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Calmare Therapy: Opioid-Free Neuropathic Pain Relief

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April 24, 2019

2019 Scrambler Therapy Pain Management Update

By Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director, Calmare Therapy NJ USA

In 2010, as I obtained the professional training to use the Calmare MC-5A device, I grew more excited about using technology to deliver pain relief to my patients without the need for any prescription drugs.

Nine years later, I’d like to offer an update about the progress we have made helping people reduce or even eliminate treatment- and medication-resistant chronic pain.

Those of us who work in pain management were not surprised to see the eventual explosion of the opioid crisis.  My healthcare specialty as a doctor of chiropractic requires using drug-free techniques to minimize and eliminate pain.

Calmare scrambler is a remarkable pain management therapy for several reasons, including the fact that it can be used to combat several types of chronic nerve pain (neuropathy), including chemotherapy treatments (CIPN), Shingles (PHN), diabetes, post-surgical pain and unexplained nerve pain.

How Calmare Can Lessen Severe Pain for CRPS Sufferers

What I did not foresee was the vast community of CRPS sufferers who had tried a myriad of medications, painful procedures, surgeries, treatments– and were still left with debilitating pain.

I’m often asked why scrambler therapy is one treatment that can significantly reduce CRPS pain and physical symptoms:

  • Allodynia
  • Skin lesions that will not close/heal
  • Hair loss
  • Skin discoloration

After treating more than 1,000 patients, over the past nine years, it is apparent to me that CRPS /RSD is a unique communication between local skin tissue and the pain center of the brain.

How Calmare Therapy Works

The Calmare MC-5A device scrambles this misfiring pain message/signal–which says there is pain—when, in fact, there is not.

After the technology scrambles this misfiring message over a series of daily treatments for a period of two weeks, in most cases, the brain’s misfiring message ceases and pain is eliminated.

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

Essentially, the scrambler machine “overrides” the brain’s confused message and corrects it to the ‘no pain here” message.

Keep in mind, the brain can send this faulty pain message to any region of the body—even a location which never sustained any kind of injury.

There is, in fact, no physiological reason for the pain.

As a comparison, phantom limb pain can result when a person who has undergone an amputation still feels significant pain in the part of the body which has been amputated.

Calmare is a ‘Provider-Dependent’ pain therapy.

Therefore, it is essential to confirm your provider’s expertise

and measurable success treatment your type of neuropathy.

Calmare Clinical Trial Success: Mayo Clinic

Dr. Charles L. Loprinzi, who was interviewed in January 2016 after leading his own successful Calmare clinical trial for the Mayo Clinic, explains,

TENS (a self-administered tens unit) is thought to work through the gateway theory of temporary pain relief, whereby normal touch sensations blocks pain sensations.

But scrambler therapy, on the other hand, provides ‘no-pain’ electrical information via nerves which have received transmissions of chronic pain information.”

Dr. Loprinzi said that through a process called ‘plasticity,’ the brain is ‘retrained’ and will no longer register a pain sensation in the affected area.

To date, there are at least 20 published reports on scrambler therapy that included results involving close to 1,000 patients in total.

These reports include clinical practice summaries, prospective non-randomized clinical trials and randomized controlled trials, including two trials that sought to double-blind patients and investigators.

Mayo Clinic Calmare Trial Patient Story: “Side-Lined No More”

Post-Clinical Trial Interview with Dr. Loprinzi

Calmare Case Studies

pain management patients

With patients’ permission, we regularly share their outcomes on our website. I’d like to share a few of our successful patient outcomes in the past year:

Peter Hinninger – New Jersey, USA

CRPS for 17 Years

For 17 long years, Peter tried every medication and every treatment, including a spinal cord stimulator (neuromodulation or SCS) to lessen his chronic pain.

Still, his pain level hovered around a consistent 7-8 on the Pain Scale.

After the completion of the standard 10-treatment therapy, we both teared up when he realized he was pain-free for the first time in more than a decade.

Peter and his long-time partner co-wrote a book detailing his Calmare Therapy treatment experience.

 

 

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Cara adds a pin to Scotland on the Calmare patient map. (April 2018)

Cara – Scotland

Pediatric CRPS

Young teenager Cara from the UK underwent several therapies and pain management medications to lessen her neuropathy. She was still left in pain throughout much of her body.

Ultimately, her family elected to seek an alternative medicine solution and chose to cross the pond to the U.S. so that Cara could be treated by our Calmare New Jersey team.

I’m delighted to report she sustained a terrific outcome. Best of all, she left smiling with her pain level down to a 1/10.

She and her mother tell her story here: https://calmaretherapynj.com/calmare-patient-testimonial/cara-scotland-pediatric-crps/

Tonya Schuler – West Virginia, USA

CRPS after Carpal Tunnel Surgery

“When my pain management doctor told me a spinal cord stimulator (SCS) was the final treatment option, I knew I had to take matters into my own hands and reach out to the chronic pain community for a less invasive option,” Tonya explains.

After her routine hand and wrist surgery, the chronic pain started in one hand and soon spread to the other. As the condition worsened, the chronic nerve pain spread to her neck, back and stomach.

Tonya tells her personal story after undergoing Calmare Therapy:

Hope, Fortitude, Tenacity, Sheer Determination

You can read or watch more of our patient stories, most of whom arrived at our clinic bearing the weight of daily pain that made work, school–even socializing or taking a walk in the park–impossible.

They courageously tried invasive pain relief procedures and side-effect-laden painkillers and opioids without success, up to the day they arrived at our clinic.

Not surprisingly, many new patients arrive at our clinic skeptical and dejected.

Who could blame them?

But they all had one key attribute that remained steadfast–regardless of all the treatment disappointments.

Hope.

And we were honored that they mustered the remarkable fortitude to try (one more time) to mitigate their pain and regain their quality of life.

Providing Pain Relief to Children, Teens, Adults and Seniors

Eight years after introducing scrambler therapy to our clinic, I have treated children, teens, parents, and grandparents, most of whom are living pain levels from 8-10 every day.

In 2019, Calmare is now the only pain relief therapy we offer here in our NJ clinic.

After 10 daily treatment sessions, lasting about 35-minutes each, more than seven in 10 patients achieve a pain-free state or a reduction in pain to the degree that enables them to resume a pleasurable quality of life.

Why do 30 percent not achieve pain relief?

Sometimes they have additional health issues which interfere with treatment, sometimes they are non-compliant after therapy, and sometimes we just don’t know why Calmare did not lessen their pain, unfortunately.

In this era of failed opioid pain relief and increasing difficulty obtaining medication for chronic pain, people in pain are seeking drug-free options to lessen pain.

Nine years since first introducing Calmare scrambler therapy, I have never felt more assured that this treatment can dramatically elevate the quality of life for people living with chronic pain.

Dr. Michael Cooney is one of seven certified Calmare providers in the U.S. His clinic is located just outside New York City. He is a professionally certified chiropractor who has been treating severe acute and chronic pain conditions for more than 35 years.

After introducing Calmare Therapy in 2011, he soon began helping people with treatment-resistant neuropathy from as far away as South America, South Africa, Australia and Europe.

Dr. Cooney offers complimentary phone or video chat consultations with people from outside the U.S. To learn more, visit www.calmaretherapynj.com email info@calmaretherapynj.com or call 201.933.4440.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Calmare Therapy NJ USA Expands Again

September 10, 2018

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney Clinical Director

Calmare Certified Provider

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

I’ve been in the pain management field since Gerald Ford was president. Over the course of my career, I’ve seen countless pain management therapies and pain medications come and go.

During all of those years, I’ve never seen patient outcomes come anywhere close to what we have achieved with Calmare scrambler therapy.

Calmare NJ USA Patient Testimonials on YouTube

Since we introduced “the scrambler” in 2011, we have watched children, teens, adults and seniors’ lives transformed by its uncanny ability to reduce or eliminate chronic pain (neuropathy).

We have been able to help people who had already tried all the drugs, the invasive therapies, the painful procedures and the failed surgeries, without success.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think people in pain would travel to us for treatment from Australia, South Africa, South America, Europe and Canada.

Over 25% of Americans with Chronic Pain Affected by High Impact Chronic Pain (MD Magazine)

After careful thought and consideration, I have decided to close our physical therapy and chiropractic practice to free up my time to help more people fighting chronic pain as a result of:

* Surgery
* Cancer treatment (CIPN)
* Shingles (PHN)
* CRPS
* Fibromyalgia
* Diabetic neuropathy
* Other nerve pain conditions

Don’t get me wrong–scrambler therapy doesn’t work wonders for everyone, unfortunately. It is not a miracle treatment and you’ll never hear me say that it is.

But in the majority of people I have treated,
the pain reduction results have been life-changing.

So starting today, we will be able to help more people, provide quicker service and offer a broader range of appointments.

If you’re ready to try a newer way to fight pain, you’ve come to the right place.

Here’s to winning the war on pain, one patient at a time.

Call our clinic at (201) 933-4440 or leave your information below, and we’ll reach out to you:

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BrainSpan™ Diagnostic Services Improve Calmare Patient Outcomes

April 18, 2018

Through the examination of nerve cells, we can diagnose potential inflammation, which may the root cause of chronic pain symptoms.

At Calmare Therapy NJ USA, your scrambler therapy protocol includes more than pre-treatment consultations, multiple therapy sessions — performed only by clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney — and monitored follow-up care.

BrainSpan™ Diagnostic Services– Only at Calmare NJ USA

Before your Calmare Therapy treatments begin, you will undergo two tests that diagnose cell health, the foundation for optimal brain and body health.

These simple blood (prick-only) and cognitive (performed online) tests measure cell health and inflammatory balance.

Nerve cells (neurons) stained and mounted for microscopic examination of health, abnormalities or inflammation.

“But what do cells have to do with my chronic pain?” you may ask.

Examining your cellular structure gives us (your treatment provider) a precise diagnostic measurement of the health of your cells and the overall nervous system.

Your brain’s connectors can become stronger or weaker over time due to small and repetitious physical, nutritional, or emotional events.

Brain health markers can be quantified by analyzing essential fatty acid biomarkers in your blood cells.

The Omega-3 Index Factor in Treating Nerve Pain

In partnership with our Calmare scrambler therapy, we concentrate on:

  • Omega-3 Index
  • Inflammatory Index
  • Palmitic Acid Index

A high Omega-3 Index can help provide effective pain relief for people with chronic musculoskeletal pain.

How Cell Health Diagnostics Can Help Chronic Pain Management

Neuropathies (chronic nerve pain) can be a direct result of deficiencies in the Omega 3’s that ultimately results in an inflammatory process (inflammation), which can lead to a prolonged pain cycle referred to as chronic pain or neuropathy.

We are excited to introduce BrainSpan™’s new and non-invasive diagnostic tools as a valuable partner with our FDA-cleared Calmare scrambler therapy treatment protocol.

Have Opioids and Other Pain Management Options Failed to Reduce Your Pain?
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Robert adds his hometown pin to our Global Patient Map at Calmare NJ

We can understand your frustration. Rest assured, nearly all of the patients we treat have already tried every conventional pain management therapy.

Please look around our website, watch and read stories about our patients and then reach out to us at (201)-933-4440 if you’d like to determine if this treatment is right for you.

We’ll also respond to your message (below) within 48 hours, and you can expect a call directly from Dr. Cooney, if you provide your phone contact information below:

 

 

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Scrambler therapy helps people with fibromyalia pain and symptoms

March 1, 2018

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

I have been treating people in pain for more than 30 years. Providing successful pain relief for fibromyalgia sufferers has been especially challenging because many, if not most, therapies are often unsuccessful.

In the worst case scenario, you could be worse.

As a result, people with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) are dependent on pain medications for relief, which can introduce its own set of problems and ongoing expenses.

The chronic nature of fibromyalgia symptoms interferes with job performance and attendance, personal relationships and ultimately dampens the overall quality of life.

The value of drug-free alternative treatments for women with fibromyalgia
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Women are ten times more likely to develop fibromyalgia.

FDA-cleared Calmare scrambler therapy uses a drug-free, non-invasive, biophysical scrambler therapy to transmit a “no pain” message from the brain to the area in pain using electrodes similar to what you might use for an EKG.

Men Battle Different Fibromyalgia Symptoms 

After treating more than 1,000 patients since 2011, we’ve experienced an overall success rate of 80 percent, which includes people living with fibromyalgia.

What does “success rate” mean?

In order to be considered part of our 80% success rate, the patient is required to achieve an outcome that reflects a very significant decrease in pain which is sustained for an increasing period of time after each treatment.

In several cases, patients leave treatment at a 0/10 on the traditional pain scale.

Scrambler therapy is not a “miracle” treatment

But let me be clear─Calmare is not a “one-time-only” miracle cure.

Our FDA-cleared therapy is administered during a 10-treatment series, each lasting about an hour, which includes preparation, treatment and recovery.

In nearly all cases, the patient experiences no pain or discomfort during or after therapy.

The importance of your Calmare Therapy treatment provider

Should you be qualified to undergo Calmare Therapy for fibromyalgia or another type of pain management, a word of advice:

Calmare Certified Location LogoResearch and confirm your therapy is performed by a doctor who has advanced expertise in understanding the musculoskeletal system and how pain is communicated between the brain and the receptors in the body.

Ensure they have successfully treated several patients with your specific condition.

If your therapy is performed by someone with less expertise, your results may be diminished.

Also, there are currently only seven providers in the U.S. who have been certified to perform Calmare Therapy, including myself.

Scrambler therapy patients defeating fibro pain weigh in

Laura Miller from Indiana

Katie Salmon from Pennsylvania

Melissa S from Michigan

If you’re a fibromyalgia sufferer, don’t give up the fight to find a cure for your pain.

pain management therapyAsk about our exclusive Patient-to-Patient Program where we will put you directly in touch with a patient who has already completed the therapy.

I am always available to answer any questions or talk about your particular healthcare situation. Feel free to contact me anytime.

About Dr. Michael J. Cooney

Dr cooney on the phone_2_2018Michael Cooney is a doctor of chiropractic at Rutherford Allied Medical Group in Bergen County, New Jersey.

He is one of only seven (2018) Certified Calmare Therapy providers in the U.S.

The FDA-cleared MC-5A scrambler therapy device has proven to be successful in the treatment of neuropathy (nerve pain) as a result of injury, RSD, fibromyalgia, radiating pain, cancer and chemotherapy treatment, PHN, diabetic pain, back and neck pain, post surgical pain, failed back surgery syndrome, and general neuropathy.

To learn more, call (201) 933- 4440 or complete this inquiry form below:

Robert Welcomes 2018 by Eliminating His Chronic Nerve Pain

January 12, 2018

Bergen County, New Jersey

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Robert adds his hometown pin to our Global Patient Map at Calmare NJ

Robert, a married teacher with two children from Georgia, was battling chronic nerve pain after foot surgery in 2013.

As the school track coach, his pain condition began to interfere with his mobility, making coaching difficult and frustrating.

For pain management, Robert chose not to use prescription painkillers and preferred to aggressively fight back by undergoing an additional ‘corrective’ surgery, physical therapy, use of a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, bone stimulation and orthotics.

And still, he was battling nerve pain in his right foot daily.

Researching Drug-Free Pain Management Options

He began researching non-invasive, alternative medicine options which treat neuropathic pain and discovered Calmare Therapy, performed by leading Calmare Certified provider, clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney in New Jersey.

While he was never officially diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), Robert was experiencing the same type and severity of symptoms.

He consulted by phone with Dr. Cooney about his medical history and pain treatment goals and they mutually agreed that he was a suitable candidate to undergo the treatment.

When Robert arrived in New Jersey, his pain level was a 6 / 10. He immediately began daily therapy sessions over the course of the next two weeks.

By the end of the series of scrambler therapy treatments, he was pain-free, with only a mild tingling sensation over the surgical scars.

Our team was delighted to see a very different Robert leave the clinic:

He was smiling again and looking forward to getting back to school and resuming his track team coaching.

Good luck Coach!

Do You Have Chronic Nerve Pain That is Resistant to Traditional Medical Treatments?

The majority of our patients have already tried medications, injections, surgery and other therapies before they turn to Calmare, often as a last resort. Even if you have limited mobility, or have suffered with neuropathic pain for years, scrambler therapy, performed exclusively by Dr. Michael Cooney, may be able to help you, so you can enjoy life again.

Call us at (201) 933-4440, email us at calmarenj@gmail.com or complete the Calmare NJ eCard below and Dr. Cooney will call you directly to discuss your case, within 48 hours of receiving your contact information!

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.

Full Body RSD Warrior Makes a Video of her Calmare Experience

February 2, 2017

True to her promise, Sara delighted us with her video recap of the 10 Calmare Therapy treatments she had with us here in New Jersey in January 2017.

A 21-year-old dynamo, we can only imagine what life has in store for her now that her RSD pain and related symptoms are under control (after 5 1/2 long  years of suffering).

Want to hear about Calmare from a ‘user perspective?’

Click below (and thank you so much Sara 🙂

Is Where You are Now Ok?

February 1, 2017

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By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

A new month always makes me think of what lies ahead.

Many of our new patients have previously resisted trying an alternative pain management treatment because they’ve been constrained by the worry that it “may not work.”

I certainly can’t fault them. By the time most people seeking pain management discover us, they have already endured too many drugs with debilitating side effects, invasive treatments, countless needles, surgeries and enough hospital stays to last a lifetime.

After we discuss the trials they have endured, without success, I say, “But you are here now. You still have hope. You are a survivor.”

And then we get to work firing up our MC-5A Calmare device and attacking the pain in a new way the body has never experienced before.

My point is this–

If you happen to be reading this and are not sure about calling us, call us.

If you’re thinking about emailing us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com to talk about your chronic pain, email us.

Don’t wait. Don’t give up. Don’t let the pain win one more day.

 

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