October 4, 2016
Today, for the first time in its history, RSDSA published a comprehensive article about Calmare Therapy, authored by our clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney.
Presented in Q&A format, the scrambler therapy overview includes pointed and objective questions about what scrambler therapy is–and what it is not.
If you have not discovered RSDSA, whose sole mission is to offer CRPS / RSD warriors (and loved ones) valuable resources not only cope with CRPS/RSD–but to live well, we hope you will visit their website.
While you are visiting, please read Dr. Cooney’s article:
Would you like to learn more about scrambler therapy treatment for RSD/CRPS?
Our team in New Jersey, USA (located 10 minutes outside New York City and 30 minutes from Newark International Airport) would be happy to speak with you specifically about your case.
Contact us between 10 am and 6 pm Eastern time at (201) 933-4440 or email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com.
If you live in the U.S., we will be happy to call you directly. For international queries, we will set up a phone appointment time for you to call in and speak directly with Dr. Cooney.
August 8, 2016
By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director
Twenty-eight-year-old Chanelle brightened our office during her 10- Calmare Therapy treatments earlier this year. She had been suffering with CRPS for 15 years (yes, it can affect children, teens, adults and seniors) primarily in her upper body, most severely in her left arm).
We started talking back in 2014, and this year she made the arduous 24-hour flight to New Jersey, USA from Australia.
Over the years, she and her loving family had aggressively tried several CRPS pain treatments for her, including:
- Myriad of medications
- Physical therapy
- Nerve blocks
- Two spinal cord stimulator (SCS) trials (first traditional then high-frequency)
Finally, in the spring of 2016, Chanelle arrived at our clinic; after her 10-day treatment protocol, she achieved an outstanding outcome, and left us nearly pain-free for the first time in more than a decade.
August 2016: Chanelle Sends an Update from Hawaii
Much to my delight, I received this recent update from her on my Facebook profile:
“So a couple of weeks ago, i flew to Hawaii to see my partner. Since having the Calmare treatment, that has been the best flight experience for me. I’m usually in agonizing pain on the flight, and wonder why it is I torture myself my getting in a plane.
But this time, I sat back and enjoyed watching movies and arrived…relaxed 😊 !! My arm was even good enough for me to hold a gun long enough to shoot at the range… without pain.”
Why Calmare, Why Now?
This young woman’s story means the world to all of us. Every patient who graces our door has tried every drug, invasive and painful treatments and traveled incredible distances in search of pain treatment, only to be disappointed again. Many are (justifiably) on the verge of giving up hope.
But some have discovered our clinic here in New Jersey and their lives, along with their friends and family, have been changed by the success of scrambler therapy. We wish we could say this treatment for everyone and that it is “the cure” for all chronic pain. But, sadly, this isn’t the case. Nonetheless, we continue to achieve better than 80% success in significantly reducing severe chronic pain for people battling post-surgical pain and neuropathy from other chronic medical conditions.
We welcome our opportunity to help you or a loved loved one battling neuropathy, whether you are newly diagnosed or have suffered with chronic pain for decades, as Chanelle has.
Call us (you can ask for me and I’ll call you back) at 201-933-4440 or email me with your medical history. Let’s get a conversation going. Let’s start fighting back.
April 13, 2016
As a doctor in practice for more than 30 years, it’s hard to stay in touch with all of our patients, although we try, believe me. Since Facebook came along, and we added Calmare Therapy which has brought us patients from coast-to-coast and around the world, we can keep up to date on patients, their families, and all life’s important milestones.
Most mornings, I start my day by checking my Facebook page to see how everyone is doing.
Today, I had a wonderful post from Kelly Tolar, a Texas mother who treated here last year for advanced RSD, which was not responding to any medication or therapies.
Kelly, a busy wife and mother, had endured debilitating pain and limited mobility for 10 long years after her CRPS diagnosis as a result of knee replacement surgery.
After trying invasive pain management treatments, including Ketamine therapy (“I wouldn’t wish that on anyone…”) she and her husband discovered Calmare Therapy online and came to see us here in New Jersey.
Thankfully, she achieved a significant reduction in pain and has been able to curtail her need for pain medications.
Six months since her 10-treatment series, Kelly shared this update:
Kelly Tolar to Calmare NJ
18 hrs · TX, United States ·
I’ve been meaning to tell you that my foot pain has been completely gone for about 2 months now and I’m still in the process of weaning of all my pain meds. After being on so many for 10 years or so, it’s been a struggle but I’m still working on it. Managed to go from 100 mg fentanyl patchs to ZERO patches!
Also am down from 100 mg nucenta to 50 mg now.
That’s the last of the pain meds after that!
Minor leg pain from time to time but not much over a 2 or 3!
Just wanted to share my progress and how good I feel and not having to complain 50 times a day that I’m in pain!!!
Kelly’s story is why we offer Calmare scrambler therapy. It can change lives. I wish I could say everyone will achieve this outcome, but believe me, that is our goal.
Kelly tells her story below:
I’D LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TREATMENT FOR MY RSD / CRPS:
RSD treatment, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, complex regional pain syndrome, CRPS
September 15, 2015
By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director
When she arrived here for the first time, she had spent the last four years in a wheelchair due to CRPS. (She’s shown here presenting me with a CRPS Warrior Medal for my efforts to help the RSD / CRPS community).
She experienced a pain recurrence and before the pain level elevated, she wisely decided to take action and come in for a few treatments.
Michelle is one of the leaders of a CRPS group in Australia seeking doctors there who are willing to obtain the proper training and begin offering Calmare scrambler therapy in their country. If anyone can get this job done, she will!
Until then, she and her loved ones are willing to make the herculean trip here to the U.S. in order to keep her disease–and the pain–under control.
I’m happy to report she left at a 0/1 pain level after three treatments and no longer needing her walking stick.
My support of this machine to treat people battling RSD and CRPS is unrelenting. I’ve seen it restore and improve the lives of so many good people living with chronic pain every day.
Narcotics, injections, spinal cord stimulators and invasive devices simply don’t work, much of the time.
Does it work for everyone? Sadly, no. But we’re going to keep trying, patient by patient.
We’re at the end of a tremendous year. I’m sorry to see it go but thrilled to see what’s ahead for those of us supporting scrambler therapy as a new drug-free treatment of severe chronic pain.
We’ve met so many wonderful people who have come to Calmare New Jersey from places like South Africa, Australia, Canada, Oregon, Topeka, Louisiana and Kansas City.
They came to us with a dream of living a better life.
With less pain.
We’ve not been able to share every story and some patients choose to keep their battles private.
Michelle, confined to a wheelchair for four years, did a brilliant job depicting her battle in this video that brought her to Rutherford, New Jersey, USA from Australia. She, and her remarkable family, arrived here with unrelenting hope and unrivaled tenacity.
They simply refused to give up the search for a treatment to overcome this terrific mother’s debilitating and crippling pain from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome ( CRPS).
Michelle’s story tells us all one important message that is the perfect send-off for 2014:
There is always hope.
Happy New Year from us all.
Claudia Berghaus came to Calmare Therapy NJ from Neuhausen, Switzerland suffering from CRPS ( Complex Regional Pain Syndrome ) in her left foot and leg.
CRPS diagnosis after surgery
Her condition started following surgery from a sledding accident in 2012. She required six screws and metal bars to hold the bones (which were eventually removed). But her chronic pain continued.
More physical therapy followed, but her neuropathy only worsened.
Claudia discovered Calmare scrambler therapy for chronic pain on the Internet and researched it extensively in both Europe and the United States.
I was honored she elected to travel to us here in the U.S. to undergo treatment with me, due to my expertise treating RSD and CRPS cases, which are often the most challenging neuropathic conditions to overcome.
After undergoing a long and arduous trip, she arrived in New Jersey, USA with a pain level of 8 even while continuing to use pain medication.
One-hour daily Calmare Therapy treatments commence for 10 days
Following a careful study of Claudia’s medical history and a thorough medical examination, we got to work. It was clear where her Calmare leads needed to be placed (this is a provider dependent treatment) in relation to her injury and the active spreading path of her CRPS.
The outcome after Claudia’s treatment series
• Claudia is no longer using any medications.
• *Her pain levels are consistently between 0 and a 2.
• Her sleep pattern went from a max of 3 hours/night to sleeping soundly through the night for the first time in two years.
Before she left to return to Europe, she took the time to share this (much appreciated) letter with us:
Dear Dr. Cooney, Cathy and Barbara,
Thanks to the Calmare treatment, I’m off Lyrica twice a day and off the other opioid tablets for good.
There is definite improvement on the pain scale towards 0.
Keep doing what you are doing because it really makes a difference, hopefully not only in my life but for others too.
I’ll keep you posted for sure and I’ll come right back again if ever needed. I came to the U.S. for your treatment and brought with me a huge desire for relief of this pain.
I arrived quite skeptical and now am going back home full of hope and confidence for the future!
Once more, Vielen Dank! (thank you!)
Claudia from Neuhausen Switzerland
*9.16.14 UPDATE: Claudia just dropped us a message letting us know she arrived home safe, sound and pain-free.
Today’s episode will feature TV entertainment program correspondent Jim Moret and his teenage son who has been battling Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). Mr. Moret has written and reported on his son’s medical condition for the past few years and their frustration with the medical community’s failure to discover a viable treatment protocol for him.
The feature on The Doctors will address the Moret’s family’s frustration in trying to find a treatment that will lessen or alleviate their son’s continual pain (he presents classic RSD / CRPS symptoms).
We can’t help people living with treatment-resistant neuropathy — as a result of RSD, CRPS, pain from chemotherapy treatment, post-surgical pain or diabetic neuropathy — if they don’t know Calmare exists. This television program will, hopefully, have a strong impact on our ability to reach those who need us.