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Hospital Lab Director Reduces CRPS Chronic Pain to 0/1

May 29, 2020

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Rhonda and Dr. Cooney celebrate her success reducing her chronic pain from 2-10 down to 0-1.

By Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director

Trust us, we’re smiling under these masks!

In mid-May, Rhonda traveled from California for New Jersey to undergo 10 Calmare Therapy treatments after a toe injury in 2016 led to a CRPS diagnosis in both feet.

I was honored to treat her for two weeks, after she had endured four long years of unsuccessful medications, nerve blocks,  physical therapy and Ketamine, which ultimately failed to reduce  her pain level, which ranged from 2-10.

The hospital lab director had 10 Calmare treatments, once daily lasting about 30 minutes, and left at a 0/1 pain level, even during the night when her pain level traditionally spiked to 8+.

I was elated to use scrambler therapy to help get this healthcare worker back to work, where her heart lies.

But Rhonda is the hero, as she took a gamble, even during COVID-19, to win the war against chronic pain, by traveling 3,000 miles for our treatment.

Next week, she is returning to her beloved career once again, living life to the fullest.

 

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Rhonda adds a pin to northern CA on our Calmare patient map.

Beginning in mid-May, we re-opened our pain management clinic in New Jersey, where we are treating only one patient at a time for optimal patient, family member and staff safety.

Learn more about our COVID-19 safety precautions in place.

Please complete the eCard below if you would like to discuss your chronic pain battle with me personally, email us at info@calmaretherapynj.com or call the clinic during business hours at (201) 933-4440.

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Calmare Scrambler Therapy Available at All Military Branches

May 22, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chronic pain conditions suitable for Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment

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

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

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

VA HOSPITALS

Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center
Richmond, VA 23249

ARMY

Madigan Army Medical Center

Tacoma, WA 98431

San Antonio Military Medical Center

Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234

Tripler Army Medical Center

Honolulu, HI 96859

AIR FORCE

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

Eglin Air Force Base

Eglin AFB, FL 32542

NAVY

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
Portsmouth, VA 23708-2111

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

Naval Medical Center Bethesda
Bethesda, MD 20889

Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune
Camp Lejeune, NC 28547-0100

Naval Hospital Pensacola
Pensacola, FL 32512-0001

Naval Hospital Bremerton
Bremerton, WA 98312-1898

Naval Hospital Jacksonville 
Jacksonville, FL 32214-5000

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

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Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy Touts Calmare Therapy

May 5, 2020

By Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director

While the world continues to be focused on COVID-19, people living with medication and treatment-resident chronic pain are still in pain, still stuck at home, waiting for relief.

For many neuropathic pain sufferers, medications may temporarily dim the pain, but it is no solution, certainly.

I am enormously grateful to those talented physicians and scientists who don’t believe that pain can only be cured with drugs, surgery or painful procedures.

To this day, the best scientific overview of scrambler therapy, provided by leading US pain management experts, is the published article by the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy.

“What is Scrambler Therapy and How Does it Work?” is written by Dr. Thomas Smith, Director of Palliative Medicine, Harry J. Duffey Family Professor of Palliative Medicine, Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Dr. Charles Loprinzi, Regis Professor of Breast Cancer Research, Mayo Clinic.

Both physician researchers have conducted their own randomized clinical trials, comparing scrambler therapy to “sham” pain management medical devices.

Both researchers yielded positive pain reduction from their individual trials:

Dr. Loprinzi’s trials

Dr. Smith’s trials

Article excerpt:

“We are interested in treatments that might work and don’t cause patient side effects. A recent review of 20 scientific reports on scrambler therapy noted no harm in any trial, with most reporting a substantial relief of pain. The two randomized trials comparing “sham” to real Scrambler Therapy showed a 50% reduction in low back pain, and a 91% reduction in pain from failed back syndrome, post herpetic neuropathy, and spinal cord stenosis. In all trials, pain relief was obvious in the first 3 days, continued to get better, and usually lasted several months.”

Calmare NJ USA reopens to patients (limited)

On Monday, May 4, 2020, we reopened the clinic here in New Jersey on a limited scale, treating only one patient at a time, with careful protective measures in place.

Most importantly, if our patient has the mobility to enter the clinic alone, we strongly request that they not be accompanied by family or friends in the clinic.

So far, so good.

Calmare scrambler therapy benefits

  • Proven successful in the treatment of neuropathic pain by leading oncologic studies 
  • FDA-cleared 510(k)-cleared and European CE mark-certified
  • Pain-free
  • Non-invasive
  • Drug-free
  • No side effects

People with treatment and medication-resistant neuropathy describe their outcomes after Calmare Therapy

I speak personally with anyone interested in pursuing Calmare Therapy, which is performed by me exclusively.

We have achieved positive pain relief with children (over age 8), teens, adults and seniors. I can be reached at (201) 933-4440 or drcooney@calmaretherapynj.com. I hope you’ll reach out to talk.

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Update and Support from Calmare Therapy NJ USA

March 20, 2020

He knows not his own strength who hath not met adversity.”

William Samuel Johnson

By Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director

As we grapple with COVID-19’s siege on our lives and our health, I wanted to touch base and offer an update from New Jersey:

We are treating patients, new and those seeking booster treatments, on an individual basis, with no overlap from other patients in the office.

Immediately after a patient has received scrambler therapy, we use the next appointment time to thoroughly sanitize our treatment rooms and public spaces, from the front doorknob to the check-in desk and everywhere in between.

When possible, we ask that the patient’s family or friends do not enter the clinic, but wait in the car.

So far, so good.

For people who wish to re-schedule upcoming Calmare Therapy treatments, please reach out as quickly as possible to give us ample time to fill your slot.

Due to the additional time required to clean our clinic between patients, 50% fewer appointments are currently available.

I want to share some valuable content from our longtime friends and partners on dealing with the coronavirus while living with CRPS.

We encourage you to bookmark BN and check back for more of their specialized content.

Burning Nights CRPS https://www.burningnightscrps.org/

Victoria, founder of Burning Nights, and her husband, visited our clinic for a wonderful visit in 2018.

Burning Nights CRPS founder, Victoria Abbott-Fleming, headquartered in the UK, battled CRPS after a car accident in 2003. She is now a global figurehead providing objective information and resources about CRPS.

She and her organization are also strong supporters of alternative pain management therapies, like Calmare scrambler therapy, to treat chronic nerve pain and the physical symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome.

Burning Nights latest post:

Understanding COVID-19 and Its Effect on CRPS

During this scary time, know that I am here to offer any advice or guidance to anyone in the chronic pain community. Just call the clinic at (201) 933-4440 or email me at info@calmaretherapynj.com for a prompt response.

To get the latest information on coronavirus, including tips for prevention and symptoms to look for, visit the CDC website, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

I hope and pray that you and your loved ones are safe and sound.

We shall overcome, together.

 

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

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February 28, 2020

Veterans should contact their VA primary care doctor for a referral 

Veterans with medication and treatment-resistant chronic pain are now fully covered to have Calmare Therapy, with a written referral from a V.A. physician.

Dr. Michael Cooney, clinical director, Calmare Therapy NJ USA, located in Rutherford, NJ, is a VA-approved, in-network provider of Calmare scrambler therapy (CPT Code 0278T), an FDA-cleared, non-invasive therapy to combat chronic nerve pain as a result of injury, surgery or disease.

The four branches of the U.S. Military have been using scrambler therapy since 2011, increasing the number of Calmare MC-5A devices at its hospitals, including the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

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

“As an in-network provider, we can help many veterans reduce neuropathic pain, especially those for whom medications and other traditional pain management therapies have failed to control their pain.”

How the Calmare Device Works Painlessly to Reduce Neuropathy

The FDA-cleared MC-5A scrambler therapy device (the brand name is Calmare) works by sending a “no-pain” signal through strategically-placed electrodes on the patient’s skin.

These signals override the native pain message, reducing the pain intensity and often offering immediate pain relief.

The long-term success achievements—at no added risk to the soldier–has made it an effective weapon against the “War on Pain.”

Calmare has no side effects and is painless to undergo.

While the treatment does not work for everyone, it has achieved am 80% success rate overall. Dr. Cooney has successfully treated nearly 1,000 patients since he underwent training to use the MC-5A device in 2010.

“Time and again, we have seen the Calmare device help people regain control of their lives and resume a healthy quality-of-life,” Dr. Cooney notes. “We have seen many people regain independent mobility after arriving at our clinic using wheelchairs, walkers or canes.”

Dr. Cooney says the success of the scrambler therapy device has been the highlight of his 35-year career in pain management.

Chronic pain conditions suitable for Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment

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

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

Instructions for Veterans to Schedule Calmare Therapy with Dr. Michael Cooney

  1. Contact your VA primary care doctor to request a written referral form to receive Calmare therapy for pain management. The doctor must specify CPT Code 0278T (scrambler therapy).
  2. Contact the V.A.’s Community Care department and submit the referral to them; request therapy to be provided by Michael Cooney.
  3. Community Care / TriWest will contact Calmare Therapy NJ USA with your medical history and we will work with you directly to schedule your 10 treatment schedule at a convenient date and time for you.
  4. You have a phone consultation with Dr. Cooney to discuss your condition and pain management goals.
  5. You report for one daily treatments lasting about 35-minutes, spread out over a Monday-Friday 2-week timeframe.

 

The cost of your Calmare Therapy treatments (CPT0278T) is covered through the V.A.

 

Schedule Your Calmare Therapy Consultation

Our quiet and personalized clinic is located in Rutherford, (Bergen County), New Jersey. We treat only one patient at a time.

We are located about 15 minutes from New York City.

Should you be traveling long-distance to New Jersey, consult our Hotel and Travel Arrangements page for discounted lodging options.

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

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Can Eating Chocolate Reduce Inflammation and Chronic Nerve Pain?

By Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director

dark chocolate lessens chronic pain
Can eating dark chocolate really reduce chronic pain?

Our Calmare Therapy NJ USA team fully supports combating chronic nerve pain without the use of medications, injections, surgery or other invasive pain management options.

It should come as no surprise, then, that we also support nutritional strategies to help reduce inflammation and resulting pain.

Many medicines are derived from plants, so eating plant-based foods only makes good sense to promote overall health.

For example, tomatoes promote heart health and spinach and other vegetables help offset several types of cancer.

And most pain sufferers know that cutting dairy, wheat, sugar or alcohol can decrease allergies, acid reflux and inflammation, ultimately improving overall well-being—including pain levels.

A sweet way to reduce pain

In addition, everyone’s favorite sweet treat, chocolate, has also been shown to help reduce pain.

But not all chocolate is the same.

Dark chocolate and cocoa have significantly higher flavanol levels, while milk chocolate and white chocolate have much lower levels.

Cocoa, the active ingredient in chocolate, provides a host of anti-inflammatory health benefits, from mood-lifting to antioxidants galore.

In addition to reducing swelling, dark chocolate also improves blood flow, which can also decrease pain.

Dark chocolate benefits

eat chocolate to lessen chronic nerve pain

The main active ingredient to create chocolate is cacao, derived from trees (again, plant-based). It has been scientifically proven to:

  • Increase the body’s natural opiates (endorphins)
  • Fire the brain’s cannabis receptors
  • Increase serotonin levels
  • Release the body’s natural amphetamine, phenylethylamine, better known as the “love drug”
  • Releases anandamide (aka the “bliss molecule”)
  • Contains tryptophan, the same chemical found in turkey, which makes you relaxed, even sleepy

Keep in mind, when shopping for dark chocolate for pain relief, the higher the cocoa content, the better.

Therefore, I’d skip the Dollar Store when shopping for medicinal chocolate products.

For the best results, choose a brand with at least 65 percent cocoa.

Fibromyalgia and Chocolate: What New Research Says About Health Benefits

Finally, dark chocolate doesn’t have the super-sweet and creamy flavor of typical milk chocolate, so it may take some taste bud adjustment when you first start to eat it.

Be creative, add it to your steamed milk or coffee; add it to a favorite recipe.

Limit yourself to three ounces a day, and look for chocolate with the lowest fat content you can find.

When a loved one asks what you’d like for Valentine’s Day this year, tell them you’d love some high-quality dark chocolate—doctor’s orders!


 

Dr. Michael Cooney is one of six Calmare-certified providers of scrambler therapy in the U.S. Since 2011, he has specialized in treating patients battling severe neuropathy as a result of fibromyalgia, CRPS / RSD, diabetes, shingles, post-surgical pain and pain after chemotherapy (CIPN).

To learn more, call 201-933-4440 or email us at info@calmaretherapynj.com.

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Great Week to Talk with Dr. Cooney!

December 23, 2019

Dr. Cooney at Calmare personally consults with every potential scrambler therapy patient.
Dr. Michael Cooney at Calmare Therapy NJ USA personally consults with every potential scrambler therapy patient.

Good Morning and Happy Holidays!

With the exception of a few booster treatment appointments, the clinic is not starting therapy for new chronic pain treatment patients this week.

With that said, I have more time to speak with potential patients for 2020.

Please feel free to call in at 201.933.4440 and I’ll be happy to reach out.

Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director

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Electrician Chooses Calmare Over Ketamine and Spinal Stimulator for Chronic Pain

December 17, 2019

After seven unsuccessful surgeries trying to lessen his post-surgical CRPS, pain management doctors eventually recommended Rob undergo Ketamine infusions or have a spinal cord stimulator implanted in his spine.

I’m honored to say this electrician said ‘no thanks’ to both options and chose Calmare Therapy.

He shares his experience below:

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Successfully Battling CRPS Pain During CRPS Awareness Month

November 11, 2019

CRPS Patient Nearly pain Free after Calmare Therapy
Erin and Dr. Cooney say goodbye after her successful scrambler therapy treatments.

A Facebook comment posted by Erin’s mother this morning:

“How can I thank you for giving us our daughter back?

Her treatments have completely changed her—body, mind, and spirit, Dr. Cooney!

I pray she remains in remission. This is nothing short of a miracle!!!”


Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Awareness Month is recognized in November around the world.

I was particularly pleased that Erin’s arduous five-year battle with this notoriously difficult-to-treat condition was overcome after 10 treatments of Calmare scrambler therapy.

Erin, now 29, was diagnosed with CRPS after a surgical procedure in 2014. Since then, she has been living with chronic pain in her leg as high as 8 to 10 on the Pain Scale.

The Kentucky native tried countless pain medications, injections and even additional surgery, without significant pain relief.

Last Friday, after 10 Calmare treatments, her pain level was a consistent 1/10 for the first time in five years.

 

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To learn more about FDA-cleared Calmare scrambler therapy, reach out to our friendly team of pain management experts by calling (201) 933.4440.

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