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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?

 

Emi Hewatt Heads Back to Australia After Successful CRPS Treatment

October 14, 2016

emi-hewatt-having-calmare-treatment-_10-16You may recall The Border Mail newspaper article which addressed Emi’s four-year battle with CRPS and her effort to raise funds to come to New Jersey, USA from Corryong, Australia to undergo Calmare Therapy, performed by Dr. Michael Cooney, our clinical director.

Emi’s medical history may sound familiar to some of you–

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.

After a year spent fundraising, Emi arrives in New Jersey

She arrived here two weeks ago, after the arduous 24-hour flight and we immediately began daily scrambler therapy treatments. Steadily, Emi began to experience a lessening of pain with each passing day along with improved mobility.

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The young Aussie buys her first pair of shoes in years during her Calmare Therapy treatment in New Jersey, USA.

Emi responded after treatment #5 that she wanted to go shopping for a pair of shoes. Then she began walking without the need of her wheelchair.

We’ll let Emi share her outcome via her Facebook post after her final Calmare treatment:


“Well tonight is our last night here in the U.S., we fly home tomorrow. I ended up having another treatment yesterday and today. I only had a very very slight amount of pain but thought I would make the most of Calmare while I am here and I am glad I did! We NEED this Calmare treatment in Australia! It’s unbelievable how amazing it works. Before we came we were a bit sceptical and thought it was toogood to be true but after experiencing the amazing results for myself I can’t believe Australia is so behind.

I don’t want to leave! I want to stay here with Calmare NJ and the Calmare machine forever.

Thank you so much to Dr Cooney for giving me and many other CRPS suffers our lives back. You, Barb and Cathy are just beautiful!

The Purple Bucket Foundation are still working hard to get Calmare into Australia. We currently have a ‘my cause’ campaign going to get the machine registered with the Therapeutic Good Administration:  https://www.mycause.com.au/page/138433/bring-scrambler-to-australia

Can’t wait to get home and give everyone a big proper cuddle for the first time in 4 years!!

😘😘


A drug-free, alternative treatment for chronic pain, with no side effects

Considering the Herculean effort Emi and her family made to come to us for treatment, we hoped and prayed that she would achieve a successful outcome. (Scrambler therapy is not a panacea and does not work for everyone. Some patients have extenuating health issues beyond the chronic pain condition, some have been misdiagnosed and some disappointing outcomes are unexplained).

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Emi’s mother, Dr. Cooney and Emi say goodbye.

While we are filled to capacity this week, it’s going to be a little quiet around here now that Emi has headed back Down Under. But we are absolutely elated that she’s going home to enjoy a vastly improved quality of life, starting with the newfound ability to hug her loved ones again, without feeling any pain.

To learn more about Calmare Therapy NJ, USA

If you’d like to know more about Calmare Therapy, performed exclusively by CRPS treatment specialist and clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney, visit all the pages on this website. Then we invite you to reach out to us at (201) 933-4440 or email your medical history and questions to CalmareNJ@gmail.com. You can also connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

 

Calmare Called ‘Future of Chronic Pain Relief’

March 29, 2016

There was a great television news feature about Calmare scrambler therapy earlier this year. The segment featured a dentist who had battled chronic neck pain and chronic head pain for years. He tried every pain treatment and therapy to no avail.

He eventually closed his practice, no longer able to work.

Scrambler Therapy Changes a Man’s Life

But after discovering Calmare, his pain was gone–after his very first treatment.

Here at Calmare Therapy New Jersey, we’ve seen the same outcome, time and again. Of course, not every patient’s pain is gone after the first therapy session (the protocol requires 10 daily treatments). And, unfortunately, it is not successful for everyone.

Read about scrambler therapy’s clinical trial results.

But the outcomes we have achieved have helped about 80 percent of the patients who are all treated exclusively by our clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney, who personally administers every therapy session.

Why Calmare Therapy New Jersey is Unique

Dr. Cooney speaks individually with potential patients before they come for treatment. He will ask about your full medical history, medications and previous pain treatment efforts.

If you and Dr. Cooney mutually agree that scrambler therapy is a suitable pain treatment option for you, our warm and friendly Calmare New Jersey team will schedule your treatment dates and prepare to welcome you to a unique and personalized therapeutic environment.

If you have unsuccessfully tried “every treatment out there” to lessen or eliminate your neuropathic pain caused by an injury, RSD, CRPS, pain from chemotherapy treatment (CIPN), diabetes, shingles (PHN) or pain after surgery, we welcome an opportunity to tell you more about FDA-cleared scrambler therapy.

I’d Like to Know More About Calmare Therapy

 

 

 

 

Mississippi man says no to more surgery and invasive treatments for his RSD

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.

Medical History:

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: 

Matt from MS
R. Matt Hannon

“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!

Thank you all and good luck and God Bless.”

Matt Hannon

Welcoming our first Calmare patient from the UK

The past week has been a tough one on us personally and professionally. Thankfully, we were able to keep the office operational throughout most of the storm. All of us sustained significant destruction of our homes but that is only brick and mortar (and a lot of mud…) which can be repaired and rebuilt.
 
Remarkably, one of our new patients was able to fly into NJ from England over the weekend in order to start her Calmare Therapy as scheduled beginning yesterday. What a remarkable woman to make the journey in search of a solution to her chronic pain as a result of  CRPS/RSD in the left foot and knee for more than two years! Other therapies and drugs did not lessen or alleviate her pain.  She read about our positive results treating RSD using Calmare and made the long (and painful) journey here to start treatment. We look forward to keeping you updated on her progress.

Calmare Therapy producing strong outcomes for children and adolescent patients

By Dr. Floyd N. Michel, Jr.
Rutherford Allied Medical Group │ Calmare Therapy NJ

Youth is a powerful advantage when it comes to healing. Physiological processes and repair just work quicker and more efficiently in a young body, thus accelerating the healing process. An example of this can be found with our young RSD/RND patients with multi-extremity and spine pain who achieve rapid, whole-body relief by only treating their original injury site. We have treated patients as young as 12-years-old with successful outcomes. Click on Jamie’s image below to hear his mother, Joan, share her story:

 Children Living with Chronic Pain are Warriors

Mentally and emotionally, kids are fearless when it comes to facing pain head on and are often particularly well-versed about their specific medical condition. We have seen several teen patients who have been fighting the ravages of chronic pain for years, and yet, they don’t give up search for a solution. Amanda Davidson experienced severe RSD after lower extremity surgery. Prior to discovering Calmare Therapy, her pain was so debilitating that she was wheelchair-bound, at one point. Prior to coming to New Jersey, she and her mother, Jennifer, had traveled to the country’s top medical facilities seeking a solution, without success. Watch Amanda tell her experience here. 

 Parenting Children in Pain 

Finally, some parents can have a tendency to “over parent” a child suffering from chronic pain. They are frightened and desperate to help their children. As a result, this can often add additional stress for the patient. Parents should aggressively seek out the least invasive, most prudent solutions to help their child’s medical crisis. At the same time, it’s important to remember how desperately these special children just want to be treated like any other kid.

 About Dr. Michel

Dr. Floyd Michel, DC, has more than two decades of experience providing specialized chiropractic care for disorders of the spine and nervous system. He received his undergraduate degree from; served and was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps; and graduated from the Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, IA, in 1983. Dr. Michel is board-certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. He also completed several hours of postgraduate training in orthopedics at the National College of Chiropractic, Lombard, IL.

201 Health Magazine features Calmare Therapy NJ

 

Dr. Cooney to guest on “RSD and You” Fri., June 22

Dr. Michael Cooney, director of the Calmare program at Rutherford Allied Medical Group, will appear on Joseph Aquilino’s RSD and You” Blog Talk Radio  program Friday, 6/22 at 3 p.m eastern time.  This episode should be particularly interesting as Joseph is currently undergoing Calmare Therapy treatment (with another doctor).

Joseph has been living with severe RSD after a work-related accident several years ago. To date, other treatment efforts have been unsuccessful. He is chronicling his Calmare treatment on Facebook here http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/calmarejourney/

You may wish to register with Blog Talk Radio in advance so you can post live questions for Dr. Cooney online and read the ongoing IM dialogue during the show. You can also call in to talk directly with Dr. Cooney at (310) 982-4253 once the show is underway.

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