By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director, Calmare Therapy New Jersey
Before the end of the year, we will be welcoming many new patients to Calmare Therapy here in New Jersey who are traveling here from nearby New Jersey to as far away as South America, Sweden, South Africa and Australia.
I thought it would be a good time to recap how patients and families can optimally prepare for their upcoming scrambler therapy sessions.
Patients generally treat for a minimum of 10 sessions, one per business day, lasting about 35 minutes, on average.
Send or bring along any objective tests ( X-rays, EEG, MRI, EMG or cat scans) for our pre-treatment study).
Wean off as many medications (i.e. anticonvulsants and antidepressants) as possible, working in partnership with your prescribing doctor/s. (Note: Each patient case is different. Well in advance, we’ll talk specifically about your specific medication protocol and how to safely and effectively prepare).
Refrain from using skin lotions or oils 24-hours before each treatment.
Dress in loose, comfortable clothing and bring some entertainment to occupy you during each treatment.
Consider keeping a journal about your experience and discuss how you feel each day during therapy.
Make hotel reservations well in advance. We provide a list of lodging options which have received high marks from patients. (We don’t recommend using Airbnb or other sub-rental accommodations due to quality unreliability).
Focus on nutrition and hydration. We understand your high level of pain may stymie appetite and water intake. But by building up your metabolism and fueling your body with hydration, you are setting a course for an optimal treatment outcome.
Find ways to help relax your mind and body. Traveling is challenging even when you feel great–it can be exhausting and painful when you are battling pain. Gather items of comfort–slippers, pillows, scented items and keep them in a handy bag on the plane or in the car with you.
Don’t be nervous! The treatments are non-invasive and have no side effects.
Calmare scrambler therapy is drug-free, painless and has no side effects. It has been FDA-cleared for nearly a decade.
Laurie Battles Back When Chronic Pain Levels Increase
Due to the longevity and severity of Laurie’s CRPS condition, the disease symptoms slowly returned. In late September 2018, Laurie and her family returned to New Jersey for additional therapy sessions (boosters) to reduce pain and related symptoms.
After several treatments, Laurie posted this message, which we are sharing with her permission:
“Well, it’s the end of my time here on the East Coast.
I’m currently having my final Calmare booster treatment.
Knowing I can come here to get relief from this pain is so helpful! I don’t know what I would have done without them in my life!
Thank you for all you guys do for all of us CRPS warriors!
I’m so thankful for Doc Cooney and all he does to help with my (and so many others) pain.
He definitely goes above and beyond for his patients.
I’m also so thankful for all of my friends and family for the prayers and thoughts as we’ve battled this disease through the years.
We would be happy to listen, and together, determine if Calmare scrambler therapy might be right for you. Reach out to us privately at email@example.com or fill out the card below and we’ll get in touch with you to talk about your chronic pain.
She generously allowed us to share her update, sent to us this week, about her life and her health:
Hello to the NJ Calmare Therapy Crew,
It’s been a little under a year since we last made the trek from the midwest to Rutherford, NJ for my second booster treatment, and a lot has changed for me since then, in large part thanks to your team.
It’s not lost on me that if you had told me a little over four years ago where I’d be today, I would have shaken my head in disbelief.
When I first arrived at your clinic in November 2014, you all did more than perform a disappearing act on pain that had been my constant companion for over a year.
Up until that point, I had fully accepted CRPS was going to claim unyielding ownership over my life—my academic career, my physical health, my social life, my happiness.
It felt like everything was deteriorating so quickly, and I was on the verge of completely losing my mind.
Then you showed up in a random google search, and I’ll be honest, your treatment sounded too good to be true. I was truly torn between being desperate enough to try anything– and the fear of being conned.
Believe it or not, while I’d drawn up a list of pros and cons, I decided to flip a coin on the decision to take the risk and go, or pursue other forms of treatment more locally.
Interestingly enough, as a broke college freshman at the time, I didn’t even have a dime to flip. So I drew an X on a Cheez-It and flipped that instead.
I truly believe God may have tipped the cracker in the right direction, because that fateful snack led me halfway across the country to your office, where you all gave me my life back and more, empowering and inspiring me to begin pursuing a career in the healthcare industry.
I finished my undergraduate degree (a BS in Exercise Science) and graduated in early May, then turned right around and began my graduate adventure in the Medical Center’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program a few weeks later.
I’m in class full-time during the week, but still make time to volunteer at the large/exotic cat sanctuary regularly.
I’m able to live the life I never would have thought possible when I graduated high school, but I never take a single second of it for granted.
I just wanted to drop you a note so that when the daily battle against the various forms of chronic pain becomes difficult, you can be reminded that you are making a huge difference in the lives of many.
The work you do matters.
My family and I are forever indebted to how you helped us find peace from a problem we were braced to deal with for a lifetime.
I hope you are all doing well, and trying to enjoy summer’s last stand before the cooler weather arrives for good.
From traditional pain management and prescription medications to platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, from acupuncture to the use of a tens unit, nothing could reduce Donna Sisco’s chronic nerve pain after total knee replacement surgery in 2012.
At age 61, she began to feel that hope was lost. But after finding an online support group for people living with CRPS, she heard about Calmare scrambler therapy and the success of Dr. Michael Cooney at Calmare Therapy NJ USA.
With her sister along for support, the siblings flew 3,000 miles to New Jersey with equal amounts of hope and skepticism.
“I can’t blame patients who feel reservations about Calmare,” says Dr. Cooney. “These people have tried traditional pain management, bags full of prescription medication and even more invasive procedures–and still live with chronic pain.”
When Donna arrived in New Jersey, her pain level was a consistent 7/10 and she battled with the additional side effects of CRPS–pins and needles, sensitivity to touch, hair loss.
Steadily each day, she had a scrambler therapy treatment, lasting about 35 minutes. The therapy has no side effects and is pain-free.
Do you have medication or treatment-resistant chronic pain?
The majority of patients we help here at Calmare Therapy NJ USA have already tried the traditional cocktail of pain management medications, including opioids, injections, Ketamine and other aggressive therapeutic efforts to obtain chronic pain relief, without success.
If you would like to discuss if Calmare might be right for your chronic nerve pain, please complete the info card below:
“Thanks for all you do Dr. Cooney, not just for me, but for all of us. My RSD pain is still at 0, hands and feet still improving from CIPN. Did I mention I planted a garden and mowed the lawn today?”
“If you, or someone you know is experiencing pain from cancer, seriously, look into Calmare. I wouldn’t steer you the wrong way. Dr. Cooney knows what’s up! Dr Michael Cooney, you’re the main man in my book when it comes to Calmare Therapy.”
“A little over a year ago and still pain free! I ran for the first time last week! Thank you Dr. Cooney and Calmare NJ, you gave me my life back!”
“My doctor recommended a spinal cord stimulator as a last resort to help with my CRPS pain. But I researched Calmare and decided to go to Dr. Cooney in NJ for treatment. I had nothing to lose. Ten treatments later, I am going home at a 0 on the pain scale. I am overjoyed.”
Kansas City, MO
“Thanks to you guys, my own Christmas will be filled with joy and celebration as I embark on a new pain-free journey in 2015! Your admirable dedication to healing will always be an inspiration for me.”
“I am really feeling like I have a new lease on life. As strange as it may seem, it took some time to get used to having no pain!”
“Someone I knew who had the same condition recommended I go to NJ for scrambler treatment with Dr. Cooney for my CRPS. Arrived a skeptic..left in so much less pain.”
Mark Stomp (parent of patient)
“We chose Dr. Cooney because he has successfully treated so many people with CRPS. Also, his staff was very nice and inviting and his patients I spoke to had tremendous results. It has been 5 months since my daughter’s treatment and she is still pain free, symptom free, and taking no meds.”
“You just need to try this treatment because it may just give you back the life you enjoyed before CRPS stole it away.”
RSD / RND
“We will always remember and cherish your help in getting our daughter to where we can hug her again!! You are such a special man and healer. God Bless you and may He continue to use you to bring healing and compassion to others!”