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

Caterpillar Walk_2016Our 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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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.

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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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How to Prepare for Your Upcoming Calmare Scrambler Therapy Treatments

February 22, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

We look forward to meeting you soon!

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

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

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Teresa from Alabama Calls Scrambler Therapy a ‘Godsend’

February 19, 2016

Teresa’s lower extremity pain as a result of RSD often restricted her to living life from a chair due to the immobilizing pain.

“Some days, I made it to the chair and that was it for me. Just sitting there day after day.”

But she and her husband didn’t stop searching for a new RSD treatment that would help this Alabama woman get the life back that she so richly deserved.

They discovered Dr. Michael Cooney, one of five Certified providers of Calmare Therapy in the U.S., a drug-free, FDA-cleared scrambler therapy treatment that combats severe chronic pain  as a result of several neuropathic pain conditions such as RSD, CRPS, CIPN (pain after chemotherapy treatment) and post-surgical pain.

While Teresa undergoes one of her final treatments in the 10-treatment protocol, she describes how the treatment feels and the change in her pain level since working with the Calmare Therapy NJ USA team.

Are you or a loved one battling RSD, CRPS or another chronic pain condition?

Our New Jersey-based staff would be happy to talk with you about your specific medical condition.

If you’d like to know more, just fill out the online info card below:

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Chloe Finds CRPS Pain Resolution with Calmare Therapy

January 29, 2016

Nineteen-year-old Chloe valiantly underwent treatment after treatment –and more drugs than she can name–trying to defeat the pain from CRPS in her feet.

When she arrived here in New Jersey after flying 24-hours from Australia, her left foot was swollen to the size of a football and her right foot was in severe continual pain.

Here’s what she has to say about her Calmare Therapy which was personally administered by Dr. Michael Cooney:

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Dr. Michael Cooney Featured in Australian Newspaper with CRPS Patient Success Story

February 1, 2016

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Since Dr. Cooney introduced Calmare Therapy in New Jersey in 2011, patients have traveled from around the world to come for treatment personally administered by him.

Pattie Sgherza was one of the first patients to come to us from Australia in 2014. After her “life-saving” positive outcome against severe CRPS pain, she spoke with television media about her positive neuropathic pain treatment experience, which was seen by Michelle Platschinda, another RSD pain sufferer.

Last year, Michelle Platschinda traveled to see Dr. Cooney after a 24-hour flight to New York City in an effort to combat her advanced CRPS.

We still remember the day Michelle arrived in a wheelchair.

And, we are overjoyed to report, we recall even more clearly when she completed treatment and walked out of our office, unassisted, for the first time in years.

Calmare patient leads global CRPS awareness effort

Since then, she has been a woman on a global mission to increase awareness of CRPS and bring Calmare Therapy to Australia. Last year, she launched the Purple Bucket organization to do just that.

Yesterday, she was interviewed about her mission, her CRPS battle and her positive Calmare treatment outcome in The Border Mail newspaper.

Like many patients who come here for RSD pain treatment, Michelle and her supportive loved ones, are now like family to us.

michelle and Dr. CWe are in awe of her relentless tenacity to “get the word out” that Calmare scrambler therapy exists and the desperate need for this treatment to be available in her country–and around the world.

Are you battling RSD or CRPS?

Then we would love to talk more about your medical history and determine if Calmare Therapy may be the right treatment for you. Fill out the info below and we’ll be happy to reach out to you within 48 hours:

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Seventeen-year-old Katia finally enjoys pain relief from RSD after Calmare Treatments

January 25, 2016

Katia #2“I just hopped out of the shower, and instead of my legs and arms being a purplish brown they were…normal. To say the least, I was quit surprised. And a bit confused, because that hasn’t happened in years. I just kind of looked at my legs, poked them, and it didn’t hurt.

And I just kind of paused and was like “huh, well this is new.”

Katia, age 17,  during her Calmare Therapy NJ treatments with clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney 

While most teenagers are out with friends having fun, Katia lived her life in bed, battling constant pain. She suffers from complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), also called reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), a neuropathic condition that is resistant to medication and traditional therapeutic treatments.

What full-body CRPS feels like

Unfortunately, in Katia’s case, she lives with full body CRPS.

All of her limbs–even her lungs and heart–are affected.

Katia’s condition is so severe that even her senses–hearing, smell, taste–are negatively affected.

She also suffers from acid-like burning throughout her body, in addition to uncontrolled spasms in her limbs, lungs and heart.

The lung spasms are particularly painful.

But Katia’a unrelenting family heard about Calmare Therapy as a new RSD treatment tKatia getting treatmento combat the pain–and the additional symptoms that present in more severe cases.

What a Calmare treatment feels like

Katia and ChristieAfter talking with other CRPS patients who had been treated by Dr. Michael Cooney at Calmare Therapy New Jersey USA, who has successfully treated hundreds of RSD and CRPS patients since 2011, they decided to fundraise in order to make the trip and have Katia undergo the daily treatments.

After a community-wide fundraising effort, she and her family trekked 3,000 from the west coast to be treated by Dr. Cooney in October 2015.

Calmare is a “provider-dependent” therapy and why this matters

Doctor and patient hit it off right away and the family was close by for support and good humor.

Much to the teenager and her family’s shock, after being severely debilitated for years, Katia began to feel less and less pain after each Calmare treatment and her additional symptoms steadily subsided as well.

When her treatment series ended, Katia flew home with her family elated to finally return to the routine of a typical teenager’s life–after a long absence.

What a re-injury can mean for someone living with RSD

Once she was back home and living life with a pain level below a 3/10, Katia experienced an unfortunate accident  / re-injury.

The CRPS wasted no time and returned with a vengeance, shooting her pain back up to an 8-9.

But this time, Katia and her family had their own ammunition to battle back–Calmare Therapy.

Earlier this month, they returned to New Jersey for Calmare booster treatments, and Katia’s RSD treatment pushed her pain level back down to manageable numbers (1-3 on average).

Katia MartinBefore she left, Katia presented Dr. Cooney with a wonderful hand-knit winter hat (which was particularly useful during the 20 inches of snow we experienced over the weekend…) in CRPS orange, no less.

Katia’ Mother Sends an Update – January 19, 2016

(shared with permission)

Dearest Dr. Cooney,

I can’t thank you enough. Katia is doing so very good.

I can’t stop smiling.

I wish I could tell everyone who suffers about you.

I’ve been working hard in that regard. At this point mostly on the Internet. But I know a few people around here that need you too. Hopefully they will give it a try.

The only thing they have to lose is pain, right? 

Her pain did spike on the plane. We knew it would. But as soon as we got off, it started going back down. By the time we drove home it was down to a 3.

Today all day she has been a 2.

I am so thankful. You saved her. You gave her back to me. She is becoming her funny happy self again.

I will keep in touch, and let you know how she does.  Have a great week.

Hugs to you

CM”

 

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