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What happens during a Calmare scrambler therapy treatment?

The patient experience is of utmost importance to us at Calmare Therapy NJ. The people we help have been through months–often years–of chronic and neuropathic pain treatments and medications that ultimately did not help lessen the pain.

Calmare Technology 2012Through the Calmare MC-5A  FDAcleared treatment protocol , supported by our own one-of-a-kind patient-centered care model, we can offer:

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Seniors

dramatic, and often lasting neuropathic relief empowering them to resume the high quality of life they so richly deserve.

At Calmare Therapy NJ, we listen to the patient

The scrambler treatments are performed in a highly interactive environment where we are actually seek out the patient’s care goals and treatment feedback before, during and after therapy.

Friends and family members are invited into the treatment room with you to offer support, company and (hopefully) a laugh or two.

There are no side effects from this treatment–no pain, no nausea, headaches, or physical symptoms.

Scrambler therapy is a “provider-dependent treatment

imageAt Calmare Therapy NJ, every treatment is administered by certified Calmare provider and trainer, Dr. Michael J. Cooney. 

That’s worth repeating–no assistant or staff person other than Dr. Cooney himself–will determine your pain treatment protocol, decide exactly where your leads should be placed (extremely important) and the duration of each treatment.

Scrambler therapy is administered non-invasively, without needles, surgery or drugs. It uses a low-level electrical impulse to mimic the body’s natural nerve communications, and take the chronic “pain” message, and replace with a “no pain” message.

camare foot image with leadsMost of our patients undergo (10) once-daily 30-minute treatment sessions, although some need a few more (particularly if they have been suffering for several years) or fewer, should the condition be more recently diagnosed.

There are typically no side effects and in most cases, pain relief is substantial or even eliminated.  Subsequent booster treatments may be needed down the line (typically 1 to 3 treatments) should the pain condition return.

Cost of Calmare Scrambler Therapy Versus Drugs or Co-Pays for In-Patient Treatment

The cost of the 10-treatment series is similar to the cost of most out-of-pocket drug therapies or many co-pays or deductibles required for more invasive and higher risk treatments.

We believe, as do our patients, that the overall value of scrambler therapy at Calmare Therapy NJ is measured in improved quality of life for most of our patients.

The treatment is not suitable for everyone, but it does treat many injuries and chronic medical conditions resulting in chronic pain.

If you are interested in learning more, just complete the Contact Me form below:

Joy’s Calmare Therapy for RSD reinvigorates her health ─ and her checkbook

Joy Morris_3.2014You may recall Joy Morris was here with us last summer for the 10-treatment series of Calmare Therapy  to combat reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) located in her left knee down through her foot. When she arrived, her pain level was 10/10.

Since her successful therapy, (she left New Jersey at a 0 / 10 pain level), her chronic pain from RSD diminished to the point that she no longer needed any of the 10 pain medications she was prescribed. But the good news didn’t end there.

Once Joy was free from all the pain pills, her overall health and well-being improved dramatically:

  • She began to have more energy and lost a significant amount of weight.
  • In turn, she soon no longer needed high blood pressure medication.
  • Joy no longer needs medication for elevated liver enzymes which returned to a normal range as a result of post-Calmare weight-loss and the elimination of pain drugs.

The benefits of life without pain medications

“In less than a year, I lost 55 pounds and three dress sizes!” the West Virginian mother and grandmother says. “You’d be surprised how alive and active you can be when you aren’t living every day in the pain medication haze.”

Since Calmare, Joy says she has saved nearly $7,000 in doctor visits and prescription drug costs. “This has been a very good thing because I was able to use the savings to buy a new wardrobe!”

“Last week, before Joy’s two Calmare booster treatments, her pain level had intermittently increased as high as a 7 but hovered around a 3. After two boosters lasting 40-minutes each, she left at a 0 pain level again,” Dr. Cooney reports.

“Joy is a vivacious, happy person who deserves to live a pain-free life. Her RSD was one of the more severe cases I have treated; I am very pleased that she was able to sustain a 10-month span before she needed any follow-up treatments.”

 

 

 

Science teacher and uncle of chronic pain patient talks about Calmare Therapy

camare foot image with leadsSomeone was kind enough to forward this post they saw on the Internet that mentions me.   I know who wrote it but I am happy to respect he and his family’s privacy. I found his methodology for discovering a drug-free solution for his niece’s pain very forthright and objective. Hope you don’t mind me sharing his point-of-view:

I am a science teacher and got involved in researching options when I heard that my niece was going through this awful pain and was on track to get a spinal cord stimulator.  Since I am very good at researching, I dove in for a few months and started looking for alternatives. Read about ketamin (looked risky), different kinds of drugs (side effects, and don’t address the underlying issue), saw the long term studies on spinal cord stims (the only randomized, controlled study was not so good long term, and it has definite risks for the surgery to introduce new pain sites), and a few others. I saw someone mention Calmare scrambler treatment a few times and decided to look into it. 

Personally, I like going to the controlled, scientific studies that are published in recognized pain journals, especially the Randomized Controlled Tests (RCT’s) that are the gold standard for research. The ones I found for Calmare have excellent results, and a large scale one is due out soon. I also saw that Mayo Clinic and U of Wisconsin Cancer center is using and doing studies with Calmare as well.

I found a radio talk show program “Aches and Gains”, by Johns Hopkins Pain Specialist Paul J. Christo, discussing it (February 16, 2013), and saw several videos with patients who it had been successful for. I started researching the various practitioners to see who had been having a lot of experience with CRPS and choose Dr. Cooney. He was the one I found the most CRPS info for (and he turned out to be wonderful to work with). Anyway, after all of that, I passed on the info to my sister and they decided to go for it. 

As for the TENS being the same/similar, that is not the case. The big differences are in the amount of current being used, and the types of neurons being used to transmit the signal. Calmare just received a patent approval, which required that it was different than a TENS unit, and worked in a different way. I just googled it (patent no. 8,380,317) and it said that it sends the “no pain” signal on the surface C fiber nerve receptors instead of interrupting pain signals through the A-beta fibers like the TENS does. (sorry, the biology teacher coming out….) 

The gist is that TENS intercepts the pain signal, but I believe that when you are not using it, the pain returns (but I don’t have experience with it personally). However, the Calmare signal is providing “no pain” data to the brain using the pathway from the original injury. My hypothesis (this is from other research that I’ve done) is that this gives the brain a chance to realize that there is no tissue damage going on, and therefore doesn’t need to assign pain to it. This then gives the brain a chance to reset/relearn the normal no pain state. 

Anyway, the bottom line is that Dr. Cooney’s Calmare machine brought my niece’s level 8 pain (with meds) down to a 0, and now she can walk normally. Her foot has some muscle and tendon aches because they are being used again, but this is also improving with use.

Again, I recommend that people with crps/rsd look into, talk to a Calmare doctor and decide for themselves.

Calmare Therapy NJ specializing in treatment of RSD and CRPS

During the past 12 months, the volume of patients we are treating for these conditions has quadrupled. As a result, we issued this news release emphasizing that our patient base is largely comprised of people with RSD, CRPS and RND (with patients ranging from decade-long suffering to about a year).

Keep in mind, Calmare has also be very successful treating other chronic neuropathic conditions including chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), diabetic neuropathy, post-surgical pain and other conditions.

NEWS RELEASE

Calmare Therapy NJ specializing in treatment of RSD and CRPS

Calmare Certified Location LogoCalmare Therapy New Jersey, a partner practice with Rutherford Allied Medical Group, is now specializing in the use of Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment for patients living with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) and chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS). This specialization was announced after marked clinical success treating patients with these treatment and medication-resistant neuropathic diseases.

“We have consistently documented an 80 percent successful outcome rate treating RSD and CRPS patients using scrambler therapy,” says Dr. Michael J. Cooney, a doctor of chiropractic and one of 10 certified providers of Calmare in the U.S. “There are thousands of people living in severe pain every day with these diseases. I believe we can help most of them.”

Calmare, an FDA-cleared, pain-free, drug-free, scrambler therapy, is performed through very low doses of electricity transmitted through 16 different algorithms (electrodes) to disrupt the chronic pain loop message from the brain.

“I traveled 1,000 miles from Mississippi to see Dr. Cooney and try Calmare and it was worth every minute,” says Matt Hannon, a technology manager who contracted RSD in his left foot after a back surgery. “I needed only eight of the 10 treatments because I was feeling 0 pain. Best of all, I am no longer using any pain medication.”

Calmare Technology 2012Rutherford Allied Medical Group, located seven miles from New York City in Bergen County NJ, is comprised of board-certified physicians, chiropractic specialists and physical therapists that treat pain biophysically, without medication. Calmare Pain Treatment Therapy® is an FDA-cleared, non-invasive scrambler therapy proven to help relieve several types of severe chronic pain. For more information, call (201) 933-4440 or visit calmaretherapynj.com.

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Calmare patient Terry Whitmyer shares his progress fighting RSD

Image(You may recall, I wrote about one of our recent patients with RSD as a result of two surgical procedures performed during one operation. We had a chat with Mr. Whitmyer earlier this week and were delighted when he offered to share this overview of his medical challenges and firsthand experience with Calmare Therapy. He has kindly permitted us to repost it here. Terry has a remarkable understanding of neuropathy and the very latest treatment alternatives. Please enjoy Terry’s story):

“I am a 70-year-old fit and active senior who elected to have my left shoulder repaired via arthroscopic surgery as well as my left hand’s Dupuytren’s Contracture at the same time on November 17th, 2012. By December, I was experiencing a lot more pain than what would appear to be normal for these surgical procedures. On January 2, 2013, my orthopedic surgeon diagnosed my pain symptoms as being caused by RSD. He prescribed Gabapentin and continuation of physical therapy.
 
Having a diagnosis for my pain, I started to study RSD/CRPS online and realized I was up against a serious, chronic, life-altering and painful syndrome. Gabapentin was allowing me to get some sleep at night, but really not very much, and it seemed to have too many unpleasant side effects to want to take it around the clock. Besides, I was concerned that it’s anti-convulsive nerve-blocking effect may also inhibit my central nervous system from re mapping my nerves back to a normal connectivity. However, research does not appear to support that assumption. Regardless, in late January, I learned about Calmare Scrambler Therapy and decided it was worth trying to get me off Gabapentin and better allow my body to take advantage of the physical therapy.
 
I went to Dr. Cooney, Rutherford Allied Medical Group, on February 1st for a trial session and experienced immediate pain relief. After nine more sessions, I appeared to have my pain problem under control. Within a few more weeks, I realized my efforts at physical therapy were also having a positive effect. Soon, I could turn a door knob with my left hand.
 
I am steadily making progress in my strengthening exercises at the local gym. I did return to Calmare NJ for a booster session on 3/29 as some of my arm and hand pains seemed to be returning. But now, a week later, I am thinking with my continuing physical improvements, I will be able to get this CRPS into total remission by the end of this summer.
 
Calmare Scrambler Therapy has played a significant role in expediting my recovery.
 
Thank you Dr. Cooney.
 
Terry Whitmyer

Calmare Scrambler Therapy vs. Full Body RSD

March 23, 2013

woman in shadow anonymousMelissa, age 28, arrived here from south Jersey for Calmare treatment on Wednesday after suffering from full body RSD for 15 long years. The original injury began in her left ankle after a fall, followed by a second injury as the result of a car accident.  Over the years, her RSD slowly spread until it encompassed her entire body.

She and her husband aggressively sought new pain treatments for RSD ─ a laundry list of drugs, spinal cord stimulators (SCS),  multiple nerve blocks, etc.  Melissa was searching on the Internet for drug-free treatments and discovered one of our patient stories on YouTube. She contacted us and we talked at length about her medical history, treatment efforts and expectations. I shared my experience treating many people living with RSD / CRPS/ RND / Fibromyalgia using Calmare, and we mutually decided to begin treatment.

My strategy is to initiate treatment exclusively on her original pain site, the left ankle. After the first treatment, her Mother became emotional saying the early results were the first positive treatment outcome she could remember.

After Treatment Day 3 (yesterday), Melissa described her pain as “sore” but far from the 8 -10 level reported a few days ago. She noted both arms are receding in pain.

Time will tell. Her case is very advanced and has been in place for more than a decade. As I’ve said before, the longer the period of sustained neuropathy, the longer the treatment process can be. Have I seen exceptions to this guideline? Yes, absolutely. But this is typical.

Melissa’s early positive early signs are encouraging to me.  Her mother is staying here in town with her for week one and her husband will come up for week two. With her permission, I’ll keep you updated on her progress.

Good weekend to all,

Dr. Cooney

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