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Teen from Indiana Interviewed About Upcoming CRPS Treatment at Calmare NJ USA

February 19, 2017

pediatric-chronic-painPediatric pain specialist Dr. James Tolley at the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis recommended Emily Blake and her family contact Calmare NJ USA clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney to consider scrambler therapy as a pediatric pain management treatment for her spreading CRPS pain.

The media heard about the teenager’s challenging chronic pain condition (CRPS) and healthcare journalist Jennifer Boen wrote a heartfelt account of the family’s struggle to find a treatment to lessen or end their daughter’s debilitating pain.

Fort Wayne News-Sentinel Excerpt:

“I’m never not in pain,” Blake said, giving a vivid description of sensation: “I feel like I’m wrapped in barbed wire.” Once a champion swimmer and diver who placed first in the city and 11th in the state in butterfly, Blake can no longer tolerate the feel of the pool water. She’s undergone six nerve blocks, seen seven specialists, had many weeks of physical therapy and been prescribed an increasing number of medications.

Read the full story in the News-Sentinel here

We look forward to welcoming the Blake family next month and will do everything within our power to help her. Stay tuned!

To learn more about Calmare scrambler therapy as a pain management solution for pediatric chronic pain, click here: https://calmaretherapynj.com/treatment-specialties/pediatric-chronic-pain/ or call (201) 933-4440.

 

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Pain News Network Features Dr. Michael Cooney and Calmare Therapy

February 16, 2017

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Calmare Therapy NJ USA clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney contributed The 411 on Calmare Scrambler Therapy” to Pain News Network. The bylined article describes his clinical experience administering this newer therapy to help patients lessen or eliminate several types of diagnosed neuropathy, particularly CRPS / RSD, PHN, diabetic nerve pain, post-surgical pain and chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN).

Dr. Cooney also discusses the merits of alternative medicine as a solution for treatment-resistant patients battling severe chronic pain.

Pain News Networkreaching more than 100,000 unique readers each month, is a non-profit, independent news source for information and commentary about chronic pain and pain management. The publication’s mission is to raise awareness about chronic pain and connect and educate pain sufferers, caregivers, healthcare providers and the public about the pain experience.

“I’ve followed this publication for some time and believed their readers would be open to learning more about Calmare Therapy, particularly the fact that it is drug-free, painless and has no side effects,” says Dr. Cooney.

Article Introduction:

“Personally and professionally, my biggest frustration is when our therapies do not achieve a Calmare leads on back 2_2014successful patient outcome.

Often, “treatment-resistant” patients are forced to seek out more invasive procedures – surgeries, spinal cord stimulators, or powerful narcotics such as ketamine − where success has been uneven, but side effects can be significant.

I wasn’t comfortable recommending these “next level” neuropathic pain treatments for my patients. So my partner Dr. Robert Kelly and I spent two years looking for a non-invasive therapy that didn’t cause pain or come with added side effects.”

Read the full article here: 

 

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#1 Top Trend for Pain Management in 2017: Alternative Therapies

February 15, 2017

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

yahoo-news-logoThere has not been a lot of good news about pain management in the medical arena lately.

(If you are reading this message, you or a loved one may be battling chronic pain, so I don’t need to rehash what you already know.)

Clearly, opioids and peripheral drugs that fall into that category, are often not the solution to many types of pain.

I was delighted to read Yahoo’s predictions that put “Growth in Alternative Therapies” at the top of their list for pain management solutions that would garner the most attention this year.

We launched Calmare at our New Jersey pain management clinic in 2011 as an alternative emi-hewatt-having-calmare-treatment-_10-16neuropathic pain solution for people who have already endured invasive (painful) treatments, inpatient procedures, surgery and baskets full of prescription painkillers that didn’t work.

Not only can opioids fail to provide lasting pain relief, their side effects can be worse than the pain.

Alternative therapies, like scrambler therapy, take a less invasive approach and many have achieved outstanding clinically-proven outcomes for people battling a plethora of chronic pain conditions.

Tools for Choosing Your Alternative Medicine Provider

If you are seeking alternative treatment, perform due diligence beforehand–

  • Find out what clinical trials have been conducted on patients by medical research professionals and read the reports/findings.calmare-patient2patient
  • Ask the provider to put you in touch with other patients who have the same condition so you can gauge their feedback and outcome in making your decision to proceed.
  • Speak with your medical insurer to determine how you can submit for coverage, either in advance or by post-treatment reimbursement.
  • Call the clinic and speak with the doctor who would be treating you. Is he/she performing a sales pitch or asking about your medical history, previous treatment efforts, medication usage and ultimate goal for pain therapy?

Finally, don’t assume the physician currently treating your neuropathy is familiar with the alternative treatment you are considering. Even today, many doctors are often most comfortable with ‘traditional’ medical treatments.

While I certainly respect that position, what is the treatment plan for the patient who has undergone all the traditional medical therapies–without success?

Calmare treats several types of neuropathic pain using non-invasive, FDA-cleared technology

youtube_logoThank you for reading our blog while finding out more about scrambler therapy as an alternative pain management solution. Once you have watched our patient stories and reviewed the explanation of how the treatment works, we invite you to reach out to us at (201) 933-4440 or send an email to calmarenj@gmail.com so we can learn more about you and answer any questions you may have.

Sometimes, one simple outreach can lay the groundwork a lifelong change

 

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Full Body RSD Warrior Makes a Video of her Calmare Experience

February 2, 2017

True to her promise, Sara delighted us with her video recap of the 10 Calmare Therapy treatments she had with us here in New Jersey in January 2017.

A 21-year-old dynamo, we can only imagine what life has in store for her now that her RSD pain and related symptoms are under control (after 5 1/2 long  years of suffering).

Want to hear about Calmare from a ‘user perspective?’

Click below (and thank you so much Sara 🙂

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Is Where You are Now Ok?

February 1, 2017

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By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

A new month always makes me think of what lies ahead.

Many of our new patients have previously resisted trying an alternative pain management treatment because they’ve been constrained by the worry that it “may not work.”

I certainly can’t fault them. By the time most people seeking pain management discover us, they have already endured too many drugs with debilitating side effects, invasive treatments, countless needles, surgeries and enough hospital stays to last a lifetime.

After we discuss the trials they have endured, without success, I say, “But you are here now. You still have hope. You are a survivor.”

And then we get to work firing up our MC-5A Calmare device and attacking the pain in a new way the body has never experienced before.

My point is this–

If you happen to be reading this and are not sure about calling us, call us.

If you’re thinking about emailing us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com to talk about your chronic pain, email us.

Don’t wait. Don’t give up. Don’t let the pain win one more day.

 

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Healthcare professional discovers Calmare and finally defeats her RSD pain

January 30, 2017

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Dianne and Dr. Cooney after her last Calmare treatment.

Over the years, we’ve had the privilege of treating several healthcare professionals who were previously battling treatment-resistant chronic pain without any marked success.

They, too, took medications that didn’t work (or the side effects from the drugs were worse than the pain) or underwent painful and invasive procedures that only temporarily lessened their pain and additional physical symptoms.

One memorable patient was Dianne, a full-of-life RN from Texas, whose life was debilitated by pain from RSD. She discovered Calmare through an online CRPS support group.

Once she had completed the scrambler therapy treatment series with us, Dianne shared her firsthand experience on social media and permitted us to share her review below:

“I have had Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy for years and years! After an accident at work, I required back surgery (which turned into 3) and after the last one, my left foot was insanely painful.

It quickly spread throughout my entire body.

I have 2 spinal cord stimulators – one for my lower body and one for my upper body. I had a drug pump for years as well. I’ve had too many injections and blocks to even keep track of. I was in a wheelchair for years…

I originally had two Calmare treatments with  Dr. Michael Cooney (we’d gone up to visit with a friend from Australia who was having boosters) and unexpected experienced incredible relief from just the 2 treatments.

Since it worked so well – we (hubby and I) returned to New Jersey so that I could finish the full 10 sessions

My life after 10-treatment Calmare Therapy treatments:

  • I’ve not had either SCS on (normally they NEVER were off as doing so would cause camare foot image with leadsimmediate swelling and increased pain)
  • I’ve taken no meds during the day for pain and greatly reduced the night and morning meds!

I can say – for me – this has been the most wonderful treatment and it has worked!! I have had NO RSD pain thus far!

We stopped by out son’s on the way home  and I played outside with them. Our 16-yr-old granddaughter said, “Granny, this is the FIRST time we’ve ever gotten to play outside with you!” To be able to be “normal” and do things we take for granted each day??

PRICELESS!!

Even my kids and neighbors are amazed at just watching me walk!!

Downside? I have to get new shoes!! Lol. Not such a bad side!

But, I’m walking properly and all my shoes have this horrid wear pattern!! My back took a bit getting used to – finally being properly aligned while walking!! And geez, there are too many muscles complaining to me that they are being used and haven’t forever!!

Doc, feel free to send folks to me who’d like to know MY experience with Calmare!

They will get the whole truth – pros and cons (cuz we know not everyone does get relief – especially as well as I have) but they will get questions answered!

And I love that I have 2 perspectives I can share – the personal — and from a nursing point of view!!

Non-invasive treatment that DOES help with RSD? I can’t tell you how wonderful it is has been!!”

Would you like to find out if Calmare Therapy might be right for you?

imageWe handle every potential Calmare patient individually and personally (yes, this may be a little different from what you may have experienced elsewhere). First and foremost, you’ll have a one-on-one phone consultation with Dr. Michael Cooney, our clinical director, who has treated hundreds of people–children, adults and seniors–battling severe chronic pain, particularly CRPS and RSD.

Feel free to reach out directly by calling the clinic here in New Jersey at (201) 933-4440 or email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com

Or, just complete the eCard below.

First and foremost,  let’s work together to finally defeat your pain, without pain, drugs or side effects.

 

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Sara’s Full-Body CRPS Reduced to a 0 Pain Level After Calmare Therapy

January 19, 2017

sara-meyer_1-2017After sustaining a bone bruise in 2011, 21-year-old Sara was eventually diagnosed with CRPS, which progressed to full body CRPS as the years progressed and her treatment efforts were unsuccessful.

She sought treatment from outstanding healthcare providers, including the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), where she underwent several rounds of physical therapy and occupational therapy.

But her pain level, ranging from 4 to 9 /10, persisted.

She also battled additional RSD symptoms including:

  • Skin discoloration
  • Allodynia (pain that results from a stimulus that is not normally painful, like a piece of light fabric grazing the skin)
  • Intermittent tingling sensations
  • Poor sleep quality
  • Sensitivity to temperature changes

Dr. Michael Cooney Performs 10 Calmare Therapy Treatments

Sara heard about Dr. Cooney online and watched Calmare NJ USA  patient reviews on YouTube, particularly cases which involved people battling full body CRPS.

She had already tried traditional medical treatments without success; from her perspective, it was time to try an alternative pain management solution.

In early January 2017, Sara arrived here in New Jersey and began daily treatments which lasted about 35-minutes each. Her therapy sessions were set for the same time each day. She started feeling less pain after the first treatment, which occurs more often than you might expect.

By session number five, her physical symptoms began to diminish, the span of time her pain was lessened grew longer, and her overall pain level continued to decrease.

Last Friday, the college student completed her treatment series and left at a 0 /

Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director
Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

10, pain-free, for the first time in years. But that’s not all–all of Sara’s additional physical symptoms (noted above) were also eliminated.

“Sara’s case was a textbook outcome that we pray every Calmare patient experiences,” says Dr.

Cooney. “She had been in pain from CRPS for six years since a minor injury derailed her life. I could not be happier with her outcome.”

Sara has kindly offered to create a video review of her Calmare experience. But, for now, she’s focusing on getting back to school, socializing with friends and living the full life that any 20-something young woman deserves.

Are You Batting CRPS or RSD?

Our clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney, and his partner, Robert Kelly, MD, have successfully treated hundreds of children, teens, adults and seniors with this debilitating chronic disease. But it is not right for everyone, nor does it always provide the outcome that Sara experienced, unfortunately.

But countless patients have been able to “get their lives back again” and resume living pain-free, or live with a significantly reduced, sustained level of pain.

Contact our friendly Calmare Therapy NJ USA team at (201) 933-4440 or email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com.

If you’d like us to reach out to you, fill out our eCard below, and we’ll get back to you in 48 hours or less:

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The difference between Calmare MC-5A technology and a TENS unit

January 16, 2017

emi-hewatt-having-calmare-treatment-_10-16Here at Calmare Therapy NJ, we’ve been using scrambler therapy since 2011. We’ve successfully treated hundreds of patients from more than 20 countries.

But the question in this headline is 100 percent valid and requires a detailed explanation. The difference between these two medical devices can be compared to driving on a freshly-paved 16-lane super highway versus a one-lane, gravel-covered back road. So from a patient’s perspective, let’s put these two pain treatment devices head-to-head.

The operational distinctions between the two devices are significant:

  • Volume of current being used
  • Type of neurons transmitting the no-pain signal
  • Calmare device sends a “no pain” signal on the surface C-fiber nerve receptors instead of interrupting pain signals through the A-beta fibers (tens unit).

Calmare® Pain Therapy’s MC-5A Technology

This technology creates a low-energy electrical impulse which travels through the patient’s nerves delivering a “no-pain” signal to the brain. This process “tricks the brain” that the area of pain is normal and eventually results in prolonged pain relief.

Calmare uses primarily “C Fibers” to transmit these random ‘no pain’ signals to calm the brain. It operates at 40 to 50 Hz. and 16 different algorithms deliver five duel-channel signals to restart the brain and ultimately disrupt the chronic pain loop.

There is never a repeated cycle during a treatment, so there can be no accommodation by the brain (as with drugs or a self-administered, hand-held TENS unit).

Calmare technology pain relief offers patients a significantly longer duration (often months, years or more) of lower (or even eliminated) pain relief as opposed to using a TENS unit, where the pain returns soon after discontinuation of the treatment.

Calmare Certified Location LogoFinally, Calmare Therapy is only administered by a medical professional who has years of clinical expertise delivering customized pain therapy.

The Calmare Device Earned a U.S. Patent Number

The scrambler machine has been awarded a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office which identifies the device as a unique entity, unlike anything else in the market (i.e. a tens unit). The U.S. Patent number is 8,380,317.

Lead Placement Performed by a Trained Pain Management Professional…or Self-administered by the Patient?

TENS unitThe small, hand-held TENS unit is self-administered by the patient, so the placement of the pads hand-during-treatmentis determined not by a healthcare professional, but at the best judgment of the patient or loved one providing the treatment at home. The TENS operates using a single signal, allowing for short duration pain relief. Most importantly, the machine has been designed with the goal of temporarily reducing pain.

RSD and CRPS Patients

The main challenge in treating RSD/CRPS is the complicated change in the nervous system which can be traced to changes in the receptors in the brain. As a result, therapy to resolve this kind of pain must reach the brain. The use of electricity for the management of pain is not unique to Calmare.

In fact, many RSD/CRPS sufferers have already tried traditional TENS therapy prior to coming to our clinic.

Calmare Therapy Does Not Function Like a TENS Unit

Calmare Technology 2012Injury or other noxious stimulus in the body creates pain chemicals. These chemicals, in turn, are converted into electrical impulses by your nerves which are transmitted to the brain and INTERPRETED by the brain. When specially-trainined doctors use Calmare Therapy, they “control” the electrical impulses that the brain is receiving.

By manipulating the input into the brain, they “retrain” it to remove the pain signal to the area of the body where there is, in fact, no pain.

Interesting, medical science has already proven through other methodologies that the brain can be “taught.” In medicine, we refer to those changes as neuroplasticity and there are many resources of interesting reading on that topic.

Questions? Call Us. We’ll Answer

nurses-on-phoneAdmittedly, this information is a lot to take in for people without a healthcare background. Nonetheless, we hope this helps in recognizing the key differences between the two devices.

If you have questions or would like to find out if Calmare Therapy might be right for your chronic pain condition,  call our friendly team at (201) 933-4440 or email us at calmarenj@gmail.com.

 

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An 87-year-old and a 16-year-old both reduce their chronic pain after Calmare Therapy

January 2, 2017

Rutherford, New Jersey, USA

As 2016 came to a close, our staff reminisced about our patients from around the world who have entrusted us to help them reduce their chronic pain since we began offering Calmare scrambler therapy in 2011.

One of the more memorable weeks included two patients battling the debilitating symptoms from complex regional pain syndrome–CRPS–also called RSD.

Eighty-seven-year-old Ann and 16-year-old Katie (right) both suffered from complex regional Katie Triosipain syndrome (CRPS) symptoms at different stages of life. Both were determined to keep searching for a pain management solution that would empower them to resume a quality of life, no longer dictated by chronic pain and the physical symptoms of this disease.

The patients and their families decided to investigate a non-invasive, alternative pain treatment since traditional medicine was not successful. They discovered Dr. Cooney and his successful outcomes using Calmare scrambler therapy to combat CRPS pain and additional physical symptoms.

After completing the 10-treatment series during the same period, both achieved the lowest pain level they had experienced in years.

Video: Ann and Katie describe their Calmare Therapy treatments following an introduction by our clinical director, Dr. Michael J. Cooney:

Dr. Cooney specializes in the use of scrambler therapy to treat severe neuropathy 

Since scrambler therapy is non-invasive, FDA-cleared and has no side effects, it is safe for the use in children, teens, adults and seniors. Dr. Cooney and Calmare Therapy NJ specializes in treating these neuropathic pain conditions:

  • CRPS | RSD
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Pain after Chemotherapy – CIPN
  • Shingles
  • Post-Surgical Pain 
  • Diabetic Nerve
  • Chronic Neuropathic Pain

If you are ready to learn more about a newer treatment to overcome chronic pain, email us about your condition at CalmareNJ@gmail.com or call us between 10 am and 6 pm (Eastern | New York City time) at 201-933-4440. 

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