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Future Calmare Doctors Mentored by Dr. Michael Cooney

August 16, 2017

Dr. Damon Orlando from Studio City, CA visited our clinic last week to shadow Dr. Cooney as he treated patients battling chronic pain using Calmare scrambler therapy. He is considering introducing Calmare to his geographic area.

Dr. Cooney has received acclaim for his use of opioid-free therapies to overcome several types of acute and chronic pain for more than 30 years.

But adding Calmare in 2011 as a pain management therapy (which has no side effects) garnered global attention:

Emily Hewatt Returns from Treatment in New Jersey Pain-Free

emi-hewatt-having-calmare-treatment-_10-16“Patients should understand that Calmare is a ‘provider-dependent’ treatment,” Dr. Cooney cautions. “The provider (doctor) determines the placement of the individual leads according to the origin of the pain site–not necessarily where the pain is being experienced.”

The Calmare Certified doctor says the scrambler therapy provider should also have a proven history of treatment success for the specific medical condition the patient is seeking therapy.

Ensure your provider is “Calmare Certified” and has successfully treated several patients with your specific pain condition.

Do You Have Medication and Treatment-Resistant Pain?

We invite you to reach out and consult with our Calmare team to mutually determine if scrambler therapy might be right for you.

At Calmare Therapy NJ USA, you’ll speak directly with our founder and clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney, who has treated hundreds of patients battling chronic pain.

Complete the info below, or call (201) 933-4440.

Why Painkillers May Worsen Chronic Pain

June 23, 2016

By Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director

pillsOur country is in the midst of an opiate crisis, with prescription painkillers sometimes serving as a conduit to dependence or even an addiction to these drugs. In some cases, it also opens the door to the use of heroin, an illegal street drug opiate.

Multiple unrelated studies have found that public health crisis may lie in the fact that long-term use of prescription painkillers actually worsens chronic pain. Needing more medication to alleviate pain can (unintentionally) lead to addiction.

Remember that painkillers mask your pain – they don’t treat the root cause.

University of Colorado-Boulder study

A recent study by researchers from the University of Colorado at Boulder published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that a short course of morphine after nerve injury in rats “doubles the duration of neuropathic pain.” The research team discovered that in people, pain and disease in the nervous system are most often treated with opiates, with little evaluation of the long-term consequences of this drug use.

If the results of the rat study hold true in humans, it means morphine initially numbs pain, but it affects glial cells in the nervous system. Those cells start sending out more pain signals to the nerves, prolonging and intensifying the pain timeline. In the rat study, rats treated with morphine took twice as long to recover as a control group – four weeks versus two weeks.

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Medication is not the solution to treating many types of chronic pain. Rather than continuing to focus on our country’s opiate epidemic, let’s focus on Calmare Therapy and other drug-free solutions to treat the root cause of the pain–not just temporarily mask it with prescription drugs.

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facebookListen to Dr. Cooney’s interview on “Aches & Gains” hosted by Dr. Paul Christo

Chronic pain changes the brain

Those suffering from chronic pain (neuropathy), rather than acute pain (short-term), experience changes in their pain receptors. These receptors go into overdrive and respond more easily to pain signals. That means patients feel more pain than nerves are actually sending out.

Initially, opiates provide pain relief and cause the brain to send out endorphins, the “feel-good” hormones. But over time, the brain produces fewer endorphins, so the body’s natural pain relievers are reduced. Patients can become more sensitive to pain, and the opiates become necessary just to feel normal.

It’s a vicious cycle. When longtime users stop taking opiates, they often go through various stages of ‘withdrawal.’

Side effects from painkiller usage decreases quality of life

In the short-term, opiate use may increase drowsiness and affect concentration and personality. Side effects may include nausea and vomiting. Long-term use of painkillers raises the risk of developing additional health issues such as:

  • Compromised immune system
  • Constipation
  • Depression or emotional instability
  • Irregular heart rhythms
  • Decreased interest in socializing and engaging in enjoyable activities
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sleep apnea
  • Dental problems

Not surprisingly, the higher the opiate dosage, the more likely the patient may experience side effects.

Detoxification

If the prescribed painkiller/s is not doing its job, under a doctor’s carefully monitored care, it may be time to wean off the opiates in order to try a drug-free neuropathic pain treatment.  In the short run, it’s difficult. Let me say this again–people trying to detoxify from opiate use should seek professional help and not try to do it on their own. Your doctor can offer treatment to help get you safely through varying degrees of withdrawal symptoms you may encounter.

Why Calmare Scrambler Therapy is an alternative to prescription  pain medication

Calmare leads on back 2_2014Calmare Therapy uses a biophysical (using physical methods to treat biological problems) rather than a biochemical (drugs) approach.

The brain’s reaction to chronic pain can be compared to learning to play the piano or memorizing a poem − the more the body “practices” processing pain, the stronger the connections between pain nerves and the brain become.

Michelle, who came to Calmare Therapy NJ from Australia, describes her experience

When someone is injured, the brain sets up a process to heal the injury. For example, cells carry away dead tissue, or it increases blood flow to the area. Eventually, the brain realizes the injury has healed and it cuts off the pain message.

But for some, the brain never sends that pivotal message saying “there’s no more injury here so you can stop the pain signal.”

This is where the scrambler device comes in—

Using several small electrodes (think EKG) carefully placed in the region of the injury, the Calmare Technology 2012technology sends a mild “no pain” message to the brain through the electrodes.

If you are looking for a drug-free solution to severe chronic pain

If you have unsuccessfully tried “every treatment out there” to lessen or eliminate your neuropathic pain caused by an injury, RSD, CRPS, pain from chemotherapy treatment (CIPN), diabetes, shingles (PHN) or pain after surgery, we welcome an opportunity to tell you more about FDA-cleared scrambler therapy.

Keep in mind, I speak personally with every potential patient before they come for treatment. We will discuss will your full medical history, current medication use, previous pain treatment efforts and your chronic pain treatment expectations.

Fill out the eCard below and we’ll be happy to schedule a phone consultation or our team will reach out to you:

Find out if you may be suitable to undergo Calmare Therapy:

Sources:

www.calmaretherapynj.com

http://www.pnas.org/content/113/24/E3441.abstract

http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2013/11/12/using-morphine-after-abdominal-surgery-may-prolong-pain-cu-boulder

http://thecolemaninstitute.com/treatment-options/chronic-pain-management/faqs

https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2016/04/6-myths-about-painkillers/

 

Patients Welcome Back a Good Night’s Sleep after Calmare Therapy

May 3, 2016

By Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director

sleepThink about the day after you had a really horrible night’s sleep: You couldn’t think as clearly, you were in a bad mood, perhaps you had a headache and there was no way you were going to exercise. You didn’t feel like eating right and were too tired to socialize.

What if you felt like this every day?

As many of you know all too well, living with chronic pain has a plethora of symptoms and negative side effects. In addition to the physical and emotional pain, may people don’t even remember what it feels like to enjoy a good night’s sleep.

Chronic Pain and Sleeping Problems

For people with RSD, fibromyalgia or pain after surgery, cancer and cancer treatment, sleep problems and insomnia are often nightly occurrences. In fact, up to two-thirds of patients with chronic pain conditions suffer from sleep disorders. If that’s not bad enough, insomnia has been proven to exacerbate chronic pain systems.

Sleeping problems can range from difficulty falling asleep to staying asleep or being unable to enter a deep REM sleep stage. As a result, the normal sleep pattern is disrupted; as a result, in a state of exhaustion, many people sleep during the day (and then awake all night).

Many prescription pain medications can also disrupt or inhibit sleep, in addition to the laundry list of additional negative side effects from these drugs.

When I talk with new Calmare patients about their quality of life before treatment begins, the majority tell me that their inability to get a proper night’s rest is one of the main causes of their mental and physical debilitation.

Lack of sleep can cause mental confusion, inability to exercise or move the body, emotional instability and depression.

How Calmare Helps Patients Sleep Again

Some patients reach out to me after their 10-treatment series concerned about how much they are sleeping—sometimes 12 hours a night or even more. “Is this normal?” I’m asked. “Is something wrong with me?”

No, actually, this a good thing–The improvement in sleep patterns is a response to the calming effect of Calmare MC-5A technology algorithms. “Calmare” in Italian means to calm or soothe. This effect is a result of a reduction of hypersensitivity which caused the chronic pain condition, such as CRPS / RSD. As the brain is retrained, it can also reset its healing priorities.

I respond by asking them how long it’s been since they slept through the night without awakening. Most respond in terms of years, not weeks or months.

“Your body is just catching up on all that missed sleep,” I respond. In most cases, those who report needing extra sleep after scrambler therapy eventually resume normal sleep patterns within a few months.

Six Calmare Patients Share Their Sleep Stories

I posed a query on my Facebook timeline last week inviting people who underwent Calmare Therapy to share their feedback about how their quality of sleep changed after their treatment cycle.

The responses were insightful and enthusiastic:

Pattie Sgherza

“I remember the best sleep after my first treatment of Calmare as I had not slept comfortably and I was in constant pain even with high doses of meds for nearly 8-10 months since being diagnosed with CRPS. After my Calmare treatment, I was able to sleep throughout the whole night in any position with even linen and blankets touching my skin.

Katie Troisi

“Whenever I get the Calmare treatment, I sleep better than ever. I can sleep for hours at a time and still be tired. Too bad Calmare therapy can’t be used as a treatment option for insomnia!”

Jami B.

“I haven’t been a patient of yours but I’ve had 2 sets of Calmare treatments, once for 10 days and once for 5. I could sleep through the night without waking every 3 to 4 hours to take pain pills. Your articles and efforts help so much. Thank you so, so much for all you do!!”

Michelle Platschinda

“Prior to Calmare treatment, I would go days without sleeping and then when I did manage to sleep, it was broken and interrupted. Now… I can sleep all night and sometimes that’s even with an afternoon nap. 💤😘”

Amy Lee

“Not only sleep–but dream !! When you take pain meds ( at least for me) I don’t remember dreams and in my dreams I am healthy and pain free so to not only get sleep but dream ❤ Thank You Calmare NJ for all you do ! :)”

Kelly Tolar

“I can now sleep on my right side which I haven’t been able to do in over 10 years! So yes! Sleep has improved for sure!!”

Improving Quality of Life

Since we introduced scrambler therapy in 2011, one of the resounding benefits, in addition to lessening chronic pain and other related physical symptoms, is the resumption of the quality of life for patients, including just being able to sleep.

If you have tried traditional therapies and medications to overcome your neuropathy and have not achieved success, we welcome an opportunity to tell you more about Calmare. Call us at 201-933-4440, email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com or respond to the Contact Me form below and we’ll be happy to reach out.

A Little Pet Therapy Never Hurts

MurphyLast week my family was away so I brought Murphy, my own little pet therapy, to the office.

As many of you know, I’m a big proponent of pets and their ability to calm the mind and lessen the pain.

If my wife will let me, I plan to bring him back to the office now and then as he was a big hit with our Calmare patients. ‪

Learn more about how pets can help combat pain here:

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:

A Christmas message from Elizabeth in Kansas City

December 2014

(Elizabeth’s message below explains, in simple terms, why we do what we do with our scrambler machine. The potential for this machine to change lives is immeasurable. Notes from patients like these only increase our commitment to helping people with chronic pain):

Dear Dr. Cooney,  Kathy, Barbara and Staff:

Sending the happiest of Christmas and holiday greetings from Kansas City! Your admirable dedication to healing will always be an inspiration and I hope has earned you a cheerful and relaxing holiday!

Thanks to you guys, my own Christmas will be filled with joy and celebration as I embark on a new, pain-free journey in 2015! Here’s hoping this card finds you as happy and at peace with your lives as I am with mine now.

Your friend,

Elizabeth

New Jersey woman returns to her demanding real estate career after successful scrambler therapy treatment

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Click here to watch Dr. Cooney and Christina discuss her treatment plan.

Christina, a professional whose career requires her to be out in the field several days a week, was debilitated by pain from complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) to the point she was no longer able to work.

Christimageina took matters into her own hands and discovered Dr. Cooney, one of 10 Calmare certified providers in the United States.

Here, Dr. Cooney and Christina share their doctor and patient expertise and positive outcome (video).

“The Doctors” to feature Calmare Therapy today

the_doctors_logoAt last, Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment is earning the national exposure it deserves to help get the word out!

Today’s episode will feature  TV entertainment program correspondent Jim Moret and his teenage son who has been battling Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).  Mr. Moret has written and reported on his son’s medical condition for the past few years and their frustration with the medical community’s failure to discover a viable treatment protocol for him.

The feature on The Doctors will address the Moret’s family’s frustration in trying to find a treatment that will lessen or alleviate their son’s continual pain (he presents classic RSD / CRPS symptoms).

We can’t help people living with treatment-resistant neuropathy — as a result of RSD, CRPS, pain from chemotherapy treatment, post-surgical pain or diabetic neuropathy —  if they don’t know Calmare exists. This television program will, hopefully, have a strong impact on our ability to reach those who need us.

Introducing Calmare NJ’s Patient-2-Patient Program

Offered Exclusively at Calmare Therapy NJ

 Many people living with severe chronic pain have tried a myriad of medications, invasive procedures and even alternative treatments without success.

But Calmare Therapy is an FDA-cleared, painless, drug-free scrambler therapy that is truly different.

 And our patients want to tell you about it.

 The “P2P” Program at Calmare NJ: 

Now you can get firsthand information about Calmare from other patients just like you. If you are considering Calmare scrambler therapy treatment, we will put you in touch with one of our patient volunteers who was previously treated for the same  neuropathic condition. By phone, email or other private social media resource, you can share your concerns, ask questions, get informed. (Our patient volunteers are not compensated).

It’s that simple. More than 80 percent of the patients we have treated are
pain-free or have reduced the depth of pain significantly. Now these patients want to “pay-it-forward” to others just like them.

Come in and try Calmare with no obligation:

Come in to Calmare NJ and undergo a full treatment (40 to 60 minutes). Many patients actually experience a lessening of pain on the first treatment. If you choose to undergo the remaining nine treatments, this treatment will count as your first of 10 Calmare sessions. If you decide it is not for you, there is no charge for the treatment or the private consultation with one of our doctors.

Next Steps:

Call us at (201) 933-4440 or just complete the Information Form (below) and we’ll put you in touch with one of our doctors who will talk with you about your medical history, medication usage and other therapies you have tried.

If we mutually determine you may respond positively to Calmare scrambler therapy, we’ll put you in touch with one of our patients diagnosed with the same or similar medical condition. Then you can find out, from an actual patient’s point-of-view, how Calmare can make your life so much better.

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