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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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Get to Know Calmare NJ – Connect on Social

March 17, 2017

Calmare scrambler therapy is a newer alternative treatment to reduce or lessen several types of neuropathy.

Since we introduced this drug-free pain solution at our healthcare clinic in 2011, we chose not to launch a flashy advertising campaign touting the merits of this pain drug-free chronic pain treatment.

We took a decidedly different approach

We invited patients from around the world to describe their firsthand accounts about what the Calmare Therapy experience was like for them, before, during and after the treatments.

Besides sharing these testimonials here on our website, we found the best way to reach other chronic pain sufferers was through social media.

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Calmare NJ USA’s Patient-to-Patient Program

calmare-patient2patientIf you are considering undergoing our treatment, we can put you in touch with one of our Calmare NJ patient volunteers who previously treated with us for the same or a similar medical condition.

Call us at 201-933-4440, email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com or fill out the eCard below, and we’ll reach out to one of our volunteers who will be happy to talk with you:

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Pain News Network Features Dr. Michael Cooney and Calmare Therapy

February 16, 2017

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Calmare Therapy NJ USA clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney contributed The 411 on Calmare Scrambler Therapy” to Pain News Network. The bylined article describes his clinical experience administering this newer therapy to help patients lessen or eliminate several types of diagnosed neuropathy, particularly CRPS / RSD, PHN, diabetic nerve pain, post-surgical pain and chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN).

Dr. Cooney also discusses the merits of alternative medicine as a solution for treatment-resistant patients battling severe chronic pain.

Pain News Networkreaching more than 100,000 unique readers each month, is a non-profit, independent news source for information and commentary about chronic pain and pain management. The publication’s mission is to raise awareness about chronic pain and connect and educate pain sufferers, caregivers, healthcare providers and the public about the pain experience.

“I’ve followed this publication for some time and believed their readers would be open to learning more about Calmare Therapy, particularly the fact that it is drug-free, painless and has no side effects,” says Dr. Cooney.

Article Introduction:

“Personally and professionally, my biggest frustration is when our therapies do not achieve a Calmare leads on back 2_2014successful patient outcome.

Often, “treatment-resistant” patients are forced to seek out more invasive procedures – surgeries, spinal cord stimulators, or powerful narcotics such as ketamine − where success has been uneven, but side effects can be significant.

I wasn’t comfortable recommending these “next level” neuropathic pain treatments for my patients. So my partner Dr. Robert Kelly and I spent two years looking for a non-invasive therapy that didn’t cause pain or come with added side effects.”

Read the full article here: 

 

Tammy Moved to Tears Discussing Her Successful Calmare Scrambler Therapy Outcome

By Barbara, Office Manager, Calmare Therapy NJ

Since Dr. Cooney became one of the first certified providers of Calmare scrambler therapy in the U.S., our clinic has changed dramatically.

Before CalmBarbaraare, we welcomed patients with acute and chronic pain issues from New Jersey and the metro New York City region.

But, suddenly, with the introduction of scrambler therapy, we were treating patients from around the country and, soon, around the world.

This week, I’m sharing a great Calmare story about Tammy who was here just a few weeks ago from California. Her husband discovered Dr. Cooney and decided to travel 3,000 so that he lovely wife could be treated by him.

She had undergone surgery on her finger which unfortunately resulted in Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy – RSD that eventually began to spread to her hand and then into her wrist.

Tammy had undergone other treatments for the pain, including opioids, which she really disliked.

But after the first few treatments performed by Dr. Cooney, our clinical director, who treats every Calmare patient himself, her throbbing and swelling began to diminish more and more with each session.

Actually, I’ll let Tammy tell the rest of her story herself.

Would you like to determine if Calmare scrambler therapy might be right for your treatment-resistant chronic pain?  We’d be happy to help. Just fill out the info below, please:

 

When Calmare Therapy links India to Pennsylvania

indiaEven after using the Internet and social media every day for many years, it still never ceases to amaze me. This morning is a perfect example:  I received a message from a physician in India who is using Calmare Therapy for his patients there, with equally successful patient outcomes. He found our practice after watching our patient, Deena Lotridge, share her Calmare story on YouTube

We’ve sent Dr. Kuppusami a response and look forward to sharing a common bond (and clinical experiences) with each other, even if his practice is several thousand miles away.

Unfortunately, the ties the bind that two of us are pain. But, together, on different sides of the world, we fight the battle side-by-side.

Kenley’s RSD story and Calmare treatment

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February 8, 2013

I mentioned a few weeks ago about Kenley arriving here in New Jersey from her home in West Virginia wheelchair-bound as a result of her lower extremity RSD. She was also living with severe pain hovering in the 8 -10 pain scale range.

While she was with us for 11 treatments, she charmed us all and brought tears to our eyes when she pushed her own wheelchair out of the office after treatment number 7.

Kenley will require occasional booster treatments due to the severity of her condition.  Our goal is for her to be able to extend the length of time between treatments longer and longer.

This brave and inspiring young woman has generously shared her emotional story with us by video and we are most appreciative to her for telling her personal story. She left a big impression on all of us.

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.

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