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Scientists ID Brain Mechanism and Possible Fix for Chronic Pain

July 11, 2017

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

I read an exciting article in ARS Technica, Scientists come up with neural mechanism—and possible fix—for chronic pain which certainly spoke to me and our Calmare team since researchers at the New York University School of Medicine determined that chronic pain may, in fact, be all in your head.

Their study confirmed and explained why the Calmare device is able to produce very significant chronic pain relief even to patients who have previously undergone medication and other therapeutic efforts.

Nerve damage can confuse the brain’s pain signals

Scientists identified and confirmed that a circuit in the central pain-processing region of the brain causes hyperactive pain signals. It seems the nerve damage deactivates the somatostatin (SOM) interneurons whose responsibility is to diminish pain-firing signals.

By alternating the SOM, we can reduce or eliminate the pain messaging.

We believe this study is a breakthrough and explains why Calmare scrambler therapy is successful, when medications and other more invasive treatments fail.

The application of the 16 distinct algorithms from the Calmare MC-5A device in activating sequences stimulates the brain by sending a “no-pain here” signal and thereby “calming” (Calmare means ‘calming’ in Italian) the interneurons which are hyperactive.

Calmare convinces the brain to stop sending pain signals

Calmare has been effective treating several types of neuropathic (chronic) pain; this type of comprehensive study may be the long-awaited first step in explaining the reason for it.

Could Calmare Be the Solution to Your Treatment-Resistant Neuropathy?

I am proud to be one of only six Calmare-Certified providers in the U.S. I have successfully treated (you will never undergo a treatment performed by any other staff member) hundreds of patients since we introduced this revolutionary, FDA-cleared pain relief device in 2011.

If you have undergone medication and other neuropathic pain therapies, but are still in significant pain, we would be happy to speak with you about your chronic nerve pain.

Contact us directly at (201) 933-4440, via email calmarenj@gmail.com or complete the eCard below:

 

 

 

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Star Describes her Calmare Therapy Treatment Outcome for CRPS Pain

May 4, 2017

Star and her husband arrived here from Maine a few weeks ago. Seven long years ago, Star sustained a left hand injury, eventually resulting in CRPS, which spread to her whole body, taking away her independence and quality of life.

For those of you suffering from RSD /  CRPS, this story may sound all too familiar…

Star talks about her Calmare scrambler therapy treatments below and kindly allowed us to share her recent Facebook post, where she described her medical history and eventual treatment outcome after 10 scrambler therapy treatments, performed by CRPS specialist, Dr. Michael Cooney, clinical director.

Facebook update by Star on May 1, 2017:

“I want to share my journey through RSD/CRPS.

I was injured in my left hand/wrist, which started me on this path through a very lonely hell for the past 7 years. Soon after my injury, I developed RSD/CRPS in my left hand/wrist. Over time, it spread to entire body involvement.

I lost so much during this time like my independence, job, friends, sense of self, and very importantly I lost my will to live. The burning pain and stabbing hurt so bad that no conventional medication or therapy was helping.

I have been through years of physical & occupational therapy, pool therapy, mirror therapy, trigger point injections, 5 stellate ganglion blocks in my neck, HBOT therapy, over a dozen specialists, numerous nerve conduction testing, and the list goes on and on…

I was even considering spinal cord stimulation or Ketamine Coma therapy. Both not FDA approved and extremely invasive procedures.

I am very fortunate that I have an amazing husband, family and close friends that wouldn’t give up on me but more importantly they wouldn’t let me give up on myself and life.

My husband found Dr. Michael Cooney in Rutherford NJ who performs Calmare Scrambler Therapy. I had never heard of this procedure and we did lots of research into it and Dr. Cooney.

I called Dr. Cooney’s office and spoke at length with his staff member, Cathy, and she was so helpful and kind answering all my questions and helping me be at ease about going in for this therapy.

We arrived at the clinic and were immediately greeted by Cathy, Barbara and Dr. Cooney. Up until this point, I was feeling optimistically hopeful that this would be the treatment that finally worked for me. I arrived at the clinic with a 8-10+ pain scale for the past several years–with little to no relief.

After just one treatment, I was already feeling a tiny bit better. Each day, I gradually felt less pain and RSD/CRPS symptoms. (Resting between treatments and for 7-10 days after treatment ends is key to healing).

I left treatment after the 10 sessions feeling like an entire new lease on life had just been gifted to me. My pain levels dropped to a manageable 3-4.

I have been asked if I have been cured and my response is no, this is not a cure, however, it has lessened my pain and symptoms considerably and I am still healing. There is no way to know how long this last , or when and if I would need a booster treatment in the future.

Regardless,  I would do it again and every moment I am not in severe pain and agony, I will always be grateful to those who were a part of my journey and continue to be my special warriors.

I still have a very long road ahead of me in rehabilitation, but now the difference is I have less pain and hope for the future again.

Forever thankful to those who stood by me!!!”

Meet Star via her YouTube Video (click in center)

Would you like to be considered for Calmare Therapy to Combat Chronic Pain?

We are elated to celebrate another successful outcome and a wonderful, full-of-life person regain power over her life and her health. But Calmare is not right for everyone. If you or a loved one is battling treatment- and medication-resistant chronic nerve pain ( neuropathy ) we would be happy to talk with you in more detail about your medical history and pain therapy goals.

Call us at (201) 933-4440, email us your story at calmarenj@gmail.com or fill our the Calmare eCard below and we’ll reach out to you or a caregiver.

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Star Celebrates Overcoming CRPS Pain with Calmare Therapy

April 18, 2017

Human Resource Manager Star from Alabama battled CRPS for seven years. Since 2010, she tried all the prescription pain medications and (often painful) invasive treatments, without success.

Meanwhile, her pain level continued to increase.

By chance, she discovered Calmare Therapy on Facebook.

After performing due diligence about the treatment and its success treating CRPS, she chose Dr. Michael Cooney to perform her therapy.

Star had lower extremity pain (concentrated in the knee region) and underwent the Calmare 10-treatment series in 2015.

She came in for one (1) booster treatment in the fall of 2016 when she experienced an increase in her pain level.

Star gave us permission to share her recent Facebook post about how she feels today (4/15/17):

“Beautifully Blessed Day!!!
God is so good and I am feeling so much better!!
After 7 years of pain, God’s healing hands and direction leading us to Calmare NJ has changed my life🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻.
I am still off all my previous meds for CRPS and feel pain ever-so-often but briefly and greatly reduced.
So blessed!!!😄
Here what I accomplished just today–
 
Cleaned up on House✔️
Walked Boston✔️
Watch Nephew Luke play baseball✔️
Late lunch with Tim/Michael Buffalo Wild Wings
About to watch movie at home and then out for another walk”👍
Does Your Calmare Provider Offer This Level of Advanced Expertise?

Choosing your Calmare provider is pivotal to your treatment outcome since this therapy is “provider dependent.”

The patient is reliant upon the expertise of the scrambler therapy provider for proper placement of the leads in partnership with the use of the MC-5A scrambler therapy device.

Calmare Therapy NJ USA Clinical Director, Dr. Michael Cooney, is one of the premier Certified Calmare providers in the world.

He has successfully treated hundreds of patients battling neuropathy since 2011 due to RSD, fibromyalgia, PHN from shingles, pain after chemotherapy (CIPN), diabetic nerve pain and unexplained pain after surgery or injury.

Talk About Your Treatment-Resistant Pain with Dr. Michael Cooney

Unlike other healthcare practices, people interested in Calmare Therapy can speak directly with our clinical director about their specific case. You are welcome to submit measurable test results (MRI, Cat Scan, etc.) in advance for his review as well.

Call our friendly Calmare team at 201-933-4440 or email us at calmarenj@gmail.com.

Callers from outside the USA are invited to pre-schedule call-in consultations via phone or FaceTime.

You are also invited to complete the eCard below:

 

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Laura Checks in Six Years After Calmare for RSD & Fibromyalgia

April 7, 2017

Laura is shown walking on grass without excruciating pain for the first time in years after Calmare Therapy (NYC 2011)

We jokingly call Laura from Indiana one of our Calmare Pioneers.

When Dr. Cooney began offering Calmare scrambler therapy in 2011, he intended to use it to help his existing medication and treatment-resistant patients.

But quickly, patients and their families battling neuropathy discovered his success using the MC-5A device to lessen or alleviate several types of treatment-resistant chronic nerve pain.

Laura, a newlywed and special needs school teacher, was severely debilitated by both fibromyalgia and RSD pain and related physical symptoms.

While she was undergoing RSD treatment at the Cleveland Clinic, she saw a post on Facebook by another RSD sufferer which changed her life.

Amanda and Dr. Cooney

Amanda posted that Calmare had given her life back,” Laura recalls. “She wanted to shout to the rooftops to anyone living with chronic pain that there is something out there that truly works.”

Laura and her husband talked and agreed to halt the current treatment regimen and drove to New Jersey to meet with Dr. Michael J. Cooney.

Read more about Laura ‘s Calmare Therapy experience

Laura shares a message six years since her scrambler therapy

Today, Dr. Cooney was delighted to see this message on his Facebook timeline from Laura. (Don’t think Dr. Cooney will forget about you after your treatments are complete. He stays in touch with everyone in the ‘Calmare Family.’).

“Dr. Cooney, I saw an old post from 2011 on my ‘Memories for Today’ and of course I thought of you! The Cleveland Clinic ended up telling me that I was, “In denial about my condition. That I would never improve because RSD has no cure.” My prayers for remission were answered when I found you just a few months later! I’m forever grateful.

You have given me the gift of life without pain and it’s been full of joy again!

Laura is one of those young women you wish you could clone, because she’s just a lovely person inside and out.

Thank you for taking a chance on Calmare, Laura, and we appreciate your unrelenting support since your treatment with us in 2011.

Wishing you every happiness, today and always.

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Burning Nights (UK) Features Calmare Therapy for Pediatric CRPS

March 29, 2017

Burning Nights is an outstanding global resource for CRPS sufferers. From clinical trial updates and patient testimonials to a plethora of resources for patients and families, it is no wonder that people worldwide look to founder and CRPS warrior Victoria Abbott-Fleming and her charitable organization for guidance.

Calmare NJ USA has been fortunate to be included as a Burning Nights resource since 2015. Today, Dr. Cooney has shared his third article which highlights the success of scrambler therapy for pediatric patients diagnosed with several types of neuropathy, including CRPS / RSD.

We hope you will visit Burning Nights, if you or a loved one is affected by complex regional pain syndrome to learn more, find support and discover valuable resources.

If you can contribute to their charity, even a little bit, all the better.

Meanwhile, we hope Dr. Cooney’s latest article provides insightful information to parents in search of drug-free, non-invasive treatment to lessen or eliminate their child’s chronic nerve pain.

Wishing you a low pain day.

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Laurie’s Calmare Booster Treatments Bring CRPS Pain Back to 0/1

March 13, 2017

Laurie Mounts was injured in 2008 and later diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). When she presented at Calmare Therapy NJ in July 2014, her pain level was a 9/10 on her entire left side from her feet up to the shoulder.

Laurie Mounts Legs before
Laurie battled CRPS pain on her entire left side and physical symptoms associated with the condition.

Laurie’s symptoms includes discoloration (see image at left), allodynia, numbness, tingling, sweats, swelling, burning and brittle hair.

Trying Other Pain Management Treatments Without Success

Before discovering scrambler therapy, Laurie tried pain relief treatments including physical therapy and prescription medications. Ultimately she had a spinal cord stimulator ( SCS ) implanted but did not achieve sustained pain relief.

After traveling 3,000 to us for treatment, Laurie and her mother shared her outcome here:

Time for Calmare booster treatments

Depending on the severity of the original neuropathic condition, and length of time the patient has been experiencing chronic pain, periodic booster treatments  can be extremely useful against any eventual elevation in pain.

March 2017 – Laurie receives a Calmare booster treatment on ler left leg. Due to CRPS, she was experiencing pain on her entire left side.

Just shy of three years since her original 10 daily scrambler therapy treatments, Laurie’s CRPS pain was steadily increasing. But this time, she knew what to do. She scheduled booster appointment treatments. (Laurie had 10 treatments, but some patients require as few as a single treatment).

Laurie on the way back to her hotel after treatment number eight.

When we opened our pain management clinic this morning and checked our Facebook page, we were delighted to be greeted by an image of her smiling and this message:

Feeling ABSOLUTELY amazing right now!! Best I’ve felt yet!! Thanks Dr Cooney!! You’re my hero!! 😘

Have Traditional Pain Management Solutions Failed?

If you are reading this post, then you have not given up the search for the right neuropathic pain solution for you. If you are battling CRPS | RSD, pain after surgery, shingles (PHN), diabetes or chemotherapy treatment (CIPN), reach out to us below and we will put you in direct contact with clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney–who treated Laurie–and performs every Calmare treatment personally–from start to finish.

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#1 Top Trend for Pain Management in 2017: Alternative Therapies

February 15, 2017

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

yahoo-news-logoThere has not been a lot of good news about pain management in the medical arena lately.

(If you are reading this message, you or a loved one may be battling chronic pain, so I don’t need to rehash what you already know.)

Clearly, opioids and peripheral drugs that fall into that category, are often not the solution to many types of pain.

I was delighted to read Yahoo’s predictions that put “Growth in Alternative Therapies” at the top of their list for pain management solutions that would garner the most attention this year.

We launched Calmare at our New Jersey pain management clinic in 2011 as an alternative emi-hewatt-having-calmare-treatment-_10-16neuropathic pain solution for people who have already endured invasive (painful) treatments, inpatient procedures, surgery and baskets full of prescription painkillers that didn’t work.

Not only can opioids fail to provide lasting pain relief, their side effects can be worse than the pain.

Alternative therapies, like scrambler therapy, take a less invasive approach and many have achieved outstanding clinically-proven outcomes for people battling a plethora of chronic pain conditions.

Tools for Choosing Your Alternative Medicine Provider

If you are seeking alternative treatment, perform due diligence beforehand–

  • Find out what clinical trials have been conducted on patients by medical research professionals and read the reports/findings.calmare-patient2patient
  • Ask the provider to put you in touch with other patients who have the same condition so you can gauge their feedback and outcome in making your decision to proceed.
  • Speak with your medical insurer to determine how you can submit for coverage, either in advance or by post-treatment reimbursement.
  • Call the clinic and speak with the doctor who would be treating you. Is he/she performing a sales pitch or asking about your medical history, previous treatment efforts, medication usage and ultimate goal for pain therapy?

Finally, don’t assume the physician currently treating your neuropathy is familiar with the alternative treatment you are considering. Even today, many doctors are often most comfortable with ‘traditional’ medical treatments.

While I certainly respect that position, what is the treatment plan for the patient who has undergone all the traditional medical therapies–without success?

Calmare treats several types of neuropathic pain using non-invasive, FDA-cleared technology

youtube_logoThank you for reading our blog while finding out more about scrambler therapy as an alternative pain management solution. Once you have watched our patient stories and reviewed the explanation of how the treatment works, we invite you to reach out to us at (201) 933-4440 or send an email to calmarenj@gmail.com so we can learn more about you and answer any questions you may have.

Sometimes, one simple outreach can lay the groundwork a lifelong change.

 

Healthcare professional discovers Calmare and finally defeats her RSD pain

January 30, 2017

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Dianne and Dr. Cooney after her last Calmare treatment.

Over the years, we’ve had the privilege of treating several healthcare professionals who were previously battling treatment-resistant chronic pain without any marked success.

They, too, took medications that didn’t work (or the side effects from the drugs were worse than the pain) or underwent painful and invasive procedures that only temporarily lessened their pain and additional physical symptoms.

One memorable patient was Dianne, a full-of-life RN from Texas, whose life was debilitated by pain from RSD. She discovered Calmare through an online CRPS support group.

Once she had completed the scrambler therapy treatment series with us, Dianne shared her firsthand experience on social media and permitted us to share her review below:

“I have had Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy for years and years! After an accident at work, I required back surgery (which turned into 3) and after the last one, my left foot was insanely painful.

It quickly spread throughout my entire body.

I have 2 spinal cord stimulators – one for my lower body and one for my upper body. I had a drug pump for years as well. I’ve had too many injections and blocks to even keep track of. I was in a wheelchair for years…

I originally had two Calmare treatments with  Dr. Michael Cooney (we’d gone up to visit with a friend from Australia who was having boosters) and unexpected experienced incredible relief from just the 2 treatments.

Since it worked so well – we (hubby and I) returned to New Jersey so that I could finish the full 10 sessions

My life after 10-treatment Calmare Therapy treatments:

  • I’ve not had either SCS on (normally they NEVER were off as doing so would cause camare foot image with leadsimmediate swelling and increased pain)
  • I’ve taken no meds during the day for pain and greatly reduced the night and morning meds!

I can say – for me – this has been the most wonderful treatment and it has worked!! I have had NO RSD pain thus far!

We stopped by out son’s on the way home  and I played outside with them. Our 16-yr-old granddaughter said, “Granny, this is the FIRST time we’ve ever gotten to play outside with you!” To be able to be “normal” and do things we take for granted each day??

PRICELESS!!

Even my kids and neighbors are amazed at just watching me walk!!

Downside? I have to get new shoes!! Lol. Not such a bad side!

But, I’m walking properly and all my shoes have this horrid wear pattern!! My back took a bit getting used to – finally being properly aligned while walking!! And geez, there are too many muscles complaining to me that they are being used and haven’t forever!!

Doc, feel free to send folks to me who’d like to know MY experience with Calmare!

They will get the whole truth – pros and cons (cuz we know not everyone does get relief – especially as well as I have) but they will get questions answered!

And I love that I have 2 perspectives I can share – the personal — and from a nursing point of view!!

Non-invasive treatment that DOES help with RSD? I can’t tell you how wonderful it is has been!!”

Would you like to find out if Calmare Therapy might be right for you?

imageWe handle every potential Calmare patient individually and personally (yes, this may be a little different from what you may have experienced elsewhere). First and foremost, you’ll have a one-on-one phone consultation with Dr. Michael Cooney, our clinical director, who has treated hundreds of people–children, adults and seniors–battling severe chronic pain, particularly CRPS and RSD.

Feel free to reach out directly by calling the clinic here in New Jersey at (201) 933-4440 or email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com

Or, just complete the eCard below.

First and foremost,  let’s work together to finally defeat your pain, without pain, drugs or side effects.

 

The difference between Calmare MC-5A technology and a TENS unit

January 16, 2017

emi-hewatt-having-calmare-treatment-_10-16Here at Calmare Therapy NJ, we’ve been using scrambler therapy since 2011. We’ve successfully treated hundreds of patients from more than 20 countries.

But the question in this headline is 100 percent valid and requires a detailed explanation. The difference between these two medical devices can be compared to driving on a freshly-paved 16-lane super highway versus a one-lane, gravel-covered back road. So from a 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 instead of interrupting pain signals through the A-beta fibers (tens unit).

Calmare® Pain Therapy’s MC-5A Technology

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

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

Calmare technology pain relief offers patients a significantly longer duration (often months, years or more) of lower (or even eliminated) pain relief as opposed to using 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.

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.

Lead Placement Performed by a Trained Pain Management Professional…or Self-administered by the Patient?

TENS unitThe 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, the machine has been designed with the goal of temporarily reducing pain.

RSD and CRPS Patients

The main challenge in treating RSD/CRPS is the complicated change in the nervous system which can be traced to changes in the receptors in the brain. As a result, therapy to resolve this kind of pain must reach the brain. The use of electricity for the management of pain is not unique to Calmare.

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 stimulus 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-trainined 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.

Interesting, medical science has already proven through other methodologies that the brain can be “taught.” In medicine, we refer to those changes as neuroplasticity and there are many resources of interesting reading on that topic.

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 key differences 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 calmarenj@gmail.com.

 

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