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Calmare Therapy: Opioid-Free Neuropathic Pain Relief

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April 24, 2019

2019 Scrambler Therapy Pain Management Update

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

In 2010, as I obtained the professional training to use the Calmare MC-5A device, I grew more excited about using technology to deliver pain relief to my patients without the need for any prescription drugs.

Nine years later, I’d like to offer an update about the progress we have made helping people reduce or even eliminate treatment- and medication-resistant chronic pain.

Those of us who work in pain management were not surprised to see the eventual explosion of the opioid crisis.  My healthcare specialty as a doctor of chiropractic requires using drug-free techniques to minimize and eliminate pain.

Calmare scrambler is a remarkable pain management therapy for several reasons, including the fact that it can be used to combat several types of chronic nerve pain (neuropathy), including chemotherapy treatments (CIPN), Shingles (PHN), diabetes, post-surgical pain and unexplained nerve pain.

How Calmare Can Lessen Severe Pain for CRPS Sufferers

What I did not foresee was the vast community of CRPS sufferers who had tried a myriad of medications, painful procedures, surgeries, treatments– and were still left with debilitating pain.

I’m often asked why scrambler therapy is one treatment that can significantly reduce CRPS pain and physical symptoms:

  • Allodynia
  • Skin lesions that will not close/heal
  • Hair loss
  • Skin discoloration

After treating more than 1,000 patients, over the past nine years, it is apparent to me that CRPS /RSD is a unique communication between local skin tissue and the pain center of the brain.

How Calmare Therapy Works

The Calmare MC-5A device scrambles this misfiring pain message/signal–which says there is pain—when, in fact, there is not.

After the technology scrambles this misfiring message over a series of daily treatments for a period of two weeks, in most cases, the brain’s misfiring message ceases and pain is eliminated.

Using several small electrodes (think EKG) carefully placed in the region of the injury, the technology sends a mild and painless “no pain” message to the brain through the electrodes.

Essentially, the scrambler machine “overrides” the brain’s confused message and corrects it to the ‘no pain here” message.

Keep in mind, the brain can send this faulty pain message to any region of the body—even a location which never sustained any kind of injury.

There is, in fact, no physiological reason for the pain.

As a comparison, phantom limb pain can result when a person who has undergone an amputation still feels significant pain in the part of the body which has been amputated.

Calmare is a ‘Provider-Dependent’ pain therapy.

Therefore, it is essential to confirm your provider’s expertise

and measurable success treatment your type of neuropathy.

Calmare Clinical Trial Success: Mayo Clinic

Dr. Charles L. Loprinzi, who was interviewed in January 2016 after leading his own successful Calmare clinical trial for the Mayo Clinic, explains,

TENS (a self-administered tens unit) is thought to work through the gateway theory of temporary pain relief, whereby normal touch sensations blocks pain sensations.

But scrambler therapy, on the other hand, provides ‘no-pain’ electrical information via nerves which have received transmissions of chronic pain information.”

Dr. Loprinzi said that through a process called ‘plasticity,’ the brain is ‘retrained’ and will no longer register a pain sensation in the affected area.

To date, there are at least 20 published reports on scrambler therapy that included results involving close to 1,000 patients in total.

These reports include clinical practice summaries, prospective non-randomized clinical trials and randomized controlled trials, including two trials that sought to double-blind patients and investigators.

Mayo Clinic Calmare Trial Patient Story: “Side-Lined No More”

Post-Clinical Trial Interview with Dr. Loprinzi

Calmare Case Studies

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With patients’ permission, we regularly share their outcomes on our website. I’d like to share a few of our successful patient outcomes in the past year:

Peter Hinninger – New Jersey, USA

CRPS for 17 Years

For 17 long years, Peter tried every medication and every treatment, including a spinal cord stimulator (neuromodulation or SCS) to lessen his chronic pain.

Still, his pain level hovered around a consistent 7-8 on the Pain Scale.

After the completion of the standard 10-treatment therapy, we both teared up when he realized he was pain-free for the first time in more than a decade.

Peter and his long-time partner co-wrote a book detailing his Calmare Therapy treatment experience.

 

 

pediatric chronic pain patient
Cara adds a pin to Scotland on the Calmare patient map. (April 2018)

Cara – Scotland

Pediatric CRPS

Young teenager Cara from the UK underwent several therapies and pain management medications to lessen her neuropathy. She was still left in pain throughout much of her body.

Ultimately, her family elected to seek an alternative medicine solution and chose to cross the pond to the U.S. so that Cara could be treated by our Calmare New Jersey team.

I’m delighted to report she sustained a terrific outcome. Best of all, she left smiling with her pain level down to a 1/10.

She and her mother tell her story here: https://calmaretherapynj.com/calmare-patient-testimonial/cara-scotland-pediatric-crps/

Tonya Schuler – West Virginia, USA

CRPS after Carpal Tunnel Surgery

“When my pain management doctor told me a spinal cord stimulator (SCS) was the final treatment option, I knew I had to take matters into my own hands and reach out to the chronic pain community for a less invasive option,” Tonya explains.

After her routine hand and wrist surgery, the chronic pain started in one hand and soon spread to the other. As the condition worsened, the chronic nerve pain spread to her neck, back and stomach.

Tonya tells her personal story after undergoing Calmare Therapy:

Hope, Fortitude, Tenacity, Sheer Determination

You can read or watch more of our patient stories, most of whom arrived at our clinic bearing the weight of daily pain that made work, school–even socializing or taking a walk in the park–impossible.

They courageously tried invasive pain relief procedures and side-effect-laden painkillers and opioids without success, up to the day they arrived at our clinic.

Not surprisingly, many new patients arrive at our clinic skeptical and dejected.

Who could blame them?

But they all had one key attribute that remained steadfast–regardless of all the treatment disappointments.

Hope.

And we were honored that they mustered the remarkable fortitude to try (one more time) to mitigate their pain and regain their quality of life.

Providing Pain Relief to Children, Teens, Adults and Seniors

Eight years after introducing scrambler therapy to our clinic, I have treated children, teens, parents, and grandparents, most of whom are living pain levels from 8-10 every day.

In 2019, Calmare is now the only pain relief therapy we offer here in our NJ clinic.

After 10 daily treatment sessions, lasting about 35-minutes each, more than seven in 10 patients achieve a pain-free state or a reduction in pain to the degree that enables them to resume a pleasurable quality of life.

Why do 30 percent not achieve pain relief?

Sometimes they have additional health issues which interfere with treatment, sometimes they are non-compliant after therapy, and sometimes we just don’t know why Calmare did not lessen their pain, unfortunately.

In this era of failed opioid pain relief and increasing difficulty obtaining medication for chronic pain, people in pain are seeking drug-free options to lessen pain.

Nine years since first introducing Calmare scrambler therapy, I have never felt more assured that this treatment can dramatically elevate the quality of life for people living with chronic pain.

Dr. Michael Cooney is one of seven certified Calmare providers in the U.S. His clinic is located just outside New York City. He is a professionally certified chiropractor who has been treating severe acute and chronic pain conditions for more than 35 years.

After introducing Calmare Therapy in 2011, he soon began helping people with treatment-resistant neuropathy from as far away as South America, South Africa, Australia and Europe.

Dr. Cooney offers complimentary phone or video chat consultations with people from outside the U.S. To learn more, visit www.calmaretherapynj.com email info@calmaretherapynj.com or call 201.933.4440.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ten-year-old with CRPS Walks Again after Calmare Scrambler Therapy

September 21, 2018

Ten-year-old Kiera is one of the reasons we love coming to work every day.

Last month, she traveled with her mother from Canada to our New Jersey clinic, arriving in a wheelchair due to a spreading CRPS condition and Lyme Disease.

Kiera had not been able to walk for 53 days due to the pain intensity, her mother confirmed.

She and her mother stayed for 14 Calmare treatments instead of the standard 10 treatments.

We are elated to report she can stick that wheelchair in the back of the garage from now on…

Her pain level sitting is a 0 and standing/walking is now a 2.

Better yet, we’ll let mother and daughter share their experience:

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An 87-year-old and a 16-year-old both reduce their chronic pain after Calmare Therapy

January 2, 2017

Rutherford, New Jersey, USA

As 2016 came to a close, our staff reminisced about our patients from around the world who have entrusted us to help them reduce their chronic pain since we began offering Calmare scrambler therapy in 2011.

One of the more memorable weeks included two patients battling the debilitating symptoms from complex regional pain syndrome–CRPS–also called RSD.

Eighty-seven-year-old Ann and 16-year-old Katie (right) both suffered from complex regional Katie Triosipain syndrome (CRPS) symptoms at different stages of life. Both were determined to keep searching for a pain management solution that would empower them to resume a quality of life, no longer dictated by chronic pain and the physical symptoms of this disease.

The patients and their families decided to investigate a non-invasive, alternative pain treatment since traditional medicine was not successful. They discovered Dr. Cooney and his successful outcomes using Calmare scrambler therapy to combat CRPS pain and additional physical symptoms.

After completing the 10-treatment series during the same period, both achieved the lowest pain level they had experienced in years.

Video: Ann and Katie describe their Calmare Therapy treatments following an introduction by our clinical director, Dr. Michael J. Cooney:

Dr. Cooney specializes in the use of scrambler therapy to treat severe neuropathy 

Since scrambler therapy is non-invasive, FDA-cleared and has no side effects, it is safe for the use in children, teens, adults and seniors. Dr. Cooney and Calmare Therapy NJ specializes in treating these neuropathic pain conditions:

  • CRPS | RSD
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Pain after Chemotherapy – CIPN
  • Shingles
  • Post-Surgical Pain 
  • Diabetic Nerve
  • Chronic Neuropathic Pain

If you are ready to learn more about a newer treatment to overcome chronic pain, email us about your condition at CalmareNJ@gmail.com or call us between 10 am and 6 pm (Eastern | New York City time) at 201-933-4440. 

College Athlete Liz Shares an Update After Scrambler Therapy in 2014 for CRPS

LizLiz treated here with us in November of 2014. She was battling increasingly severe CRPS symptoms and it was keeping her from sports (she’s a superstar basketball player) and just enjoying college.

She was diagnosed with CRPS after a nasty basketball injury to her right leg. Using crutches when she arrived here in NJ from Missouri, she was dealing with  a consistent pain level of 8 / 10.

When traditional pain medications and therapeutic treatments don’t lessen your CRPS pain or physical symptoms

Just 18-years-old, Liz had already been to a number of hospitals and physician specialists who prescribed several different medications and physical therapy. Unfortunately, none of these efforts reduced her pain.

She’s one of those people whose engaging personality just fills up any room she enters. For her to be suffering from CRPS was heartbreaking.

She and her family were savvy about her treatment plan--her diagnosis was relatively new and she aggressively sought a drug-free therapy before the condition worsened. When traditional medications and therapies were not successful, the family decided to try an alternative treatment.

Pain relief begins by scrambling the pain message from the brain

Once we started Liz’s treatment, her pain relief started after the first Calmare MC-5A treatment. By the end of the 10-treatment cycle, she was pain-free.

We checked in with her via Twitter this morning (where you go to reach anyone under 25, we have learned) and she immediately responded:

@CalmareNJ Tell everyone there hello! I’m doing great! Back at school and working- all thanks to you guys!

Might Calmare scrambler therapy be right for your chronic pain condition?

Fill in the information below and we’ll be happy to reach out to you:

San Franciscan Daniel Newman discovers Calmare from another CRPS sufferer

Daniel NewmanDaniel Newman was not winning his long battle with CRPS in his lower leg.

But a fortuitous conversation with Amy Ratner, also a CRPS sufferer who achieved remission after Dr. Michael Cooney’s Calmare scrambler therapy, proved to be a very valuable conversation.

Daniel arrived here in NJ as one of our more skeptical patients (rightfully so after enduring a long list of previous treatments and medications).

Before his flight back to California, he took a few moments to discuss his treatment experience and outcome:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jegv-zhCHYQ

Oregonian mother and daughter travel 3,000 miles for scrambler therapy in New Jersey

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And we are pleased to say it was well worth their long journey.

Laurie Mounts during treatment
Laurie undergoing pain-free Calmare Therapy treatment which has no side effects. July 2014.

Laurie Mounts was injured in 2008 and later diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome  (CRPS). When she presented at Calmare Therapy NJ in early July 2014, her pain level was a 9/10 on her entire left side from her feet up to the shoulder.

Laurie Mounts Legs before
Laurie exhibited classic CRPS symptoms including skin discoloration.

Laurie’s symptoms includes discoloration (see image at left), allodynia, numbness, tingling, sweats, swelling, burning and brittle hair.

Before discovering scrambler therapy, Laurie and her family had aggressively sought out several pain relief treatments including physical therapy, prescription medications and, ultimately, the implantation of a spinal cord stimulator ( SCS ).

Ultimately, these chronic pain treatment efforts for CRPS were not successful.

Due to an eventual increase in pain levels, Laurie was bedridden much of her life and relied on sleep medications for the very limited amount of sleep she was able to achieve.

This lovely young woman and her dedicated family persevered, nonetheless.

We are delighted to share their video diary here.

“The Doctors” television program features Calmare scrambler therapy

the doctors 2Needless to say, the CRPS and RSD community has been abuzz since yesterday’s airing on The Doctors that addressed the non-invasive and FDA-cleared Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bu1hrRVLVo&feature=youtu.be

My colleague from New York presented a clear and informative overview of why this therapy to treat severe neuropathy can be so effective for patients living with many types of chronic pain, including complex regional pain syndrome, RND  and reflex sympathetic dystrophy.

Now that the media is finally discovering Calmare, we encourage patients and families who may be on the verge of ‘giving up’ discovering a treatment to alleviate pain will contact us for a consultation. As I noted a few weeks ago, we will even perform a treatment at no charge for patients who we deem viable candidates for scrambler therapy.

Welcoming Calmare patient with CRPS from Australia

May 1, 2014

Australia flagI took a few days of R & R with my family last week but, to be honest, I was eager to get back and check-in on my existing Calmare scrambler therapy patients and start our standard 10-treatment series protocol for a lovely woman who arrived here last weekend from Perth, Australia. She began treatment on Monday, April 28.

She was diagnosed with chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS) in 2012 after knee surgery. Her CRPS condition expanded into her left leg and eventually up to her right arm.

We began corresponding earlier this year and she ultimately took the long, long 24-hour plane ride (particularly with her chronic pain condition) from Perth to New York City.

When she arrived, her pain level bounced between 7 – 9 . Thus, our challenge is substantial. After three Calmare treatments, I can say, “So far, so very good.” I look forward to updating you on her progress going forward.

Dr. Michael Cooney

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