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Five Tools to Manage Chronic Pain During the Holidays

November 28, 2018

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney

Clinical Director, Calmare Therapy NJ USA

Ready or not, feeling great or no-so-great, the holiday season is here and people want to see you. If you are living with chronic pain, the unpredictability of your condition can add to the stress of the season.

I’d like to focus on the emotional and physical benefits of making an effort to participate in the season, in a manner that works for you.

You are living with special circumstances–If you need to cancel an appearance or leave early, it’s ok. If some don’t understand this need for self-care, this is out of your control. Keep in mind most people don’t understand the demands and challenges that go along with living with chronic pain.

I advise my patients who battle neuropathy to utilize these tools to help maximize their opportunity to share in the joy of the season and minimize adding to their pain.

  1. Accept Limitations

You may not be able to accomplish all the tasks you had planned during the holiday season. Don’t beat yourself up.

If you couldn’t join in Midnight Madness shopping or prepare a big holiday meal this year, everyone will survive. Enlist the support of loved ones and teach them how to carry on your proud family traditions.

  1. Get Some Exercise

“But won’t exercising worsen my pain?” In most cases, when you get your body moving and your heart pumping, your brain releases endorphins, which puts you in a better mood and relieves stress.

Moving your body also helps to let go of the day’s worries, allows your busy mind to wander and stretches muscles to keep them from tightening up.

It can also help you sleep significantly better at night, which is a significant challenge for people with neuropathy.

First and foremost, check with your doctor before you start a new exercise regime, just to be sure.

  1. Unwind Your Way

Pencil in plenty of “you” time each day. Relax and enjoy whatever calms you down and rests your body and mind. Whether it’s a morning stroll or swim, Facetime chat or spending the afternoon watching the game, take the time to decompress and truly enjoy the joy of the holiday season.

  1. Stay Social Even if You Don’t Feel Social

Health issues can be socially isolating, especially this time of year. Have a comfortable party ‘uniform’ at-the-ready and try to go out and attend a dinner or celebration for at least an hour or so. If you’re feeling good and enjoying yourself, stay longer.

Talking with people, sharing a laugh and meeting someone new is good for body, mind and soul. When you feel mentally fit by social interaction, your spirit and body can be strengthened as well. And when the time is right, you can assert your self-sufficiency call an Uber or Lyft to get you home safely.

  1. Feed Your Spirit

Regardless of your religion, seek out places of worship and attend a service or as many as you wish.

Feel the serenity and the strength that centers of worship offer.

From prayer, voice and song, we gain strength, resolve and hope.

If you are living with medication and treatment-resistant chronic nerve pain, non-invasive Calmare scrambler therapy may be a newer treatment option that delivers significant and sustained pain relief. It is drug-free, cleared by the FDA and has no side effects.

Medical Conditions Suitable for Calmare Scrambler Therapy
To learn more, reach out to our team or speak to me personally by calling (201) 933-4440 or email me at calmarenj@gmail.com.
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U.S. Air Force Offers Airmen Drug-Free Calmare Therapy Chronic Pain Treatment

December 3, 2017

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The U.S. Air Force offers Calmare Therapy to airmen suffering from chronic nerve pain.

It is exciting to see our U.S. Military continue to promote the use of opioid-free Calmare scrambler therapy to treat several types of chronic pain, including complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) in Air Force members and their families.

A recent article published on their website noted:

“NST (nerve scrambler therapy) is one of the Medical Wing’s most cutting-edge methods for managing chronic and debilitative nerve pain that impacts warfighters’ job performance and long-term quality of life.”

The Calmare MC-5A device transmits low-grade electrical messages between the pain site and the brain, scrambling the pain messaging.

The article also states that because of a thorough Air Force screening process, they have been very successful with Calmare Therapy and there have been no known or reported side effects or injuries from the use of this machine.

Phantom Limb Pain Treatment

The article states that Calmare is also commonly used to treat a condition found among some wounded warriors known as phantom limb pain. Phantom limb pain is a condition in which an amputee experiences pain sensation from the part of the body that was removed.

Have Painkillers, Invasive Treatments and Therapies Failed to Lessen Your Neuropathic Pain?

Nearly all of the patients we treat have already traveled down that same path, also.

We invite you to reach out to us by calling (201) 933-4440, privately emailing us at calmarenj@gmail.com or completing the info card below, and we’ll respond to you within 48 hours or less:

Future Calmare Doctors Mentored by Dr. Michael Cooney

August 16, 2017

Dr. Damon Orlando from Studio City, CA visited our clinic last week to shadow Dr. Cooney as he treated patients battling chronic pain using Calmare scrambler therapy. He is considering introducing Calmare to his geographic area.

Dr. Cooney has received acclaim for his use of opioid-free therapies to overcome several types of acute and chronic pain for more than 30 years.

But adding Calmare in 2011 as a pain management therapy (which has no side effects) garnered global attention:

Emily Hewatt Returns from Treatment in New Jersey Pain-Free

emi-hewatt-having-calmare-treatment-_10-16“Patients should understand that Calmare is a ‘provider-dependent’ treatment,” Dr. Cooney cautions. “The provider (doctor) determines the placement of the individual leads according to the origin of the pain site–not necessarily where the pain is being experienced.”

The Calmare Certified doctor says the scrambler therapy provider should also have a proven history of treatment success for the specific medical condition the patient is seeking therapy.

Ensure your provider is “Calmare Certified” and has successfully treated several patients with your specific pain condition.

Do You Have Medication and Treatment-Resistant Pain?

We invite you to reach out and consult with our Calmare team to mutually determine if scrambler therapy might be right for you.

At Calmare Therapy NJ USA, you’ll speak directly with our founder and clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney, who has treated hundreds of patients battling chronic pain.

Complete the info below, or call (201) 933-4440.

Catherine Relieves Her 10-Year Fibromyalgia Pain with Calmare

July 28, 2017

Catherine Miller was diligent in her quest to lessen symptoms from diagnosed fibromyalgia and neuralgia. A professional who works at a local university in Pennsylvania,  she went to see several pain management specialists and used all the name brand chronic pain medications, steroids, epidurals and physical therapy.

Through her own research into new pain relief therapy options, she discovered Calmare scrambler therapy’s success combatting treatment-resistant pain and soon headed to New Jersey for therapy in 2016.

Catherine liked that scrambler therapy was a drug-free, painless treatment–without any unpleasant side effects.  “It was time to try an alternative therapy because I had nothing to lose and everything to gain,” she says.

Read about her fibromyalgia pain relief after 10 Calmare treatments.

The following year, her pain levels slowly increased, so she took action sooner rather than later and came back for five booster treatments in May 2017. She explains below:

Have Fibromyalgia medications and other therapies left you still in pain?

We invite you to reach out and consult with our Calmare team to mutually determine if scrambler therapy might be right for you. At Calmare Therapy NJ USA, you’ll speak directly with our founder and clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney, who has personally treated hundreds of patients battling chronic pain for more than 30 years.

Complete the eInfo card below, or call us directly at (201) 933-4440.

 

Scientists ID Brain Mechanism and Possible Fix for Chronic Pain

July 11, 2017

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

I read an exciting article in ARS Technica, Scientists come up with neural mechanism—and possible fix—for chronic pain which certainly spoke to me and our Calmare team since researchers at the New York University School of Medicine determined that chronic pain may, in fact, be all in your head.

Their study confirmed and explained why the Calmare device is able to produce very significant chronic pain relief even to patients who have previously undergone medication and other therapeutic efforts.

Nerve damage can confuse the brain’s pain signals

Scientists identified and confirmed that a circuit in the central pain-processing region of the brain causes hyperactive pain signals. It seems the nerve damage deactivates the somatostatin (SOM) interneurons whose responsibility is to diminish pain-firing signals.

By alternating the SOM, we can reduce or eliminate the pain messaging.

We believe this study is a breakthrough and explains why Calmare scrambler therapy is successful, when medications and other more invasive treatments fail.

The application of the 16 distinct algorithms from the Calmare MC-5A device in activating sequences stimulates the brain by sending a “no-pain here” signal and thereby “calming” (Calmare means ‘calming’ in Italian) the interneurons which are hyperactive.

Calmare convinces the brain to stop sending pain signals

Calmare has been effective treating several types of neuropathic (chronic) pain; this type of comprehensive study may be the long-awaited first step in explaining the reason for it.

Could Calmare Be the Solution to Your Treatment-Resistant Neuropathy?

I am proud to be one of only six Calmare-Certified providers in the U.S. I have successfully treated (you will never undergo a treatment performed by any other staff member) hundreds of patients since we introduced this revolutionary, FDA-cleared pain relief device in 2011.

If you have undergone medication and other neuropathic pain therapies, but are still in significant pain, we would be happy to speak with you about your chronic nerve pain.

Contact us directly at (201) 933-4440, via email calmarenj@gmail.com or complete the eCard below:

 

 

 

Forbes Addresses Managing Chronic Pain in the Workplace

June 5, 2017

By Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director

Journalist Melissa Thompson wrote a thoughtful article about how to deal with chronic pain while holding down a job.

I voraciously shared this article today, since many of the patients we treat for a variety of chronic pain conditions are somehow able to maintain a career while dealing with the pain.

Since 2011, we have helped nurses, IT professionals, mail carriers, teachers, business owners, loggers, truck drivers, dentists, construction workers and waiters to lessen or even eliminate their medication and treatment-resident chronic nerve pain.

Excerpt:

back pain.jpeg“Chronic pain isn’t something that you have to deal with on your own. But you must speak up! According to recent research, chronic pain sufferers are often silent and refuse to be outspoken about their issues. They just accept their pain as a part of life and move on.

The study, published by the American Chronic Pain Association, reveals:

  • 72 percent of people with chronic pain have lived with it for three years or more.
  • One-third of people have lived with chronic pain for more than 10 years.
  • Approximately 44 percent of sufferers delay talking to their doctor about pain.
  • 53 percent only visit their doctor when the pain gets really bad.”

If this scenario sounds familiar, I hope you’ll find the article useful (link below):

Is Workplace Productivity Possible In The Midst Of Chronic Pain?

 

Star Describes her Calmare Therapy Treatment Outcome for CRPS Pain

May 4, 2017

Star and her husband arrived here from Maine a few weeks ago. Seven long years ago, Star sustained a left hand injury, eventually resulting in CRPS, which spread to her whole body, taking away her independence and quality of life.

For those of you suffering from RSD /  CRPS, this story may sound all too familiar…

Star talks about her Calmare scrambler therapy treatments below and kindly allowed us to share her recent Facebook post, where she described her medical history and eventual treatment outcome after 10 scrambler therapy treatments, performed by CRPS specialist, Dr. Michael Cooney, clinical director.

Facebook update by Star on May 1, 2017:

“I want to share my journey through RSD/CRPS.

I was injured in my left hand/wrist, which started me on this path through a very lonely hell for the past 7 years. Soon after my injury, I developed RSD/CRPS in my left hand/wrist. Over time, it spread to entire body involvement.

I lost so much during this time like my independence, job, friends, sense of self, and very importantly I lost my will to live. The burning pain and stabbing hurt so bad that no conventional medication or therapy was helping.

I have been through years of physical & occupational therapy, pool therapy, mirror therapy, trigger point injections, 5 stellate ganglion blocks in my neck, HBOT therapy, over a dozen specialists, numerous nerve conduction testing, and the list goes on and on…

I was even considering spinal cord stimulation or Ketamine Coma therapy. Both not FDA approved and extremely invasive procedures.

I am very fortunate that I have an amazing husband, family and close friends that wouldn’t give up on me but more importantly they wouldn’t let me give up on myself and life.

My husband found Dr. Michael Cooney in Rutherford NJ who performs Calmare Scrambler Therapy. I had never heard of this procedure and we did lots of research into it and Dr. Cooney.

I called Dr. Cooney’s office and spoke at length with his staff member, Cathy, and she was so helpful and kind answering all my questions and helping me be at ease about going in for this therapy.

We arrived at the clinic and were immediately greeted by Cathy, Barbara and Dr. Cooney. Up until this point, I was feeling optimistically hopeful that this would be the treatment that finally worked for me. I arrived at the clinic with a 8-10+ pain scale for the past several years–with little to no relief.

After just one treatment, I was already feeling a tiny bit better. Each day, I gradually felt less pain and RSD/CRPS symptoms. (Resting between treatments and for 7-10 days after treatment ends is key to healing).

I left treatment after the 10 sessions feeling like an entire new lease on life had just been gifted to me. My pain levels dropped to a manageable 3-4.

I have been asked if I have been cured and my response is no, this is not a cure, however, it has lessened my pain and symptoms considerably and I am still healing. There is no way to know how long this last , or when and if I would need a booster treatment in the future.

Regardless,  I would do it again and every moment I am not in severe pain and agony, I will always be grateful to those who were a part of my journey and continue to be my special warriors.

I still have a very long road ahead of me in rehabilitation, but now the difference is I have less pain and hope for the future again.

Forever thankful to those who stood by me!!!”

Meet Star via her YouTube Video (click in center)

Would you like to be considered for Calmare Therapy to Combat Chronic Pain?

We are elated to celebrate another successful outcome and a wonderful, full-of-life person regain power over her life and her health. But Calmare is not right for everyone. If you or a loved one is battling treatment- and medication-resistant chronic nerve pain ( neuropathy ) we would be happy to talk with you in more detail about your medical history and pain therapy goals.

Call us at (201) 933-4440, email us your story at calmarenj@gmail.com or fill our the Calmare eCard below and we’ll reach out to you or a caregiver.

Preparing for Your Upcoming Calmare Therapy Treatments

April 24, 2017

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

Treatment Room BestAs we prepare for the busy summer months ahead, I thought it would be a good time to recap how patients and families can optimally prepare for their upcoming Calmare treatments with us here in New Jersey.

The standard treatment protocol is one daily treatment for 10 days (excluding Sunday and some Saturdays) each lasting about 35 minutes each.

Months or years after the treatment series, some people require subsequent booster treatments (generally one up to four treatments). They should also follow the protocol below. (Keep in mind, in most cases, the need for Calmare booster therapy should decrease over time).

Preparing for Your Calmare Therapy
  1. Fill out your New Patient Forms in advance. You can forward them to us by fax (201-933-8159); send them by mail; or scan and email them to calmarenj@gmail.com.
  2. Send or bring along any objective tests (X-rays, EEG, MRI, EMG or cat scans) for our pre-treatment study.
  3. Wean off as many medications (i.e. anticonvulsants and antidepressants) as possible, working in partnership with your prescribing doctor/s. (Note: Each patient case is unique in this regard. I will talk with you personally about your specific medication protocol and how best to manage this issue.)
  4. Do not use any skin lotions 24-hours before or at any time during your treatment cycle.
  5. Wear loose, comfortable clothing; bring some hand-held entertainment to occupy you during each treatment.
  6. Consider keeping a journal about your experience and discuss how you feel each day during therapy.
  7. Make flight and hotel reservations well in advance. We provide a list of lodging options which have received high marks from patients. Ensure the hotel can provide transportation to/from the clinic or recommend a quality taxi service. You may also wish to download the Uber or Lyft apps for affordable transportation services.
  8. Abby Bluteau getting treatment_2015Don’t be nervous!  The treatments are painless and we will be with you every step of the journey!
You are in good hands!

We are a positive and spirited team (as we hope you have heard!) and will be 100% percent certain to make you feel as comfortable as possible from your first visit to your last.

Our collective goal is to significantly lessen your pain and reduce or eliminate reliance on prescription medications or invasive treatments.

We are only a call away

If there is anything we can do to assist you in your preparation, or you have questions, please call us at (201) 933-4440 or email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com.

Safe travels and we look forward to meeting you soon!

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