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

May 3, 2016

By Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director

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

What if you felt like this every day?

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

Chronic Pain and Sleeping Problems

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

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

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

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

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

How Calmare Helps Patients Sleep Again

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

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

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

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

Six Calmare Patients Share Their Sleep Stories

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

The responses were insightful and enthusiastic:

Pattie Sgherza

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

Katie Troisi

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

Jami B.

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

Michelle Platschinda

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

Amy Lee

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

Kelly Tolar

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

Improving Quality of Life

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

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

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

Caterpillar Walk_2016May 2, 2016

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

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

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

 Make Your Caterpillar Walk Donation Here!

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

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

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

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

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How to Explain Your Pain to a Doctor

April 20, 2016

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Read the full article here)

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Calmare Treats Neuropathic and Chronic Low Back and Leg Pain

Dr. Michael J. Cooney _2015_headshotApril 18, 2016

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

Scrambler Therapy Treats Neuropathic and Chronic Low Back and Leg Pain

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

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

Scrambler Technology for Neuropathic Pain

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

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

Precise Biophysical Electro-Stimulation

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

Read the full article in Spine Universe here:

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

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An Update from Kelly Since Her Calmare Therapy for CRPS

April 13, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kelly tells her story below:

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

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

March 29, 2016

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

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

Scrambler Therapy Changes a Man’s Life

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

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

Read about scrambler therapy’s clinical trial results.

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

Why Calmare Therapy New Jersey is Unique

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

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

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

I’d Like to Know More About Calmare Therapy

 

 

 

 

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Calmare Post-Treatment Protocol

March 17, 2016

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

Congratulations!  You have completed your Calmare Therapy treatment protocol.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No Exercise or Physical Therapy for Two Weeks after Treatment

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

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

Don’t Overdo

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

Additional Sleep

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

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

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

Improve Your Nutritiongrilled chicken

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

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

Journal How You Feel

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

If You Feel Pain

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

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

Stay in Touch with Us

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

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

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

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

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

March 12, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to Prepare for Your Upcoming Calmare Scrambler Therapy Treatments

February 22, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

We look forward to meeting you soon!

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

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

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