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Free Virtual Pain Management Consults with Dr. Michael Cooney

March 31, 2020

Dr. Cooney specializes in alternative therapies to help people with medication- and treatment-resistant chronic nerve pain.

During our global confinement due to COVID-19, the healthcare community must nonetheless reach out to the community to offer guidance, advice and support.

Calmare Therapy NJ USA is continuing the fight against chronic pain.

Beginning Wednesday, April 1, 2020, Dr. Michael J. Cooney, clinical director at Calmare NJ (est. 2011) and a chiropractor with more than 40 years of clinical pain management expertise, will offer virtual, no-fee consultations with people batting treatment and medication-resident neuropathic pain around the world.

The doctor will be available to answer questions and suggest non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical alternative options to help lessen chronic nerve pain, based upon the information provided by the caller.

“During this unprecedented time, I am happy to use my expertise to offer non-invasive, drug-free pain management options for parents of children and teens, as well as adults and seniors with diagnosed neuropathy,” says Dr. Cooney.

He will also answer questions about the viability of Calmare scrambler therapy to people with chronic pain and make Patient-2-Patient referrals upon request.

Since Calmare NJ USA treats patients from around the world, international consultations are also welcomed (English only).

How to schedule your live consultation with Dr. Michael Cooney

Consultations are every Wednesday from 1 to 3 pm EDT (New York/USA) beginning April 1, 2020.

Length of consultation

20 minutes (average) in order to accommodate as many callers as possible.

Scheduling

Please email info@calmaretherapynj.com to reserve your requested date and specify your preferred time.

Please feel free to offer any helpful background about your medical history and any specific questions you may have. This is not required, but will help Dr. Cooney to optimally prepare for your discussion.

Virtual Consultation Dial-In Information

  • Cooney will accept your incoming call via the Facetime, WhatsApp or direct phone dial-in.
  • We will provide the number you should call when your consultation is confirmed, based upon which communication option you prefer.
  • NOTE: You will direct-dial to Dr. Cooney; he will not contact you.

For questions, please call the clinic at (201) 933-4440 or email us at info@calmaretherapynj.com.

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How Chronic Pain Warriors Can Boost Immunity to Ward Off COVID-19

March 27, 2020

immunity boosters for people with chronic pain during COVID-19

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

Even amidst these frightening and stressful times, people living with chronic nerve pain cannot afford to neglect protecting their immune systems.

Furthermore—vigorously defend yourself against things that drain your immunity stockpile, such as chronic stress and anxiety. At a time like this, I realize this is a challenge. But there are also times you can excuse yourself from a stressful situation at home, for example, or simply turn off the news for a few days.

I’ve outlined the most essential immunity booster recommendations that I share with our patients. My hope is that one or more of these tools will help your lessen pain while increasing the immune system to ward off illness—without any prescription medications.

Immune system boosters

 The statement below is so important, I’m writing it three times:

Reducing stress increases immunity against illness.

Reducing stress increases immunity against illness.

Reducing stress increases immunity against illness.

Chronic pain sufferers already spend much of their days at home, so the current self-isolation status is honestly nothing new to this community.

But how are you using your time? Scrolling most of the day? Watching Ellen or too many news broadcasts?

I’m a strong proponent of getting away from watching other people’s lives and focus on improving your own.

No, it’s not easy to pursue self-care at the moment; at the same time, self-care has never been more critical to people living with chronic nerve pain.

Peruse the list of immunity-boosters below and try some that feel manageable, and also one that doesn’t seem viable. You may surprise yourself.

  • Meditation – Everyone from pro football teams to elementary schools is practicing regular meditation. I listen to an app twice a week for guided meditation.
  • Laugh – For me, it’s reruns of The Office; My wife loves to watch Sebastian Maniscalco on Netflix.
  • Prayer – Attend a service remotely during COVID-19, pull a few verses from the Bible on your table, just pray and express gratitude, humility and grace.
  • Exercise – Lift light hand weights to build upper body strength and speed metabolism. Start walking, start biking, start Zumba. Start. And keep at it. Check with your doctor for guidance, if needed, and find videos to ensure you are working out with weights safely.
  • Nutrition – Eating whole food derived from plants, not manufactured or packaged, will reward you with boosting mental and physical health. By eating significant portions of vegetables, nuts, fruits and whole grains, you are naturally fueling your body with the vitamins and minerals to help it do its job better. Prepare to feel better, as a result.
  • REM Sleep – I know, it’s a challenge for chronic pain warriors to sleep on a good day. During these times of chaos, it’s even more of an uphill battle. Strive for seven hours of sleep nightly. Exercising and meditation also helps to calm the nerves and the mind, inviting better sleep quality. Spa-type music can also help. Do what works for you.
  • One of my patients swears a salt lamp in her bedroom improved her ability to sleep soundly through the night. It is imperative to get proper sleep so your body can regenerate.

Supplements, essential oils and herbs to boost immunity against illness

Talk with your doctor about these recommended supplements to ensure they do not conflict with any prescribed medications you are using.

My favorites for people living with chronic nerve pain:

  • CBD (again, another resource to reduce anxiety and stress)
  • Kratom
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric (pill form)
  • Nettle tea
  • Liquid vitamin C
  • Omega 3 fatty acids

Tee tree oil, dabbed just one time below the nostrils, is a natural, chemical-free anti-viral product.

On Guard is an ingested essential oil that is also known to strengthen the immune system.

Zyflamend, a pharmaceutical–free combination of multiple herbs that work synergistically to enhance its anti-inflammatory properties, continues to receive positive reviews from people with neuropathy for pain relief while also supporting healthy inflammation response and joint support.

Hands-on treatments to bolster immunity against viruses and illness

Self-massage is beneficial to lessen pain. Some people, especially those with CRPS, should apply gentle pressure above and below the actual pain site. This approach can improve immunity and help with lymphatic drainage.

I am also a big proponent of desensitization, a process that tells the brain that there is no reason for the pain. Here at Calmare NJ USA, we use a tennis ball to gently stimulate the lower end of the nerve by rolling the ball from heel to toe or wrist to fingertips, without pressure.

Doing so activates the sensory and proprioceptive nerves which communicate to the brain and send a no-pain signal.


We at Calmare NJ USA hope and pray you are all taking precautions necessary during this global crisis to protect yourselves against COVID-19.

Should you have questions about what I have discussed here, please feel free to call our pain management clinic at (201) 933-4440. I will respond promptly.

Stay well, stay healthy and keep hope in your heart,

Dr. Michael Cooney

 

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Update and Support from Calmare Therapy NJ USA

March 20, 2020

He knows not his own strength who hath not met adversity.”

William Samuel Johnson

By Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director

As we grapple with COVID-19’s siege on our lives and our health, I wanted to touch base and offer an update from New Jersey:

We are treating patients, new and those seeking booster treatments, on an individual basis, with no overlap from other patients in the office.

Immediately after a patient has received scrambler therapy, we use the next appointment time to thoroughly sanitize our treatment rooms and public spaces, from the front doorknob to the check-in desk and everywhere in between.

When possible, we ask that the patient’s family or friends do not enter the clinic, but wait in the car.

So far, so good.

For people who wish to re-schedule upcoming Calmare Therapy treatments, please reach out as quickly as possible to give us ample time to fill your slot.

Due to the additional time required to clean our clinic between patients, 50% fewer appointments are currently available.

I want to share some valuable content from our longtime friends and partners on dealing with the coronavirus while living with CRPS.

We encourage you to bookmark BN and check back for more of their specialized content.

Burning Nights CRPS https://www.burningnightscrps.org/

Victoria, founder of Burning Nights, and her husband, visited our clinic for a wonderful visit in 2018.

Burning Nights CRPS founder, Victoria Abbott-Fleming, headquartered in the UK, battled CRPS after a car accident in 2003. She is now a global figurehead providing objective information and resources about CRPS.

She and her organization are also strong supporters of alternative pain management therapies, like Calmare scrambler therapy, to treat chronic nerve pain and the physical symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome.

Burning Nights latest post:

Understanding COVID-19 and Its Effect on CRPS

During this scary time, know that I am here to offer any advice or guidance to anyone in the chronic pain community. Just call the clinic at (201) 933-4440 or email me at info@calmaretherapynj.com for a prompt response.

To get the latest information on coronavirus, including tips for prevention and symptoms to look for, visit the CDC website, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

I hope and pray that you and your loved ones are safe and sound.

We shall overcome, together.

 

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Calmare NJ USA is Open and Fully Operational

March 12, 2020

Take good care, keep calm. We will overcome.

We appreciate many of you checking in before your treatments next week.

Calmare NJ USA is fully operational.

We have also instituted a heightened level of precautionary patient safety measures during COVID-19.

We do not anticipate any overlap of patients in our waiting room.

 

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Dr. Michael Cooney is Now a VA Hospital In-Network Provider

calmare VA banner for Twitter

February 28, 2020

Veterans should contact their VA primary care doctor for a referral 

Veterans with medication and treatment-resistant chronic pain are now fully covered to have Calmare Therapy, with a written referral from a V.A. physician.

Dr. Michael Cooney, clinical director, Calmare Therapy NJ USA, located in Rutherford, NJ, is a VA-approved, in-network provider of Calmare scrambler therapy (CPT Code 0278T), an FDA-cleared, non-invasive therapy to combat chronic nerve pain as a result of injury, surgery or disease.

The four branches of the U.S. Military have been using scrambler therapy since 2011, increasing the number of Calmare MC-5A devices at its hospitals, including the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

“The U.S. Military was one of the first treatment centers to recognize Calmare’s capacity to substantially reduce or eliminate nerve pain without using invasive procedures, needles, medications or surgeries,” explains Dr. Cooney.

“As an in-network provider, we can help many veterans reduce neuropathic pain, especially those for whom medications and other traditional pain management therapies have failed to control their pain.”

How the Calmare Device Works Painlessly to Reduce Neuropathy

The FDA-cleared MC-5A scrambler therapy device (the brand name is Calmare) 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 pain relief.

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

Calmare has no side effects and is painless to undergo.

While the treatment does not work for everyone, it has achieved am 80% success rate overall. Dr. Cooney has successfully treated nearly 1,000 patients since he underwent training to use the MC-5A device in 2010.

“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 seen many people regain independent mobility after arriving at our clinic using wheelchairs, walkers or canes.”

Dr. Cooney says the success of the scrambler therapy device has been the highlight of his 35-year career in pain management.

Chronic pain conditions suitable for Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment

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

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

Instructions for Veterans to Schedule Calmare Therapy with Dr. Michael Cooney

  1. Contact your VA primary care doctor to request a written referral form to receive Calmare therapy for pain management. The doctor must specify CPT Code 0278T (scrambler therapy).
  2. Contact the V.A.’s Community Care department and submit the referral to them; request therapy to be provided by Michael Cooney.
  3. Community Care / TriWest will contact Calmare Therapy NJ USA with your medical history and we will work with you directly to schedule your 10 treatment schedule at a convenient date and time for you.
  4. You have a phone consultation with Dr. Cooney to discuss your condition and pain management goals.
  5. You report for one daily treatments lasting about 35-minutes, spread out over a Monday-Friday 2-week timeframe.

 

The cost of your Calmare Therapy treatments (CPT0278T) is covered through the V.A.

 

Schedule Your Calmare Therapy Consultation

Our quiet and personalized clinic is located in Rutherford, (Bergen County), New Jersey. We treat only one patient at a time.

We are located about 15 minutes from New York City.

Should you be traveling long-distance to New Jersey, consult our Hotel and Travel Arrangements page for discounted lodging options.

If you have any questions about requesting Calmare scrambler therapy through your VA doctor, feel free to reach out to our team at (201) 933-4440 or email us privately at info@calmaretherapynj.com.

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Can Eating Chocolate Reduce Inflammation and Chronic Nerve Pain?

By Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director

dark chocolate lessens chronic pain
Can eating dark chocolate really reduce chronic pain?

Our Calmare Therapy NJ USA team fully supports combating chronic nerve pain without the use of medications, injections, surgery or other invasive pain management options.

It should come as no surprise, then, that we also support nutritional strategies to help reduce inflammation and resulting pain.

Many medicines are derived from plants, so eating plant-based foods only makes good sense to promote overall health.

For example, tomatoes promote heart health and spinach and other vegetables help offset several types of cancer.

And most pain sufferers know that cutting dairy, wheat, sugar or alcohol can decrease allergies, acid reflux and inflammation, ultimately improving overall well-being—including pain levels.

A sweet way to reduce pain

In addition, everyone’s favorite sweet treat, chocolate, has also been shown to help reduce pain.

But not all chocolate is the same.

Dark chocolate and cocoa have significantly higher flavanol levels, while milk chocolate and white chocolate have much lower levels.

Cocoa, the active ingredient in chocolate, provides a host of anti-inflammatory health benefits, from mood-lifting to antioxidants galore.

In addition to reducing swelling, dark chocolate also improves blood flow, which can also decrease pain.

Dark chocolate benefits

eat chocolate to lessen chronic nerve pain

The main active ingredient to create chocolate is cacao, derived from trees (again, plant-based). It has been scientifically proven to:

  • Increase the body’s natural opiates (endorphins)
  • Fire the brain’s cannabis receptors
  • Increase serotonin levels
  • Release the body’s natural amphetamine, phenylethylamine, better known as the “love drug”
  • Releases anandamide (aka the “bliss molecule”)
  • Contains tryptophan, the same chemical found in turkey, which makes you relaxed, even sleepy

Keep in mind, when shopping for dark chocolate for pain relief, the higher the cocoa content, the better.

Therefore, I’d skip the Dollar Store when shopping for medicinal chocolate products.

For the best results, choose a brand with at least 65 percent cocoa.

Fibromyalgia and Chocolate: What New Research Says About Health Benefits

Finally, dark chocolate doesn’t have the super-sweet and creamy flavor of typical milk chocolate, so it may take some taste bud adjustment when you first start to eat it.

Be creative, add it to your steamed milk or coffee; add it to a favorite recipe.

Limit yourself to three ounces a day, and look for chocolate with the lowest fat content you can find.

When a loved one asks what you’d like for Valentine’s Day this year, tell them you’d love some high-quality dark chocolate—doctor’s orders!


 

Dr. Michael Cooney is one of six Calmare-certified providers of scrambler therapy in the U.S. Since 2011, he has specialized in treating patients battling severe neuropathy as a result of fibromyalgia, CRPS / RSD, diabetes, shingles, post-surgical pain and pain after chemotherapy (CIPN).

To learn more, call 201-933-4440 or email us at info@calmaretherapynj.com.

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New CRPS Book Features Calmare Therapy and Dr. Michael Cooney

January 29, 2020

CRPS book features calmare therapy

Our clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney, who has successfully treated hundreds of people living with CRPS since 2011 using Calmare scrambler therapy, is featured in a new book on the topic,

COMPLEX REGIONAL PAIN SYNDROME (CRPS): PATIENTS’ PERSPECTIVE OF LIVING IN CHRONIC PAIN.

The book is co-written by pain management physician specialist Dr. Alaa Abd-Elsayed and Eric M. Phillips, president of the International RSD Foundation.

One of our teen patients, Austin, is featured. His parents describe his significant pain relief (and leg lesion healing) after Calmare Therapy and booster treatments:

CRPS book features Dr. Michael Cooney

Teen Football Star Finds CRPS Pain Relief After Calmare Therapy

We are grateful to Austin’s family, who volunteered to share their family’s story and Austin’s positive outcome after Calmare Therapy.

Austin did return months later for three scrambler therapy booster treatments, which may be necessary for more severe or prolonged cases of chronic nerve pain.

He shared an update from the mountains (where he was snowboarding!) in February 2019:

Teenager Snowboards By for a Post-Calmare Scrambler Therapy Update

Austin and Dr. Michael Cooney celebrate his success after undergoing Calmare scrambler for CRPS.

“I was honored to be included in a truly comprehensive book about the challenges faced by so many courageous people around the world living with CRPS,” says Dr. Cooney.

“It is vitally important that sufferers understand that drugs and invasive procedures are not the only way to reduce pain from this disease.”

CRPS book features calmare therapy

Scrambler Therapy: Drug-Free, Non-Invasive Pain Management for Chronic Nerve Pain

Dr. Michael Cooney treats people with pain with a refreshingly personal approach–he talks to you before you ever step foot into our New Jersey clinic.

Calmare Therapy, cleared by the FDA more than a decade ago, is not right for everyone suffering from CRPS or other conditions resulting in chronic nerve pain.

If you are able to travel to our clinic, located in New Jersey, USA, 15 minutes outside New York City, we invite you to complete the Consult Request form below.

Dr. Cooney will personally contact you by phone within 48 hours of receipt of your message (USA and Canada only); if you are are from outside the USA/Canada, we will be happy to pre-schedule a video chat consultation.

There is no fee for this consultation and no time limit.

 

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Dr. Michael Cooney Explains Calmare Scrambler Therapy on Mind Body Radio

January 13, 2020

Click to listen to the interview (January 2, 2020)

I was honored to be interviewed by Chris Sawyer on Mind Body Radio recently, discussing the merits of drug-free Calmare therapy.

Listen to the Mind Body Radio interview with Dr. Cooney here

What You Won’t Get with Calmare Therapy

Chris asked me all the right questions about scrambler therapy and we hope it highlights that pain management can be achieved without the use of:

  • medication
  • surgery
  • needles
  • invasive procedures

 

What is Calmare Therapy?

Is scrambler therapy right for my chronic nerve pain condition?

Calmare Therapy NJ USA Treats Chronic Pain Differently

The pain management crisis in healthcare has affected all of us.

We introduced Calmare Therapy at our New Jersey medical practice in 2011 precisely because pain medications and painful treatments don’t help many people relieve their neuropathies.

Free Consultation with Calmare’s Medical Director

If you are able to travel to New Jersey, USA, and would like to speak to me personally about your case, please reach out to our clinic at (201) 933-4440, email us at info@calmaretherapynj.com or complete the eCard below, and I’ll contact you by phone (or video chat if you are from outside the US).

I will reach out to you within 48 hours (not 48 days).

Wishing you a low-pain day,

Dr. Cooney

 Calmare Therapy NJ USA eCard

 

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Managing Dental Care When You Have Chronic Pain

December 30, 2019

Dental care and treatment can be stressful to people living with chronic pain.

More than 75 percent of the chronic pain 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.

Certainly, no one is looking to add to your pain.  But maintaining dental hygiene now, even with some discomfort, can offset the possibility of far more pain down the line, should tooth decay set in.

I sought out the advice of a local dentist who specializes in treating patients with chronic pain and asked him for advice:

Won’t dental visits cause me more pain?

Regular dental check-up and cleaning 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 beforehand; seek out a dentist who treats patients with chronic nerve pain 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.

If your search is unsuccessful, let the person scheduling your appointment know you suffer from chronic nerve pain in advance and remind the staff to chart this important fact again when you arrive.

When the dentist or dental hygienist arrives to begin your treatment, first have a conversation about your neuropathy and ask what special considerations they will make for you.

Be sure that you mutually understand a predetermined signal that you are uncomfortable or in pain.

Medication damage to teeth and gums

One of the unfortunate byproducts of chronic pain management is the common use of medications.

These medications commonly 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.

Oral Health: The Mouth-Body Connection (Web MD)

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 extraction of the diseased teeth.

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 diseased tooth.

The best defense is a good 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 7 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.

 

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