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Celebrating a Year Defeating Chronic Pain

December 31, 2018

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

We are celebrating a banner year here at Calmare Therapy NJ USA.

In 2018, we treated the highest number of people with chronic nerve pain since we began using scrambler therapy in 2011.

From children and teens to adults and seniors, our non-invasive therapy is quietly giving people their lives back, free of pain.

We helped people battling CRPS, PHN, nerve pain after chemotherapy (CIPN) and prolonged pain after surgery (post-surgical pain).

For the first time, we also began treating people with treatment-resistant low back pain and sciatica and are very excited by these patients’ strong pain relief outcomes. (More on that in early 2019).

You have my word, we have not even begun the fight yet.

If you have been unsuccessful lessening your pain with medication or other pain management therapies, please contact us to discuss your neuropathic pain condition.

Most importantly, don’t give up the fight. Don’t give up hope.

 

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Calmare Booster Therapy Reduces Star’s Fibromyalgia and CRPS Pain

December 17, 2018

Star came to our New Jersey clinic for a 10-treatment series of Calmare Therapy a few years ago, but the degree of severity and length of time she had been battling both fibromyalgia and CRPS brought the pain back over time.

Recently she returned to see Dr. Michael Cooney in Rutherford, NJ for 10 booster treatments; fortunately, she received an even more positive outcome (pain reduction) after the second effort.

Calmare Therapy® (scrambler therapy) is a non-invasive, drug-free solution for pain control and medication-resistant neuropathy.

It uses biophysical “scrambler” technology, a treatment for nerve pain that uses electrodes placed on the skin.

The device works to relieve pain directly at the pain site without any reliance on medication or painful procedures.

Via small electrodes strategically positioned by a specially-trained doctor, a ‘no-pain’ message is transmitted directly to the nerve for a period of approximately 35 minutes per session.

Regardless of severity, pain and physical symptoms caused by the neuropathic condition can be significantly reduced-or even alleviated-during or by the conclusion of the 10-treatment series.

The cause of the neuropathy may be a result of injury, cancer and chemotherapy, surgery, diabetic pain, CRPS / RSD, Shingles/PHN, lower back pain, fibromyalgia (FMS), sciatic neuropathy, chronic neck pain, failed back surgery or phantom limb syndrome.

Calmare Therapy NJ USA Patients Describe Their Treatment Outcomes

For severe cases of neuropathic pain, subsequent Calmare booster treatments are sometimes, but not always, necessary for patients who have lived with the chronic pain condition for a long period of time before undergoing Calmare Therapy treatment.

Scrambler Therapy Benefits

1. FDA-cleared 510(k)-cleared and European CE mark-certified
2. Pain-free
3. Non-invasive
4. Drug-free
5. No side effects

To learn more, visit calmaretherapynj.com or call our friendly team to discuss your chronic pain condition at (201) 933-4440.

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Non-Invasive Therapy for Treatment-Resistant Sciatica and Back Pain

November 8, 2018

Mari Ramos_back leadsCalmare scrambler therapy is an exciting drug-free alternative to combat nerve damage as a result of medication and treatment-resistant sciatica or lumbar nerve damage.

Calmare uses biophysical “scrambler” technology, a treatment for nerve pain that uses electrodes placed on the skin.

How the Calmare MC-5A technology can significantly lessen treatment-resistant lumbar and sciatica neuropathy

Our device reduces sciatic and spinal neuropathy by creating an artificial neuron that retrains the brain by sending a ‘no-pain’ signal along the sciatic root to the brain.

It’s key to understand the distinction between

a sciatic/lumber neuritis and a sciatic/lumbar neuropathy.

The neuropathy (chronic pain) is constant; the pain may vary from low to high, but the discomfort never goes away completely. This chronic, never-ending nerve pain is the root cause that scrambler therapy can relieve.

Conversely, a sciatic/lumbar neuritis is usually a structural or biomechanical problem, such as a pinched nerve or ligament damage. These types of conditions should be treated by chiropractors or physical therapists who specialize in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries.

Via small electrodes strategically positioned by a specially-trained doctor, a ‘no-pain’ message is transmitted directly to the nerve for a period of approximately 35 minutes per session.

Regardless of severity, pain and physical symptoms caused by the neuropathic condition can be significantly reduced-or even alleviated-by the conclusion of the 10-treatment series.

The cause of chronic sciatica or back pain may be a result of injury, failed back surgery or generalized aging of bones and joints.

Double-Blind Clinical Study Finds Decreased Low Back Pain Following Calmare Therapy

For severe cases of neuropathic pain, subsequent Calmare booster treatments are sometimes, but not always, necessary for patients who have lived with the chronic pain condition for an extended period of time before undergoing Calmare Therapy treatment.

Calmare scrambler therapy benefits
  • Proven successful in the treatment of neuropathic pain by leading oncologic studies 
  • FDA-cleared 510(k)-cleared and European CE mark-certified
  • Pain-free
  • Non-invasive
  • Drug-free
  • No side effects

People with treatment and medication-resistant neuropathy describe their outcomes after Calmare Therapy

Will Calmare work for my back pain?

First, let us be perfectly clear—while this non-invasive therapy has been successful for more than 75 percent of our patients with chronic nerve pain, it does not significantly reduce or eliminate pain or everyone, unfortunately.

We have seen marked success (pain reduction or remission) for children, teens, adults and seniors battling these neuropathic pain conditions:

  • Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Neck Pain
  • Foot Pain
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chemotherapy associated Cancer Pain – CIPN
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome – CRPS
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neuropathic Pain/Neuropathy – General
  • Phantom Limb Syndrome
  • Post Shingles Pain – PHN
  • Pudendal (Gynecologic) Pain

Calmare is a ‘provider dependent therapy. Is your doctor Calmare Certified?

When will my pain level start to decrease?

In most cases, we see by treatment 3-4 if a patient’s neuropathy will be significantly minimized or a pain-free state can be achieved. Many patients experience pain relief as early as 10 minutes into their first treatment session. As the number of treatment sessions increases, the duration of pain relief is prolonged.

What if my pain comes back?

Depending on the severity of the original condition and the length of time the patient has been experiencing chronic pain, periodic booster treatments may be required to combat any return of pain.

Is Calmare technology comparable to a TENS unit?

No. The Calmare® MC-5A device creates a low energy electrical impulse which travels through the patient’s nerves delivering a “no-pain” signal to the brain.

This scrambles (disrupts) the brain’s misfiring pain signal that the area of pain is normal and eventually results in prolonged pain relief.

TENS units are self-use devices that can temporarily lessen pain but when discontinued provide no lasting pain resolution.

To find out if your chronic back pain or sciatic condition may be suitable for Calmare therapy, contact us using the form below or call 201-933-4440 and Dr. Michael Cooney will speak with you directly about your chronic pain challenge.

 

 

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Meet 30 Calmare Therapy NJ Patients on YouTube

October 23, 2018

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

Most people who visit our website are already frustrated with the medical community.

They or a loved one are in pain.

Pain medication is not pain management, they have learned firsthand.

But a myriad of painful procedures, surgery and implanted devices have also failed to do their jobs.

Then what?

From unexplained neuropathy after surgery to diabetic neuropathy or pain after chemotherapy , too many people are left with unresolved neuropathy.

And they continue to lead debilitated lives, so unfairly.

I came to this conclusion years ago, which is what compelled me to launch Calmare scrambler, an FDA-cleared alternative therapy here in New Jersey in 2011.

Mayo Clinic Researchers Test Scrambler Therapy for Pain

It has no side effects, is painless to undergo. It’s drug-free. The worst case scenario is that the treatment does not work, which happens.

But in more than 75% of the patients we treat, their pain is significantly reduced–or eliminated.

Watch and listen to the patients for whom we have relieved severe chronic pain over the years–

From 10-year-old children to seniors who had battled neuropathy for decades, you will discover someone who has fought the same battle with pain that you do.

Then, we hope you’ll reach out via the contact form below, by emailing us at calmarenj@gmail.com or calling our clinic at (201) 933-4440.

Only Calmare Therapy NJ USA Supports Calmare with Diagnostic BrainSpan

Don’t give up. Keep fighting. The solution to your pain is close at hand.

https://www.youtube.com/user/CalmareTherapyNJ/videos

 

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Emily Hewatt Checks in Two Years Since Her Calmare Therapy

October 17, 2018

Emily Hewatt is a wonderful young woman who gained global attention in her quest to find a pain management solution for the CRPS she had been battling for four years. The pain and side effects of the disease had kept her inside, unable to enjoy a true quality of life.

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

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

Discovering a new treatment for CRPS from a fellow Aussie

She discovered Calmare through another woman from Australia who had achieved life-changing pain relief. Her quest to raise the funds began, attracting media attention:

Corryong woman books two tickets to access life-changing treatment with help of community

After her successful pain management outcome with us in 2016, almost two years to the day, she left us pain-free and without the need of a wheelchair.

The severity of her CRPS condition will require lifelong healthcare maintenance, which Emily recently shared and generously permitted us to share with you.

Emi sends a update on her health two years after scrambler therapy

Excerpt:

It has been two years since I was so humbly blessed with tremendous generosity and support which allowed me to be further blessed by the caring hands of Dr. Cooney and his team.

It was a very scary and daunting adventure traveling from our tiny town in North East Victoria, Australia halfway around the world to Rutherford, New Jersey, USA in search of a pain management treatment for my CRPS.

My treatment outcome was life-changing, to say the least. I left New Jersey without any pain, without the need of a wheelchair. It was just unbelievable.

Emily Hewatt returns from treatment in New Jersey pain-free

For the first two weeks post treatment I did as I was told and did nothing but rest and recover.

On the 15th day however, we had to execute a charity trail ride we had organized months earlier. After four years of excruciating pain forcing me bound within the walls of our home. It was my first full day out and walking!

Until later that night when we got home and my body was on fire and I was back in my wheelchair just to get inside from the car, I could barely move.

That was when I realized that even though I had felt amazing–with no pain since the Calmare treatment–that I still had CRPS and needed to manage it.

Emi’s mother, Dr. Cooney and Emi

So that has been the underlying theme of my life, to keep myself feeling as good as possible and as often as possible, and I’d say I am doing pretty well at it.

This drove home for me how important, especially now, it was to take care of myself, which is how we eventually came across Calmare Therapy or scrambler therapy as we now know it as in Australia.

My philosophy is do whatever you need to do to feel better.

Now two years since my Calmare Therapy,

I don’t really think about the CRPS all that

much—even after enduring four years of constant pain.

I have learned how to live my life so when I do get pain and become symptomatic from time to time, it’s not a big deal. I have all the tools, like the scrambler therapy, and knowledge I need to manage it.

The only one who truly knows me and knows what is right for me is me.

So thank you, Dr. Cooney, and your team and everyone who has shared their generosity and support with me.

Only I will ever truly know how much you all have given back to me.

Emi Hewatt, North East Victoria, Australia

To learn more about treating chronic nerve pain using non-invasive scrambler therapy, call (201) 933.4440 or email us privately at calmarenj@gmail.com and we’ll respond within 48 hours of your call or message.

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Ten Tips to Prepare for Your Calmare Therapy

October 10, 2018

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

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Our tools to get ready for your Calmare treatments will lessen stress and prepare you for success.

Before the end of the year,  we will be welcoming many new patients to Calmare Therapy here in New Jersey who are traveling here from nearby New Jersey to as far away as South America, Sweden, South Africa and Australia.

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

Patients generally treat for a minimum of 10 sessions, one per business day, lasting about 35 minutes, on average.

How to Prepare for Your Calmare Therapy:
  1. Fill out your New Patient Forms in advance. Forward them to us by fax (201-933-8159) or scan and email 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. Well in advance, we’ll talk specifically about your specific medication protocol and how to safely and effectively prepare).
  4. Refrain from using skin lotions or oils 24-hours before each treatment.
  5. Dress in loose, comfortable clothing and bring some entertainment to occupy you during each treatment.
  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 patients. (We don’t recommend using Airbnb or other sub-rental accommodations due to quality unreliability).
  8. Focus on nutrition and hydration. We understand your high level of pain may stymie appetite and water intake. But by building up your metabolism and fueling your body with hydration, you are setting a course for an optimal treatment outcome.
  9. Find ways to help relax your mind and body. Traveling is challenging even when you feel great–it can be exhausting and painful when you are battling pain. Gather items of comfort–slippers, pillows, scented items and keep them in a handy bag on the plane or in the car with you.
  10. Don’t be nervous!  The treatments are non-invasive and have no side effects.

CalmareWe are a positive and spirited team who will make you feel as comfortable as possible from your first visit to your last.

Our collective goal is to lessen your chronic nerve pain and eliminate a need for pharmaceuticals painkillers or invasive pain management treatments.

Every patient’s case is unique. If you have questions or concerns, reach out to us anytime and we’ll reply within 24-48 hours of your contact.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com or call 201.933.4440.

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Laurie’s Calmare Booster Treatments Tame CRPS Pain and Physical Symptoms

October 3, 2018

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We welcomed back chronic pain warrior, Laurie Mounts, who traveled 3,000 miles from the U.S. Northwest to undergo Calmare booster treatments.

Warriors like this young woman are why we do what we do.

Her unrelenting will to win the CRPS war is an inspiration to all of us.

Laurie has battled a lengthy and severe battle with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) for 10 long years, after a simple fall on the stairs in 2008.

CRPS Can Be More Than Just Severe Chronic Pain

While she aggressively tried prescription medications and other neuropathic pain treatments, they were unsuccessful in reducing her high pain level and associated CRPS symptoms:

Calmare Treatment for CRPS
Allodynia
  • Allodynia
  • Neuropathic pain up to 9/10
  • Skin discoloration
  • Skin tingling, sweats and burning
  • Inability to achieve sustained sleep
  • Brittle hair

Over time, her RSD condition spread from her ankles up to her shoulders, resulting in full body CRPS.

She came to us in 2014 as a last-ditch effort to garner some much-needed relief.

Her outcome was remarkable.

Laurie and her mother Ruth describe her medical history during their first visit to Calmare Therapy NJ USA in 2014.

Calmare scrambler therapy is drug-free, painless and has no side effects. It has been FDA-cleared for nearly a decade.

Laurie Battles Back When Chronic Pain Levels Increase

Due to the longevity and severity of Laurie’s CRPS condition, the disease symptoms slowly returned. In late September 2018,  Laurie and her family returned to New Jersey for additional therapy sessions (boosters) to reduce pain and related symptoms.

After several treatments, Laurie posted this message, which we are sharing with her permission:

“Well, it’s the end of my time here on the East Coast.

I’m currently having my final Calmare booster treatment.

Knowing I can come here to get relief from this pain is so helpful! I don’t know what I would have done without them in my life!

Thank you for all you guys do for all of us CRPS warriors!

I’m so thankful for Doc Cooney and all he does to help with my (and so many others) pain.

He definitely goes above and beyond for his patients.

I’m also so thankful for all of my friends and family for the prayers and thoughts as we’ve battled this disease through the years.

I wouldn’t have made it without you! 🧡🧡

Dr. Michael Cooney is one of only seven Calmare-Certified providers in the United States. He has successfully treated (eliminated or significantly reduced chronic pain) for nearly 500 patients from around the world.

Are You Seeking a New Treatment for CRPS?

We would be happy to listen, and together, determine if Calmare scrambler therapy might be right for you. Reach out to us privately at calmarenj@gmail.com or fill out the card below and we’ll get in touch with you to talk about your chronic pain.

An Exciting Update from Liz Since Calmare Booster Therapy

September 26, 2018

Don’t think once your Calmare treatments are over that you’ve heard the last from us. On the contrary, we hope you’ll stay in touch, ask questions and let us know how you’re doing.

Whenever we hear from a patient–on social media, phone or email–we are elated.

This week, Liz checked in a little less than a year after her second scrambler therapy booster treatments.

Liz first came to us here in New Jersey for treatment in 2014 after a CRPS diagnosis as a result of a basketball injury.

You can read her chronic pain story here.

She generously allowed us to share her update, sent to us this week, about her life and her health:

Hello to the NJ Calmare Therapy Crew,

It’s been a little under a year since we last made the trek from the midwest to Rutherford, NJ for my second booster treatment, and a lot has changed for me since then, in large part thanks to your team.

It’s not lost on me that if you had told me a little over four years ago where I’d be today, I would have shaken my head in disbelief.

When I first arrived at your clinic in November 2014, you all did more than perform a disappearing act on pain that had been my constant companion for over a year.

Up until that point, I had fully accepted CRPS was going to claim unyielding ownership over my life—my academic career, my physical health, my social life, my happiness.

It felt like everything was deteriorating so quickly, and I was on the verge of completely losing my mind.

Then you showed up in a random google search, and I’ll be honest, your treatment sounded too good to be true. I was truly torn between being desperate enough to try anything– and the fear of being conned.

Believe it or not, while I’d drawn up a list of pros and cons, I decided to flip a coin on the decision to take the risk and go, or pursue other forms of treatment more locally.

Interestingly enough, as a broke college freshman at the time, I didn’t even have a dime to flip. So I drew an X on a Cheez-It and flipped that instead.

I truly believe God may have tipped the cracker in the right direction, because that fateful snack led me halfway across the country to your office, where you all gave me my life back and more, empowering and inspiring me to begin pursuing a career in the healthcare industry.

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Liz completes four Calmare booster treatments and heads back to the midwest pain-free.

I finished my undergraduate degree (a BS in Exercise Science) and graduated in early May, then turned right around and began my graduate adventure in the Medical Center’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program a few weeks later.

I’m in class full-time during the week, but still make time to volunteer at the large/exotic cat sanctuary regularly.

I’m able to live the life I never would have thought possible when I graduated high school, but I never take a single second of it for granted.

I just wanted to drop you a note so that when the daily battle against the various forms of chronic pain becomes difficult, you can be reminded that you are making a huge difference in the lives of many.

The work you do matters.

My family and I are forever indebted to how you helped us find peace from a problem we were braced to deal with for a lifetime.

I hope you are all doing well, and trying to enjoy summer’s last stand before the cooler weather arrives for good.

Your friend,

Liz

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Ten-year-old with CRPS Walks Again after Calmare Scrambler Therapy

September 21, 2018

Ten-year-old Kiera is one of the reasons we love coming to work every day.

Last month, she traveled with her mother from Canada to our New Jersey clinic, arriving in a wheelchair due to a spreading CRPS condition and Lyme Disease.

Kiera had not been able to walk for 53 days due to the pain intensity, her mother confirmed.

She and her mother stayed for 14 Calmare treatments instead of the standard 10 treatments.

We are elated to report she can stick that wheelchair in the back of the garage from now on…

Her pain level sitting is a 0 and standing/walking is now a 2.

Better yet, we’ll let mother and daughter share their experience:

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