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Questions to Ask Your New Pain Management Provider

By Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director

During the course of your life, you may experience chronic pain, which is generally described as consistent pain lasting for at least three months. The neuropathy may result from an injury; side effect from a chronic disease treatment for a condition, such as chemotherapy; or simply wear and tear on an aging body.

Regardless, choosing a pain management provider requires special preparation to find the right doctor to relieve your pain and achieve your desired outcome.

Unlike a broken arm or a case of shingles, neuropathy can’t be observed with the naked eye. Therefore, it is essential for the patient to be able to describe their pain, including the level of pain, based upon a verbal conversation.

Dependent on how long you have lived with long-term pain, it is important to clearly delineate your treatment goals—

  • Do you want to eliminate the need for prescription pain medications or invasive therapies?
  • Do you want to be completely pain-free, or would you be satisfied if your pain level remained under 3/10?
  • Do you want to alleviate a need for mobility devices?
  • Is your goal to return to work full-time or attend school?

Once you have stated your pain therapy goals, the next step is to determine if the doctor has the tools and mindset to lessen or eliminate your pain successfully.

Doctors who treat neuropathic pain generally specialize in a specific sub-specialty such as pediatrics, orthopedics, gastroenterology, psychiatry, neurology, geriatric care or rheumatology, for example.

I was a clinical chiropractor for 30+ years before administering Calmare scrambler therapy exclusively at my New Jersey clinic.

For me, working with the body’s central nervous system for three decades served as an essential skill in optimally placing the leads required for successful scrambler therapy outcomes.

With the explosion of opioid abuse over the past decade, just prescribing pain medications to people with chronic pain is no longer a long-term solution to managing pain for most people.

I have been a strong believer that medications are not usually required to overcome pain throughout my career.

Calmare is a Provider-Dependent Therapy – Know Your Provider!

Ask how frequently the doctor treats people with your specific medical condition/s and describe the overall success rate (pain elimination or significant reduction).

In our practice, we have a list of patient volunteers who are willing to speak with potential patients about their Calmare scrambler therapy treatment experiences.

Note: I’d like to thank our Calmare patients and chronic pain friends on Facebook who contributed their firsthand input to these questions below:

  1. Do you regularly treat patients with my condition? If not, how many patients have you treated with my condition and what was the outcome for the majority?
  2. What is your area of medical specialty in treating nerve pain?
  3. Can you offer a typical outcome for patients with my condition and pain level?
  4.  What percentage of your patients experience a significant reduction in pain within six months?
  5. For my condition, what are the most common treatment protocols you prescribe, starting with the least invasive?
  6. Do you feel pain medication is the primary treatment plan for me? Why?
  7. Do you support alternative pain therapies and, if so, can you describe them?
  8. Based upon your expertise, what do you project my ‘best-case outcome may be?

Remember, the doctor works for you and is being paid to provide you with healthcare that will make you feel healthier, less pain and improve your quality of life. This is a tall order that will require a significant commitment.

Ensure that you are working with a care provider you believe is best suited to meet your needs and health goals.

Meet other people like you who have undergone Calmare Therapy in NJ

Calmare scrambler therapy is not right for everyone experiencing neuropathic pain; after a clinical consultation (sometimes performed by phone for clients residing outside of our metro New York City geographic area and out of country patients), we will not recommend this therapy for you if Dr. Cooney does not feel there is a strong possibility for significant pain relief, elimination of pain, markedly improved mobility or a significant improvement in quality of life.

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Nine Years after Calmare, Shoulder Neuropathy has Not Returned

February 2, 2021

Hearing from our previous patients months and years after their Calmare treatment is the gift that keeps on giving. It sustains us to keep looking forward with hope.

Last week, we heard from this young man’s mother, who brought him to us in 2012, as a 12-year-old boy, with treatment-resistant shoulder neuropathy.

jamie no longer has chronic shoulder neuropathy nice years after Calmare pain treatment

This is a family of very bright people, who aggressively traveled to see the top pediatric pain management doctors and treatment centers in the US. Finally, a pain management clinic in the Midwest recommended they pursue an alternative pain treatment called Calmare Therapy , because it is non-invasive and has no side effects.

Jamie was one of the first children we treated; thankfully, his successful treatment outcome opened to door to Dr. Cooney helping many other children and teenagers thereafter.

His mother describes their long journey:

As you may know from our Patient Stories, we use non-invasive, drug-free scrambler therapy to treat adults as well.

The scrambler therapy device doesn’t just lessen or eliminate nerve pain. Dependent upon the cause of the neuropathy, physical symptoms can also be alleviated after undergoing the standard Calmare 10-treatment series, including:

  • Allodynia
  • Severe temperature fluctuations
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch
  • Healing of lesions and blisters
  • Neurological and cognitive challenges
  • Muscle weakness and reduced mobility

Ultimately, our goal is to retrain the patient’s brain and eliminate the misfiring ‘there is pain here‘ message to a ‘there is no pain here, so we will no longer need to send the pain message.’

If you have tried traditional pain medications, pain management and/or physical therapy for neuropathy and have been disappointed with the results, contact our New Jersey team, with 10 years of Calmare treatment expertise, led by clinical director, Dr. Michael J. Cooney.

We follow the 2021 CDC guidance for Covid-19 safety protocols. A negative Covid test report is required within 72 hours of your arrival for your first treatment session.

Calmare is a US FDA-cleared treatment.

Call (201) 933-4440 or email us privately at info@calmaretherapynj.com.

It’s 2021. We pray it’s the year your pain becomes just a distant memory.

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Calmare NJ USA 2021 Covid-19 Precautions

January 20, 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 from PA receives neuropathy treatment from Dr. Michael Cooney

Calmare Therapy NJ USA is fully operational Monday – Friday, however, we are treating only one patient in the clinic at a time.

In addition, every patient is required to undergo a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of your first Calmare treatment. These reports can be emailed in advance to info@calmaretherapynj.com.

2021 Calmare NJ Safety Protocols  – Updated

  • Everyone, including patients, is required to wear masks, covering nose and mouth, at all times, even if you have received both Covid-19 vaccinations.
  • Dr. Cooney and his staff undergo regular COVID testing.
  • All patients have their temperatures taken prior to every treatment.
  • We are treating patients one-at-a-time only.
  • Unless patients are mobility-challenged, we ask that family/friends remain outside the clinic.
  • Continuous deep-sanitizing is performed before and after every patient.
  • Hand sanitizer available in every treatment room, restroom and at clinic entrance/exit.

New Calmare Patients

If you are interested in pursuing Calmare Therapy for neuropathy (chronic nerve pain), please reach out to schedule your no-fee phone or video consultation with Dr. Cooney by calling (201) 933-4440 or email us at info@calmaretherapynj.com.

Calmare scrambler therapy is not right for everyone experiencing neuropathic pain; after a clinical consultation (sometimes performed by phone for out of region and out of country patients), we will not recommend this therapy for you if Dr. Cooney does not feel there is a strong possibility for significant pain relief, elimination of pain, markedly improved mobility or a significant improvement in quality of life.

Calmare is a Provider-Dependent Therapy – Know Your Provider!

Booster Treatments

Young woman with CRPS receives Calmare scrambler therapy treatment in New Jersey

Depending on the severity of the original neuropathic pain condition, and the length of time the patient has been experiencing chronic pain, periodic booster treatments may be required to reduce any return of pain.

We are now accepting appointments for existing Calmare patients seeking one or more booster treatments. If you are transferring to us from another Calmare provider, we will be happy to confirm a prompt phone consultation for you with our clinical director Dr. Cooney. During this call, he will obtain medical history information and discuss your specific pain management goals before booster therapy is scheduled.

In addition, we ask that you complete our New Patient forms in advance, so as not to delay your scheduled treatment.

Feel free to speak with Dr. Cooney if you have experienced a resumption of pain to discuss next steps.

Meet other people like you who have undergone Calmare Therapy in NJ

Travel and Lodging Arrangements

calmare hotel arrangementsFor patients traveling outside the metro New York City area, please check with your preferred hotel and ensure they are fully operational to meet your needs.

We offer local lodging recommendations who offers an exclusive discount to Calmare Therapy patients.

Click below to learn more:

Calmare Therapy Recommended Lodging

We thank you for weathering the COVID-19 storm with us, but pain waits for no one.

With great care and a focus on patient safety, Dr. Cooney and our team are ready to help.

Our war on medication and treatment-resident neuropathy continues.

Wishing you a low-pain day.

 

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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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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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Calmare NJ Accept Patients from Travel Advisory States

August 17, 2020

Understandably, traveling to New Jersey (or anywhere, for that matter) these days is complex. We’ve recently received calls from upcoming patients who are confused about their ability to enter our state if they are traveling from one of the 31 states (as of 8/17/20) listed on the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut Travel Advisory List.

Important Note:  Traveling to New York/New Jersey to undergo healthcare treatment is permissible; the self-quarantine is voluntary and compliance is expected.

“Travelers from impacted states should self-quarantine at a hotel, or other temporary lodging. Individuals should only leave the place of self-quarantine to seek medical care/treatment or to obtain food and other essential items.”

NJ State COVID-19 Information Hub

We do recommend that you speak with your local lodging provider about any COVID-19 operational changes and current precautionary measures.

Should you need recommendations for local hotels, please visit our New Patients page and click on Hotel & Travel Information.

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.

The Good News

Dr. Cooney and the Calmare team use every precautionary measure to protect patients and staff from possible virus transmission.

The Governor of New Jersey has been very conservative regarding the reopening phases for our state (no indoor dining, indoor gyms or indoor gatherings of more than 25 people).

Right now, our state’s transmission rate is below 1%, after a blip upward around the Fourth of July. This is one of the lowest COVID rates in the nation at this time.

At our clinic, we continue to treat only one patient in the clinic at a time and follow all CDC and State of NJ Department of Health precautionary guidelines.

Since we are keeping our staff as bare bones as possible, you may only come into direct contact with Dr. Michael Cooney, our clinical director, since he is the sole treatment provider.

Certainly, we are living in crazy times. But many people are still living with uncontrolled chronic pain. We can’t “wait” to help people in pain, living day-after-day with a diminished quality of life.

Therefore, following state requirements, we are continuing to move forward, treating our patients with fastidious care, supported by COVID precautionary measures in place.

Rhonda adds her pin to California on the Calmare Patient Map. Summer 2020

Pain waits for no one, not even a pandemic. But we will fight back with a safe and comforting environment to provide treatment, just like we have since 2011.

Please feel free to contact Dr. Cooney directly if you have questions or concerns about your future Calmare Therapy treatments.

Email:  info@calmaretherapynj.com

PH: 201.933.4440

Until we welcome you to New Jersey, stay safe, stay secure and may you have many low-pain days and nights.

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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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