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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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Megan Resumes Paramedic Career After Calmare Therapy

September 4, 2017

Megan came to us from Australia in June 2016 after being severely debilitated by neuropathic pain symptoms as a result of a five-year battle with Lyme Disease.

“When I arrived in New Jersey, I was in a wheelchair, unable to walk, stand or sit unsupported. My speech was affected and I had a bad stutter and slur when attempted. My cognitive function deteriorated until I could no longer follow even a basic conversation or have an understanding of what was going on around me,” Megan wrote after her therapy.

“I had a constant tremor throughout my body and violent twitches which resemble seizures. I was in constant pain in my joints and was having burning headaches at the base of my skull and back of my head that would incapacitate me further. I was unable to do any regular daily activities such as showering, dressing, food preparation etc.”

Eleven Scrambler Therapy Treatments Later…

“I started feeling some of the benefits of the Calmare treatment after the first week. My pain was steadily decreasing, my ability to walk short distances was improving, my cognitive function was increasing, I only had one headache in the whole two weeks I was in New Jersey and it was more easily relieved than ever before.”

Megan Checks in 14 Months Since Scrambler Therapy

August 2017

We were delighted to receive this message/update from Megan, which she kindly gave us permission to share with you:

“I just wanted to share the news that I’m finally back on road at work as a Paramedic here in Australia!
I wouldn’t have gotten this far if it wasn’t for your help and support and the magical Calmare, and I wanted to say Thank You.

You really did save my life as I was in a very dark place before coming to the USA.

I don’t think I would have been able to keep pushing through each day if I hadn’t had the amazing level of improvement I gained from your therapy.

You all also gave my mother and I a level of emotional support we had never received before, and we will always be thankful for that too.

It has still been a long and frustrating battle to get me back to a level of normality, but it’s been worth it.

My family has finally been able to relax; my parents even went on a holiday!

And I can finally start being in my 20’s instead of my 80’s! 😀

You were all a part of this journey and I will be forever grateful that you are in my life.

Kind regards,
Megan, Joanne & Family”

Dr. Michael Cooney Discusses Alternative Medicine on The Mighty

August 22, 2017

Choosing an alternative health care provider is different than finding a traditional doctor.

Calmare Therapy NJ USA Clinical Director Dr. Michael Cooney shares his advise and recommendations on The Mighty, an outstanding support and educational resource for patients and loved ones battling chronic illness, chronic pain or any serious medical condition.

Dr. Cooney also describes how to find the optimal holistic pain therapy to help you finally achieve pain relief, including scrambler therapy.

Stay tuned for more educational articles by Dr. Cooney on The Mighty.

“5 Tips for Choosing the Right Alternative Medicine Provider”

 

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.

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