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Preparing for Your Upcoming Calmare Therapy Treatments

April 24, 2017

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

Treatment Room BestAs we prepare for the busy summer months ahead, I thought it would be a good time to recap how patients and families can optimally prepare for their upcoming Calmare treatments with us here in New Jersey.

The standard treatment protocol is one daily treatment for 10 days (excluding Sunday and some Saturdays) each lasting about 35 minutes each.

Months or years after the treatment series, some people require subsequent booster treatments (generally one up to four treatments). They should also follow the protocol below. (Keep in mind, in most cases, the need for Calmare booster therapy should decrease over time).

Preparing for Your Calmare Therapy
  1. Fill out your New Patient Forms in advance. You can forward them to us by fax (201-933-8159); send them by mail; or scan and email them to calmarenj@gmail.com.
  2. Send or bring along any objective tests (X-rays, EEG, MRI, EMG or cat scans) for our pre-treatment study.
  3. Wean off as many medications (i.e. anticonvulsants and antidepressants) as possible, working in partnership with your prescribing doctor/s. (Note: Each patient case is unique in this regard. I will talk with you personally about your specific medication protocol and how best to manage this issue.)
  4. Do not use any skin lotions 24-hours before or at any time during your treatment cycle.
  5. Wear loose, comfortable clothing; bring some hand-held entertainment to occupy you during each treatment.
  6. Consider keeping a journal about your experience and discuss how you feel each day during therapy.
  7. Make flight and hotel reservations well in advance. We provide a list of lodging options which have received high marks from patients. Ensure the hotel can provide transportation to/from the clinic or recommend a quality taxi service. You may also wish to download the Uber or Lyft apps for affordable transportation services.
  8. Abby Bluteau getting treatment_2015Don’t be nervous!  The treatments are painless and we will be with you every step of the journey!
You are in good hands!

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

Our collective goal is to significantly lessen your pain and reduce or eliminate reliance on prescription medications or invasive treatments.

We are only a call away

If there is anything we can do to assist you in your preparation, or you have questions, please call us at (201) 933-4440 or email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com.

Safe travels and we look forward to meeting you soon!

Dr. Cooney talks about Calmare as a newer solution for PHN (Shingles) pain

Shingles imageBy Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

Increasingly here at Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment New Jersey, we are treating more patients with postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). 

We have achieved some outstanding results in regard to pain reduction. Shingles is also known as herpes zoster, a painful skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus.

PHN Clinical Trial Results Using Calmare Scrambler Therapy

But don’t just take our word for this success. Here’s what researchers have found in clinical trials:

• Dr. Thomas Smith, director of Palliative Care at the Sydney Kimmel Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University, performed a clinical trial where they achieved an outstanding 95% reduction in pain a month after the treatment with no side effects.

Journal of pain and symptom management Another study recently published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management with 52 random pain participants compared guideline-based drug management with the scrambler. The Calmare participants had a 91 percent reduction in pain compared to a 28 percent reduction in pain for those who used drug management.

ACOSThe American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) completed a clinical trial on the benefits of scrambler therapy:

“Scrambler therapy appears to have a promising effect on post herpetic neuropathy (PHN) with prompt and continued relief and no side effects.”

Shingles is a neuropathic pain condition that requires careful management

Once you have the pain symptoms under control, the disease still requires management in order to offset recurrences.

As in all chronic disease management, making a small effort to optimally manage your PHN can offer big rewards in how you look and feel every day. Further more, you’ll feel less pain, fewer physical symptoms, and be one day closer to remission.

These lifestyle recommendations can help you deal with chronic pain and other PHN symptoms, and most importantly, they put you in the driver’s seat of your health (not your shingles!)

Prioritize your mental health.

PHN can cause emotional distress and depression. If you’re feeling blue, have a prepared list of things to do to get through rough times ─ call a dear friend or loved one, spend time with people who lift you up, spend more time at religious services. If you are up to it, do good for others in whatever capacity you can offer. Get professional support by working with a therapist who specializes in disease management and chronic pain.

Focus on a healthy diet.

I can’t stress it enough:  Eating a nutritious diet is extremely beneficial to your overall health and your shingles– stick to fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats.

Exercise in moderation.

Since you are living with chronic pain, you are probably already aware that regular exercise can help you improves muscle strength, reduces stress and keeps the blood flowing throughout your body. If your case is severe, start by working one-on-one with a physical therapist or certified personal trainer who is familiar with working with PHN clients.

Establish a regular sleep schedule.

Adopt a sleep routine by going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, even on weekends. And for maximum sleep benefits, be sure you’re sleeping at least 8 hours each night.

Find ways that help you to cope with stress effectively.

Dealing with stress can help you manage the pain that often comes along with PHN. That’s why stress management techniques, such as pet therapy, deep breathing, walking in your garden or the local park, yoga and meditation are so popular today. They work. Find an activity that helps you relax.

Have a positive attitude.

Admittedly, some days it’s not easy.

But finding the good, the light, the positive (no matter how small it may be at times) is key when it comes to dealing with PHN.

With today’s alternative therapies that don’t include any drugs, such as scrambler therapy, there is no need to just accept all the debilitating symptoms that come with a shingles diagnosis.

You can fight back and get the quality of life you deserve.

If you have any questions about PHN and how scrambler therapy may help treat your neuropathic pain as well as other physical symptoms, feel free to call me at (201) 933-4440.

Patient Story

Read about Joan’s experience with Calmare here https://calmaretherapynj.com/2014/03/28/our-shingles-patient-responds-well-to-single-calmare-booster-treatments/

Would you like to learn more about Calmare scrambler therapy for herpes zoster pain and symptoms?

John finally finds pain relief from his PHN (Shingles) with Calmare scrambler therapy

John Willis_5.2015John Willis came to Calmare Therapy New Jersey on May 4, 2015 for treatment of postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) as a result of Shingles. He had been suffering for nine long months with a consistent pain level of 8/10.

Eventually, his pain decreased his quality of life—he could not longer drive or do many of the things he enjoyed.

His physician prescribed a number of prescription medications to help manage his pain but they were ineffective.

John tries an alternative treatment for PHN painShingles image

Mr. Willis was not content to live the rest of his life in this degree of pain. Once it was clear the medications were not going to help, he considered other alternative pain treatments. Through his research, he discovered Dr. Michael Cooney and his success using scrambler therapy.

He consulted with Dr. Cooney and they mutually agreed he was a suitable candidate to undergo the scrambler, which is painless and has no side effects.

John completed the 10-treatment regime and reduced his pain from an 8/10 to a steady 3/10. The good news is he is maintaining this more manageable pain level without using any medications which made him drowsy and just not feeling “like himself.”

Best of all, he can function again and resume his daily routine, including driving his car.

As always, our goal here at Calmare Therapy NJ is to achieve a 0/10 pain level with every patient. But, sometimes, that goal cannot be achieved. However, in John’s case, since his scrambler therapy treatment, his pain rate varies between 1 but does not go above a 3.

To Mr. Willis, this is a great success.

READ ABOUT JOAN’S SUCCESS TREATING HER SEVERE PHN USING SCRAMBLER THERAPY

PHN Clinical Trial Results Using Calmare Scrambler Therapy

But don’t just take our word for this success. Here’s what researchers have found in clinical trials:

Dr. Thomas Smith, director of Palliative Care at the Sydney Kimmel Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University, performed a study for PHN patients where they achieved an amazing 95% reduction in pain a month after the treatment with no side effects.

Journal of pain and symptom managementAnother study recently published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management with 52 random pain participants compared guideline-based drug management with the scrambler. The Calmare participants had a 91 percent reduction in pain compared to a 28 percent reduction in pain for those who used drug management.

ACOS• The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) completed a clinical trial on the benefits of scrambler therapy:

“Scrambler therapy appears to have a promising effect on post herpetic neuropathy (PHN) with prompt and continued relief and no side effects.”

Are you or someone you care about living with severe pain from PHN?

Feel free to leave your information below and we’ll be happy to provide you with more information. We can also discuss your medical history and mutually determine if scrambler therapy might be right for you. 

Dr. Cooney offers tips for people living with postherpetic neuropathy ( Shingles )

Shingles imageIncreasingly here at Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment New Jersey, we are treating more patients with postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). 

We have achieved some outstanding results in regard to pain reduction. Shingles is also known as herpes zoster, a painful skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus.

PHN Clinical Trial Results Using Calmare Scrambler Therapy

But don’t just take our word for this success. Here’s what researchers have found in clinical trials:

• Dr. Thomas Smith, director of Palliative Care at the Sydney Kimmel Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University, performed a clinical trial where they achieved an outstanding 95% reduction in pain a month after the treatment with no side effects.

Journal of pain and symptom management Another study recently published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management with 52 random pain participants compared guideline-based drug management with the scrambler. The Calmare participants had a 91 percent reduction in pain compared to a 28 percent reduction in pain for those who used drug management.

ACOSThe American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) completed a clinical trial on the benefits of scrambler therapy:

“Scrambler therapy appears to have a promising effect on post herpetic neuropathy (PHN) with prompt and continued relief and no side effects.”

Shingles is a neuropathic pain condition that requires careful management

Once you have the pain symptoms under control, the disease still requires management in order to offset recurrences.

As in all chronic disease management, making a small effort to optimally manage your PHN can offer big rewards in how you look and feel every day. Further more, you’ll feel less pain, fewer physical symptoms, and be one day closer to remission.

These lifestyle recommendations can help you deal with chronic pain and other PHN symptoms, and most importantly, they put you in the driver’s seat of your health (not your shingles!)

Prioritize your mental health.

PHN can cause emotional distress and depression. If you’re feeling blue, have a prepared list of things to do to get through rough times ─ call a dear friend or loved one, spend time with people who lift you up, spend more time at religious services. If you are up to it, do good for others in whatever capacity you can offer. Get professional support by working with a therapist who specializes in disease management and chronic pain.

Focus on a healthy diet.

I can’t stress it enough:  Eating a nutritious diet is extremely beneficial to your overall health and your shingles– stick to fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats.

Exercise in moderation.

Since you are living with chronic pain, you are probably already aware that regular exercise can help you improves muscle strength, reduces stress and keeps the blood flowing throughout your body. If your case is severe, start by working one-on-one with a physical therapist or certified personal trainer who is familiar with working with PHN clients.

Establish a regular sleep schedule.

Adopt a sleep routine by going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, even on weekends. And for maximum sleep benefits, be sure you’re sleeping at least 8 hours each night.

Find ways that help you to cope with stress effectively.

Dealing with stress can help you manage the pain that often comes along with PHN. That’s why stress management techniques, such as pet therapy, deep breathing, walking in your garden or the local park, yoga and meditation are so popular today. They work. Find an activity that helps you relax.

Have a positive attitude.

Admittedly, some days it’s not easy.

But finding the good, the light, the positive (no matter how small it may be at times) is key when it comes to dealing with PHN.

With today’s alternative therapies that don’t include any drugs, such as scrambler therapy, there is no need to just accept all the debilitating symptoms that come with a shingles diagnosis.

You can fight back and get the quality of life you deserve.

If you have any questions about PHN and how scrambler therapy may help treat your neuropathic pain as well as other physical symptoms, feel free to call me at (201) 933-4440.

Patient Story

Read about Joan’s experience with Calmare here https://calmaretherapynj.com/2014/03/28/our-shingles-patient-responds-well-to-single-calmare-booster-treatments/

Our patient with shingles-related PHN responds well to single Calmare booster treatments

Shingles imageNew York resident Joan K., our first shingles patient, completed the Calmare treatment program in June 2012 after she had exhausted a battery of other pain therapy efforts trying to end her severe chronic pain.

Shingles, a viral infection of the nerve roots, can be contracted by any person who had the chickenpox virus. Approximately 500,000 cases of shingles occur every year in the U.S. Most people recover from their bout, but for about 30 percent, the pain doesn’t go away. It can last for months, years, or even the rest of their lives.

Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN)

These patients have what is called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), when the shingles virus damages the nerves of the skin. In these more severe cases, even the slightest touch — from clothing or even a breeze — can be excruciatingly painful.

Mrs. K describes her PHN pain as “severe stabbing pain”.  She also experienced some nagging soreness along her rib cage. We were all delighted when her scrambler therapy efforts yielded a successful outcome back in 2012 and her pain was not just lessened, it was actually eliminated (0 / 10).

Three months after completing her treatment series, she experienced a slight return of the pain and came in for a single booster treatment lasting about 40-minutes; In December 2012, she came in for a second booster. In both instances, she received one treatment and the stabbing pain was gone again.

Joan’s pain does not return for more than a year after two boosters

She did not require any boosters during 2013 and last week, 15-months after her first Calmare treatment series, she came in for one treatment that again eliminated her pain.

While PHN is not a common condition, we have seen consistently positive patient outcomes using the scrambler. I am more than encouraged by the results I am seeing. If you or someone you know is living with severe shingles pain, I would be happy to talk or meet with you to discuss your medical history and determine if Calmare might help to end your PHN pain as well.

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