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Calmare Therapy: Overcoming Chronic Pain Side Effects

The video you are about to see below was filmed by Megan in her New Jersey hotel room during her stay at Calmare Therapy NJ USA in July 2019.

She filmed her ‘before and after’ Calmare scrambler therapy treatments on her own accord and was not paid or influenced by our pain management team to do so.

Background on Megan’s Long-Term Battle with CRPS

Megan came to Calmare Therapy NJ USA from Australia in 2016 after being severely debilitated by neuropathic pain symptoms as a result of a five-year battle with medication and treatment-resistant neuropathy.

“When I arrived in New Jersey, I was in a wheelchair, unable to walk, stand or sit unsupported. My speech was affected and I had a bad stutter and slur when attempted.

My cognitive function deteriorated until I could no longer follow even a basic conversation or have an understanding of what was going on around me,” Megan wrote after her therapy.

“I had a constant tremor throughout my body and violent twitches which resemble seizures. I was in constant pain in my joints and having burning headaches at the base of my skull and back of my head that would incapacitate me further.

I was unable to do any regular daily activities such as showering, dressing, food preparation etc.”

Megan’s family discovered Dr. Michael Cooney’s use of Calmare Therapy to overcome chronic pain and they made the Herculean trip from Australia to New Jersey USA to try the treatments.

Eleven Scrambler Therapy Treatments Later (2016)

“I started feeling some of the benefits of the Calmare treatment after the first week. My pain was steadily decreasing, my ability to walk short distances was improving, my cognitive function was increasing, I only had one headache in the whole two weeks I was in New Jersey and it was more easily relieved than ever before.”

14 Months After Scrambler Therapy

August 2017 | Australia

“I just wanted to share the news that I’m finally back on road at work as a Paramedic here in Australia! I wouldn’t have gotten this far if it wasn’t for your help and support and the magical Calmare, and I wanted to say Thank You.

You really did save my life as I was in a very dark place before coming to the USA. I don’t think I would have been able to keep pushing through each day if I hadn’t had the amazing level of improvement I gained from your therapy.

You all also gave my mother and I a level of emotional support we had never received before, and we will always be thankful for that too. It has still been a long and frustrating battle to get me back to a level of normality, but it’s been worth it. My family has finally been able to relax; my parents even went on a holiday! And I can finally start being in my 20’s instead of my 80’s! 😀”

Three Years After Calmare Therapy

In mid-2018, Megan’s chronic pain began to steadily increase again. When the pain threatened her neurological skills and her mobility was regressing, she took the 24-hour trek from Australia to undergo 10 Calmare treatments again.

The first 3-4 treatments did not result in any marked improvement, as you’ll see on the video Megan made from her hotel room.

Undeterred, Dr. Michael Cooney persisted.

With Megan’s tenacity in full swing, treatment number 5 resulted in a pain level decrease.

Every treatment thereafter resulted in marked improvement in Megan’s speech, finger extension and reduction in leg spasms.

Thank you, Megan, for candidly sharing your ‘before and after’ Calmare treatments. We are most grateful for your generosity.

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Pain Warriors Make Friends at Calmare Therapy NJ USA

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August 8, 2019

It’s been mighty quiet around here since these two CRPS warriors left the building.

Laurie, left, from the west coast, was here for Calmare booster treatments and met new patient Megan from Calgary, who treated after her each day.

So great when our patients can meet others waging the same war.

We just wanted to remind any readers who visit our site that there are other people in the world fighting the same war.

Don’t give up hope finding pain relief.

Keep reading, keep calling.

Find a group of like-minded warriors.

Most importantly, remember that you are never alone in this battle.


To find out if Calmare scrambler therapy may be a via pain management solution to defeat your medication or treatment-resistant chronic pain, call our New Jersey clinic, located 15 minutes outside New York City, at 201-933-4440 to speak with our clinical director about your medical history and your case.

If you prefer to email us, reach out privately at info@calmaretherapynj.com.

 

 

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5-Star Review from a Calmare Patient’s Mother

July 23, 2019

new treatment for crps

We’re in the midst of a very busy week, but we always start our day by checking email and social media profiles to see how our patients are doing post-treatment.

This morning, we were delighted to receive a 5-star Facebook review from the mother of a patient from Canada who just completed her Calmare treatments with us to combat a 4-year battle against CRPS.

Dr. Cooney loves this image with Megan and we are proud to share her mother’s review:

“Dr. Cooney just gave our daughter her life back after four years of intense suffering in her right foot with CRPS.

She started her treatment with a pain level of 9/10 and seven treatments later she was at a zero!!

We cannot thank this amazing, kind wonderful man enough!!!

Dr. Cooney will forever hold a huge part of our hearts.”

Nathalie M.

Dr. Michael Cooney obtained specialized training to use the Calmare MC-5A scrambler therapy device in 2010 and began treating his medication and therapy-resistant patients with chronic nerve pain in 2011.

Today, he has helped relieve advanced neuropathy in more than 1,000 patients who travel to Rutherford, New Jersey for his personalized treatment.

We invite to you read our Patient Case Studies page to review patient experiences.

Should you wish to speak via phone or video chat directly with Dr. Cooney about your chronic pain condition, call our clinic at 201.933.4440, email us privately at info@calmaretherapynj.com or complete the card below and Dr. Cooney will reach out to you directly.

Wishing you a low pain day.

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Natalie Overcomes CRPS Symptoms with Calmare Pain Therapy

July 19, 2019

Twenty-year old Natalie from New York was diagnosed with CRPS after an ankle sprain seven months ago.

What began as ankle pain steadily spread to chronic nerve pain throughout her entire leg.

As a result, she walked with a limp and was only able to wear sneakers.

As her condition spread, she underwent an aggressive regime of pain management efforts, which she describes in the video below.

Her pain continued, unrelently.

Natalie’s mother refused to give up.

She took to the internet in search of alternative medicine options which were drug-free and offered positive patient outcomes.

While searching ‘CRPS treatment,’ she came across an article by our clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney, and consulted with him by phone with Natalie.

Natalie describes her outcome after 10 scrambler therapy treatments in this video.

To learn more about Calmare scrambler therapy, call our pain management clinic at (201) 933-4440. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Two Calmare Booster Treatments Eliminate Teen’s CRPS Pain Recurrence

June 10, 2019

Calmare reduces chronic pain

Seventeen-year-old Gizzelle arrived at our New Jersey clinic in September 2018 unable to walk due to severe pain caused by CRPS in her left leg.

After she underwent 10 Calmare scrambler therapy treatments over the course of two weeks, we were elated to watch her walk out of our clinic, unassisted.

In June, to offset a recent increase in pain, she returned over the weekend to undergo two booster treatments, one Saturday and one Sunday, leaving us pain-free once again.

She and her parent headed back to Virginia immediately so she could return to school on Monday morning to complete her final exams.

Ronald McDonald HouseGizzelle’s family was able to lodge at the Ronald McDonald House for children and young adults under the age of 21 at a very affordable rate.

What are Calmare Booster Treatments?

Depending on the severity of the original chronic nerve pain condition–and the length of time the patient has been experiencing neuropathy–periodic booster treatments may be required to combat any return of pain after the initial protocol of 10 treatments.

The length of time between the first course of treatment and any potential need for follow-up boosters can be months or several years.

In more advanced stages of prolonged or severe neuropathy, a single or series of boosters can be extremely useful against an elevation in pain.

Booster treatments can be as few as a single session to as many as 10, which will be mutually determined after a physical examination by our clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney, in cooperation with the patient/family if the patient is under age 18.

Learn more about Calmare NJ USA Booster Therapy

 

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MD Anderson Doctor Supports Scrambler Therapy for Chronic Pain

May 20, 2019

We are elated to see an increase in the US’s most prestigious hospitals reporting about the substantial pain relief benefits by helping people with chronic pain using Calmare scrambler therapy.

Dr. Salahadin Abdi, Ph.D, MD, Department of Pain Medicine, Division of Anesthesiology, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center and tenured professor at University of Texas, recently shared his insight about the hospital’s use of scrambler therapy to lessen chronic nerve pain as a result of cancer and cancer treatment (CIPN):

Learn more about how Calmare Therapy NJ USA clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney, has used scrambler therapy to treat chronic pain after chemotherapy, CRPS, PHN / Shingles nerve damage, post-surgical pain, diabetes pain in the lower legs and feet, fibromyalgia and other neuropathic pain conditions.

Medical Conditions Suitable for Calmare Therapy

To determine if Calmare is a viable solution to lessen or eliminate your treatment and medication-resistant chronic nerve pain, tell us about your case by emailing us at info@calmaretherapynj.com or call (201) 933-4440.

 

 

 

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CRPS Warrior Details Her Calmare Therapy Experience

May 3, 2019

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We were delighted to receive this post-treatment update from our 47-year old female patient who battled complex regional pain syndrome after an injury to her foot in 2017.

Deryn was prescribed a battery of prescription pain medications, ranging from Cymbalta to Gabapentin, which she relied on to achieve (restricted) function of her leg and foot.

Virginia Woman Recounts Her Post-Calmare Treatment Pain Relief

“I received your email last week about your 9-year anniversary treating patients with Calmare Therapy. I just wanted to share with you that I am yet another one of your success stories and so happy to share this with you!

I came to you last April to reduce my pain from CRPS from a minor foot injury.

After:

  • Going to physical therapy 2-3 times a week for a year
  • Receiving 18 nerve blocks (1 of which caused a seizure)
  • Trying numerous medical laser treatments
  • Attempting hypnosis from a psychologist
  • Visiting many different doctors
  • Taking a plethora of pain management medications with many awful side effects

I ultimately reduced my pain from a 10/10 to about a 6 or 7/10 on the pain scale.

I had previously been on crutches and unable to walk independently due to severe pain and muscle atrophy, but these assorted treatments allowed me to walk again.

Traditional Chronic Pain Medications & Therapies Fail

However, I was still not functioning well due to extreme pain and could not bear weight for any extended period of time.

My husband and I were always researching CRPS and various treatment methods. He had come across Calmare Therapy, but I was skeptical and hesitant to try it.

After we felt like we had exhausted all options, we realized this was something worth trying.

We were fortunate to get our health insurance to cover the treatment as in-network since it was not offered anywhere in our geographic region.

Waiting for the Pain Medications to Loosen Their Grip

After two weeks of scrambler therapy, I did have some pain relief, but was a little disappointed because I did not see nearly as much improvement in my pain compared to other patients I met while I was there.

However, I was also still weaning off all the pain medications (and also very sick from that) which may have interfered with the full effectiveness of the treatment.

But once I returned home, the success of the treatment became more apparent as time went by–

About two weeks later,  I felt significant improvement. I was very pleased because I realized that my pain had decreased AND I was off all my medications.

Calmare Booster Therapy Further Reduces Pain Level

In July I decided to return for a week of Calmare booster treatments, as I realized that it probably would work better now that I was fully off the medications.

Once again, about two weeks after returning home, the pain continued to decrease.

As the months have gone by, I continued to see significant gradual improvements.

A year later, I now fluctuate between a 0-2 on the pain scale and sometimes even have full days of no pain!

I feel so fortunate to have found you and your practice and can’t even express in words how appreciative I am to have come to you for help!

You and your staff were very supportive and experienced.

Like so many of your other patients, you have given me a much higher quality of life!

THANK YOU and keep up the great work in the chronic pain community.

With deepest gratitude,

Deryn Feria”

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Calmare Therapy: Opioid-Free Neuropathic Pain Relief

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April 24, 2019

2019 Scrambler Therapy Pain Management Update

By Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director, Calmare Therapy NJ USA

In 2010, as I obtained the professional training to use the Calmare MC-5A device, I grew more excited about using technology to deliver pain relief to my patients without the need for any prescription drugs.

Nine years later, I’d like to offer an update about the progress we have made helping people reduce or even eliminate treatment- and medication-resistant chronic pain.

Those of us who work in pain management were not surprised to see the eventual explosion of the opioid crisis.  My healthcare specialty as a doctor of chiropractic requires using drug-free techniques to minimize and eliminate pain.

Calmare scrambler is a remarkable pain management therapy for several reasons, including the fact that it can be used to combat several types of chronic nerve pain (neuropathy), including chemotherapy treatments (CIPN), Shingles (PHN), diabetes, post-surgical pain and unexplained nerve pain.

How Calmare Can Lessen Severe Pain for CRPS Sufferers

What I did not foresee was the vast community of CRPS sufferers who had tried a myriad of medications, painful procedures, surgeries, treatments– and were still left with debilitating pain.

I’m often asked why scrambler therapy is one treatment that can significantly reduce CRPS pain and physical symptoms:

  • Allodynia
  • Skin lesions that will not close/heal
  • Hair loss
  • Skin discoloration

After treating more than 1,000 patients, over the past nine years, it is apparent to me that CRPS /RSD is a unique communication between local skin tissue and the pain center of the brain.

How Calmare Therapy Works

The Calmare MC-5A device scrambles this misfiring pain message/signal–which says there is pain—when, in fact, there is not.

After the technology scrambles this misfiring message over a series of daily treatments for a period of two weeks, in most cases, the brain’s misfiring message ceases and pain is eliminated.

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

Essentially, the scrambler machine “overrides” the brain’s confused message and corrects it to the ‘no pain here” message.

Keep in mind, the brain can send this faulty pain message to any region of the body—even a location which never sustained any kind of injury.

There is, in fact, no physiological reason for the pain.

As a comparison, phantom limb pain can result when a person who has undergone an amputation still feels significant pain in the part of the body which has been amputated.

Calmare is a ‘Provider-Dependent’ pain therapy.

Therefore, it is essential to confirm your provider’s expertise

and measurable success treatment your type of neuropathy.

Calmare Clinical Trial Success: Mayo Clinic

Dr. Charles L. Loprinzi, who was interviewed in January 2016 after leading his own successful Calmare clinical trial for the Mayo Clinic, explains,

TENS (a self-administered tens unit) is thought to work through the gateway theory of temporary pain relief, whereby normal touch sensations blocks pain sensations.

But scrambler therapy, on the other hand, provides ‘no-pain’ electrical information via nerves which have received transmissions of chronic pain information.”

Dr. Loprinzi said that through a process called ‘plasticity,’ the brain is ‘retrained’ and will no longer register a pain sensation in the affected area.

To date, there are at least 20 published reports on scrambler therapy that included results involving close to 1,000 patients in total.

These reports include clinical practice summaries, prospective non-randomized clinical trials and randomized controlled trials, including two trials that sought to double-blind patients and investigators.

Mayo Clinic Calmare Trial Patient Story: “Side-Lined No More”

Post-Clinical Trial Interview with Dr. Loprinzi

Calmare Case Studies

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With patients’ permission, we regularly share their outcomes on our website. I’d like to share a few of our successful patient outcomes in the past year:

Peter Hinninger – New Jersey, USA

CRPS for 17 Years

For 17 long years, Peter tried every medication and every treatment, including a spinal cord stimulator (neuromodulation or SCS) to lessen his chronic pain.

Still, his pain level hovered around a consistent 7-8 on the Pain Scale.

After the completion of the standard 10-treatment therapy, we both teared up when he realized he was pain-free for the first time in more than a decade.

Peter and his long-time partner co-wrote a book detailing his Calmare Therapy treatment experience.

 

 

pediatric chronic pain patient
Cara adds a pin to Scotland on the Calmare patient map. (April 2018)

Cara – Scotland

Pediatric CRPS

Young teenager Cara from the UK underwent several therapies and pain management medications to lessen her neuropathy. She was still left in pain throughout much of her body.

Ultimately, her family elected to seek an alternative medicine solution and chose to cross the pond to the U.S. so that Cara could be treated by our Calmare New Jersey team.

I’m delighted to report she sustained a terrific outcome. Best of all, she left smiling with her pain level down to a 1/10.

She and her mother tell her story here: https://calmaretherapynj.com/calmare-patient-testimonial/cara-scotland-pediatric-crps/

Tonya Schuler – West Virginia, USA

CRPS after Carpal Tunnel Surgery

“When my pain management doctor told me a spinal cord stimulator (SCS) was the final treatment option, I knew I had to take matters into my own hands and reach out to the chronic pain community for a less invasive option,” Tonya explains.

After her routine hand and wrist surgery, the chronic pain started in one hand and soon spread to the other. As the condition worsened, the chronic nerve pain spread to her neck, back and stomach.

Tonya tells her personal story after undergoing Calmare Therapy:

Hope, Fortitude, Tenacity, Sheer Determination

You can read or watch more of our patient stories, most of whom arrived at our clinic bearing the weight of daily pain that made work, school–even socializing or taking a walk in the park–impossible.

They courageously tried invasive pain relief procedures and side-effect-laden painkillers and opioids without success, up to the day they arrived at our clinic.

Not surprisingly, many new patients arrive at our clinic skeptical and dejected.

Who could blame them?

But they all had one key attribute that remained steadfast–regardless of all the treatment disappointments.

Hope.

And we were honored that they mustered the remarkable fortitude to try (one more time) to mitigate their pain and regain their quality of life.

Providing Pain Relief to Children, Teens, Adults and Seniors

Eight years after introducing scrambler therapy to our clinic, I have treated children, teens, parents, and grandparents, most of whom are living pain levels from 8-10 every day.

In 2019, Calmare is now the only pain relief therapy we offer here in our NJ clinic.

After 10 daily treatment sessions, lasting about 35-minutes each, more than seven in 10 patients achieve a pain-free state or a reduction in pain to the degree that enables them to resume a pleasurable quality of life.

Why do 30 percent not achieve pain relief?

Sometimes they have additional health issues which interfere with treatment, sometimes they are non-compliant after therapy, and sometimes we just don’t know why Calmare did not lessen their pain, unfortunately.

In this era of failed opioid pain relief and increasing difficulty obtaining medication for chronic pain, people in pain are seeking drug-free options to lessen pain.

Nine years since first introducing Calmare scrambler therapy, I have never felt more assured that this treatment can dramatically elevate the quality of life for people living with chronic pain.

Dr. Michael Cooney is one of seven certified Calmare providers in the U.S. His clinic is located just outside New York City. He is a professionally certified chiropractor who has been treating severe acute and chronic pain conditions for more than 35 years.

After introducing Calmare Therapy in 2011, he soon began helping people with treatment-resistant neuropathy from as far away as South America, South Africa, Australia and Europe.

Dr. Cooney offers complimentary phone or video chat consultations with people from outside the U.S. To learn more, visit www.calmaretherapynj.com email info@calmaretherapynj.com or call 201.933.4440.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CLINICAL TRIAL: Arachnoiditis Nerve Pain Relief

April 12, 2019

2019 CLINICAL TRIAL – DIAGNOSED ARACHNOIDITIS PATIENTS

Study

Calmare Therapy NJ USA (Scrambler Therapy) to Treat Diagnosed Cases of Arachnoiditis to Reduce Chronic Neuropathic Pain Symptoms

Phase

Pilot

What is Arachnoiditis?

Arachnoiditis is a chronic pain disorder caused by the inflammation of the arachnoid membrane and subarachnoid space that surround the nerves of the spinal cord. The inflammation can cause the meninges to adhere to the spinal cord and nerve roots.

Because the nerve roots are affected, symptoms such as numbness, tingling, and burning pain are often felt in the lower back or legs.

Severe cases of arachnoiditis can result in the loss of motor function, loss of bladder and bowel control and even paralysis.

Arachnoiditis can arise from infection, direct spinal injury, and chronic compression of the spinal nerves or invasive spinal surgeries.

Study Conducted by

Dr. Michael J. Cooney
Calmare Therapy NJ USA

Location

Rutherford, NJ (10 miles from New York City)

Study Start Date

May 13 – 24, 2019

Details

Calmare Therapy NJ USA is one of only seven Calmare Certified providers of scrambler therapy, an FDA-cleared, non-invasive, pain-free, drug-free technology to treat patients suffering from several types of long-term, high-intensity pain.

Scope of May 2019 Calmare Study

We are conducting a free, 10-treatment (one 35-minute daily therapy session) clinical trial study for pre-qualified patients suffering from diagnosed Arachnoiditis to determine the efficacy of scrambler therapy as a viable treatment solution for condition-induced neuropathy.

Eligibility Criteria

Pre-approved study patients must be available to undergo a protocol of 10 treatments once per day. There is no charge for the series of 10 treatments.

Travel, daily transportation, meals and accommodations are not covered for this trial

Informed Consent

People who agree to take part in the study are asked to sign an Informed Consent Form. However, signing the form does not mean approved trial participants must stay in the study for the duration. Volunteer participants can leave the study at any time—either before the study starts or at any time during the study or the follow-up period.

The informed consent process continues throughout the study. If new benefits, risks, or side effects are discovered during the study, clinical trial researchers will; inform the participants.

To Apply  |  Contact Us  |  For More Information

To find out more and determine if you qualify for the no-cost study, please contact for a phone consultation or email us at info@calmaretherapynj.com

Dr. Michael Cooney
Clinical Director
Calmare Therapy NJ USA
(201) 933.4440 | calmaretherapynj.com

 

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