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Ten-year-old with CRPS Walks Again after Calmare Scrambler Therapy

September 21, 2018

Ten-year-old Kiera is one of the reasons we love coming to work every day.

Last month, she traveled with her mother from Canada to our New Jersey clinic, arriving in a wheelchair due to a spreading CRPS condition and Lyme Disease.

Kiera had not been able to walk for 53 days due to the pain intensity, her mother confirmed.

She and her mother stayed for 14 Calmare treatments instead of the standard 10 treatments.

We are elated to report she can stick that wheelchair in the back of the garage from now on…

Her pain level sitting is a 0 and standing/walking is now a 2.

Better yet, we’ll let mother and daughter share their experience:

Teenager Travels from Scotland to NJ for Calmare Therapy

April 26, 2018

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Cara adds a pin to Scotland on the Calmare patient map.

Thirteen-year-old Cara underwent several therapies and pain management medications to lessen her nerve pain as a result of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

She was still left in pain throughout much of her body.

Ultimately, her family elected to seek an alternative pain therapy solution and chose to cross the pond after Cara’s parents consulted via phone with Dr. Michael Cooney, clinical director, Calmare Therapy NJ USA.

“I continue to see very positive outcomes in children and teens who are battling nerve pain,” Dr. Cooney explains. “The therapy is not painful and has no side effects–when does that ever happen?”

This young lady lit up the clinic during her stay here in New Jersey a few weeks ago.

Best of all, she left smiling with her pain level down to a 1/10.

She and her mother explain how her treatment went, from start to finish:

Do you have a child or teenager battling neuropathic chronic pain?

We’d be happy to speak with you about a drug-free, painless (tingly, as Cara called it) technology that can reduce or even resolve the pain, so your child can go back to being a kid again.

Reach out at Calmarenj@gmail.com or call the clinic directly at (201) 933-4440 to speak with our friendly, respectful team of pain warriors.

Learn more about treating pediatric chronic pain using Calmare scrambler therapy.

Teenager with CRPS Fights Back and Wins with Calmare Therapy

December 8, 2017

Here in New Jersey, we have treated many children and teens battling chronic pain, particularly CRPS, over the years.

Prior to discovering scrambler therapy, the majority of these children had been prescribed prescription painkillers, including opioids, and subjected to painful and invasive treatments that failed to lessen or resolve their pain.

We recently treated 15-year-old Maiya, months after she was diagnosed with the condition after she was hit directly in the face and neck with a basketball.

Her family wisely moved quickly to find a drug-free solution to treat her pain, which was concentrated in her upper extremity region, after the painkillers she was prescribed only left her feeling tired and confused.

Learn more about treating pediatric chronic pain without drugs or invasive procedures.

She tells her compelling story below, followed by Calmare Therapy NJ’s clinical director, Dr. Michael Cooney, who provides an insightful overview of her case:

Welcoming Dr. Timakkondu, Calmare Physician from India

September 28, 2017

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

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A smiling Emily Blake is shown with Dr. Cooney and Dr. Timakkondu, visiting Calmare physician from Madurai, India (9/27/17).

We’re honored to welcome Dr. Kuppusami Timakkondu,  a highly regarded Calmare provider from India who is observing here at the clinic this week.

Dr. Timakkondu is particularly interested in our CRPS, fibromyalgia and trigeminal neuritis treatment protocols.

We’re shown here with superstar patient, Emily Blake, who is undergoing booster treatments with us this week. You may recall Emily’s battle with CRPS was chronicled by her daily newspaper in Indiana.

While Emily’s pain level had risen to a 5/10, after her third booster treatment yesterday, September 27, her pain level is down to 1/10, thankfully.

Calmare is a Provider Dependent Therapy. Why You Should Choose Wisely

While Dr. Timakkondu and I may live and practice pain management at opposite ends of the globe, we are united in our war against chronic pain.

Thank you for your insight, your candor and your friendship, doctor.

Is Your Pain Management Failing You?

The Calmare Therapy NJ USA clinic is often a ‘last stop’ for people in pain who have tried all the drugs, injections, surgeries and other painful and invasive therapies to stop their chronic pain.

Scrambler therapy is painless, drug-free and has no side effects. The biggest risk factor is that the therapy will not reduce your pain.

But the majority of people who have undergone scrambler therapy have significantly lessened their neuropathy to a ‘manageable level’ or eliminated their pain completely (our goal).

If you’d like to find out if scrambler therapy might be right for you, call us at 201-933-444, email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com or complete the eCard below:

 

 

The difference between Calmare MC-5A technology and a TENS unit

January 16, 2017

emi-hewatt-having-calmare-treatment-_10-16Here at Calmare Therapy NJ, we’ve been using scrambler therapy since 2011. We’ve successfully treated hundreds of patients from more than 20 countries.

But the question in this headline is 100 percent valid and requires a detailed explanation. The difference between these two medical devices can be compared to driving on a freshly-paved 16-lane super highway versus a one-lane, gravel-covered back road. So from a patient’s perspective, let’s put these two pain treatment devices head-to-head.

The operational distinctions between the two devices are significant:

  • Volume of current being used
  • Type of neurons transmitting the no-pain signal
  • Calmare device sends a “no pain” signal on the surface C-fiber nerve receptors instead of interrupting pain signals through the A-beta fibers (tens unit).

Calmare® Pain Therapy’s MC-5A Technology

This technology creates a low-energy electrical impulse which travels through the patient’s nerves delivering a “no-pain” signal to the brain. This process “tricks the brain” that the area of pain is normal and eventually results in prolonged pain relief.

Calmare uses primarily “C Fibers” to transmit these random ‘no pain’ signals to calm the brain. It operates at 40 to 50 Hz. and 16 different algorithms deliver five duel-channel signals to restart the brain and ultimately disrupt the chronic pain loop.

There is never a repeated cycle during a treatment, so there can be no accommodation by the brain (as with drugs or a self-administered, hand-held TENS unit).

Calmare technology pain relief offers patients a significantly longer duration (often months, years or more) of lower (or even eliminated) pain relief as opposed to using a TENS unit, where the pain returns soon after discontinuation of the treatment.

Calmare Certified Location LogoFinally, Calmare Therapy is only administered by a medical professional who has years of clinical expertise delivering customized pain therapy.

The Calmare Device Earned a U.S. Patent Number

The scrambler machine has been awarded a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office which identifies the device as a unique entity, unlike anything else in the market (i.e. a tens unit). The U.S. Patent number is 8,380,317.

Lead Placement Performed by a Trained Pain Management Professional…or Self-administered by the Patient?

TENS unitThe small, hand-held TENS unit is self-administered by the patient, so the placement of the pads hand-during-treatmentis determined not by a healthcare professional, but at the best judgment of the patient or loved one providing the treatment at home. The TENS operates using a single signal, allowing for short duration pain relief. Most importantly, the machine has been designed with the goal of temporarily reducing pain.

RSD and CRPS Patients

The main challenge in treating RSD/CRPS is the complicated change in the nervous system which can be traced to changes in the receptors in the brain. As a result, therapy to resolve this kind of pain must reach the brain. The use of electricity for the management of pain is not unique to Calmare.

In fact, many RSD/CRPS sufferers have already tried traditional TENS therapy prior to coming to our clinic.

Calmare Therapy Does Not Function Like a TENS Unit

Calmare Technology 2012Injury or other noxious stimulus in the body creates pain chemicals. These chemicals, in turn, are converted into electrical impulses by your nerves which are transmitted to the brain and INTERPRETED by the brain. When specially-trainined doctors use Calmare Therapy, they “control” the electrical impulses that the brain is receiving.

By manipulating the input into the brain, they “retrain” it to remove the pain signal to the area of the body where there is, in fact, no pain.

Interesting, medical science has already proven through other methodologies that the brain can be “taught.” In medicine, we refer to those changes as neuroplasticity and there are many resources of interesting reading on that topic.

Questions? Call Us. We’ll Answer

nurses-on-phoneAdmittedly, this information is a lot to take in for people without a healthcare background. Nonetheless, we hope this helps in recognizing the key differences between the two devices.

If you have questions or would like to find out if Calmare Therapy might be right for your chronic pain condition,  call our friendly team at (201) 933-4440 or email us at calmarenj@gmail.com.

 

Why Calmare Can Be Ideal for Children and Teens Battling Chronic Pain

November 30, 2016

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

The last thing any parent or caregiver wants to do is subject their child to pain or watch them battle pain day after day.

Additionally, no parent I’ve ever met wants to give their child narcotics to combat pain, even for the short-term.

But, if your child is suffering, you’ll do just about anything to help them feel better.

I realized that during the month of June at our New Jersey Calmare clinic, about 70 percent of the patients we treated for neuropathy using scrambler therapy were under 25 years old.

And about 50 percent of those patients were under age 18.

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  • FDA-cleared 510(k)-cleared and European CE mark-certified
  • Pain-free treatment
  • Non-invasive (no injections, IV’s, outpatient procedures)
  • Drug-free (no narcotics or even over-the-counter medications required).
  • No side effects (except for a possible light humming sensation which we can adapt if your skin is unable to sustain any kind of touch)

How does scrambler therapy work?

Children or teenagers are comfortably connected to the Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment® device via small electrodes (similar to those used in EKG and other medical procedures) placed on the patient’s skin at the pain site/s.

The device then sends a very low current of electrical stimulation through the skin and nerve fibers, which carries a “no pain” signal to the brain, essentially overriding the previous pain signal.

Abby Bluteau getting treatment_2015We recommend the child have books, magazines or handheld entertainment to help pass the time during the 35-minute daily treatments (see Abby at left).

In some cases, pain relief has been reported after the first treatment, but each child’s case is unique.

Scrambler therapy treatments are performed over a two-week period, with the goal of the patient’s pain steadily decreasing, eliminating the need for wheelchairs, canes or any mobility support devices.

Once the child is back home, after ample rest and care is taken not to “do too much too soon,” many pediatric patients return to school and normal daily activities.

Pediatric Chronic Pain Patient Testimonials 

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Would you like to discuss if Calmare might help your child or teenager?

Reach out by calling the Calmare Therapy NJ USA clinic (located minutes from New York City) at (201) 933 – 4440; email us privately at CalmareNJ@gmail.com or complete the eCard below:

The mother of a child with CRPS shares a wonderful compliment after Calmare scrambler therapy

Abby Bluteau_6.2015Some weeks ago, we welcomed Danielle and her 13-year-old daughter, Abby.

She arrived in a wheelchair due to the effects of CRPS after a knee injury.

Abby’s pain was spreading  throughout the left side of her body and her family worried she was approaching full body  RSD.

It was a true Herculean effort for this mother and daughter to make the trip here to New Jersey, make no mistake.

The scrambler therapy goal

Our mission was simple:

Curtail the pain (which was a consistent 8-10) so that Abby could walk again.

Ten Calmare treatments later…

Unlike some patients, Abby didn’t experience significant pain reduction after the first few scrambler therapy treatments.

But we pressed on.

After treatment 5, we had a breakthrough and her pain began to decrease and last for longer periods of time.

By the end of her 10-treatment cycle, Abby left us without needing the wheelchair–just two weeks later.

Abby’s Calmare treatment was performed without:

  • drugs
  • side effects
  • any significant pain during the treatment

Abby is continuing to walk and regain the strength in her legs. While she sometimes uses a walker for support, she continues to improve (under the watchful eye of a great mom, which never hurts 😉

Danielle shared this acknowledgement on Facebook and kindly permitted us to share it here with you: 

“If you or a family member have CRPS and don’t know what the machine in this picture is or who the doctor pictured with my daughter is you need to be informed. Check out Calmare Therapy. My recommendation hands down! My daughter was in a wheelchair unable to even stand on her own and is now able to walk with her walker and is gaining every day.

Calmare Therapy is changing our lives and giving my child her life back!

Dr. Cooney in NJ is awesome and worth every penny if your insurance doesn’t cover it.

Check out his website: 

https://calmaretherapynj.com/ or his Facebook page:

Early detection and treatment are critical. There are many, many case studies you can read and if there is a center closer to you Dr. Cooney will know about it.

I cannot stress enough to call him. He PERSONALLY will call you back and talk over your case.”

Can we tell you more about Calmare scrambler therapy?

 

An update from Katie who is back in high school after Calmare Therapy

Katie TriosiApril 8, 2015 – Rutherford, NJ

Sixteen-year-old Katie was here for scrambler therapy treatment a few months ago after CRPS sidelined her from even going to high school. She missed nearly a year of school, which was so disappointing as she’s one of the brightest young women we’ve ever met!

Katie underwent 10 Calmare scrambler treatments at the same time as 87-year-old Ann. We created a video combining each of their stories here reflecting their wide range in age, but same positive outcome.

She posted this update today about how she is feeling and how school is going:

“Just wanted to post a quick update……I am still pain-free as a result of Calmare Therapy! Monday will be 2 months since my last treatment and I was pain-free 2 days before that!!!!!

I will have to repeat the eleventh grade unfortunately but I am applying to the advanced high school and if I get in I will be able to take high school courses and pre-med college courses so fingers crossed I get accepted.

Life has been looking up as I have been getting more into my old routine. I am taking courses online right now in Chemistry and Spanish so that I can finally finish the tenth grade!”

Boy with RND looks forward to his first pain-free Christmas in three years

Gabriel_age11_12.2013(Update: 1/2014: Gabriel’s mother called us this morning to say her family is elated that their son continues to be pain-free and he is finally returning to public school today, without crutches…)

Part of being a child is taking your share of hits, scrapes, bumps and bruises. But some children who sustain these routine injuries are faced with the unexpected onset of chronic pain that can take away the simple joy of childhood. This chronic condition, reflex neurovascular dystrophy (RND), is in the same disease family as RSD / CRPS and fibromyalgia.

The root of all of these diseases stems from damaged nerves (most commonly as the result of an injury or surgery) which amplifies the pain signal to the brain. The resulting pain can be excruciating and especially heartbreaking when this pain is suffered by a child.  RND is more common than you might think.

Last year, we profiled a high school student, Katie, a smart and athletic teenager with RND.  She responded beautifully to scrambler therapy and while we miss her, she left our office pain-free and has never needed to return for booster treatments (read about her post-treatment update letter here:  https://calmaretherapynj.com/2013/02/14/mother-of-teen-with-fibromyalgia-shares-calmare-experience/).

Gabriel’s young life is put on hold by pain

Two weeks ago, 11-year-old Gabriel from New Jersey came in with RND in his right leg after sustaining a soccer injury in 2010. He described his pain as a 9/10 upon arrival. Over the past few years, he underwent the standard course of treatments for neuropathy with a battery of doctors including his pediatrician, orthopedist, rheumatologist and pain management specialists. He took painkilling-medication and endured unpleasant injections to treat severe pain.

Due to his extreme ongoing pain and skin sensitivity, Gabriel had to drop out of soccer and karate and be home-schooled. He suffered from chronic fatigue and weight gain, as a result of the painkilling medications.

I began treating him with daily Calmare Therapy treatments of about an hour a day; starting with the second treatment, and Gabriel’s pain began to diminish and I saw a smile for the first time.

An optimal outcome with a treatment that has no pain or side effects

After completing the standard two-week treatment protocol, Gabriel was pain-free for the first time in three years.  He has begun to sleep through the night again. By the eighth treatment, he was able to put his favorite sneakers on for the first time in months.

Just in time for Christmas, this terrific young man’s Calmare treatment is complete.  He and his elated family are moving forward with their lives, starting with celebrating the holidays in a big way this year.

Thank you to Gabriel and his parents for having the faith and fortitude to keep looking for a drug-free and non-invasive  treatment to overcome chronic RND pain. You positive outcome has been an early Christmas present for me, indeed.

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