therapy sessions — performed only by clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney — and monitored follow-up care.

BrainSpan™ Diagnostic Services– Only at Calmare NJ USA

Before your Calmare Therapy treatments begin, you will undergo two tests that diagnose cell health, the foundation for optimal brain and body health.

These simple blood (prick-only) and cognitive (performed online) tests measure cell health and inflammatory balance.

Nerve cells (neurons) stained and mounted for microscopic examination of health, abnormalities or inflammation.

“But what do cells have to do with my chronic pain?” you may ask.

Examining your cellular structure gives us (your treatment provider) a precise diagnostic measurement of the health of your cells and the overall nervous system.

Your brain’s connectors can become stronger or weaker over time due to small and repetitious physical, nutritional, or emotional events.

Brain health markers can be quantified by analyzing essential fatty acid biomarkers in your blood cells.

The Omega-3 Index Factor in Treating Nerve Pain

In partnership with our Calmare scrambler therapy, we concentrate on:

  • Omega-3 Index
  • Inflammatory Index
  • Palmitic Acid Index

A high Omega-3 Index can help provide effective pain relief for people with chronic musculoskeletal pain.

How Cell Health Diagnostics Can Help Chronic Pain Management

Neuropathies (chronic nerve pain) can be a direct result of deficiencies in the Omega 3’s that ultimately results in an inflammatory process (inflammation), which can lead to a prolonged pain cycle referred to as chronic pain or neuropathy.

We are excited to introduce BrainSpan™’s new and non-invasive diagnostic tools as a valuable partner with our FDA-cleared Calmare scrambler therapy treatment protocol.

Have Opioids and Other Pain Management Options Failed to Reduce Your Pain?
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Robert adds his hometown pin to our Global Patient Map at Calmare NJ

We can understand your frustration. Rest assured, nearly all of the patients we treat have already tried every conventional pain management therapy.

Please look around our website, watch and read stories about our patients and then reach out to us at (201)-933-4440 if you’d like to determine if this treatment is right for you.

We’ll also respond to your message (below) within 48 hours, and you can expect a call directly from Dr. Cooney, if you provide your phone contact information below:

 

 

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Burning Nights CRPS Founder Victoria Abbott-Fleming Visits Calmare Therapy NJ Clinic

March 28, 2018

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Burning Nights CRPS founder Victoria Abbott-Fleming, seated, visited Calmare Therapy NJ USA’s offices on March 26. She is shown with (l to r): her husband Michael Fleming, Dr. Michael Cooney, Star and Tim Williams from Alabama and Cathy G, Calmare Patient Care Coordinator. (Rutherford, NJ)

On Monday, we were honored to welcome Victoria Abbott-Fleming, the founder of Burning Nights – CRPS Support, a UK-headquartered CRPS advocacy and support organization for sufferers worldwide, and her husband Michael to our clinic.

We have been mutual supporters for years and I have written articles which were published on the Burning Nights website:

Calmare Therapy – A Q&A with Dr. Michael Cooney

A Progress Update on Scrambler Therapy to Combat CRPS

Helping Children and Teens Battle CRPS with Calmare Therapy

Dr. Damon Orlando from Studio City, CA visited our clinic to shadow Dr. Cooney as he treated patients battling chronic pain using Calmare scrambler therapy. (July 2017)

Victoria, a CRPS sufferer herself since 2003, had a sample scrambler therapy treatment and we enjoyed a great talk.

One of our CRPS patients from Alabama was in town for  booster treatments. She was delighted to meet Victoria, whom she follows on social media.

We are committed to partnerships and building friendships with like-minded CRPS warriors, like Victoria, Dr. Tim from India,

A smiling Emily Blake is shown with Dr. Cooney and Dr. Timakkondu, visiting Calmare physician from Madurai, India. (October 2017)

(Dr. Kuppusami Timakkondu, also a Calmare provider) and other doctors who have visited the clinic to learn, train and share their expertise on drug-free pain management alternatives, like Calmare Therapy.

In conjunction with helping our patients from around the world, these alternative healthcare providers inspire me to do more, work harder and forge more powerful relationships that will ultimately benefit patient care.

Together, we will resolve neuropathy–without reliance on opioids or invasive procedures– and help return people in pain to the healthy and fulfilling lives they so richly deserve.

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