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Calmare Can Lessen Postherpetic Neuralgia – PHN

September 29, 2020

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

PHN nerve pain can be reduced with calmare scrambler therapy

Schedule your no-fee consultation to speak with clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney to discuss your treatment-resistant postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) and how Calmare’s non-invasive therapy can significantly help relieve this type of nerve pain. Please read the background about how Calmare works to relieve nerve pain in advance. Email us at info@calmaretherapynj.com to schedule your call or call us directly at (201) 933-4440.


Shingles is also known as herpes zoster, a painful skin rash caused by the varicella-zoster virus.

Some people with Shingles, generally people over age 65, develop a notoriously painful condition called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN).

According to the Centers for Disease Control, PHN risk increases with age; additional predictors include pain level during the active Shingles condition and the size of rash.

Another reason for PHN’s notoriety is that traditional medicine often fails to successfully reduce the severe chronic nerve pain, leaving Shingles survivors significantly physically debilitated and diminishing their quality of life.

PHN is a notoriously difficult chronic pain condition to treat

Traditional medicine generally prescribes the usual regimen of prescription painkillers to lessen pain, along with invasive treatments, usually in the nerve block injection family.

These efforts, much like so many people battling chronic pain from other conditions, fail to offer sustained pain relief, or their success dwindles over time.

Here at Calmare Therapy New Jersey, we are achieving very positive pain reduction outcomes treating patients with postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) using non-invasive and drug-free scrambler therapy.

One of the specific reasons I introduced the Calmare MC-5A device was the wide-ranging chronic nerve pain conditions suitable for non-invasive scrambler therapy.

Since 2011, we have successfully helped people with PHN and even eliminated the chronic nerve pain entirely in some patient cases. 

But using non-invasive Calmare Therapy, I have achieved some outstanding patient outcomes and have been delighted to see these patients’ quality of life escalate after 10 scrambler therapy treatments.

Joan shares a letter about her Calmare research and firsthand PHN treatment experience.

Shingles and chronic pain researchers around the US agree, based upon their clinical trials using the Calmare device to treatment PHN pain:

Dr. Thomas Smith, director of Palliative Care at the Sydney Kimmel Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University, performed a clinical trial where they achieved an outstanding 95% reduction in pain a month after the treatment with no side effects.

Journal of pain and symptom management

Another study recently published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management with 52 random pain participants compared guideline-based drug management with the scrambler. The Calmare participants had a 91 percent reduction in pain compared to a 28 percent reduction in pain for those who used drug management.

ACOS

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) completed a clinical trial on the benefits of scrambler therapy:

“Scrambler therapy appears to have a promising effect on post-herpetic neuropathy (PHN) with prompt and continued relief and no side effects.”

The Shingles Vaccine

If you are over age 60, talk to your doctor about getting the shingles vaccine. The benefits are twofold: they reduce your risk of developing shingles; if you do develop shingles, you’ll be more likely to have a mild case, and far less likely to develop PHN.

If you have any questions about PHN and how scrambler therapy may help treat your neuropathic pain, call our pain management team at (201) 933-4440. I will be happy to speak with you personally about your case.

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Calmare Scrambler Therapy Available at All Military Branches

May 22, 2020

As we prepare to honor our veterans lost in battle on Memorial Day 2020, we felt it was appropriate to announce that the U.S. Military has expanded the availability of Calmare scrambler therapy to 16 military medical centers and two VA locations.

These facilities are generally restricted for use by military personnel, their dependents and other eligible individuals.

Dr. Michael Cooney, Calmare nj USa clinical director,  is also an approved Calmare scrambler therapy provider for veterans living in New Jersey. Veterans must have a written referral from a V.A. physician to schedule therapy.

Dr. Michael Cooney is a New Jersey VA Hospital In-Network Provider

Soldiers, veterans and their families living with chronic nerve pain do not need to turn to more surgery, Ketamine treatments, spinal cord stimulators (SCS) and other invasive procedures for pain relief.

“The U.S. Military was one of the first treatment centers to recognize Calmare’s capacity to substantially reduce or eliminate nerve pain without using invasive procedures, needles, medications or surgeries,” explains Dr. Cooney.

Chronic pain conditions suitable for Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment

Using a non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical approach, this pain management approach treats neuropathic conditions caused by a variety of medical conditions including:

  • Chronic nerve pain
  • Phantom limb syndrome
  • Chronic back pain
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Neuralgias
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS or RSD)
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Cancer and chemotherapy
  • Shingles (PHN)
  • Failed back surgery
  • Brachial plexus neuropathy
  • Sciatic and lumbar pain
  • Diagnosed neuropathy

LIST OF U.S. MILITARY BASES / HOSPITALS OFFERING CALMARE THERAPY (2020)

VA HOSPITALS

Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center
Richmond, VA 23249

ARMY

Madigan Army Medical Center

Tacoma, WA 98431

San Antonio Military Medical Center

Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234

Tripler Army Medical Center

Honolulu, HI 96859

AIR FORCE

Andrews Air Force Base
Andrews Air Force Base, MD 20762-6421

Eglin Air Force Base

Eglin AFB, FL 32542

NAVY

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
Portsmouth, VA 23708-2111

Naval Medical Center San Diego
San Diego, CA 92134-5000

Naval Medical Center Bethesda
Bethesda, MD 20889

Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune
Camp Lejeune, NC 28547-0100

Naval Hospital Pensacola
Pensacola, FL 32512-0001

Naval Hospital Bremerton
Bremerton, WA 98312-1898

Naval Hospital Jacksonville 
Jacksonville, FL 32214-5000

If you have any questions about requesting Calmare scrambler therapy through your VA doctor, feel free to reach out to our team at (201) 933-4440 or email us privately at info@calmaretherapynj.com.

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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”

74-Year-Old Cal Finally Defeats 50-Year-Old Chronic Pain

April 3, 2019

Seventy-four-year-old Retired U.S. Army Officer Cal suffered from chronic nerve pain below his knee after a battle injury 50 years ago. Three years ago, he underwent a second corrective surgery which left him with an infection and continued chronic pain in his left leg.

Over the years he tried several pain management treatments and drugs without success.

He read about other military personnel achieving pain relief with Calmare scrambler therapy and contacted Dr. Michael Cooney.

Tired of all the medications and invasive medical procedures, Cal chose Calmare scrambler therapy because it is:

Drug-free

• Painless

• FDA-cleared

• Side effect-free

Cal Describes His Calmare Scrambler Therapy

Since introducing scrambler therapy to his New Jersey pain management clinic in 2011, Dr. Michael Cooney has helped hundreds of people from around the world, including military personnel, battle neuropathic pain to reduce and even eliminate their chronic nerve pain.

Is Your Scrambler Therapy Provider Calmare Certified?

Dr. Cooney is one of only six Calmare Certified providers in the U.S. today. He now uses scrambler therapy exclusively to treatment medication and treatment-resistant chronic nerve pain.

To learn more, email us at info@calmaretherapynj.com or call our clinic at 201.933.4440. You can also fill out the eCard (below).

Wishing you a low pain day.

I’d Like to Discuss My Treatment and Medication-Resistant Neuropathy

Meet 30 Calmare Therapy NJ Patients on YouTube

October 23, 2018

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

Most people who visit our website are already frustrated with the medical community.

They or a loved one are in pain.

Pain medication is not pain management, they have learned firsthand.

But a myriad of painful procedures, surgery and implanted devices have also failed to do their jobs.

Then what?

From unexplained neuropathy after surgery to diabetic neuropathy or pain after chemotherapy , too many people are left with unresolved neuropathy.

And they continue to lead debilitated lives, so unfairly.

I came to this conclusion years ago, which is what compelled me to launch Calmare scrambler, an FDA-cleared alternative therapy here in New Jersey in 2011.

Mayo Clinic Researchers Test Scrambler Therapy for Pain

It has no side effects, is painless to undergo. It’s drug-free. The worst case scenario is that the treatment does not work, which happens.

But in more than 75% of the patients we treat, their pain is significantly reduced–or eliminated.

Watch and listen to the patients for whom we have relieved severe chronic pain over the years–

From 10-year-old children to seniors who had battled neuropathy for decades, you will discover someone who has fought the same battle with pain that you do.

Then, we hope you’ll reach out via the contact form below, by emailing us at calmarenj@gmail.com or calling our clinic at (201) 933-4440.

Only Calmare Therapy NJ USA Supports Calmare with Diagnostic BrainSpan

Don’t give up. Keep fighting. The solution to your pain is close at hand.

https://www.youtube.com/user/CalmareTherapyNJ/videos

 

Welcoming Dr. Timakkondu, Calmare Physician from India

September 28, 2017

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

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A smiling Emily Blake is shown with Dr. Cooney and Dr. Timakkondu, visiting Calmare physician from Madurai, India (9/27/17).

We’re honored to welcome Dr. Kuppusami Timakkondu,  a highly regarded Calmare provider from India who is observing here at the clinic this week.

Dr. Timakkondu is particularly interested in our CRPS, fibromyalgia and trigeminal neuritis treatment protocols.

We’re shown here with superstar patient, Emily Blake, who is undergoing booster treatments with us this week. You may recall Emily’s battle with CRPS was chronicled by her daily newspaper in Indiana.

While Emily’s pain level had risen to a 5/10, after her third booster treatment yesterday, September 27, her pain level is down to 1/10, thankfully.

Calmare is a Provider Dependent Therapy. Why You Should Choose Wisely

While Dr. Timakkondu and I may live and practice pain management at opposite ends of the globe, we are united in our war against chronic pain.

Thank you for your insight, your candor and your friendship, doctor.

Is Your Pain Management Failing You?

The Calmare Therapy NJ USA clinic is often a ‘last stop’ for people in pain who have tried all the drugs, injections, surgeries and other painful and invasive therapies to stop their chronic pain.

Scrambler therapy is painless, drug-free and has no side effects. The biggest risk factor is that the therapy will not reduce your pain.

But the majority of people who have undergone scrambler therapy have significantly lessened their neuropathy to a ‘manageable level’ or eliminated their pain completely (our goal).

If you’d like to find out if scrambler therapy might be right for you, call us at 201-933-444, email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com or complete the eCard below:

 

 

Pain News Network Cites Calmare as Pain Reduction Champion

June 29, 2017

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Barby Ingle, a global chronic pain educator, patient advocate, and president of the International Pain Foundation, who lives with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), migralepsy and endometriosis, published a commentary this week in Pain News Network, citing Calmare Therapy as a key alternative medicine treatment for chronic nerve pain.

Excerpt:

“The provider I hear about the most having success with this form of treatment is Dr. Michael Cooney, a chiropractor practicing in New Jersey who sees patients from all over country.”

Ms. Ingle also refers to Calmare Therapy NJ clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney’s Pain News Network guest editorial  describing how scrambler therapy is a side-effect-free and drug-free alternative to help lessen or even resolve treatment- and medication-resistant chronic pain.

Calmare Therapy is an FDA-cleared neuropathic pain treatment for several conditions including injury, post-surgical pain, CRPS / RSD, postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) as a result of shingles, fibromyalgia, nerve pain after chemotherapy treatment (CIPN), diabetic nerve pain and other types of diagnosed nerve damage.

“I hear more than ever from others living with chronic pain that they “have tried everything” and nothing helps. But there are always new pain therapies being developed or improved; some real, some placebo, and some researched more than others.”

Barby Ingle

Find Out if Calmare Therapy May be Right for You

For a no-cost phone consultation with Dr. Cooney, complete the eCard below and we will respond within 48 hours:

 

Virginia Woman’s CRPS Causes 10/10 Pain and Feet Lesions

May 26, 2017

Debbie Meade’s son begged for her feet to be amputated so she would no longer suffer with excruciating CRPS pain.

Her debilitating chronic pain had spread and was causing severe swelling in her feet, which eventually caused the skin to tear. The resulting lesions did not heal naturally, leaving her open to the danger of infection.

In addition, her pain level was regularly 10/10 on the McGill Pain Scale.

Arriving here in New Jersey using two canes for mobility, her life was about to change dramatically.

Debbie describes her Calmare Therapy experience (May 2017)
Calmare Scrambler Therapy History and Clinical Trial Outcomes

Calmare Therapy is a drug-free, FDA-cleared treatment that safely scrambles the pain message from the brain. It is painless and has no side effects.

The first study on scrambler therapy was published in 2003 by a team of researchers led by Giuseppe Marineo, professor in Delta Research and Development at the University of Rome Tor Vergata in Italy.

His team found that scrambler therapy was effective in reducing pain symptoms in patients with severe, drug-resistant pain from terminal cancer.

Mayo Clinic physician and scrambler therapy researcher Charles L. Loprinzi, MD, reports on his team’s clinical findings with Healio (2016).

Scrambler Therapy Lessens Chronic Nerve Pain

Calmare (the brand name for the MC-5A scrambler therapy device) was later found to also aid in the lessening or alleviation of chronic nerve pain as a result of:

  • chemotherapy (CIPN)
  • diabetes (diabetic nerve pain)
  • fibromyalgia
  • back and neck pain
  • shingles (PHN)
  • failed back surgery syndrome
  • phantom limb pain
  • other neuropathic nerve pain conditions
Using Calmare to Reduce CRPS / RSD Neuropathy and Physical Symptoms

Clinical Director Dr. Michael Cooney at Calmare Therapy NJ USA has also successfully treated hundreds of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and RSD patients from around the world

To find out more about Calmare and determine if this therapy might be right for your medication and treatment-resident chronic pain, call our friendly and experienced team at (201) 933-4440 or email us below:

 

 

Mayo Clinic Doctors Tout Calmare Scrambler Therapy’s Chronic Pain Treatment Benefits

November 14, 2016

mayo clinicAs we’ve reported before, the Mayo Clinic, one of the world’s most respected medical research institutions,  has performed a number of clinical trials using scrambler therapy for chronic pain reduction.

In the 11.11.16  issue of their patient-targeted newsletter published last Friday, Mayo Clinic Health Newsletter, the institution published a lengthy overview about scrambler therapy and its significant pain reduction merits for people with a range of medication and treatment-resistant neuropathies.

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Results from Dr. Charles Loprinzi’s scrambler therapy trial (2015)

Key Excerpt:

“Mayo Clinic doctors are optimistic about the pain scrambler. Based on research, and their own experience treating people, it appears the device can have good to dramatic results…”

We are (again) encouraged by the Mayo Clinic’s confidence to highlight scrambler therapy in their publications, which reach thousands of reader subscribers around the world.

To learn more about scrambler therapy treatment performed exclusively by Dr. Michael Cooney

Find out if your chronic pain condition might be right for Calmare Therapy.

Unlike other healthcare clinics, you can speak directly with Dr. Cooney about your medical history and previous chronic pain treatment efforts. At Calmare Therapy NJ USA, we will not recommend treatment for you if our team does not pre-determine you may a strong chance of sustained pain reduction.

Call us at (201) 933-4440 and let’s talk about your chronic pain condition. As you will discover after reading our Patient Case Studies, we treat newly diagnosed neuropathy as well as cases where patients have been battling this disease for decades.

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