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Calmare Therapy: Opioid-Free Neuropathic Pain Relief

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April 24, 2019

2019 Scrambler Therapy Pain Management Update

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

In 2010, as I obtained the professional training to use the Calmare MC-5A device, I grew more excited about using technology to deliver pain relief to my patients without the need for any prescription drugs.

Nine years later, I’d like to offer an update about the progress we have made helping people reduce or even eliminate treatment- and medication-resistant chronic pain.

Those of us who work in pain management were not surprised to see the eventual explosion of the opioid crisis.  My healthcare specialty as a doctor of chiropractic requires using drug-free techniques to minimize and eliminate pain.

Calmare scrambler is a remarkable pain management therapy for several reasons, including the fact that it can be used to combat several types of chronic nerve pain (neuropathy), including chemotherapy treatments (CIPN), Shingles (PHN), diabetes, post-surgical pain and unexplained nerve pain.

How Calmare Can Lessen Severe Pain for CRPS Sufferers

What I did not foresee was the vast community of CRPS sufferers who had tried a myriad of medications, painful procedures, surgeries, treatments– and were still left with debilitating pain.

I’m often asked why scrambler therapy is one treatment that can significantly reduce CRPS pain and physical symptoms:

  • Allodynia
  • Skin lesions that will not close/heal
  • Hair loss
  • Skin discoloration

After treating more than 1,000 patients, over the past nine years, it is apparent to me that CRPS /RSD is a unique communication between local skin tissue and the pain center of the brain.

How Calmare Therapy Works

The Calmare MC-5A device scrambles this misfiring pain message/signal–which says there is pain—when, in fact, there is not.

After the technology scrambles this misfiring message over a series of daily treatments for a period of two weeks, in most cases, the brain’s misfiring message ceases and pain is eliminated.

Using several small electrodes (think EKG) carefully placed in the region of the injury, the technology sends a mild and painless “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.

Keep in mind, the brain can send this faulty pain message to any region of the body—even a location which never sustained any kind of injury.

There is, in fact, no physiological reason for the pain.

As a comparison, phantom limb pain can result when a person who has undergone an amputation still feels significant pain in the part of the body which has been amputated.

Calmare is a ‘Provider-Dependent’ pain therapy.

Therefore, it is essential to confirm your provider’s expertise

and measurable success treatment your type of neuropathy.

Calmare Clinical Trial Success: Mayo Clinic

Dr. Charles L. Loprinzi, who was interviewed in January 2016 after leading his own successful Calmare clinical trial for the Mayo Clinic, explains,

TENS (a self-administered tens unit) is thought to work through the gateway theory of temporary pain relief, whereby normal touch sensations blocks pain sensations.

But scrambler therapy, on the other hand, provides ‘no-pain’ electrical information via nerves which have received transmissions of chronic pain information.”

Dr. Loprinzi said that through a process called ‘plasticity,’ the brain is ‘retrained’ and will no longer register a pain sensation in the affected area.

To date, there are at least 20 published reports on scrambler therapy that included results involving close to 1,000 patients in total.

These reports include clinical practice summaries, prospective non-randomized clinical trials and randomized controlled trials, including two trials that sought to double-blind patients and investigators.

Mayo Clinic Calmare Trial Patient Story: “Side-Lined No More”

Post-Clinical Trial Interview with Dr. Loprinzi

Calmare Case Studies

pain management patients

With patients’ permission, we regularly share their outcomes on our website. I’d like to share a few of our successful patient outcomes in the past year:

Peter Hinninger – New Jersey, USA

CRPS for 17 Years

For 17 long years, Peter tried every medication and every treatment, including a spinal cord stimulator (neuromodulation or SCS) to lessen his chronic pain.

Still, his pain level hovered around a consistent 7-8 on the Pain Scale.

After the completion of the standard 10-treatment therapy, we both teared up when he realized he was pain-free for the first time in more than a decade.

Peter and his long-time partner co-wrote a book detailing his Calmare Therapy treatment experience.

 

 

pediatric chronic pain patient
Cara adds a pin to Scotland on the Calmare patient map. (April 2018)

Cara – Scotland

Pediatric CRPS

Young teenager Cara from the UK underwent several therapies and pain management medications to lessen her neuropathy. She was still left in pain throughout much of her body.

Ultimately, her family elected to seek an alternative medicine solution and chose to cross the pond to the U.S. so that Cara could be treated by our Calmare New Jersey team.

I’m delighted to report she sustained a terrific outcome. Best of all, she left smiling with her pain level down to a 1/10.

She and her mother tell her story here: https://calmaretherapynj.com/calmare-patient-testimonial/cara-scotland-pediatric-crps/

Tonya Schuler – West Virginia, USA

CRPS after Carpal Tunnel Surgery

“When my pain management doctor told me a spinal cord stimulator (SCS) was the final treatment option, I knew I had to take matters into my own hands and reach out to the chronic pain community for a less invasive option,” Tonya explains.

After her routine hand and wrist surgery, the chronic pain started in one hand and soon spread to the other. As the condition worsened, the chronic nerve pain spread to her neck, back and stomach.

Tonya tells her personal story after undergoing Calmare Therapy:

Hope, Fortitude, Tenacity, Sheer Determination

You can read or watch more of our patient stories, most of whom arrived at our clinic bearing the weight of daily pain that made work, school–even socializing or taking a walk in the park–impossible.

They courageously tried invasive pain relief procedures and side-effect-laden painkillers and opioids without success, up to the day they arrived at our clinic.

Not surprisingly, many new patients arrive at our clinic skeptical and dejected.

Who could blame them?

But they all had one key attribute that remained steadfast–regardless of all the treatment disappointments.

Hope.

And we were honored that they mustered the remarkable fortitude to try (one more time) to mitigate their pain and regain their quality of life.

Providing Pain Relief to Children, Teens, Adults and Seniors

Eight years after introducing scrambler therapy to our clinic, I have treated children, teens, parents, and grandparents, most of whom are living pain levels from 8-10 every day.

In 2019, Calmare is now the only pain relief therapy we offer here in our NJ clinic.

After 10 daily treatment sessions, lasting about 35-minutes each, more than seven in 10 patients achieve a pain-free state or a reduction in pain to the degree that enables them to resume a pleasurable quality of life.

Why do 30 percent not achieve pain relief?

Sometimes they have additional health issues which interfere with treatment, sometimes they are non-compliant after therapy, and sometimes we just don’t know why Calmare did not lessen their pain, unfortunately.

In this era of failed opioid pain relief and increasing difficulty obtaining medication for chronic pain, people in pain are seeking drug-free options to lessen pain.

Nine years since first introducing Calmare scrambler therapy, I have never felt more assured that this treatment can dramatically elevate the quality of life for people living with chronic pain.

Dr. Michael Cooney is one of seven certified Calmare providers in the U.S. His clinic is located just outside New York City. He is a professionally certified chiropractor who has been treating severe acute and chronic pain conditions for more than 35 years.

After introducing Calmare Therapy in 2011, he soon began helping people with treatment-resistant neuropathy from as far away as South America, South Africa, Australia and Europe.

Dr. Cooney offers complimentary phone or video chat consultations with people from outside the U.S. To learn more, visit www.calmaretherapynj.com email info@calmaretherapynj.com or call 201.933.4440.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Abby Uses Calmare Therapy to Prepare for Her Prom

March 29, 2019

Abby from Vermont was here this week for three booster treatments.

The teenager and her family first came to us in 2015 when Abby’s CRPS was uncontrolled and spreading.

Now age 17 and getting ready for her first prom (gasp), she arrived at a 4/5 pain level in her leg.

Her motivation?

“Abby didn’t want to attend her prom with any chronic pain.”

Three sessions later, she left pain-free again.

Why Calmare Scrambler Therapy Can be Ideal for Treating Pediatric Neuropathy

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

While many patients never need further scrambler therapy, more advanced stages or prolonged or severe neuropathy, one or more boosters can be extremely useful against an elevation in pain.

What to Do if Your Neuropathic Pain Level Returns or Increases

Calmare patients who experience a recurrence of pain should document when the pain returns, subsides and what environmental issues were involved (stress, weather conditions, excessive use of the affected area) or if there was no specific cause for the elevation of pain.

We hope the lucky fellow who has the honor of taking this young lady to the dance appreciates how special she truly is!

To learn more about Calmare scrambler therapy or schedule booster treatments (even if you’re not preparing for your prom) reach out to our team by emailing us at info@calmaretherapynj.com or call our clinic in New Jersey at (201) 933-4440.

 

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Teenager with RSD Discovers Calmare Scrambler Therapy on YouTube

March 13, 2019

Leave it to the teenagers to discover Calmare scrambler therapy on YouTube!

Since we launched scrambler therapy here in New Jersey in 2011, we have used YouTube to share patient case studies with a broader audience seeking drug-free, alternative treatments for chronic nerve pain.

Today, we have nearly 50 patient outcomes on our channel and nearly 100 more featured on our blog-based website.

Emma from Montreal is a 16-year-old suffering from CRPS as a result of a fall from a bicycle.

After battling intensifying pain in her right and then left leg for the past year, her neuropathy eventually prohibited her from attending high school and seeing friends regularly.

She had undergone pain management injections and even reported to Ketamine to help lessen her pain.

All efforts were unsuccessful.

A Teenager Discovers Her Own CRPS Pain Relief Solution

She searched “CRPS” on YouTube one day, hoping to discover other young people like her who were socially isolated because of the condition.

During her search, she discovered several teenagers from around the world who had successfully undergone Calmare scrambler therapy with us and left pain-free or at significantly reduced pain levels, including:

Kira from Scotland, age 13

Austin from AZ, age 18

Maiya, age 15

Evan, mid-Atlantic US, age 13

Emma and her parents arrived here in Rutherford on February 25, 2019; her pain level hovered around 7.5/10.

Steadily, each day, she underwent her scrambler therapy treatment and most days, her pain level decreased. On the tenth and final day of therapy, she left with a 2/10 pain level, which had been sustained for a few days.

Only Calmare Therapy NJ USA Offers Diagnostic BrainSpan 

Emma is obviously elated that she finally discovered a treatment to reduce her CRPS pain.

Her number one priority when she gets back to Toronto is to “be back in school with all my friends again.”

An Update form Emma’s Parents

Since returning to her life back in Canada, Emma’s parents dropped us an update this week:

Hello Dr.  Cooney,

I wanted to give you an update on Emma:

The pain is down to a 1 in both legs and she said that sometimes she feels no pain all.

This truly is a life changer for Emma and we can’t thank you enough.

Have a nice evening!

Calmare Scrambler Therapy Benefits

  1. FDA-cleared 510(k)-cleared and European CE mark-certified
  2. Pain-free
  3. Non-invasive
  4. Drug-free
  5. No side effects

To learn more, call our friendly team to discuss your chronic pain condition at (201) 933-4440 or email us privately at info@calmaretherapynj.com.

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Teenager Snowboards By for a Post-Calmare Scrambler Therapy Update

February 28, 2019

Last summer, high school football player Austin arrived at our clinic using a cane and could not put weight on his leg/foot.

After surgery for a fractured fibula, he was soon diagnosed with CRPS which caused continued shooting pain; over time small treatment-resistant lesions began to develop on his affected foot (center image).

His family had read about our success treating these lesions and resulting chronic nerve pain from complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) using scrambler therapy.

They flew with Austin from the Southwest for him to undergo treatment and he achieved both pain relief and the lesions on his foot were more than 50% healed after his 2-week treatment (image on right).

Teen Football Star Finds CRPS Pain Relief After Calmare Therapy

Last week, Austin’s parents took the time to let us know how Austin is doing since his scrambler therapy:

Dr. Cooney,
Austin is doing wonderful. It has been a 180 since Calmare treatment, we are ever so grateful to you. Below is a video of him snowboarding!!!! Thank you again for all you do!
Forever Grateful,
Isabel, Duke and Austin 

 

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Rob Chooses Scrambler Therapy Over Ketamine and Spinal Stimulator to Combat CRPS

February 25, 2019

After seven unsuccessful surgeries trying to lessen his post-surgical CRPS neuropathy, pain management doctors recommended Ketamine or a spinal cord stimulator to control his pain.

Rob, a 42-year-old electrician from New Jersey, was living with a consistent 7/10 on the pain scale.

With limited mobility, he was eventually unable to perform the work he loved.

His pain management team ultimately recommended he undergo Ketamine infusions or have a spinal stimulator (SCS) implanted into his back to control his chronic pain.

He refused both options.

Instead, he chose to undergo drug-free, non-invasive Calmare scrambler therapy with Dr. Michael Cooney:

Calmare scrambler therapy has no side effects and is painless to undergo.

It is cleared by the FDA in the USA.

Virginia Finds Chronic Pain Relief with Calmare after Spinal Cord Stimulator Fails to Lessen Her Chronic Pain

How Does Calmare Work?

The Calmare® MC-5A device creates a low energy electrical impulse which travels through the patients 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.

This non-invasive technology has successfully treated thousands of patients in the U.S. and Europe, where the therapy has been shown to be effective in relieving and minimizing pain and physical symptoms as a result of several treatment-resistant neuropathic conditions.

Chronic pain conditions which may be suitable for scrambler therapy.

Schedule Your Phone or Video Consultation with Clinical Director Dr. Michael Cooney

If you have a similar situation to Robm and living with medication and treatment-resistant nerve pain, Dr. Cooney would be happy to offer his assessment about the potential viability of Calmare Therapy in your case.

Calmare is not right for everyone and Dr. Cooney will not perform the therapy on any patient unless he determines there is a high probability of pain relief success.

Complete the Consultation Request Card below or call us directly at (201) 933-4440.

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Celebrating a Year Defeating Chronic Pain

December 31, 2018

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

We are celebrating a banner year here at Calmare Therapy NJ USA.

In 2018, we treated the highest number of people with chronic nerve pain since we began using scrambler therapy in 2011.

From children and teens to adults and seniors, our non-invasive therapy is quietly giving people their lives back, free of pain.

We helped people battling CRPS, PHN, nerve pain after chemotherapy (CIPN) and prolonged pain after surgery (post-surgical pain).

For the first time, we also began treating people with treatment-resistant low back pain and sciatica and are very excited by these patients’ strong pain relief outcomes. (More on that in early 2019).

You have my word, we have not even begun the fight yet.

If you have been unsuccessful lessening your pain with medication or other pain management therapies, please contact us to discuss your neuropathic pain condition.

Most importantly, don’t give up the fight. Don’t give up hope.

 

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Calmare Booster Therapy Reduces Star’s Fibromyalgia and CRPS Pain

December 17, 2018

Star came to our New Jersey clinic for a 10-treatment series of Calmare Therapy a few years ago, but the degree of severity and length of time she had been battling both fibromyalgia and CRPS brought the pain back over time.

Recently she returned to see Dr. Michael Cooney in Rutherford, NJ for 10 booster treatments; fortunately, she received an even more positive outcome (pain reduction) after the second effort.

Calmare Therapy® (scrambler therapy) is a non-invasive, drug-free solution for pain control and medication-resistant neuropathy.

It uses biophysical “scrambler” technology, a treatment for nerve pain that uses electrodes placed on the skin.

The device works to relieve pain directly at the pain site without any reliance on medication or painful procedures.

Via small electrodes strategically positioned by a specially-trained doctor, a ‘no-pain’ message is transmitted directly to the nerve for a period of approximately 35 minutes per session.

Regardless of severity, pain and physical symptoms caused by the neuropathic condition can be significantly reduced-or even alleviated-during or by the conclusion of the 10-treatment series.

The cause of the neuropathy may be a result of injury, cancer and chemotherapy, surgery, diabetic pain, CRPS / RSD, Shingles/PHN, lower back pain, fibromyalgia (FMS), sciatic neuropathy, chronic neck pain, failed back surgery or phantom limb syndrome.

Calmare Therapy NJ USA Patients Describe Their Treatment Outcomes

For severe cases of neuropathic pain, subsequent Calmare booster treatments are sometimes, but not always, necessary for patients who have lived with the chronic pain condition for a long period of time before undergoing Calmare Therapy treatment.

Scrambler Therapy Benefits

1. FDA-cleared 510(k)-cleared and European CE mark-certified
2. Pain-free
3. Non-invasive
4. Drug-free
5. No side effects

To learn more, visit calmaretherapynj.com or call our friendly team to discuss your chronic pain condition at (201) 933-4440.

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Emily Hewatt Checks in Two Years Since Her Calmare Therapy

October 17, 2018

Emily Hewatt is a wonderful young woman who gained global attention in her quest to find a pain management solution for the CRPS she had been battling for four years. The pain and side effects of the disease had kept her inside, unable to enjoy a true quality of life.

She had foot surgery in 2012 and the symptoms of CRPS began about a month after the operation. Her condition and pain region continued to expand from her lower extremities up the right side of her body.

Due to extreme sensitivity in her foot and leg, she eventually required the support of a wheelchair full-time. In addition, she has not been able to wear shoes on her feet for years.

Discovering a new treatment for CRPS from a fellow Aussie

She discovered Calmare through another woman from Australia who had achieved life-changing pain relief. Her quest to raise the funds began, attracting media attention:

Corryong woman books two tickets to access life-changing treatment with help of community

After her successful pain management outcome with us in 2016, almost two years to the day, she left us pain-free and without the need of a wheelchair.

The severity of her CRPS condition will require lifelong healthcare maintenance, which Emily recently shared and generously permitted us to share with you.

Emi sends a update on her health two years after scrambler therapy

Excerpt:

It has been two years since I was so humbly blessed with tremendous generosity and support which allowed me to be further blessed by the caring hands of Dr. Cooney and his team.

It was a very scary and daunting adventure traveling from our tiny town in North East Victoria, Australia halfway around the world to Rutherford, New Jersey, USA in search of a pain management treatment for my CRPS.

My treatment outcome was life-changing, to say the least. I left New Jersey without any pain, without the need of a wheelchair. It was just unbelievable.

Emily Hewatt returns from treatment in New Jersey pain-free

For the first two weeks post treatment I did as I was told and did nothing but rest and recover.

On the 15th day however, we had to execute a charity trail ride we had organized months earlier. After four years of excruciating pain forcing me bound within the walls of our home. It was my first full day out and walking!

Until later that night when we got home and my body was on fire and I was back in my wheelchair just to get inside from the car, I could barely move.

That was when I realized that even though I had felt amazing–with no pain since the Calmare treatment–that I still had CRPS and needed to manage it.

Emi’s mother, Dr. Cooney and Emi

So that has been the underlying theme of my life, to keep myself feeling as good as possible and as often as possible, and I’d say I am doing pretty well at it.

This drove home for me how important, especially now, it was to take care of myself, which is how we eventually came across Calmare Therapy or scrambler therapy as we now know it as in Australia.

My philosophy is do whatever you need to do to feel better.

Now two years since my Calmare Therapy,

I don’t really think about the CRPS all that

much—even after enduring four years of constant pain.

I have learned how to live my life so when I do get pain and become symptomatic from time to time, it’s not a big deal. I have all the tools, like the scrambler therapy, and knowledge I need to manage it.

The only one who truly knows me and knows what is right for me is me.

So thank you, Dr. Cooney, and your team and everyone who has shared their generosity and support with me.

Only I will ever truly know how much you all have given back to me.

Emi Hewatt, North East Victoria, Australia

To learn more about treating chronic nerve pain using non-invasive scrambler therapy, call (201) 933.4440 or email us privately at calmarenj@gmail.com and we’ll respond within 48 hours of your call or message.

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