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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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Watch Nearly 100 Calmare Patient Testimonials

December 15, 2020

By Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director

This time of year, I become rather sentimental, thinking about the previous 11 months and what we accomplished. Certainly, this year has been one for the record books (and not in a good way).

Remarkably, even since the onset of Covid-19 in March, we still welcomed new patients battling treatment-resistant chronic pain, who were determined to reach outside the confines of traditional pain management options (pain medications and invasive procedures) and traveled from around the country to undergo Calmare Therapy.

Masked, treating only one patient at a time, with family and friends waiting in their cars, we fired up the MC-5A Calmare device, and went to war, fighting chronic nerve pain as a result of disease or injury.

This week, I took a look at the Calmare YouTube channel for the first time in ages.

I was shocked by how many patient success stories we have posted since we introduced this little-known painless treatment for neuropathy back in 2011.

I lost count, but we are closing in on nearly 100 first-person patient reviews; I hope you will watch a few patient review videos to learn more about how Calmare works, especially if you are considering treatment with us in 2021.

Andrea is a registered nurse RN from PA who came to New Jersey for Calmare Therapy performed by Dr. Michael Cooney
Registered Nurse Andrea was here from PA in July 2020.

If we haven’t had an opportunity to speak directly about your chronic pain battle and mutually determine if Calmare might be right for you, please feel free to reach out to us at the clinic by calling (201) 933-4440 or email us at info@calmaretherapynj.com.

We are confirming new patients into May 2021 and hope you add you to our family of patients early next year.

As always, we will make every effort to accommodate patients traveling from outside the US.

2020 has been a rough year for all of us, but there are many better days up ahead on the horizon. I can see them. Until then, take good care.

Doc

 

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CRPS Awareness Month 2020

CRPS symptoms can be lessened or eliminated after 10 Calmare scrambler therapy treatments performed by Dr. Michael Cooney

Color The World Orange™ was started in 2014 to recognize people and their loved ones battling complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) or RSD.

Yearly, CRPS Awareness Month is held in November, and we never miss an opportunity to recognize all the warriors around the world battling this debilitating condition.

Today, hundreds of buildings, bridges and landmarks around the world turn orange in recognition of this dreadful disease, for which there is currently no cure.

Calmare Therapy NJ USA has partnered with CRPS organizations around the world to help promote awareness and share resources for treatment and emotional support:

Burning Nights CRPS Support

Calmare Therapy content on Burning Nights: 

Calmare Therapy – Non-Invasive Treatment for CRPS

Fighting Back Against CRPS with Calmare Therapy 

Helping Children & Teens with CRPS Using Calmare Therapy

Calmare Therapy – Make New Inroads Against CRPS

 

RSDSA – Supporting the CRPS Community 

Calmare Therapy content on RSDSA:

Calmare Scrambler Therapy- When Traditional CRPS Treatments Don’t Work

 Facebook Live Interview with Dr. Michael Cooney of Calmare NJ USA (2020)Calmare has played an essential role in helping many CRPS warriors from around the world to resume a satisfactory quality-of-life after undergoing 10 Calmare treatments to relieve nerve pain.

A non-invasive, drug-free therapy, Calmare has O side effects and is painless to undergo.

Calmare is a new therapy for chronic painMeet our CRPS warriors after their Calmare Therapy treatment

To learn more about how Calmare scrambler therapy can lessen chronic pain and bring back the quality-of-life you deserve:

  • Call (201) 933-4440 and speak directly with our founder and clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney
  • Email us privately at info@calmaretherapynj.com
  • Fill out the eCard below and we will contact you at a convenient time:

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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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Here’s Why the Calmare® Medical Device is Very Different from a Tens Unit

September 22, 2020

We’ve been using the MC-5A Calmare scrambler therapy technology here in New Jersey since 2011. Clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney has single-handedly treated more than 1,000 patients from more than 20 countries, reducing pain levels, increasing mobility and helping people get a good night’s sleep for the first time in years.

One of the questions we are asked most often is how scrambler therapy compares to a self-administered tens device.

The difference between these two medical devices can be compared to driving on a freshly-paved 16-lane superhighway versus a one-lane, gravel-covered back road.

Technological distinctions between MC-5A (Calmare) and a tens machine

From a chronic nerve pain 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 versus a tens, which temporarily interrupts pain signals through the A-beta fibers.
Calmare® Pain Therapy’s MC-5A Technology

This technology creates a low-energy electrical impulse that 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 “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 dual-channel signals to restart the brain and ultimately disrupt the chronic pain loop.

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

Calmare technology offers patients a significantly longer duration (often months, years or more) of reduced or 0-level chronic nerve pain versus 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.

Why You Should Carefully Select Your Calmare Therapy Provider

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.

Do you want to administer your own pain management? 

TENS unitOf course not, especially if you are already living with treatment and medication-resistant chronic pain.

Keep in mind, the 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, a tens machine has been designed with the goal of temporarily reducing pain.

People Living with RSD and CRPS 

The use of electricity for the management of pain is certainly not unique to the Calmare medical device.

The main challenge in treating RSD/CRPS is the complicated change in the nervous system, which can be traced to changes in the brain’s receptors. As a result, therapy to resolve this kind of pain must reach the brain.

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 stimuli 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-trained 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.

Interestingly, medical science has already proven through other methodologies that the brain can be “taught.”

In healthcare, we refer to those changes as neuroplasticity; there are a wealth of interesting books on this topic, which we encourage you to peruse.

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 critical distinctions 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 info@calmaretherapynj.com to discuss your chronic pain condition.

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Calmare Therapy’s Longtime Friendship with Burning Nights CRPS

September 18, 2020

By Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director


We began using Calmare scrambler therapy to combat CRPS in 2011. It all came about by coincidence–

For those of you with medication and treatment-resistant chronic pain, you can appreciate the tremendous frustration when traditional drugs and other mainstream pain management efforts fail to relieve or reduce your pain.

“Where do I turn when the pain management community has no more options left to help me manage my pain?”

This frustration and fear, to be honest, led some CRPS sufferers to contact me about the viability of using Calmare Therapy to combat CRPS/ RSD pain–and the many physical symptoms which often accompany this disease.

After discussing each CRPS patient’s full medical history, analyzing their previous therapy efforts, reviewing past and present medications, and evaluating pain level fluctuations, I felt comfortable that we could proceed with caution and closely monitor results.

The risk to trying Calmare was minimal–the FDA-cleared pain therapy has no side effects, is painless to undergo and completely non-invasive.

The single risk is that the therapy will not work.

Meet Amanda from Indiana, one of our first RSD patients

After Amanda, then a teenager, and her family took a gamble on Calmare Therapy, Amanda’s pain relief was so significant, she was able to:

  • Return to in-person high school
  • Go on to college and graduate
  • Marry the love of her life

(Note that Amanda did return over the years for a few Calmare booster treatments, when her pain level began to climb. After the boosters, her pain level returned to a steady 0-3).

After sharing Amanda’s reduction in chronic pain on our website and YouTube channel, people from around the world, who were also battling CRPS, began to come to our clinic for treatment.

Our CRPS warriors share their Calmare therapy outcomes

Meet Michelle from Australia

Meet Tammy from New Mexico

Meet Juana from Colombia

Meet Paul from Australia

Meet Carla from South Africa

Connecting with the Burning Nights CRPS organization in the UK

We have been fortunate to be supported by Burning Nights CRPS, a UK-based resource for people and families dealing with CRPS.

They offer a remarkable wealth of resources for people around the world with the aim of “helping to improve the quality of life for every CRPS sufferer around the world.”

In 2017, we were fortunate to welcome the organization’s founder, also a CRPS warrior, Victoria Abbott-Fleming, to our clinic for a tour and a demonstration of scrambler therapy.

Victoria, seated, founder of Burning Nights, and her husband, left, visited our clinic for a wonderful visit. Dr. Cooney is also shown with Star, a CRPS patient from Alabama, and her husband.

Today, we continue to support each other’s efforts. In fact, Burning Nights features a detailed description of Calmare on its Alternative Therapies for CRPS page.

Visit Burning Nights CRPS to learn more about Calmare Therapy

In addition to a wealth of support and resource information available, I have written several articles that offer my personal insight into the benefits of scrambler therapy:

Calmare Scrambler Therapy Q&A

Calmare Therapy for Children & Teens with CRPS

Calmare Pain Treatment’s Battle against CRPS Pain – A 2020 Update

Non-Invasive CRPS Treatment: Calmare Therapy 101  

Burning Nights CRPS Founder Victoria Abbott-Fleming Visits Calmare NJ USA

Finally, if you are in a position to donate to Burning Nights, a UL-registered charity, you can learn more here: https://www.burningnightscrps.org/crps-rsd-support/

CRPS warriors are never alone

With the advancement of organizations like Burning Nights CRPS, people who are battling this chronic condition with currently no cure, can always find guidance and advice from doctors, experts, fellow warriors and their families.

CRPS warrior, you are never alone.

For the time being, while we await relief from COVID-19, online support networks can also offer a kind listening ear, fresh ideas, or just a gentle virtual hug on a bad day.

If you would like to discuss if Calmare might be right for you, please call our clinic and I will be happy to speak with you personally.

As a reminder, people in the US are permitted to enter New Jersey for pre-scheduled medical treatment, even if they come from a Travel Advisory state. Learn more: https://calmaretherapynj.com/2020/08/17/calmare-nj-accept-patients-from-travel-advisory-states/ 

Due to fluctuating regulations, people from outside the US should consult with their home government for guidelines about traveling to the USA for medical treatment.

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Dr. Cooney and Patient Interviewed for New CRPS Book

August 31, 2020

Clinical Director, Dr. Michael Cooney, who has successfully treated hundreds of people living with CRPS since 2011 using Calmare scrambler therapy, is featured in a new book on the topic:

COMPLEX REGIONAL PAIN SYNDROME (CRPS): PATIENTS’ PERSPECTIVE OF LIVING IN CHRONIC PAIN.

The book is co-written by pain management physician Dr. Alaa Abd-Elsayed and Eric M. Phillips, president of the International RSD Foundation.

Dr. Abd-Elsayed cited Dr. Michael Cooney and Calmare Therapy in his new book for sale on Amazon.
Dr. Alaa Abd-Elsayed

Dr. Abd-Elsayed is a noted chronic pain physician who has published more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, presented more than 200 presentations on the national and international level, written dozens of book chapters and serves on the editorial board of several pain management medical journals. He is a longtime chronic pain advocate.

 

Thus far, the CRPS book is receiving positive reviews from readers, achieving nearly a 5-star rating:

“This is such a candid view of CRPS from the standpoint of many different people affected by this debilitating disease. So useful to see how other people have dealt with and managed this disease. Dr. Al and Eric did a wonderful job putting together this collaboration of patients trying to help others. If you or a family member have this disease, this book is a useful tool in understanding CRPS. Thank you to all of the authors in this book. Substantial Book.”

Calmare NJ USA Patient Outcome Cited

One of our teen patients, Austin, is featured. His parents describe his significant pain relief (and leg lesion healing) after Calmare Therapy and booster treatments:

CRPS book features Dr. Michael Cooney

Teen Football Star Finds CRPS Pain Relief After Calmare Therapy

We are grateful to Austin’s family, who volunteered to share their family’s story and Austin’s positive outcome after Calmare Therapy.

Austin did return months later for three scrambler therapy booster treatments, which may be necessary for more severe or prolonged cases of chronic nerve pain.

He shared an update from the mountains (where he was snowboarding!) in February 2019:

Teenager Snowboards By for a Post-Calmare Scrambler Therapy Update

Austin and Dr. Michael Cooney celebrate his success after undergoing Calmare scrambler for CRPS.

“I was honored to be included in a truly comprehensive book about the challenges faced by so many courageous people around the world living with CRPS,” says Dr. Cooney.

“It is vitally important that sufferers understand that drugs and invasive procedures are not the only way to reduce pain from this disease.”

CRPS book features calmare therapy

CRPS: Better Non-Invasive Pain & Symptom Management

Dr. Michael Cooney treats people with CRPS chronic pain with a refreshingly personal approach–he talks to you before you ever step foot into our New Jersey clinic.

Calmare Therapy, cleared by the FDA more than a decade ago, is not right for everyone suffering from CRPS or other conditions resulting in chronic nerve pain.

If you are able to travel to our clinic, located in New Jersey, USA, 15 minutes outside New York City, we invite you to complete the Consult Request form below.

Note: People from COVID-19 Travel Advisory States are Approved to Travel to NJ

Dr. Cooney will personally contact you by phone within 48 hours of receipt of your message (USA and Canada only); if you are are from outside the USA/Canada, we will be happy to pre-schedule a video chat consultation.

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More Healthcare Providers Turn to Calmare for Chronic Pain Treatment

August 5, 2020

Andrea_crop

September 1, 2020 – Update from Andrea

Via email to Dr. Cooney (yes, we request ongoing updates from you after treatment!)

Hi Dr. Cooney!

Not being in that horrible pain is such a wonderful thing! I have been able to do most things now like I used to. I’ve been trying to strengthen my muscles by swimming almost daily, and I will be joining the gym on Tuesday to continue strengthening.

Tomorrow is my first day back to work! I have 8 hours shifts for the next 2 weeks and then 12 hour shifts start. I’m hoping to be able to pace myself and use medications during my shifts if needed.

I’ll keep in touch with you as time goes on! Thank you for everything!!!!”

Sincerely,

Andrea L. S., RN
PA


It means the world to us when healthcare providers put their expertise and trust in Calmare scrambler therapy and clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney to treat their chronic pain.

Andrea, a bright and talented registered nurse from PA, has battled CRPS since 2017, after a simple fall in her driveway at home.

After her diagnosis of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS),  she was eventually unable to work, living with a consistent pain level of 8/9 daily.

After six Calmare treatments, Andrea’s CRPS pain level has reduced from an 8/9 to 1–and we aren’t done yet!

Clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney will perform four more Calmare treatments (10 scrambler therapy treatments is the typical protocol) to fortify the pain reduction with the goal of achieving a sustained pain-free level.

Our goal is to send Andrea home pain-free and with plans for her to get back to work and resume the work that is her passion–helping others.

“Andrea will follow our Calmare NJ USA-specific post-treatment protocol and rest as much as possible,” Dr. Cooney notes. “If she feels ready, I can foresee her returning to nursing in about a month.”

Meet More Registered Nurses Who Trust Calmare Therapy

Click on the links below to meet more healthcare providers who have shared their scrambler therapy experiences:

Virginia Nurse Finds Success with Calmare after Traditional Pain Management Fails

Oregonian Nurse Chooses Calmare Therapy for CRPS Chronic Pain

Registered Nurse Beth Finally Gets RSD Pain Relief with Calmare Therapy

RN Deena from Texas with CRPS Shares Her Calmare Therapy Review

If you would like to discuss your chronic pain condition with Dr. Cooney, call our Calmare team at 201-933-4440, email us at info@calmaretherapynj.com or complete the free Consultation Request card below, and we’ll be happy to reach out to you:

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Today at 7 pm EST: Dr. Michael Cooney Appears on RSDSA Media

July 16, 2020

dr michael cooney uses calmare to treat crps

Join Calmare NJ USA clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney live at 7 pm Eastern on the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association (RSDSA)’s Facebook Live series.

He will be answering viewer questions and sharing his firsthand experiences using Calmare scrambler therapy to treat CRPS in children, teens, adults and seniors for the past nine years.

Some of our RSD / CRPS patients will also be speaking live about their personal Calmare experiences and you can ask them questions as well!

Log-in via the link below and I look forward to meeting you online!

Facebook Live with Dr. Michael J. Cooney, July 16th

 

 

 

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