It was a rare occasion to see the Calmare team outside the office. But yesterday, we snuck out for a few hours to celebrate each other and our very special team.
I would like to offer my deepest thanks and appreciation to our pain management physician, Dr. Robert Kelly; Barbara, our practice manager for more than 25 years; patient-favorite and beloved Calmare patient coordinator & administrator, Cathy; and our incredibly caring and skillful physical therapists, Namrata and Alicia.
It is not an easy task to assemble the right healthcare team, but we have done it.
You all mean the world to me, and our patients across the globe.
Since introducing Calmare Therapy, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some spectacular people who I would never have met otherwise. Here’s a perfect example–
It’s not every day that a Jersey City boy (me) meets up with a southern gentleman from Mississippi. But Matt Hannon heard about Calmare Therapy and came up to see us for five treatments. He’s a family man and a very bright fellow (some kind tech expert) and chief of the local volunteer fire department. He was also living with a severe case of RSD he could not get off his back.
He was diagnosed by his doctor with RSD in his right foot following lower back disc surgery. He limped and experienced extreme pain after walking about 10 minutes. To get through the day, he took a battery of OTC and prescribed pain medications.
Facing more recommended surgery and/or the implantation of a spinal cord stimulator, Matt took matters into his own hands. He began Calmare scrambler therapy May 20 with a pain level of 7/8. After four Calmare treatments, he came in with a 2/3 and post treatment (#5) he was a 0/10.
He shared his experience with us and generously allowed us to share it with you below:
“Had an AWESOME successful week with Doctor Cooney at Calmare Therapy in New Jersey. I traveled over 1,000 miles each way and it was worth every second and every penny. It has given me my life back. I still have some numbness, tingly and temperature departures but I can definitely deal with this. I have not been able to walk more than 10-15 minutes in 2 years and one day walked over an hour as well as traveling through the airports using NO pain meds! I also met 2 other female patients there who also had success with their RSD this week as well.
Dr. Cooney cares greatly for what he does and is literally changing lives. Kathy in the office was great as well and very kind.
I hope the treatments I had are good for life, but if they are not, I will definitely go back here only. Feel free to comment or inbox me with any questions. This is pain free and risk free, you have NOTHING to risk or lose!
My doctors here wanted me to have more surgery and a neurostimulator. But I took my health in my own hands and did my research for the best Calmare anywhere. I have no ties to Doctor Cooney and was a complete stranger (coming all the way from Mississippi).
Truth? I was skeptical because I had tried so many treatments through the years. After the first treatment ,I amazed and even jogged down the hall from the elevator to my room! Again please contact me if you are skeptical and contact Doctor Cooney today. Even my family was skeptical, but this changed my life and I am very grateful!
About 25 percent of Americans experience chronic pain, and a disproportionate number of them are women. Women suffering from autoimmune diseases almost doubles that of men. A report by the Campaign to End Chronic Pain in Women found that inadequate physician training in diagnosing and treating just six pain disorders that affect women either exclusively or predominantly, including fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
I can tell you in my own chiropractic and Calmare Therapy programs, most of the new female patients I see come with a basketful of prescription painkillers prescribed by doctors who don’t know how else to help them.
On December 20, a new study about the brain’s effect on chronic pain* was released by Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and published in the January 2013 edition of the journal Pain. I wanted to share it with our blog readers, who are all certainly experts in this field (unfortunately), and may appreciate this information. This study relates directly to Calmare’s scrambler therapy technology which essentially scrambles the pain message being sent by the brain, which, again, stresses the connectivity between pain and the brain. Interesting reading.
Dr. Michael Cooneywill be a guest on “RSD and You”hosted by Joseph Aquilino today from 3 to 4 p.m. eastern time. Joey hosts a friendly and informal program centered around helpful information related to people living with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), CRPS and other “silent” types of chronic pain.
For the past year, I’ve had the honor of guesting on Joseph Aquilino’s “RSD and You” BlogTalk radio program. Joey has a tremendous national following of people who are living with chronic pain conditions. He has suffered with severe RSD as a result of a workplace accident nearly five years. He recently underwent Calmare Therapy for the first time and had the most positive results with this non-invasive, drug-free therapy than others he tried. You can follow his Calmare treatment diary here.
If you’d like to listen to my most recent program and hear the latest news about Calmare, where we also answer callers’ questions, just click here.
One of our patients established a well written and informative blog, Life as a Young Adult with RSD /CRPS. She started Calmare Therapy with us this week after interacting with us and our patients on Facebook. She is chronicling her Calmare experience on this blog and we’d like to share her most recent post. You can also subscribe to her blog to follow her progress.
So had session 3 today of calmare. It went really well. By the time i got home, my pain level was at about a 4 out of ten. Keep in mind that’s after a long commute down the Jersey Turnpike. it remained that most of the day. It spiked a bit in my back when i lifted some heavy containers (stupid me!), but my legs remained at a 4! I took a shower tonight and i have to say it was probably the first time i actually enjoyed a shower in at least a year! I could shave my legs and use shower gel on a poof and the water actually felt great! I’m very pleased with how much the sensitivity to touch has decreased! I didn’t expect that to happen! I was only expecting pain relief. In fact, it lowered the spiked back pain back to a four! Now its almost bedtime, my worst time and my pain’s at about a 5 out of ten. I’m really pleased! And i blowdryed and straightened my hair! I haven’t straightened my hair since the fall of 2011.
I received a message / query last week from a pain management physician at the Cleveland Clinic and wanted to share my response with you. He had heard about Calmare Therapy from some of his patients and the impressive outcomes we are seeing against treatment- and drug-resistant pain. He asked me for a post-Calmare treatment protocol. Keep in mind, every patient’s treatment and recovery is unique. What I have outlined below are general guidelines for after therapy recovery. Check with your personal physician about your individual healthcare situation.
After Calmare Therapy – Recovery
After you have completed your Calmare treatment gentle re-entry is necessary. Every patient’s re-entry protocol should be based on particularly gentle activity of the affected area and even more so if pain symptoms have been active beyond 24 months─the longer you have experienced chronic neuropathy, the more slowly you should ease back into activity / use of that region. Also, when RSD has spread into other areas of the body, post-treatment therapy should be especially conservative. Unilateral cases (where only on specific area is affected), however, can be less restricted.
Generally speaking, one week to 10 days of stretching is also prudent. This is followed by a slow physical therapy strengthening program which we recommend be administered by a qualified physical therapist. The very last thing you want to do is risk initiating re-injury so a conservative approach is imperative.
It’s difficult, we know. But take it slow.
Not surprisingly, patients are often so excited to be able to move and do the things they used to do that they unintentionally over-exert themselves and subsequently experience pain as a result. Should this occur, don’t panic. As with any healing injury, your body will let you know if you have overdone it. If you receive this signal, reduce your activity and allow the body to continue its recovery. Yes, it’s difficult, but keeping an eye on the long-term prize of living without pain is well worth the wait.
You are more than welcome to contact me at 201-933-4440 if I can offer any further information or assistance about post-Calmare Therapy recovery protocol.
We had a wonderful experience using Calmare Therapy to finally end our ‘California Girl’s” chronic pain from CRPS. Amy traveled here from San Francisco after her treatment at the Pain Treatment Center – Stanford University School of Medicine did not lessen her pain. Thankfully, she connected with one of our Calmare patient families from Ohio who recommended she come here to NJ for treatment. After 10 treatments with us, Amy flew home last Friday pain-free (0 pain level). She kindly offered to make a video of her Calmare treatment experience which we will be sharing soon. Thanks for bringing a little California sunshine to us Amy!
“Thanks for all you do Dr. Cooney, not just for me, but for all of us. My RSD pain is still at 0, hands and feet still improving from CIPN. Did I mention I planted a garden and mowed the lawn today?”
“If you, or someone you know is experiencing pain from cancer, seriously, look into Calmare. I wouldn’t steer you the wrong way. Dr. Cooney knows what’s up! Dr Michael Cooney, you’re the main man in my book when it comes to Calmare Therapy.”
“A little over a year ago and still pain free! I ran for the first time last week! Thank you Dr. Cooney and Calmare NJ, you gave me my life back!”
“My doctor recommended a spinal cord stimulator as a last resort to help with my CRPS pain. But I researched Calmare and decided to go to Dr. Cooney in NJ for treatment. I had nothing to lose. Ten treatments later, I am going home at a 0 on the pain scale. I am overjoyed.”
Kansas City, MO
“Thanks to you guys, my own Christmas will be filled with joy and celebration as I embark on a new pain-free journey in 2015! Your admirable dedication to healing will always be an inspiration for me.”
“I am really feeling like I have a new lease on life. As strange as it may seem, it took some time to get used to having no pain!”
“Someone I knew who had the same condition recommended I go to NJ for scrambler treatment with Dr. Cooney for my CRPS. Arrived a skeptic..left in so much less pain.”
Mark Stomp (parent of patient)
“We chose Dr. Cooney because he has successfully treated so many people with CRPS. Also, his staff was very nice and inviting and his patients I spoke to had tremendous results. It has been 5 months since my daughter’s treatment and she is still pain free, symptom free, and taking no meds.”
“You just need to try this treatment because it may just give you back the life you enjoyed before CRPS stole it away.”
RSD / RND
“We will always remember and cherish your help in getting our daughter to where we can hug her again!! You are such a special man and healer. God Bless you and may He continue to use you to bring healing and compassion to others!”