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Rare Disease Day 2020

February 25, 2020

rare disease day 2020
Rare Disease Day 2020

“We’re sending extra hugs and prayers to our family of warriors battling rare diseases around the world.

We admire your relentless courage and hope beyond words.”

Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director

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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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New CRPS Book Features Calmare Therapy and Dr. Michael Cooney

January 29, 2020

CRPS book features calmare therapy

Our 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 specialist Dr. Alaa Abd-Elsayed and Eric M. Phillips, president of the International RSD Foundation.

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

Scrambler Therapy: Drug-Free, Non-Invasive Pain Management for Chronic Nerve Pain

Dr. Michael Cooney treats people with 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.

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.

There is no fee for this consultation and no time limit.

 

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Dr. Michael Cooney Explains Calmare Scrambler Therapy on Mind Body Radio

January 13, 2020

Click to listen to the interview (January 2, 2020)

I was honored to be interviewed by Chris Sawyer on Mind Body Radio recently, discussing the merits of drug-free Calmare therapy.

Listen to the Mind Body Radio interview with Dr. Cooney here

What You Won’t Get with Calmare Therapy

Chris asked me all the right questions about scrambler therapy and we hope it highlights that pain management can be achieved without the use of:

  • medication
  • surgery
  • needles
  • invasive procedures

 

What is Calmare Therapy?

Is scrambler therapy right for my chronic nerve pain condition?

Calmare Therapy NJ USA Treats Chronic Pain Differently

The pain management crisis in healthcare has affected all of us.

We introduced Calmare Therapy at our New Jersey medical practice in 2011 precisely because pain medications and painful treatments don’t help many people relieve their neuropathies.

Free Consultation with Calmare’s Medical Director

If you are able to travel to New Jersey, USA, and would like to speak to me personally about your case, please reach out to our clinic at (201) 933-4440, email us at info@calmaretherapynj.com or complete the eCard below, and I’ll contact you by phone (or video chat if you are from outside the US).

I will reach out to you within 48 hours (not 48 days).

Wishing you a low-pain day,

Dr. Cooney

 Calmare Therapy NJ USA eCard

 

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Managing Dental Care When You Have Chronic Pain

December 30, 2019

Dental care and treatment can be stressful to people living with chronic pain.

More than 75 percent of the chronic pain patients we have treated also suffer from chronic dental issues.

People with myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) require the highest levels of specialized dental care due to the highly sensitive nature of their conditions.

Certainly, no one is looking to add to your pain.  But maintaining dental hygiene now, even with some discomfort, can offset the possibility of far more pain down the line, should tooth decay set in.

I sought out the advice of a local dentist who specializes in treating patients with chronic pain and asked him for advice:

Won’t dental visits cause me more pain?

Regular dental check-up and cleaning visits are the same as the need for a general overall check-up with your primary care doctor every year; if you don’t do it, any potential issues will have ample time to grow and become more serious (and more complicated to treat) after the issue is finally diagnosed.

Do the due diligence beforehand; seek out a dentist who treats patients with chronic nerve pain and understands your special issues.

Once you’ve found one, ask about specific tools to help minimize and control pain, dental or otherwise, before, during and after treatment.

If your search is unsuccessful, let the person scheduling your appointment know you suffer from chronic nerve pain in advance and remind the staff to chart this important fact again when you arrive.

When the dentist or dental hygienist arrives to begin your treatment, first have a conversation about your neuropathy and ask what special considerations they will make for you.

Be sure that you mutually understand a predetermined signal that you are uncomfortable or in pain.

Medication damage to teeth and gums

One of the unfortunate byproducts of chronic pain management is the common use of medications.

These medications commonly contribute to dry mouth, and without adequate saliva, tooth decay and gum disease are more likely to flourish.

This dry mouth condition is called xerostomia and it has major dental consequences such as:

  • Interference with normal swallowing patterns
  • Taste alterations (dysgeusia)
  • Interference with speech
  • Inability to maintain oral tissue integrity
  • Mucositis (chronic mouth irritation and inflammation)
  • Dental decay
  • Erosion

To combat this condition, keep hydrated by sipping water throughout the day, chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless hard candy.

You may also wish to use a moisturizing mouth spray, which your dentist can provide.

Oral Health: The Mouth-Body Connection (Web MD)

Periodontal Disease

Over time, gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets that often become infected. The body’s immune system fights the bacteria as the plaque spreads and grows below the gum line.

Bacterial toxins and the body’s natural response to infection start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place.

If not treated, the bones, gums and tissue that supports the teeth are destroyed, requiring extraction of the diseased teeth.

Extractions

Understandably, people with chronic pain avoid potential pain triggers, including dental visits.

So when tooth or gum pain or sensitivity presents, it is often in the latter stages of decay when the tooth cannot be salvaged.

The unfortunate result is the need to remove the diseased tooth.

The best defense is a good offense

In the comfort of your home, brush teeth a minimum of twice daily and floss. (Yes, we know it’s gross, but isn’t it better to get that stuff out of your mouth and into the garbage?)

Give your tongue a good brushing as well to remove bacteria that leads to plaque and chronic bad breath.

Twice-yearly tooth cleanings and exams are necessary to prevent and offset any issues before they become more serious and requiring more invasive treatment.

Talk with your treating physician before your visit to determine any special protocol or medication requirements needed.

Be sure that your doctor and dentist are in touch to fully understand the nature of your care needs.

After your cleaning or dental treatment, allow extra time to rest and recover.

Eat soft food for a few days and avoid foods (meats, popcorn, hard candy) that can potentially become lodged in those clean and disease-free pearly whites!

Prevention of dental disease may very well pay off in good overall health, allowing your immune system to perform at its optimal level.

While, admittedly, it’s not pleasant, it is nonetheless well worth the effort in the long run.


Dr. Michael Cooney is one of 7 certified providers of Calmare scrambler therapy in the U.S. He specializes in treating patients battling severe neuropathy as a result of fibromyalgia, CRPS / RSD, diabetes, shingles, post-surgical pain and pain after chemotherapy. To learn more, call 201-933-4440.

 

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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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Calmare NJ USA Introduces CareCredit Payment Option

December 11, 2019

Effective immediately, we are pleased to offer an new payment plan options for Calmare patients and families:

Calmare Therapy NJ USA now offers CareCredit to patients approved to undergo Calmare Therapy, performed by clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney.

CareCredit helps you pay for out-of-pocket healthcare expenses to help manage medical, health and wellness expenses not covered by insurance.

We added this medical treatment financing option to help prevent our patients with chronic pain from delaying treatment due to financial restrictions.

This program also offers special financing options that you may not be able to get with other cards.

CareCredit Video Overview

You can apply for CareCredit here: https://www.carecredit.com/apply/

Additional CareCredit Information

FAQS

You will set up your CareCredit account independently and privately by working with the service directly.

Once your account is established, Contact Us at (201) 933-4440 and we’ll securely add this payment confirmation to your file.

Should you have any questions, call CareCredit toll-free at (800) 677-0718 or visit carecredit.com.

 

 

 

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New Yorker Finally Defeats Full Body CRPS with Calmare Therapy

December 4, 2019

Leanna, a 29-year-old real estate developer in New York City, was diagnosed with CRPS in her left leg after knee surgery in 2016.

She and her family sought out every pain management treatment and medication to lessen her chronic nerve pain, without success.

There were days she could not leave her bed due to spiking pain levels.

Her family discovered Calmare Therapy and Dr. Michael Cooney is a web search for “chronic nerve pain” and “alternative pain treatments.”

“By then, I was living with full-body CRPS; I had absolutely nothing to lose by trying by Calmare,” Leanna explains.

Calmare scrambler therapy is an FDA-cleared device that combats chronic nerve pain by scrambling the pain message sent by the brain, often in error (there is actually no pain in the region, but the brain is sending incorrect messaging).

Calmare is non-invasive (no needles, surgery, painful procedures), has no side effects and is completely drug-free.

Watch Leanna’s video where she describes what happened after her scrambler therapy treatments began, and ultimately how she felt at the conclusion of her 10-treatment Calmare series.


To learn more about Calmare scrambler therapy and the chronic pain conditions it treats, call our clinic, located in Rutherford, New Jersey at (201) 933-4440 or fill out our free Consultation Request below and we’ll reach out to you:

 

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