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Questions to Ask Your New Pain Management Provider

By Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director

During the course of your life, you may experience chronic pain, which is generally described as consistent pain lasting for at least three months. The neuropathy may result from an injury; side effect from a chronic disease treatment for a condition, such as chemotherapy; or simply wear and tear on an aging body.

Regardless, choosing a pain management provider requires special preparation to find the right doctor to relieve your pain and achieve your desired outcome.

Unlike a broken arm or a case of shingles, neuropathy can’t be observed with the naked eye. Therefore, it is essential for the patient to be able to describe their pain, including the level of pain, based upon a verbal conversation.

Dependent on how long you have lived with long-term pain, it is important to clearly delineate your treatment goals—

  • Do you want to eliminate the need for prescription pain medications or invasive therapies?
  • Do you want to be completely pain-free, or would you be satisfied if your pain level remained under 3/10?
  • Do you want to alleviate a need for mobility devices?
  • Is your goal to return to work full-time or attend school?

Once you have stated your pain therapy goals, the next step is to determine if the doctor has the tools and mindset to lessen or eliminate your pain successfully.

Doctors who treat neuropathic pain generally specialize in a specific sub-specialty such as pediatrics, orthopedics, gastroenterology, psychiatry, neurology, geriatric care or rheumatology, for example.

I was a clinical chiropractor for 30+ years before administering Calmare scrambler therapy exclusively at my New Jersey clinic.

For me, working with the body’s central nervous system for three decades served as an essential skill in optimally placing the leads required for successful scrambler therapy outcomes.

With the explosion of opioid abuse over the past decade, just prescribing pain medications to people with chronic pain is no longer a long-term solution to managing pain for most people.

I have been a strong believer that medications are not usually required to overcome pain throughout my career.

Calmare is a Provider-Dependent Therapy – Know Your Provider!

Ask how frequently the doctor treats people with your specific medical condition/s and describe the overall success rate (pain elimination or significant reduction).

In our practice, we have a list of patient volunteers who are willing to speak with potential patients about their Calmare scrambler therapy treatment experiences.

Note: I’d like to thank our Calmare patients and chronic pain friends on Facebook who contributed their firsthand input to these questions below:

  1. Do you regularly treat patients with my condition? If not, how many patients have you treated with my condition and what was the outcome for the majority?
  2. What is your area of medical specialty in treating nerve pain?
  3. Can you offer a typical outcome for patients with my condition and pain level?
  4.  What percentage of your patients experience a significant reduction in pain within six months?
  5. For my condition, what are the most common treatment protocols you prescribe, starting with the least invasive?
  6. Do you feel pain medication is the primary treatment plan for me? Why?
  7. Do you support alternative pain therapies and, if so, can you describe them?
  8. Based upon your expertise, what do you project my ‘best-case outcome may be?

Remember, the doctor works for you and is being paid to provide you with healthcare that will make you feel healthier, less pain and improve your quality of life. This is a tall order that will require a significant commitment.

Ensure that you are working with a care provider you believe is best suited to meet your needs and health goals.

Meet other people like you who have undergone Calmare Therapy in NJ

Calmare scrambler therapy is not right for everyone experiencing neuropathic pain; after a clinical consultation (sometimes performed by phone for clients residing outside of our metro New York City geographic area and out of country patients), we will not recommend this therapy for you if Dr. Cooney does not feel there is a strong possibility for significant pain relief, elimination of pain, markedly improved mobility or a significant improvement in quality of life.

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Calmare Therapy Ends Child’s CRPS Chronic Pain

February 11, 2021

Ten-year-old Zion experienced a fall in 2019, resulting in chronic pain in his hand, arm and eventually his upper back.

After endless pediatric pain management consultations and a plethora of lab tests, he was eventually diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

Zion’s mother, Laura, was told by pediatricians and neuropathic pain specialists that her son would require daily pain medication and live with some degree of pain for the rest of his life.

Laura refused to accept this future for her young son and began researching alternative treatments for Zion’s pediatric CRPS.

She discovered Dr. Michael Cooney and Calmare Therapy on a Facebook group for parents of children living with chronic pain.

Meet Laura and Zion in the video below:

Zion and his mother arrived in New Jersey from Florida in January 2021; upon arrival the young boy presented with these symptoms:

  • Chronic pain level ranging from 5 – 9/10
  • Allodynia
  • Skin discoloration
  • Burning and extreme sensitivity
  • Intermittent hand numbness

After 10 Calmare treatments, performed one-time daily, Zion was pain-free and his physical symptoms were visibly resolved.

Meet more children who have defeated chronic pain with Calmare Therapy:  https://calmaretherapynj.com/chronic-pain-conditions/pediatric-chronic-pain/

Calmare scrambler therapy is an ideal pain management treatment for children battling chronic pain:

• No medication
• Non-Invasive
• Painless treatment
• No side effects
• FDA-cleared

Clinical Director Dr. Michael Cooney has been performing Calmare Therapy for children, teens, adults and seniors since 2011.

He is one of only seven Certified Calmare providers in the US and frequently acts as a trainer for new doctors introducing this alternative treatment to their pain management protocols.

To determine if Calmare might be right to help overcome your chronic nerve pain, call our New Jersey-based clinic at (201) 933-4440 or email us privately at info@calmaretherapynj.com about your chronic pain condition.

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Free Calmare NJ Consultation and Treatment Nov. – Dec. 2020

New patients receive one 35-minute treatment at no charge

People seeking pain relief for medication and treatment-resistant chronic nerve pain will receive a first-time-ever free Calmare Therapy®  treatment, if they undergo the 10-treatment therapy protocol during Nov. – Dec. 2020.

“We hope this savings will help children, teens, adults and seniors make the decision to try an alternative therapy to reduce or eliminate their chronic nerve pain,” says Calmare NJ USA clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney.

In addition, new patients also receive a pre-treatment consultation, either by phone or in-person. During this discussion, patients have a firsthand opportunity to ask questions about scrambler therapy, including the customized treatment strategy for the placement of each Calmare lead.

Calmare Therapy (scrambler therapy) is an FDA-cleared alternative pain management therapy to lessen or reduce medication and treatment-resident chronic pain for children (age 10+), adolescents, adults and seniors.

The therapy is a non-invasive, painless treatment that is drug-free and has no side effects.

Regardless of pain level and physical symptoms, several neuropathic conditions can be significantly reduced—or even alleviated—after a series of 10 Calmare treatments, once per day.

Since 2011, Dr.  Cooney has personally treated more than 1,000 patients from the U.S. and around the world suffering from chronic, high-intensity neuropathic pain.

He is one of only seven Certified Calmare doctors in the United States (2020).

Why Calmare is a radically different pain treatment

Calmare is a new therapy for chronic pain

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.”

That’s where the scrambler device comes in. Using several small electrodes (think an EKG) carefully placed in the region of the injury, the technology sends a mild “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.

How Do I Set-Up My Calmare consultation?

Potential scrambler therapy patients should follow these four easy steps below: (feel free to reach out to us with questions!):

  1.  Review the Calmare NJ USA website to understand how scrambler therapy can relieve severe chronic nerve pain.
  2. Read or watch a few video testimonials by more than 75 patients who have shared their Calmare NJ USA treatment experiences on our Case Studies page and our YouTube channel.
  3. Contact the Calmare NJ USA clinic to schedule your in-person (we follow CDC guidelines for COVID-19 safety precautions) video or phone consultation. During this you will speak personally with Dr. Cooney about your medical history, previous pain relief efforts, current medication use and your pain management goals.
  4. If you and Dr. Cooney mutually agree to proceed with treatment, your 10-day therapy cycle will be scheduled, beginning on a Monday, and held at the same time each day, for two weeks (10 business days).

For questions, please email our Calmare team at info@calmaretherapynj.com or call our clinic directly at (201) 933-4440.

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Real Men Have Chronic Pain Too

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June is Men’s Health Month, and an ideal time for us to highlight that countless men of all ages also battle chronic pain.

Too many guys think they have to ‘tough it out’ and suffer in silence, often for years.

Since we began offering Calmare scrambler therapy in 2011, we have treated males with chronic pain as a result of injury, surgery or medical condition from ages 11 to nearly 80.

We’ve treated many men who lived with neuropathy for years, believing they could ‘fight through the pain’ or that it would eventually become more manageable.

Unfortunately, neuropathy is not acute, like a cold, and it will not naturally resolve itself over time.

From our clinical experience, the longer one lives with chronic pain, or it is left untreated, the more prolonged the pain management process (pain alleviation) can be.

Clinical studies have also found that men with chronic pain tend to battle depression and anxiety issues.

Find out why Calmare booster therapy can help severe chronic pain sufferers

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Robert Vaughn adds his pin to the Calmare NJ USA patient map. May 2018

If you’re a male and plagued by chronic nerve pain, first and foremost, you are not alone.

Secondly, contact your healthcare provider to discuss pharmaceutical and other pain management therapy options.

Emphasize that you are seeking non-invasive pain treatment options first. If your pain level is manageable,  you may wish to forego pain medication.

Monitor your results and speak up promptly if you don’t experience pain relief or have adverse side effects to the medication or treatment protocol.

If traditional medication and pain therapy has not lessened or resolved your pain, please feel free to reach out to me personally to discuss your case.

Calmare Therapy is FDA-cleared, drug-free, has no side effects and is painless to undergo.

In the meantime, meet some of the men we have helped overcome their debilitating pain, once and for all:

Paul Ellis, Queensland Australia

Austin, age 18, Arizona (left)

Robert, Georgia

Joe, New York 

Ari, New York

Complete the Contact Me card below, email us privately at info@calmaretherapynj.com, or call our clinic, located in Rutherford, Bergen County, NJ, 15 minutes outside New York City, at (201) 933-4440. 

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Free Virtual Pain Management Consults with Dr. Michael Cooney

March 31, 2020

Dr. Cooney specializes in alternative therapies to help people with medication- and treatment-resistant chronic nerve pain.

During our global confinement due to COVID-19, the healthcare community must nonetheless reach out to the community to offer guidance, advice and support.

Calmare Therapy NJ USA is continuing the fight against chronic pain.

Beginning Wednesday, April 1, 2020, Dr. Michael J. Cooney, clinical director at Calmare NJ (est. 2011) and a chiropractor with more than 40 years of clinical pain management expertise, will offer virtual, no-fee consultations with people batting treatment and medication-resident neuropathic pain around the world.

The doctor will be available to answer questions and suggest non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical alternative options to help lessen chronic nerve pain, based upon the information provided by the caller.

“During this unprecedented time, I am happy to use my expertise to offer non-invasive, drug-free pain management options for parents of children and teens, as well as adults and seniors with diagnosed neuropathy,” says Dr. Cooney.

He will also answer questions about the viability of Calmare scrambler therapy to people with chronic pain and make Patient-2-Patient referrals upon request.

Since Calmare NJ USA treats patients from around the world, international consultations are also welcomed (English only).

How to schedule your live consultation with Dr. Michael Cooney

Consultations are every Wednesday from 1 to 3 pm EDT (New York/USA) beginning April 1, 2020.

Length of consultation

20 minutes (average) in order to accommodate as many callers as possible.

Scheduling

Please email info@calmaretherapynj.com to reserve your requested date and specify your preferred time.

Please feel free to offer any helpful background about your medical history and any specific questions you may have. This is not required, but will help Dr. Cooney to optimally prepare for your discussion.

Virtual Consultation Dial-In Information

  • Cooney will accept your incoming call via the Facetime, WhatsApp or direct phone dial-in.
  • We will provide the number you should call when your consultation is confirmed, based upon which communication option you prefer.
  • NOTE: You will direct-dial to Dr. Cooney; he will not contact you.

For questions, please call the clinic at (201) 933-4440 or email us at info@calmaretherapynj.com.

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Dr. Michael Cooney Explains Calmare Scrambler Therapy on Mind Body Radio

January 13, 2020

Click to listen to the interview (January 2, 2020)

I was honored to be interviewed by Chris Sawyer on Mind Body Radio recently, discussing the merits of drug-free Calmare therapy.

Listen to the Mind Body Radio interview with Dr. Cooney here

What You Won’t Get with Calmare Therapy

Chris asked me all the right questions about scrambler therapy and we hope it highlights that pain management can be achieved without the use of:

  • medication
  • surgery
  • needles
  • invasive procedures

 

What is Calmare Therapy?

Is scrambler therapy right for my chronic nerve pain condition?

Calmare Therapy NJ USA Treats Chronic Pain Differently

The pain management crisis in healthcare has affected all of us.

We introduced Calmare Therapy at our New Jersey medical practice in 2011 precisely because pain medications and painful treatments don’t help many people relieve their neuropathies.

Free Consultation with Calmare’s Medical Director

If you are able to travel to New Jersey, USA, and would like to speak to me personally about your case, please reach out to our clinic at (201) 933-4440, email us at info@calmaretherapynj.com or complete the eCard below, and I’ll contact you by phone (or video chat if you are from outside the US).

I will reach out to you within 48 hours (not 48 days).

Wishing you a low-pain day,

Dr. Cooney

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Electrician Chooses Calmare Over Ketamine and Spinal Stimulator for Chronic Pain

December 17, 2019

After seven unsuccessful surgeries trying to lessen his post-surgical CRPS, pain management doctors eventually recommended Rob undergo Ketamine infusions or have a spinal cord stimulator implanted in his spine.

I’m honored to say this electrician said ‘no thanks’ to both options and chose Calmare Therapy.

He shares his experience below:

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What is a ‘Provider Dependent’ Therapy?

October 23, 2019

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

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The ultimate success of your Calmare Therapy depends on several variables.

In my opinion, other than being correctly pre-qualified as a patient candidate, the doctor administering the scrambler therapy will have a critical impact on your overall pain management success.

Therefore, your Calmare provider must have extensive expertisetraining and clinical skill to accurately diagnose the precise location of the original pain site/s and set the MC-5A Calmare technology accurately to support pain relief.

Four key Calmare provider responsibilities:

  1. Strategically positioning each of the scrambler therapy leads on the patient in accordance with the original injury and current pain regions
  2. Setting, overseeing and adjusting the device settings during each of the 10 treatments
  3. Managing and responding to ongoing patient feedback
  4. Monitoring day-by-day pain management levels based on patient input.

 I will be your Calmare provider, 100 percent of the time, from start to finish ─ no assistants, no support staff. 

The placement of the leads (patches), attached to each of the algorithms, as you can see below, must be precisely positioned in order to successfully alleviate the nerve pain.

If these leads are placed in the wrong area, this lessens the overall capability of the Calmare MC-5A technology to optimally perform its job of lowering your pain and lessening any related physical symptoms.

As a Calmare provider since 2011, I have treated more than 1,000 patients from around the world–successfully.

I have also served as an expert Trainer for new doctors introducing Calmare.

This is a responsibility I take very seriously.

What to look for in your Calmare provider

Clinical Director Dr. Michael Cooney places the scrambler therapy leads on a CRPS patient.

The most experienced Calmare Therapy providers have received a careful review and on-site examination by the company’s administrators, who may or may not designate the top providers as Calmare Certified.

I strongly encourage you to seek out these providers for your therapy.

Secondly, ask the provider you are considering how many patients they have treated with your specific chronic pain condition ─ back and neck pain, post-surgical pain, RSD / CRPS / fibromyalgia, pain after chemotherapy, diabetic neuropathy, etc.

Your Calmare technology will be most successful when your chosen provider has advanced expertise in the placement of each lead.

Finally, peruse the internet and read reviews about the provider you are considering.

Get firsthand information about what scrambler therapy is really like by connecting directly with our previous patients.

Speak with Our Calmare Therapy Clients

At Calmare NJ USA, we offer an exclusive program called the Patient-2-Patient program, where you can be in contact with one of our previous patients who has a similar medical condition to your own.

Who better to share their Calmare treatment experiences than our own patients?

Anyone choosing Calmare should ensure the treatment is performed by a healthcare professional specially-trained in the diagnosis and treatment of several types of advanced neuropathy.

As a friendly reminder, I am happy to speak with people living with treatment-resistant chronic pain anytime. Feel free to call my office at (201) 933-4440 or email us at info@calmaretherapynj.com.

Wishing you and your loved ones a low pain day.

Dr. Michael Cooney

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Patient-2-Patient: Learn More About Calmare Therapy

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October 12, 2019

Who better to learn more about Calmare Therapy than someone like you who has already had the treatment?

Only at Calmare Therapy NJ USA, you can get firsthand information about what Calmare treatment is really like directly from other patients just like you!

How our Patient-2-Patient Experience Works

Patients Star and Kathryn meet at Calmare NJ. October 2019

Just fill out the info card below, and we’ll set up a time to talk with you about your chronic pain condition, your medical history and pain reduction goals.

After this (no cost) consultation by phone, if you wish to proceed and our clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney, determines you are a viable candidate for Calmare, we’ll reach out to our volunteer patient network to find someone who has a medical condition very similar to yours.

(Calmare volunteers are not compensated for their time).

By phone, email or other private social media resource, you can talk about your concerns, ask questions, get informed.

It’s that simple.

More than 80 percent of the patients we have treated are
pain-free or have reduced the degree of their pain significantly.

Now these patients want to “pay-it-forward.”

Patient-2-Patient Volunteer Matt

How does scrambler therapy reduce pain and physical symptoms?

(Keep in mind, our P2P volunteers are not medical professionals and cannot offer any medical advise or opinions).

Next Step:

Call us at (201) 933-4440 or just complete the Information Form (below) and we’ll put you in touch with our clinical director, Michael J. Cooney, DC, who will talk with you about your medical history, medication usage and other therapies you have tried.

If you mutually determine you may respond positively to this therapy, we’ll put you in touch with one of our patients diagnosed with the same or similar medical condition.

Then you can find out, from an actual patient’s point-of-view, how Calmare may just change your life.

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