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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.

Why Calmare scrambler therapy is an ideal treatment for pediatric neuropathyGabriel_6.2015

  • 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:

Ronald McDonald House Lodging Option for Pediatric Calmare NJ Patients

Updated June 27, 2016

By Barbara B., Office Manager, Calmare Therapy NJ USA 

Ronald McDonald HouseFamilies with children under the age of 21 traveling to New Jersey for Calmare Therapy may be able to stay at three Ronald McDonald homes located within commuting distance to our clinic in Rutherford, Bergen County.

We currently have a family staying at the residence in Long Branch, near the Jersey Shore, and they report the accommodations are warm, clean and very inviting.

Our clinic is located just 10 minutes from New York City so we have included a Manhattan location below as well:

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Rooms are offered on a first-come basis at no charge (a small donation of $10+ is requested).

New Brunswick Ronald McDonald House (30-minute drive to Calmare Therapy NJ)

145 Somerset Street | New Brunswick, NJ 08901 | PH: 732-249-1222

The home offers six themed bedrooms with private baths.

Long Branch Ronald McDonald House  – Jersey Shore (60-minute drive to Calmare Therapy NJ)

131 Bath Ave. | Long Branch, NJ 07740 | PH: 732-222-8755

The home offers eight themed bedrooms with private baths and a variety of recreational amenities.

New York City – Upper East Side of Manhattan (20- to 30-minutes by cab or public transportation to Calmare Therapy NJ)

405 E. 73rd Street | New York, NY 10021 | PH: 212-639-0100

The home offers private bedrooms, transportation services and additional on-site amenities.

There are several other lodging options near our clinic as well. Please refer to our Hotel and Travel Information page or call us directly at 201-933-4440 for more information.

A 13-year-old boy with RSD says goodbye to his wheelchair after Calmare Therapy

March 12, 2016

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

There are few outcomes more satisfying than when our Calmare patients are able to throw the wheelchair they arrived in the back of the car because they no longer need it.

And when this happens with a pediatric patient, well, there isn’t a dry eye in the clinic.

Michael K. and his mother Dianna came to us from New York after they had exhausted several other treatment efforts, including a spinal cord stimulator (SCS) trial. He was also using the usual laundry list of pain medications, including Gabapentin.

Eventually his parents constructed a wheelchair ramp in the front of the house anticipating Michael would be disabled for the long-term.

He was injured playing middle school football and the RSD quickly grabbed hold of both of his feet, leaving him unable to put any weight on them. He also experienced medication and treatment-resistant neuropathy resulting in debilitating chronic pain.

An honor student, his discomfort became so severe he eventually had to leave school.

Michael left us pain-free, after arriving here at a 10/10 on the pain scale.

He has big plans once he gets home, starting with returning to school to be with his friends, where every 13-year-old kid should be.

Teresa from Alabama Calls Scrambler Therapy a ‘Godsend’

February 19, 2016

Teresa’s lower extremity pain as a result of RSD often restricted her to living life from a chair due to the immobilizing pain.

“Some days, I made it to the chair and that was it for me. Just sitting there day after day.”

But she and her husband didn’t stop searching for a new RSD treatment that would help this Alabama woman get the life back that she so richly deserved.

They discovered Dr. Michael Cooney, one of five Certified providers of Calmare Therapy in the U.S., a drug-free, FDA-cleared scrambler therapy treatment that combats severe chronic pain  as a result of several neuropathic pain conditions such as RSD, CRPS, CIPN (pain after chemotherapy treatment) and post-surgical pain.

While Teresa undergoes one of her final treatments in the 10-treatment protocol, she describes how the treatment feels and the change in her pain level since working with the Calmare Therapy NJ USA team.

Are you or a loved one battling RSD, CRPS or another chronic pain condition?

Our New Jersey-based staff would be happy to talk with you about your specific medical condition.

If you’d like to know more, just fill out the online info card below:

Calmare Therapy warrior Jamie checks in since his 2012 treatment

August 28, 2015

Calmare scrambler therapy is not a “cure” for RSD or CRPS, unfortunately.

But in Jamie 2_8.2015the best possible scenario for patients who undergo the 10-treatment series, it can put the severe pain and physical symptoms:

  • allodynia
  • severe temperature fluctuations
  • sensitivity to touch
  • debilitating pain and muscle weakness

into a remission state and restore the patient’s quality of life.

As you may know from our patient stories, we are treating many children, teens and young adults with this condition, many successfully.

Some patients, like Jamie, who we treated for shoulder pain three years ago, have never needed  additional scrambler therapy “booster treatments” but some patients do need them periodically. From my experience, most patients who require boosters need fewer as time goes on and they can sustain a pain recurrence for longer periods of time.

Click here to learn more about Calmare Therapy Booster Treatments

Jamie’s mother Joan was kind enough to check in last week and shared the following:

Jamie_8.2015“Here is a blast from the past. This is Joan.  In Jan/Feb 2012 you fixed my son’s shoulder pain.  Jamie is doing great shoulder wise. Almost 6 ft. tall and has his learner’s permit!

Here he is out in the back yard with a friend throwing a Frisbee so I took a few photos for you. Left arm/shoulder doing just fine as you can see!

Thanks again. I do not even want to think about what life would have been like these last 3 years if you hadn’t helped him.”

It’s hard to describe what these messages mean to all of us from former patients. For children and young adults who are riddled with debilitating neuropathy is particularly difficult.

But when we receive these kind of messages? It makes all the daily challenges more than worth it.

Thank you for reaching out Joan. Great to hear from you. And to Jamie–be careful on the roads!

Calmare Booster Treatments Help Gabriel Keep His Pediatric RSD Under Control

Gabriel_6.2015By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director, Calmare Therapy New Jersey

A child from here in New Jersey who battles RSD, Gabriel, first came to us as a 9-year-old in December 2013 with severe RSD in his legs. Unlike most of our patients, he did not have a specific injury or surgery that initiated his pediatric chronic pain condition.

Prior to coming to Calmare NJ, he was treated by a rheumatologist, an orthopedist and his pediatrician. His full body CAT scan and MRI were both negative.

His doctors were unsure how to treat his pain. Prior to his mother discovering Calmare in a magazine article, Gabe underwent three painful nerve blocks and was prescribed a number of painkilling drugs, including Gabapentin.

Youngster cannot attend elementary school due to RSD/ CRPS symptoms

Eventually, Gabe was unable to attend school, play soccer or do karate. Even at such a young age, his RSD symptoms mirrored an adult case:

  • Skin discoloration
  • Allodynia (sensitivity to touch)
  • Chronic pain of varying levels of severity
  • Loss of mobility
  • Reliance on crutches to walk

Gabriel_age11_12.2013In 2013, Gabe arrived here and would be the youngest patient we had ever treated using scrambler therapy.

I had a good feeling that we could help Gabe after the first treatment. In fact, after just six sessions, Gabe was pain-free and put his crutches away in the trunk of his car and headed back home to share the great news—and resume the normal life of a young boy.

2014: Three booster treatments sends his pain back into remission

While some fortunate people never experience any significant recurrence of pain after scrambler therapy, some patients experience a recurrence months or even years later, particularly if their case was severe or they suffered with the condition for a long period of time.

In Gabriel’s case, he pain returned about 10 months later. His mother wisely brought him in for treatment. In May, he had two consecutive boosters (1 per day over two consecutive days) and in September he had one more session.

2015: One booster treatment sends his pain back into remission

Nine months later, Gabe was having some pain and wanted to begin using his crutches again. His wonderful Mom brought him in and this time, he only needed a single booster treatment to eliminate the pain.

One note, after his initial treatment cycle in 2013, his RSD skin conditions never returned.

Why I love my job

After just one treatment lasting about 35 minutes, this bright and funny 11-year-old boy confidently walked out of our office (without crutches) ready to face the summer of 2015.  Pain-free.

Would you like to talk with someone from our team about your RSD / CRPS or other chronic pain condition? Email us at CalmareNJ@gmail.com or call us at (201) 933-4440.

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.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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May we all enjoy a little less pain, a little more luck, and the company of loyal friends and loving family today.

Dr. Michael Cooney

Calmare Therapy helps teenager overcome debilitating RND and fibromyalgia

May 11, 2012
After a lower back injury during a soccer soccer game in 2009, Katie’s back pain expanded into her neck, arms and legs. By 2012, after several unsuccessful pain treatment efforts, she was unable to go to school. At the height of her chronic pain, she was taking up to six Vicodin pills per day. Her family heard about Calmare Therapy and traveled back and forth from PA to New Jersey for treatment. Here, a recovered Katie shares her story.

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