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CRPS Skin Blisters: Another Painful Side Effect

July 17, 2018

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

When complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is discussed, the primary focus is the extreme and widespread nerve pain caused by the disease.

The neuropathy can quickly affect mobility, being able to work or attend school, diminish socialization and decrease the overall quality of life.

In cases where the person’s CRPS has exacerbated over a long period of time, some people develop skin abnormalities which can take on varying presentations and can also cause a great deal of discomfort.

For some people, the skin issues result in blisters or lesions that do not heal.

CRPS Skin Manifestations

Approximately 71 percent of patients with CRPS for a duration of at least five years have skin manifestations in varying degrees of severity.

These skin changes usually present in the combination of a rash, mottling, cyanosis or erythema resulting in circular lesions generally up to one inch in diameter.

Some patients’ lesions appear as spontaneous recurring bruises which may or may not be near the pain site/s.

During the course of the condition, the skin can also become shiny and highly sensitive to touch, or even the wind.

Fingernails are ridged, thin, and break easily. Overall, there may also be eventual muscle atrophy (weakness).

In addition to CRPS-specific changes, patients may also experience often have concomitant venous stasis (slow blood flow in the veins, usually the legs), cellulitis (a bacterial infection under the skin surface characterized by redness, warmth, swelling and soreness), and skin ulceration.

Calmare’s Role in Healing Skin Lesions

I have performed Calmare Therapy since 2011. About 40 percent percent of our RSD / CRPS patients arrive at our clinic with some kind of skin abnormality.

The cause of these skin blisters / lesions or malformations is unclear, but my opinion is that they may be attributed to the ongoing result of brain misinterpretation or ongoing blood flow issues.

While we are not sure of the etiology, we have seen a surprisingly rapid decrease (healing) of these skin issues in CRPS patients for whom Calmare is successful.

As you can see from the examples below, the results are very significant after just a 2-week course of 10 Calmare Therapy treatment sessions.

Bridget (name changed for patient privacy):

Bridget Overcomes Full Body CRPS Physical Side Effects with Calmare Pain Therapy

Before 10 scrambler therapy treatments performed over a 2-week period:

After undergoing 10 Calmare Therapy treatments:

 

Austin 

This 18-year-old male patient had open sores on his affected areas for such a long period of time, he could not recall when they first presented.

Before 10 scrambler therapy treatments performed over a 2-week period:

After undergoing 10 Calmare Therapy treatments:

Have CRPS Treatment Efforts Failed You?

The majority of our patients have already tried all the medications, painful treatments, Ketamine, spinal cord stimulators (SCS), etc., without success.

But even with all these disappointments, they have not given up hope.

If you are battling CRPS, I will speak with you personally about your case and together, we will come to a mutual determination if Calmare might be a suitable therapy option for you.

calmare, pain management, chronic pain, scrambler therapyShould you wish to speak with one of our CRPS patient volunteers who has already had Calmare Therapy, we will be happy to make a referral for you via our exclusive Patient-2-Patient program.

Feel free to contact me directly by calling (201) – 933-4440 or privately email us at Calmarenj@gmail.com.

We will reply to your message within 48 hours.

Until then, wishing you a low pain day, and many more on the road ahead.

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Keep Hope Alive

June 21, 2018

We have welcomed several new pain management patients to our clinic here in Bergen County, NJ this week.

We have seen something in each of them that inspires us to do better in our own lives.

Hope.

The majority of the chronic pain warriors we help have already tried many medications, painful procedures, surgery, sedation–you name it.

And their heartbreaking outcomes were still not successful.

They are living with debilitating pain every day that is stealing their quality of life.

But the people from far and near who are treating at our clinic have kept their hope alive and not succumbed to giving up.

Most have not completed the Calmare 10-treatment series yet, but progress is steady and pain levels are pointing downward.

They are unquestionably making progress, day by day.

We hope you are as well.

Wishing you a low pain day.

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Meet Our Calmare Patients on YouTube

June 14, 2018

We are incredibly grateful to all of our Calmare Therapy patients who have generously shared their personal experiences after undergoing scrambler therapy for their neuropathic chronic pain conditions.

Since 2011, we have treated people battling treatment-resistant neuropathic pain from around the corner here in Bergen County, New Jersey, to around the world, including South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Columbia, Australia, the UK and Africa.

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

To learn more, watch their inspiring stories and feel free to reach out to us with questions or to schedule your personal phone or WhatsApp consultation with Dr. Michael Cooney, clinical director, one of only six Calmare-Certified providers in the U.S.

(201) 933-4440   |   calmarenj@gmail.com
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ADDED DATES: Fibromyalgia Clinical Trial at Calmare NJ USA

May 3, 2018

CLINICAL TRIAL – DIAGNOSED FIBROMYALGIA

Study 

To Measure Chronic Pain Reduction in Patients Diagnosed with Treatment-Resistant Fibromyalgia after Administering 3-5 Calmare (Scrambler Therapy) Treatments

Phase

Pilot

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.

Calmare scrambler therapy is a drug-free, non-invasive, FDA-cleared therapy that painlessly scrambles a misfiring pain message from the brain, suggesting there is pain, when, in fact, there is not.

Purpose of the Clinical Trial

To document the viability of using scrambler therapy as a pain management solution to significantly reduce or eliminate neuropathic pain in patients diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.

Study Conducted by

Michael J. Cooney, D.C., Clinical Director

Rutherford Allied Medical Group  | Calmare Therapy NJ USA

 Location

323 Union Ave., Rutherford, New Jersey (10 miles from New York City)

Trial Start Date (Rolling Admission)

May 21, 2018 to August 31, 2018

Testing Period

After a personal consultation and evaluation by Dr. Michael Cooney, selected trial candidates will undergo 3 to 5 treatments, once daily, lasting approximately 35 minutes. Additional treatments will be at the discretion of the clinical director.

Calmare Therapy NJ Background

Calmare Therapy NJ / Rutherford Allied Medical Group, is one of only eight certified providers of Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment®, 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 the Calmare Fibromyalgia Clinical Trial

We are conducting a no-cost, 3 or more treatments (one 35-minute daily therapy session) clinical trial study for pre-qualified patients suffering from diagnosed fibromyalgia FMS to determine the efficacy of scrambler therapy as a viable treatment solution for condition-induced neuropathy.

Trial participants are selected at the discretion of Dr. Michael Cooney, clinical director, Calmare Therapy NJ USA | Application Form

Eligibility Criteria

Selected clinical trial volunteers must be available to undergo the protocol once per day. We will make every effort to schedule daily appointments at a convenient time for participants.

Travel, daily transportation, meals and accommodations are at the trial participant’s expense.

Contraindications

We are seeking trial candidates with few or no additional medical conditions, in order to maximize the treatment and outcome of the FMS condition exclusively.

Candidates are not eligible for the trial if they have the following medical conditions, devices or prescribed medications:

  • Pacemaker
  • Automatic implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (AICD)
  • Pregnancy
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart conditions
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Antidepressants

Informed Consent

Clinical trial volunteers who are selected for the study are asked to sign the Informed Consent Form. Signing this document does not require participants to remain for the duration of the study, however.

People 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, the researchers must inform the participants.

Publicity

Calmare Therapy NJ reserves the right to publish data about any participant’s trial outcome. We will not include your name or image, at your request.

To Apply / Contact Us / For More Information

There is no fee to participate. 

To apply for the trial, click here to complete and scan the attached application form and return it to calmarenj@gmail.com or fax to (201) 933-8159.

For questions about the trial, please contact:

Dr. Michael Cooney

Clinical Director

Calmare Therapy NJ / Rutherford Allied Medical Group

(201) 933.4440   |   calmarenj@gmail.com

 

 

 

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Teenager Travels from Scotland to NJ for Calmare Therapy

April 26, 2018

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Cara adds a pin to Scotland on the Calmare patient map.

Thirteen-year-old Cara underwent several therapies and pain management medications to lessen her nerve pain as a result of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

She was still left in pain throughout much of her body.

Ultimately, her family elected to seek an alternative pain therapy solution and chose to cross the pond after Cara’s parents consulted via phone with Dr. Michael Cooney, clinical director, Calmare Therapy NJ USA.

“I continue to see very positive outcomes in children and teens who are battling nerve pain,” Dr. Cooney explains. “The therapy is not painful and has no side effects–when does that ever happen?”

This young lady lit up the clinic during her stay here in New Jersey a few weeks ago.

Best of all, she left smiling with her pain level down to a 1/10.

She and her mother explain how her treatment went, from start to finish:

Do you have a child or teenager battling neuropathic chronic pain?

We’d be happy to speak with you about a drug-free, painless (tingly, as Cara called it) technology that can reduce or even resolve the pain, so your child can go back to being a kid again.

Reach out at Calmarenj@gmail.com or call the clinic directly at (201) 933-4440 to speak with our friendly, respectful team of pain warriors.

Learn more about treating pediatric chronic pain using Calmare scrambler therapy.
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Virginia Nurse Finds Success with Calmare after Traditional Pain Management Fails

February 20, 2018

Zahira Hodge, RN, MSN, a 33-year-old registered nurse from Virginia, was unable to work due to debilitating pain from CRPS. The condition left her unable to be on her feet all day and her chronic pain eventually forced her to make a tough decision to leave a career she loved.

In 2014, after undergoing corrective surgery as the result of an ankle fracture and torn ligaments, the pain in her foot did not subside and eventually began to spread up her leg to her knee.

Unable to determine the root cause of the neuropathy, she had a subsequent surgery to have all of the ‘hardware’ removed from the ankle surgery, to see if this was the cause of her pain.

It wasn’t.

Calmare NJ USA BrainSpan® Offers Patients Additional Diagnostic Data
Trying pain medication, needles, blocks and a spinal cord stimulator

After her eventual CRPS diagnosis, she used her healthcare expertise to undergo a variety of pain management treatments, including prescription and over-the-counter pain medications which only made her feel mentally foggy and exhausted.

She eventually pursued invasive treatments such as nerve blocks, injections and, eventually, the surgical implantation of a spinal cord stimulator (SCS).

Although she initially experienced a few complications following the SCS placement, she was able to get some relief from the CRPS symptoms affecting her ankle. However, the SCS failed to resolve her chronic pain level of 7-9/10 in her knee.

Her husband began researching alternative pain management options on the internet and discovered Calmare Therapy.

“When I read the information and watched the Calmare patient videos, I started to feel very optimistic,” Zahira recalls.

“I had considered DRG therapy, but just couldn’t see putting myself through another invasive procedure.”

Oregonian Nurse Chooses Calmare Therapy for CRPS Chronic Pain
Turning to Alternative Pain Management
Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

“I am especially honored when healthcare professionals turn to Calmare as their personal pain treatment choice,” says Calmare NJ USA clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney.

“They are open to alternative neuropathic pain therapies, especially those that don’t involve using prescription drugs or painful procedures.”

Zahira takes a leap of faith and heads to Calmare NJ USA

When she arrived in New Jersey in January 2018, her pain level was a consistent 8/10 and her pain region extended from her foot to her knee, requiring Zahira to use a cane for mobility.

“I’ll be honest, after all the pain treatment therapies I had already tried, I was skeptical scrambler therapy was going to work for me,” she recalls. “But as Dr. Cooney told me, the worst thing that could happen is it wouldn’t work.”

Thankfully, this was not the case.

After her eighth Calmare treatment, with a little support from our therapy dog Murphy, Zahira’s knee pain was gone and her leg pain was a manageable 1-3/10.

Looking back and driving forward

“Let me be clear–Calmare has changed my life,” she says with a smile. “I am looking forward to doing everyday things again, like driving a car and walking up the stairs unassisted.”

She is also committed to resuming her career and earning her Ph.D. in nursing.

“Taking a chance on Calmare was the best decision of my life. I have my mobility back, which I feared would never return. It was worth the risk. I only wish we had found it sooner.”

Have you tried all the traditional nerve pain therapies and still have pain?

Then you’ve come to the right place, because that’s the medical history most of our patients have as well. If you’d like to speak with Dr. Cooney and our chronic pain-fighting team, call us at (201) 933-4440 between 10 am and 6 pm.

If you are from outside the USA, email us privately at calmarenj@gmail.com and we’ll set up a phone or FaceTime consultation in advance.

If you’d like us to reach out to you, just complete the info card below:

 

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Your Calmare Post-Treatment Protocol

February 2, 2018

By Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director

Congratulations!  You have completed your Calmare Therapy treatment protocol.

Now that you have less pain, or are pain-free, your quality of life is about to improve dramatically.

Due to you improved mobility and decrease in pain level, many Calmare patients feel like they are ready to climb Mount Everest.

But doing too much too soon can actually hamper and potentially jeopardize your positive outcome.

Therefore, I’ve outlined some instructions for patients (healthcare providers can contact directly for more detailed clinical guidelines) to ensure you recover optimally, and enjoy the benefits of Calmare Therapy for as long as possible.

Every patient’s medical history is unique and we welcome your individual questions about any of the recommendations cited below:

No Vigorous Exercise or Clinical Physical Therapy for Two Weeks after Treatment

Your body is in the midst of recalibrating itself since your Calmare treatments.

When you begin to exercise, be prepared for soreness associated with new this activity (a positive sign you have awakened muscles which had not been used before!)

During recovery, if an injury occurs, use ice to reduce swelling and inflammation.

To treat muscle soreness, use heat. In both cold and hot treatment, administer 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off for a period of one hour.

Don’t Overdo

While it is thrilling to feel less pain and be more mobile, muscles need time to adjust to renewed use. Be careful and cautious and don’t do too much too soon. If you feel tired or any pain, stop what you are doing and rest.

Additional Sleep

Your body needs to re-adjust to several physiological changes after treatment. More than likely, it has also been a long time since you have slept well.

You may need to sleep several more hours than usual for the next several weeks. This is normal.

Welcoming a Good Night’s Sleep After Calmare Therapy

Make an Appointment with Your Pain Management, Specialist or Family Physician

It’s important to discuss your successful treatment outcome with your doctor. It is likely that your medications, particularly for pain, may be lessened or eliminated completely.

Discuss how your lessened or eliminated pain will affect your holistic health and ask for guidelines going forward.

Improve Your Nutrition

Now that you are feeling better and moving more, you should see an improvement in your appetite. Take advantage of feeling better and fuel your recovering body with high-quality foods– fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, nuts and protein (white before red).

Hydrate with at least 6 – 8 tall glasses of water daily.

Finally, for patients who treated beginning in 2018, your BrainSpan™ report will arrive soon after you have returned home. Based upon your blood work, the report will detail any diagnosed vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Speak with your primary care doctor about ways to increase your consumption, either through pills or the foods you eat regularly.

Journal How You Feel

We hope you will chronicle how you feel after Calmare Therapy. Keep a record of the new activities you are able to engage in and record how you feel during and after the activity.

We hope this treatment is life-altering for you. Therefore, chart your progress and celebrate your success!

If You Feel Pain

Depending on your medical condition and the length of time you have experienced it, pain may return (to a lesser degree).

Pay careful attention to any physical or emotional issues that may have contributed to this.

If pain continues for five continuous days, Calmare booster treatments (generally 1 – 3 treatments) may be necessary. Please call the office for further instructions.

Calmare Booster Treatments

Stay in Touch with Us

Always feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

We also welcome your pictures or videos to let us know how you are doing!

Are You Interested in Calmare Therapy?

Wonderful!  We’d love to tell you more about it and discuss your chronic pain condition with you. Keep in mind, scrambler therapy is not right for everyone. Call our friendly Calmare team at (201) 933-4440, email us privately at calmarenj@gmail.com or complete our eCard below and we’ll call you at a convenient time for you:

 

 

 

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Robert Welcomes 2018 by Eliminating His Chronic Nerve Pain

January 12, 2018

Bergen County, New Jersey

pain management
Robert adds his hometown pin to our Global Patient Map at Calmare NJ

Robert, a married teacher with two children from Georgia, was battling chronic nerve pain after foot surgery in 2013.

As the school track coach, his pain condition began to interfere with his mobility, making coaching difficult and frustrating.

For pain management, Robert chose not to use prescription painkillers and preferred to aggressively fight back by undergoing an additional ‘corrective’ surgery, physical therapy, use of a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, bone stimulation and orthotics.

And still, he was battling nerve pain in his right foot daily.

Researching Drug-Free Pain Management Options

He began researching non-invasive, alternative medicine options which treat neuropathic pain and discovered Calmare Therapy, performed by leading Calmare Certified provider, clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney in New Jersey.

While he was never officially diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), Robert was experiencing the same type and severity of symptoms.

He consulted by phone with Dr. Cooney about his medical history and pain treatment goals and they mutually agreed that he was a suitable candidate to undergo the treatment.

When Robert arrived in New Jersey, his pain level was a 6 / 10. He immediately began daily therapy sessions over the course of the next two weeks.

By the end of the series of scrambler therapy treatments, he was pain-free, with only a mild tingling sensation over the surgical scars.

Our team was delighted to see a very different Robert leave the clinic:

He was smiling again and looking forward to getting back to school and resuming his track team coaching.

Good luck Coach!

Do You Have Chronic Nerve Pain That is Resistant to Traditional Medical Treatments?

The majority of our patients have already tried medications, injections, surgery and other therapies before they turn to Calmare, often as a last resort. Even if you have limited mobility, or have suffered with neuropathic pain for years, scrambler therapy, performed exclusively by Dr. Michael Cooney, may be able to help you, so you can enjoy life again.

Call us at (201) 933-4440, email us at calmarenj@gmail.com or complete the Calmare NJ eCard below and Dr. Cooney will call you directly to discuss your case, within 48 hours of receiving your contact information!

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Oregonian Nurse Chooses Calmare Therapy for CRPS Chronic Pain

November 7, 2017

We continue to welcome an influx of healthcare professionals seeking treatment for their own medication and treatment-resistant neuropathies.

This is an important honor for us and we are pleased to share another medical professional who achieved pain relief success from Calmare Therapy, registered nurse Kathryn Talenda–

Kathryn suffered from diagnosed CRPS for 10 long years.

She developed the condition (one she had never heard of) after a right foot sprain.

After trying every therapy from Botox to PT, she was debilitated by even more pain.

Eventually, she let her nursing license expire, as she was no longer able to work.

Not willing to give up, Kathryn traveled 3,000 to Calmare NJ USA, arriving with a consistent pain level of 8.5 / 10.

She explains what happened next below:

Are You Battling Medication and Treatment-Resistant Chronic Pain?

Most of our patients, who come from around the globe, have already tried every pill and procedure available, including spinal cord stimulators and Ketamine, but are still in pain every day.

Why Calmare Therapy is a completely different type of pain management:

  • Non-invasive
  • FDA-cleared
  • Drug-free
  • Painless

To learn more, read our Patient Case Studies page and watch people tell their own stories.

If you would like to talk about your chronic nerve pain, or discuss a loved one’s battle, call our friendly and respectful Calmare NJ USA team at (201) 933-4440, email us privately at CalmareNJ@gmail.com, or complete the eCard below and we’ll call you:

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