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Dr. Floyd Michel

Calmare Therapy producing strong outcomes for children and adolescent patients

By Dr. Floyd N. Michel, Jr.
Rutherford Allied Medical Group │ Calmare Therapy NJ

Youth is a powerful advantage when it comes to healing. Physiological processes and repair just work quicker and more efficiently in a young body, thus accelerating the healing process. An example of this can be found with our young RSD/RND patients with multi-extremity and spine pain who achieve rapid, whole-body relief by only treating their original injury site. We have treated patients as young as 12-years-old with successful outcomes. Click on Jamie’s image below to hear his mother, Joan, share her story:

 Children Living with Chronic Pain are Warriors

Mentally and emotionally, kids are fearless when it comes to facing pain head on and are often particularly well-versed about their specific medical condition. We have seen several teen patients who have been fighting the ravages of chronic pain for years, and yet, they don’t give up search for a solution. Amanda Davidson experienced severe RSD after lower extremity surgery. Prior to discovering Calmare Therapy, her pain was so debilitating that she was wheelchair-bound, at one point. Prior to coming to New Jersey, she and her mother, Jennifer, had traveled to the country’s top medical facilities seeking a solution, without success. Watch Amanda tell her experience here. 

 Parenting Children in Pain 

Finally, some parents can have a tendency to “over parent” a child suffering from chronic pain. They are frightened and desperate to help their children. As a result, this can often add additional stress for the patient. Parents should aggressively seek out the least invasive, most prudent solutions to help their child’s medical crisis. At the same time, it’s important to remember how desperately these special children just want to be treated like any other kid.

 About Dr. Michel

Dr. Floyd Michel, DC, has more than two decades of experience providing specialized chiropractic care for disorders of the spine and nervous system. He received his undergraduate degree from; served and was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps; and graduated from the Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, IA, in 1983. Dr. Michel is board-certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. He also completed several hours of postgraduate training in orthopedics at the National College of Chiropractic, Lombard, IL.

Calmare Therapy Booster Treatments

July 30, 2012

By Dr. Michael Cooney

For patients with medical conditions appropriate for Calmare Therapy, the standard treatment protocol is 10 consistent treatments over a two week period. Most of the time, each treatment lasts from 45 minutes to an hour, but every patient is unique.

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. Keep in mind, many of our patients never need further therapy but in RSD cases and other conditions resulting in long-term chronic pain, boosters can be extremely useful against any eventual elevation in pain.

The number of booster treatments required ranges from a single session to five or more treatments. Patients who experience a recurrence of pain should document when the pain returns, subsides and what environmental issues were involved (stress, weather conditions, excessive use of the affected area) or if there was no specific cause for the elevation of pain.

If you have additional questions about Calmare Therapy or booster treatments, please feel free to contact me directly at (201) 933 – 4440.

Recommended: “Life as a young adult with RSD / CRPS”

One of our patients established a well written and informative blog, Life as a Young Adult with RSD /CRPS. She started Calmare Therapy with us this week after interacting with us and our patients on Facebook. She is chronicling her Calmare experience on this blog and we’d like to share her most recent post. You can also subscribe to her blog to follow her progress.

Calmare Day 3 Update- A Fantastic Day!

So had session 3 today of calmare. It went really well. By the time i got home, my pain level was at about a 4 out of ten.  Keep in mind that’s after a long commute down the Jersey Turnpike. it remained that most of the day. It spiked a bit in my back when i lifted some heavy containers (stupid me!), but my legs remained at a 4! I took a shower tonight and i have to say it was probably the first time i actually enjoyed  a shower in at least a year! I could shave my legs and use shower gel on a poof and the water actually felt great! I’m very pleased with how much the sensitivity to touch has decreased! I didn’t expect that to happen! I was only expecting pain relief. In fact, it lowered the spiked back pain back to a four! Now its almost bedtime, my worst time and my pain’s at about a 5 out of ten. I’m really pleased! And i blowdryed and straightened my hair! I haven’t straightened my hair since the fall of 2011.

Philly Dad and Ohio Mom end their children’s RSD pain with Calmare

March 26, 2012

During the past month, we’ve met some remarkable patients from around the U.S. who have come here to Rutherford for Calmare Therapy. The past few years for the Bailor and Schmidt families have been fraught with worry, frustration and medical bills. Their children contracted reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) and their parents dedicated every available moment to finding a solution to end their children’s chronic pain.

Words cannot describe how gratifying and heartwarming it has been to see these children respond so positively to Calmare treatment. These wonderful kids went back home pain free (0 pain level)  and quickly stepped back into the lives they had left behind due to chronic RSD pain. Thank you to both families who so generously shared their personal stories with us.  They did so hoping that their stories would reach other parents in the same situation.

Kaitlyn Bailor – 16-years-old          J. Schmidt – 12-years old

Monmouth County doctor one of seven in U.S. to offer Calmare Therapy

Published in the Asbury Park Press 3/14/12:

North Carolina teenager and reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) patient Alden Dennis is shown with Dr. Floyd Michel at Rutherford Allied Medical Group in New Jersey.

NEW JERSEY─Rutherford Allied Medical Group is one of only seven certified providers of Calmare Pain Therapy in theU.S. and the only one in New Jersey. Calmare is an FDA-cleared, pain free, drug free, scrambler therapy to combat several types of chronic pain. It is performed through very low doses of electricity transmitted from electrodes through the skin to block pain signals from the brain. Over the past year, patients from as far away as Amsterdam, Africa, and across the U.S. have traveled to New Jersey for this treatment to relieve back and neck pain, RSD, fibromyalgia, diabetic neuropathy, post surgical pain, cancer and chemotherapy-induced neuropathy.

 “We sought out find a new solution for severe chronic pain to help our patients who did not respond to therapy or pain medications,” says Dr. Floyd Michel of Rutherford Allied Medical Group. Dr. Michel was surprised when patients began coming from around the country and outside theU.S.for Calmare Therapy.

“Several people in my online RSD support group started to rave about Calmare Therapy,” Laura Miller, a 24-year-old special education teacher says. “After enduring more than three years of unsuccessful therapies and debilitating pain pills, I knew I had to try it.” After eleven 45-minute treatments, Laura was able to walk barefoot and be pain-free for the first time since she was diagnosed with RSD and fibromyalgia in 2009. “I have my life back after so many years of living with pain every day.”

The Mayo Clinic, Massey Cancer Institute and University ofWisconsin are currently engaged in clinical trails of Calmare scrambler therapy. The U.S. Military began providing Calmare to treat wounded soldiers at its hospitals last year.

For more information, call Rutherford Allied Medical Group at (201) 933-4440.

Is Calmare Therapy right for your chronic pain condition?

In order for patients to achieve the most positive outcomes from any therapy, treatment or medication, the solution must be appropriate for the specific condition being treated. Calmare Therapy is beneficial for patients living with treatment-resistant neuropathic chronic pain for a year or more as a result of these types of conditions:

  • Chronic pain syndrome
  • Cancer-related neuropathy
  • Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN)
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Pain neuropathy
  • Radiating pain
  • Diabetic pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Chronic neck pain
  • Failed back surgery syndrome
  • Phantom limb syndrome
  • Sciatica

Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment® technology is FDA-cleared, non-invasive and pain-free. Unlike debilitating painkilling drugs, this therapy has no side effects. To learn more, tour our site and call (201) 933 – 4440 to learn more.

Chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) and Calmare Therapy

I’ve been asked on radio programs more than once about CIPN and how Calmare can help. There is no negating that chemo saves lives every day. But the treatment often takes a toll on the rest of the body. As a result, the patient can be dealing with a newly developed case of chronic pain. One of the root causes of this pain is a result of the toxicity of the heavy metals, Taxanes and Cisplatinin, particularly.

Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment has proven to be particularly effective in combating this chronic pain. My team and I spent years researching, interviewing and visiting manufacturers who produce technology to alleviate chronic pain. One of the decisive factors was a scientific report published last year by Thomas J. Smith, MD, Endowed Chair of Palliative Care Research and Medical Director of the Thomas Palliative Care Unit at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Massey Cancer Center.

The study, one of the first detailed studies conducted in the United States since FDA clearance, concluded, “Patient-specific cutaneous electrostimulation with the MC5-A Calmare device appears to dramatically reduce pain in refractory CIPN patients with no toxicity.” CIPN, a debilitating side effect for 30 – 40 percent of cancer patients, causes sharp ongoing pain in the hands and feet and affects an estimated four million cancer patients in the United States alone.

 Their specific findings:

  •  Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment relieved refractory (resistant) CIPN pain quickly and significantly, with virtually no side effects.
  • Patients experienced a 64% reduction in pain, on average.
  • Four of 16 patients had a complete disappearance of pain.
  • Some patients had return of complete or partial normal sensation and relief of numbness, as well as relief of pain.
  • Some pain relief is durable for months but may require re-treatment and maintenance.

For those of us with expertise in pain management, these data findings are both astounding and inspiring. If you or a loved one undergoing chemotherapy treatment would like more information, please feel free to contact me personally.

Dr. Cooney

Calmare can help treat Fibromyalgia

Sandy M. responded to one of our blog posts asking if Calmare might help relieve her fibromyalgia. We wanted to share our response to her–

Hi Sandy,
Thank you for your excellent question.
Yes, Calmare is definitely a viable option for your fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia can be classified under a broader heading, specifically, Chronic Pain Syndrome of unknown etiology (cause is not well understood). The basic premise behind Calmare therapy is to treat and ameliorate chronic pain, helping sufferer’s lower their dependence on pain meds, improve their mental outlook, and help regain varying degrees of activities of daily living.
If we can offer more information, please feel free to contact us directly in NJ at (201) 933-4440.
Wishing you good health,
Dr. Floyd Michel
Rutherford Allied Medical Group

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