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Can Eating Chocolate Reduce Inflammation and Chronic Nerve Pain?

By Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director

dark chocolate lessens chronic pain
Can eating dark chocolate really reduce chronic pain?

Our Calmare Therapy NJ USA team fully supports combating chronic nerve pain without the use of medications, injections, surgery or other invasive pain management options.

It should come as no surprise, then, that we also support nutritional strategies to help reduce inflammation and resulting pain.

Many medicines are derived from plants, so eating plant-based foods only makes good sense to promote overall health.

For example, tomatoes promote heart health and spinach and other vegetables help offset several types of cancer.

And most pain sufferers know that cutting dairy, wheat, sugar or alcohol can decrease allergies, acid reflux and inflammation, ultimately improving overall well-being—including pain levels.

A sweet way to reduce pain

In addition, everyone’s favorite sweet treat, chocolate, has also been shown to help reduce pain.

But not all chocolate is the same.

Dark chocolate and cocoa have significantly higher flavanol levels, while milk chocolate and white chocolate have much lower levels.

Cocoa, the active ingredient in chocolate, provides a host of anti-inflammatory health benefits, from mood-lifting to antioxidants galore.

In addition to reducing swelling, dark chocolate also improves blood flow, which can also decrease pain.

Dark chocolate benefits

eat chocolate to lessen chronic nerve pain

The main active ingredient to create chocolate is cacao, derived from trees (again, plant-based). It has been scientifically proven to:

  • Increase the body’s natural opiates (endorphins)
  • Fire the brain’s cannabis receptors
  • Increase serotonin levels
  • Release the body’s natural amphetamine, phenylethylamine, better known as the “love drug”
  • Releases anandamide (aka the “bliss molecule”)
  • Contains tryptophan, the same chemical found in turkey, which makes you relaxed, even sleepy

Keep in mind, when shopping for dark chocolate for pain relief, the higher the cocoa content, the better.

Therefore, I’d skip the Dollar Store when shopping for medicinal chocolate products.

For the best results, choose a brand with at least 65 percent cocoa.

Fibromyalgia and Chocolate: What New Research Says About Health Benefits

Finally, dark chocolate doesn’t have the super-sweet and creamy flavor of typical milk chocolate, so it may take some taste bud adjustment when you first start to eat it.

Be creative, add it to your steamed milk or coffee; add it to a favorite recipe.

Limit yourself to three ounces a day, and look for chocolate with the lowest fat content you can find.

When a loved one asks what you’d like for Valentine’s Day this year, tell them you’d love some high-quality dark chocolate—doctor’s orders!


 

Dr. Michael Cooney is one of six Calmare-certified providers of scrambler therapy in the U.S. Since 2011, he has specialized in treating patients battling severe neuropathy as a result of fibromyalgia, CRPS / RSD, diabetes, shingles, post-surgical pain and pain after chemotherapy (CIPN).

To learn more, call 201-933-4440 or email us at info@calmaretherapynj.com.

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ADDED DATES: Fibromyalgia Clinical Trial at Calmare NJ USA

May 3, 2018

CLINICAL TRIAL – DIAGNOSED FIBROMYALGIA

Study 

To Measure Chronic Pain Reduction in Patients Diagnosed with Treatment-Resistant Fibromyalgia after Administering 3-5 Calmare (Scrambler Therapy) Treatments

Phase

Pilot

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.

Calmare scrambler therapy is a drug-free, non-invasive, FDA-cleared therapy that painlessly scrambles a misfiring pain message from the brain, suggesting there is pain, when, in fact, there is not.

Purpose of the Clinical Trial

To document the viability of using scrambler therapy as a pain management solution to significantly reduce or eliminate neuropathic pain in patients diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.

Study Conducted by

Michael J. Cooney, D.C., Clinical Director

Rutherford Allied Medical Group  | Calmare Therapy NJ USA

 Location

323 Union Ave., Rutherford, New Jersey (10 miles from New York City)

Trial Start Date (Rolling Admission)

May 21, 2018 to August 31, 2018

Testing Period

After a personal consultation and evaluation by Dr. Michael Cooney, selected trial candidates will undergo 3 to 5 treatments, once daily, lasting approximately 35 minutes. Additional treatments will be at the discretion of the clinical director.

Calmare Therapy NJ Background

Calmare Therapy NJ / Rutherford Allied Medical Group, is one of only eight certified providers of Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment®, an FDA-cleared, non-invasive, pain-free, drug-free technology to treat patients suffering from several types of long-term, high-intensity pain.

Scope of the Calmare Fibromyalgia Clinical Trial

We are conducting a no-cost, 3 or more treatments (one 35-minute daily therapy session) clinical trial study for pre-qualified patients suffering from diagnosed fibromyalgia FMS to determine the efficacy of scrambler therapy as a viable treatment solution for condition-induced neuropathy.

Trial participants are selected at the discretion of Dr. Michael Cooney, clinical director, Calmare Therapy NJ USA | Application Form

Eligibility Criteria

Selected clinical trial volunteers must be available to undergo the protocol once per day. We will make every effort to schedule daily appointments at a convenient time for participants.

Travel, daily transportation, meals and accommodations are at the trial participant’s expense.

Contraindications

We are seeking trial candidates with few or no additional medical conditions, in order to maximize the treatment and outcome of the FMS condition exclusively.

Candidates are not eligible for the trial if they have the following medical conditions, devices or prescribed medications:

  • Pacemaker
  • Automatic implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (AICD)
  • Pregnancy
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart conditions
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Antidepressants

Informed Consent

Clinical trial volunteers who are selected for the study are asked to sign the Informed Consent Form. Signing this document does not require participants to remain for the duration of the study, however.

People can leave the study at any time—either before the study starts or at any time during the study or the follow-up period. The informed consent process continues throughout the study. If new benefits, risks, or side effects are discovered during the study, the researchers must inform the participants.

Publicity

Calmare Therapy NJ reserves the right to publish data about any participant’s trial outcome. We will not include your name or image, at your request.

To Apply / Contact Us / For More Information

There is no fee to participate. 

To apply for the trial, click here to complete and scan the attached application form and return it to calmarenj@gmail.com or fax to (201) 933-8159.

For questions about the trial, please contact:

Dr. Michael Cooney

Clinical Director

Calmare Therapy NJ / Rutherford Allied Medical Group

(201) 933.4440   |   calmarenj@gmail.com

 

 

 

Welcoming Dr. Timakkondu, Calmare Physician from India

September 28, 2017

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

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A smiling Emily Blake is shown with Dr. Cooney and Dr. Timakkondu, visiting Calmare physician from Madurai, India (9/27/17).

We’re honored to welcome Dr. Kuppusami Timakkondu,  a highly regarded Calmare provider from India who is observing here at the clinic this week.

Dr. Timakkondu is particularly interested in our CRPS, fibromyalgia and trigeminal neuritis treatment protocols.

We’re shown here with superstar patient, Emily Blake, who is undergoing booster treatments with us this week. You may recall Emily’s battle with CRPS was chronicled by her daily newspaper in Indiana.

While Emily’s pain level had risen to a 5/10, after her third booster treatment yesterday, September 27, her pain level is down to 1/10, thankfully.

Calmare is a Provider Dependent Therapy. Why You Should Choose Wisely

While Dr. Timakkondu and I may live and practice pain management at opposite ends of the globe, we are united in our war against chronic pain.

Thank you for your insight, your candor and your friendship, doctor.

Is Your Pain Management Failing You?

The Calmare Therapy NJ USA clinic is often a ‘last stop’ for people in pain who have tried all the drugs, injections, surgeries and other painful and invasive therapies to stop their chronic pain.

Scrambler therapy is painless, drug-free and has no side effects. The biggest risk factor is that the therapy will not reduce your pain.

But the majority of people who have undergone scrambler therapy have significantly lessened their neuropathy to a ‘manageable level’ or eliminated their pain completely (our goal).

If you’d like to find out if scrambler therapy might be right for you, call us at 201-933-444, email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com or complete the eCard below:

 

 

Dr. Cooney takes your questions live on “RSD and You” today!

rsdnad youI am honored to be a guest on Joseph Aquilino’s popular “RSD and You” BlogTalk Radio program today at 3 p.m. eastern time.  It’s a relaxed program format where Joseph and I talk about Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment (he is also a patient with another doctor) and then we open up the phone lines for caller questions.

The call-in number is (310) 982-4253 and to listen live just click http://www.blogtalkradio.com/joeygiggles/2013/02/15/rsd-and-you-show .

If you’d like to join us on chat during the show, you’ll need to first register for the main site at http://blogtalkradio.com/.

If you have questions about scrambler therapy, please feel free to call in. There’s no need to identify yourself if you prefer not to.  Calmare patients are also encouraged to call and share their stories! See you at 3 pm!

Thank you to “Surviving Chronic Pain”

September 5, 2012

It was my honor to guest post about Calmare Therapy on the very popular Facebook and website organization, “Surviving Chronic Pain,” a peer-to-peer support group for people suffering any form of chronic pain. They offer a 24-hour chat room where people can find support. Just launched in March of this year, their Facebook group already has a membership network of more than 2,500 members. My post is reposted below:

Surviving Chronic Pain

A Special “Guest” Post by Dr. Michael Cooney
Rutherford Allied Medical Group │ Calmare Therapy NJ

A little background about Calmare Therapy

First, thank you to Karen and her group leadership at Surviving Chronic Pain for inviting me to guest post. My life’s work has been to alleviate or greatly minimize people living in pain. A few years ago, we had some patients whom were unable to help using traditional therapy nor did they respond to medication. We decided to take action for a new, drug-free solution. After researching and experimenting with several types of non-invasive technologies designed to alleviate pain, we finally discovered Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment.

Once the machine was delivered to our office, we asked those treatment-resistant patients to come in and try Calmare, as an informal clinical trial. The results shocked us for a couple of reasons:

• The majority of patients who tried it (living with chronic pain conditions including post surgical pain, diabetic neuropathy, CRPS, RSD, chronic lower extremity pain) saw significant improvements in their pain by the third 45-minute treatment, some even sooner.

• By the end of the 10-treatment cycle, more than 50% of our patients no longer needed pain medication.

• Patients experienced no pain during the therapy and there were no side effects during or after treatment (except for some sleepiness).

To this day, we aren’t sure who was more excited by the results of our clinical trial – the patients or our staff!

Two years later, we have treated children, teens, adults and seniors from around the U.S., Europe and Africa. We are proud to be part of a national network of Calmare providers who are helping people in pain from coast to coast – and beyond.

In closing, my message is this ─ as frustrating and discouraging living in chronic pain can be, don’t give up finding a solution to improve your quality of life. Every patient’s medical condition and history is different. Therefore, what doesn’t work for him, may be just what your body needs. There are non-invasive alternative pain therapies that can work. If you are unable to look for possible solutions yourself, get support and help from family members and friends. (They love you and want to help you).

If any Surviving Chronic Pain members would like to learn more about Calmare Therapy, feel free to call me at (201) 933-444-zero and I will be happy to talk with you about your unique healthcare situation. Our website is www.calmaretherapynj.com.

Wishing everyone a low pain day. Thanks for listening!

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