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Teenager with RSD Discovers Calmare Scrambler Therapy on YouTube

March 13, 2019

Leave it to the teenagers to discover Calmare scrambler therapy on YouTube!

Since we launched scrambler therapy here in New Jersey in 2011, we have used YouTube to share patient case studies with a broader audience seeking drug-free, alternative treatments for chronic nerve pain.

Today, we have nearly 50 patient outcomes on our channel and nearly 100 more featured on our blog-based website.

Emma from Montreal is a 16-year-old suffering from CRPS as a result of a fall from a bicycle.

After battling intensifying pain in her right and then left leg for the past year, her neuropathy eventually prohibited her from attending high school and seeing friends regularly.

She had undergone pain management injections and even reported to Ketamine to help lessen her pain.

All efforts were unsuccessful.

A Teenager Discovers Her Own CRPS Pain Relief Solution

She searched “CRPS” on YouTube one day, hoping to discover other young people like her who were socially isolated because of the condition.

During her search, she discovered several teenagers from around the world who had successfully undergone Calmare scrambler therapy with us and left pain-free or at significantly reduced pain levels, including:

Kira from Scotland, age 13

Austin from AZ, age 18

Maiya, age 15

Evan, mid-Atlantic US, age 13

Emma and her parents arrived here in Rutherford on February 25, 2019; her pain level hovered around 7.5/10.

Steadily, each day, she underwent her scrambler therapy treatment and most days, her pain level decreased. On the tenth and final day of therapy, she left with a 2/10 pain level, which had been sustained for a few days.

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Emma is obviously elated that she finally discovered a treatment to reduce her CRPS pain.

Her number one priority when she gets back to Toronto is to “be back in school with all my friends again.”

An Update form Emma’s Parents

Since returning to her life back in Canada, Emma’s parents dropped us an update this week:

Hello Dr.  Cooney,

I wanted to give you an update on Emma:

The pain is down to a 1 in both legs and she said that sometimes she feels no pain all.

This truly is a life changer for Emma and we can’t thank you enough.

Have a nice evening!

Calmare Scrambler Therapy Benefits

  1. FDA-cleared 510(k)-cleared and European CE mark-certified
  2. Pain-free
  3. Non-invasive
  4. Drug-free
  5. No side effects

To learn more, call our friendly team to discuss your chronic pain condition at (201) 933-4440 or email us privately at info@calmaretherapynj.com.

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Brandon Heads to NJ for Calmare Therapy to Overcome CRPS Pain and Swelling

August 31, 2016

Oklahomian Brandon Willis was diagnosed with CRPS after foot surgery in 2013. Like many sufferers, prescribed opiates did not lessen his pain or help relieve other symptoms, particularly periodic swelling.

He discovered Dr. Cooney and Calmare Therapy after he joined several online CRPS groups, seeking support and treatment recommendations.

Brandon and his family headed east to New Jersey for treatment earlier this month. As he continued to feel better, they also made good use of the clinic’s close proximity to New York City and enjoyed several days of sightseeing.

Where do you turn when prescription drugs and other treatments don’t lessen your chronic pain?

Well, for starters, don’t give up searching for the right solution. Calmare is a new pain treatment that doesn’t involve any medication use, needles or other painful procedures. And there are no unpleasant side effects during or after each treatment.

Cleared by the FDA, Calmare scrambler therapy is a new treatment for chronic pain that is changing many people’s lives.

Calmare Certified Location LogoWe’d be honored to try to help you or a loved one battling CRPS, Shingles pain (PHN), pain after chemotherapy treatment (CIPN), diabetic neuropathy or chronic pain after surgery. Calmare Therapy NJ USA is one of only six Certified Calmare Therapy providers in the U.S.

Call our friendly and understanding Calmare team at (201) 933-4440 or email us at calmarenj@gmail.com. If you’d like us to reach out to you, complete the eCard below and we’ll get back to you right away.

Registered Nurse Beth Finally Gets RSD Pain Relief with Calmare Therapy

May 6, 2016

We appreciate when healthcare professionals seek Calmare Therapy, an FDA-cleared treatment to combat many types of neuropathic chronic pain. They have seen firsthand that opioids and invasive treatments may not provide the sustained pain relief they need to achieve a better quality of life.

Beth had managed to work as a nurse in Pennsylvania while silently battling RSD in her foot after a failed surgery. To combat the increasingly severe burning sensation she sustained, she had a spinal cord stimulator implanted, nerve block injections and was prescribed more pain medications than she was willing to take.

But the intensity of the pain only increased over time.

She and her husband discovered Dr. Cooney and his success using Calmare scrambler therapy to treat reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

By the time she arrived for treatment in New Jersey, her pain was a constant 10/10 and she was using a cane for support.

But we’ll let Beth share her story:

 

How to Prepare for Your Calmare Scrambler Therapy Treatments

October 8, 2015

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director, Calmare Therapy New Jersey 

ID-10053921It’s a good thing when I can’t recall how many patients we have treated using Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment since we began offering this revolutionary device in 2011.

Suffice it to say, we have welcomed many people with several different neuropathic conditions–pain after chemotherapy, post-surgical pain, diseases including Shingles, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Myofacial pain–from around the corner here in Bergen County, NJ to as far away as South Africa and Australia.

Once we mutually determine that Calmare may be a viable treatment option for pain and symptom reduction, it’s time to prepare to begin the 10-series treatment protocol.

Patients and families always ask us how to optimally prepare for the upcoming treatments–a very good question.

I thought this would be useful information to share with our blog readers as well.

Dr. Cooney’s Tips and Tools to Prepare for Your Calmare Therapy:
  1. Send us or bring any objective tests ( X-rays, EEG, MRI, EMG or cat scans) for our pre-treatment study).
  2. Wean off as many medications as possible–in partnership with your prescribing doctor/s. (Note: Each patient case is different. We’ll talk with you about your specific medication protocol and how best to address this issue.)
  3. Do not use any skin lotions 24-hours before each treatment.
  4. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring some hand-held entertainment to occupy you during each treatment, which lasts about 35 minutes.
  5. Fill out the Calmare NJ New Patient Forms in advance to save time once you arrive.
  6. Don’t be nervous!  The treatments are painless.

We are a positive and spirited team (as we hope you have heard!) and will be 100% sure to make you feel as comfortable as possible from your first visit to your last.

Would you like to talk with us about your chronic pain condition?

Just fill out the information below:

Photo Credit:  Stuart Miles – FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Virginia man with CRPS finally finds pain relief after seven long years

Mr. Socol lived and worked with a consistent pain level of 7/8 as a result of CRPS after a knee replacement surgery.

Understandably skeptical after trying several pain treatments without success, Ira leaves Calmare Therapy NJ at a pain level of 2 for the first time in more than 5 years.

In addition, he was able to feel his foot for the first time in 3 years.

As he tells it (below), his life going forward offers many opportunities that he formerly had to forego due to chronic pain.

Dr. Michael Cooney, clinical director at Calmare Therapy NJ and a CRPS / RSD treatment specialist, introduces Ira’s case:

Woman from Switzerland finally gets CRPS relief in Rutherford, NJ, USA

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September 2014

Doctor’s Message:

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.

Claudia_Bergman_Switzerland_9.2014Claudia followed the traditional path for pain treatment: prescription pain medications, physical therapy─ even more surgery to move the nerve.

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 medicalcamare foot image with leads 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,

Claudia letter image_croppedThank you for going with me on this journey of mine to fight CRPS in my left foot. Coming here all the way from Switzerland (!) was a very good thing for me to do.

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!)

Best wishes,

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

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

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 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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