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Matt shares a health update since his Calmare booster treatments in 2014

Matt Hannon_7.16July 8, 2016

We were honored and thrilled to receive this social post from our patient Matt, who underwent Calmare Therapy with us in 2013 and came in for booster treatments in 2014:

“Just spent a day walking around an amusement park with my family.

No way was that possible two years ago before I found Calmare.

Thank you and God blessing you with your skills for giving me my life back!

I AM GRATEFUL!

 feeling blessed.”
Matt H., Mississippi
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Soldier Who Battled RSD for 10 Years Ends Chronic Pain with Calmare Therapy

 

July 1, 2016

In 2003, while serving in the Israel Defense Forces, Ari Katz injured his ankle which was diagnosed as nerve entrapment.  His subsequent surgery to correct the issue resulted in an eventual RSD diagnosis.

When Ari arrived at Calmare Therapy NJ from his home in New York City, his chronic pain level was an 8 /10.

One of his many interesting statements about Calmare Therapy is that “the scrambler” will not jeopardize his organs in the way that some opioids or other medications for pain might after extended use.

He also brings up a great point that if the RSD pain should return, he can return for a booster treatment, as needed, to lessen or eliminate the pain.

Do you have treatment-resistant chronic pain?
Dr. Robert B. Kelly, Interventional Pain Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Dr. Robert B. Kelly, Interventional Pain Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director
Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

The Calmare Therapy NJ USA team would be happy to talk with you about your medical history, pain battle and treatment goals.

Contact Us:

PH201.933.4440

Email: CalmareNJ@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/calmare.nj

Complete this eCard below and we’ll be happy to reach out to you:

 

 

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Why Painkillers May Worsen Chronic Pain

June 23, 2016

By Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director

pillsOur country is in the midst of an opiate crisis, with prescription painkillers sometimes serving as a conduit to dependence or even an addiction to these drugs. In some cases, it also opens the door to the use of heroin, an illegal street drug opiate.

Multiple unrelated studies have found that public health crisis may lie in the fact that long-term use of prescription painkillers actually worsens chronic pain. Needing more medication to alleviate pain can (unintentionally) lead to addiction.

Remember that painkillers mask your pain – they don’t treat the root cause.

University of Colorado-Boulder study

A recent study by researchers from the University of Colorado at Boulder published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that a short course of morphine after nerve injury in rats “doubles the duration of neuropathic pain.” The research team discovered that in people, pain and disease in the nervous system are most often treated with opiates, with little evaluation of the long-term consequences of this drug use.

If the results of the rat study hold true in humans, it means morphine initially numbs pain, but it affects glial cells in the nervous system. Those cells start sending out more pain signals to the nerves, prolonging and intensifying the pain timeline. In the rat study, rats treated with morphine took twice as long to recover as a control group – four weeks versus two weeks.

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Medication is not the solution to treating many types of chronic pain. Rather than continuing to focus on our country’s opiate epidemic, let’s focus on Calmare Therapy and other drug-free solutions to treat the root cause of the pain–not just temporarily mask it with prescription drugs.

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facebookListen to Dr. Cooney’s interview on “Aches & Gains” hosted by Dr. Paul Christo

Chronic pain changes the brain

Those suffering from chronic pain (neuropathy), rather than acute pain (short-term), experience changes in their pain receptors. These receptors go into overdrive and respond more easily to pain signals. That means patients feel more pain than nerves are actually sending out.

Initially, opiates provide pain relief and cause the brain to send out endorphins, the “feel-good” hormones. But over time, the brain produces fewer endorphins, so the body’s natural pain relievers are reduced. Patients can become more sensitive to pain, and the opiates become necessary just to feel normal.

It’s a vicious cycle. When longtime users stop taking opiates, they often go through various stages of ‘withdrawal.’

Side effects from painkiller usage decreases quality of life

In the short-term, opiate use may increase drowsiness and affect concentration and personality. Side effects may include nausea and vomiting. Long-term use of painkillers raises the risk of developing additional health issues such as:

  • Compromised immune system
  • Constipation
  • Depression or emotional instability
  • Irregular heart rhythms
  • Decreased interest in socializing and engaging in enjoyable activities
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sleep apnea
  • Dental problems

Not surprisingly, the higher the opiate dosage, the more likely the patient may experience side effects.

Detoxification

If the prescribed painkiller/s is not doing its job, under a doctor’s carefully monitored care, it may be time to wean off the opiates in order to try a drug-free neuropathic pain treatment.  In the short run, it’s difficult. Let me say this again–people trying to detoxify from opiate use should seek professional help and not try to do it on their own. Your doctor can offer treatment to help get you safely through varying degrees of withdrawal symptoms you may encounter.

Why Calmare Scrambler Therapy is an alternative to prescription  pain medication

Calmare leads on back 2_2014Calmare Therapy uses a biophysical (using physical methods to treat biological problems) rather than a biochemical (drugs) approach.

The brain’s reaction to chronic pain can be compared to learning to play the piano or memorizing a poem − the more the body “practices” processing pain, the stronger the connections between pain nerves and the brain become.

Michelle, who came to Calmare Therapy NJ from Australia, describes her experience

When someone is injured, the brain sets up a process to heal the injury. For example, cells carry away dead tissue, or it increases blood flow to the area. Eventually, the brain realizes the injury has healed and it cuts off the pain message.

But for some, the brain never sends that pivotal message saying “there’s no more injury here so you can stop the pain signal.”

This is where the scrambler device comes in—

Using several small electrodes (think EKG) carefully placed in the region of the injury, the Calmare Technology 2012technology sends a mild “no pain” message to the brain through the electrodes.

If you are looking for a drug-free solution to severe chronic pain

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.

Keep in mind, I speak personally with every potential patient before they come for treatment. We will discuss will your full medical history, current medication use, previous pain treatment efforts and your chronic pain treatment expectations.

Fill out the eCard below and we’ll be happy to schedule a phone consultation or our team will reach out to you:

Find out if you may be suitable to undergo Calmare Therapy:

Sources:

www.calmaretherapynj.com

http://www.pnas.org/content/113/24/E3441.abstract

http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2013/11/12/using-morphine-after-abdominal-surgery-may-prolong-pain-cu-boulder

http://thecolemaninstitute.com/treatment-options/chronic-pain-management/faqs

https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2016/04/6-myths-about-painkillers/

 

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Newly diagnosed with RSD, Marilyn battles back with drug-free pain solution, Calmare Therapy

June 8, 2016

Marilyn Green, who lives in Florida and New Jersey, had a difficult outcome after foot surgery. She was soon diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) and her pain shot up to a 9/10, making everyday living impossible and debilitating.

She was not willing to deal with side effects from painkillers, so she began to carefully research alternative pain solutions where she discovered Dr. Michael Cooney and Calmare Therapy.

After her series of 10 scrambler therapy treatments, performed by Dr. Cooney, she posted this message on her social media timeline:

“Foot update and public service announcement:
If you know anyone with neuropathy or other nerve diseases,
please read my story:

“I was legally separated from my air cast/ boot contraption in early April. Walking without the boot was like 100 snakes biting me with every step. I was referred to a pain management physician, who diagnosed RSD.

RSD is Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. This is an autoimmune disease that does not have a cure. Your brain is sending pain signals to the nerves in overload. It was a result of surgery, foreign body infection and the ensuing Bone Marrow Edema. The pain Dr prescribed Gabapenten and Tramadol. My pain level was very high. I picked up the meds and soon decided this was not the route I wanted to travel.

I did some research and found Calmare Therapy. I was lucky to find Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director of Calmare NJ. My first appointment, my pain level was about a 9. After 3 treatments I was around a 4. After 5 treatments my pain level was ZERO. I have remained at that level for almost 10 days from my 10 days of therapy.

I am walking almost normally and continue to wake up every morning with a happier spirit, knowing it will be pain free. I implore anyone in my situation or similar to give this treatment a try.

What is the price of joy, life and living? priceless!

Thank you to my husband for doing everything possible to support me and to my friends for your support and concern.

If anyone has questions about Calmare Therapy, send me a message. I am happy to share my experience. There is hope.

Dr. Cooney, I love you, but hope I never see you again! : )”

Would you like to learn more about Calmare Therapy, a drug-free treatment to combat chronic pain?

Call 201-933-4440  |  Email CalmareNJ@gmail.com  |  eCard (below)

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Ronald McDonald House Lodging Option for Pediatric Calmare NJ Patients

Updated June 27, 2016

By Barbara B., Office Manager, Calmare Therapy NJ USA 

Ronald McDonald HouseFamilies with children under the age of 21 traveling to New Jersey for Calmare Therapy may be able to stay at three Ronald McDonald homes located within commuting distance to our clinic in Rutherford, Bergen County.

We currently have a family staying at the residence in Long Branch, near the Jersey Shore, and they report the accommodations are warm, clean and very inviting.

Our clinic is located just 10 minutes from New York City so we have included a Manhattan location below as well:

LOCATIONS (3):

Rooms are offered on a first-come basis at no charge (a small donation of $10+ is requested).

New Brunswick Ronald McDonald House (30-minute drive to Calmare Therapy NJ)

145 Somerset Street | New Brunswick, NJ 08901 | PH: 732-249-1222

The home offers six themed bedrooms with private baths.

Long Branch Ronald McDonald House  – Jersey Shore (60-minute drive to Calmare Therapy NJ)

131 Bath Ave. | Long Branch, NJ 07740 | PH: 732-222-8755

The home offers eight themed bedrooms with private baths and a variety of recreational amenities.

New York City – Upper East Side of Manhattan (20- to 30-minutes by cab or public transportation to Calmare Therapy NJ)

405 E. 73rd Street | New York, NY 10021 | PH: 212-639-0100

The home offers private bedrooms, transportation services and additional on-site amenities.

There are several other lodging options near our clinic as well. Please refer to our Hotel and Travel Information page or call us directly at 201-933-4440 for more information.

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Pain Pathways Magazine Discusses Calmare Therapy Interview with Dr. Christo

May 24, 2016

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney

facebookI had the pleasure of appearing on Dr. Paul Christo’s popular radio program, Aches and Gains, to talk about our experiences using Calmare scrambler therapy to lessen or even eliminate several types of neuropathy. (The majority of patients we treat here in New Jersey are on the verge of giving up hope of finding a pain management solution).

On the program, I talked about why I found Calmare to be a revolutionary pain management option and which neuropathic conditions were particularly applicable for this type of therapy. Dr. Christo also interviewed a patient who had undergone scrambler therapy who described her firsthand experience before, during and after treatment.

Pain pathwaysRecently Pain Pathways Magazine, an outstanding print and electronic resource for anyone affected by pain, re-shared the Aches and Gains episode on their popular Facebook profile, inviting readers to listen to the podcast again:

PainPathways Magazine

Wondering about Calmare Therapy for pain relief?
Take 30 minutes and listen to this podcast from “Aches and Gains” with Dr. Paul Christo. He does a great job, along with his subject expert, of explaining this new treatment device.

If you are interested in learning more about the treatment, or my point of view about managing chronic pain, you may wish to listen.

Wishing you a low pain day.

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Calmare Therapy NJ to Sponsor 2016 RSDSA Achilles Walk in Central Park June 26

May 19, 2016

2016 Achilles Walk logoWe’re honored to be a sponsor at this year’s Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association’s (RSDSA) Achilles Walk on Sunday, June 26 in Central Park, New York City.

People from all around the globe come together in New York City’s scenic Central Park to recognize and combat CRPS in solidarity.

We’ve been Internet friends with so many RSDSA members and metro-NYC people batting RSD.

Our hope is to raise an astounding amount of money during the walk and finally meet some friends we’ve only known on Facebook!

Hope to see you there!

#CalmareNJCares

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Peggy Squashes RSD Hand Pain from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

May 12, 2016
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Our beloved Calmare scheduler and front desk administrator, Cathy (center) is shown with Peggy and her husband Tim who were with us for two weeks from New Mexico.

Since 2010, Peggy has been battling RSD in her left arm and hand after a carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosis.

She first came to us last October for 10-treatments and left pain-free for the first time in six years. Due to the severity and longevity of her RSD, low-grade pain returned this spring.

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Watch Peggy’s video diary here

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Before it could worsen, she and Tim came back for Calmare booster treatments, which may be needed if the pain returns.

Besides taking time to visit New York City (10 minutes from the office), they also ventured to Philly (under two hours) and Boston (about four hours) during their time here.

Peggy again achieved a pain-free state and is looking forward to heading back to their ranch with full use of her hand and arm.

As time goes on, patients who require scrambler therapy boosters generally need them less frequently. Some patients require only a single 35-minute booster treatment, while other need more sessions.

Are you battling carpal tunnel syndrome or another chronic pain condition?

Our Calmare Therapy team here in New Jersey would be happy to discuss our program and learn more about your medical history and pain management goals. Call us at 201-933-4440, email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com or complete the Information E-card below:

 

 

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Caterpillar Walk 2016 for Fibromyalgia in NYC

Caterpillar event_2_2016May 10, 2016

On Saturday, May 7, I had the honor and privilege to be part of the annual Caterpillar Walk for fibromyalgia held at Hudson River Park in Manhattan.Dr. Cooney_Caterpillar Walk 2016

I met so many inspiring people and families who have been affected by this “silent” disease.

It was an amazing day for me personally. When so many people fighting the same battle came together, we felt powerful, not debilitated.

As you’ll see in the coming weeks, we are achieving very positive outcomes with our patients battling FMS and the volume of patients we are treating with this disease is increasing every week.

Best of all, we are achieving these outcomes without any opioid use.

Thank you to the incredible event organizer, Milly Velez, along with her wonderful family and roster of co-workers, who organized an outstanding event that will contribute funds raised to families affected by this disease.

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