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Mayo Clinic shares another CRPS patient positive outcome after Calmare Therapy

October 23, 2015

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

Slowly but surely, the major research institutions are beginning to recognize what we’ve been doing here in New Jersey for the past four years is truly worth studying and testing–

mayo clinicYesterday, the Mayo Clinic reported on another clinical trial patient battling complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and the remarkable outcome she achieved after undergoing Calmare’s MC-5A scrambler therapy treatments.

Patient Quotation (excerpt):

“I had accepted the fact that I’d probably live my entire life in pain,” she says. “Now, the scrambler is working wonders for me. For the first time in five years, I feel like I’ve finally found a treatment that can permanently change my future.”1

How does Calmare’s scrambler device work?

The Mayo Clinic explains (excerpt):

“Scrambler therapy works by using a nerve stimulation device to mix another signal into the transmission from the damaged nerves to the brain. Basically, it replaces the information that signals pain with information that does not signal pain. The therapy involves placing electrodes connected to the scrambler device on the skin near damaged nerves. The scrambler sends painless electrical signals to those nerves that they relay to the brain. The new signals break the pain cycle and retrain the brain to understand that it is not really experiencing pain.”1

Ensure your Calmare provider has extensive expertise treating CRPS and RSD successfully

I’ve stated this before but it bears repeating:

Calmare is a “provider dependent” therapy:

camare foot image with leadsYour Calmare doctor determines the exact placement of your leads (key to transmitting the pain signal messaging) in accordance with the original injury site.

Depending on the patient’s response, these leads may need to be moved at some point during the 10-treatment series.

The doctor must understand the anatomy of the body and the manner in which the pain message is being transmitted to and from the brain in order for Calmare to optimally do its job.

If the doctor does not accomplish this task, the patient’s pain  and symptom relief can be significantly diminished–or not successful at all.

Calmare Certified Location LogoTwo key questions to ask your potential Calmare provider:

  1. Are you Calmare Certified?
  2. How many patients have you successfully treated with (your specific medical condition): CRPS, RSD, PHN, CIPN, diabetic neuropathy, post-surgical pain…

Scrambler Therapy can relieve debilitating pain and symptoms from several neuropathic conditions

Here in New Jersey, we specialize in treating CRPS and RSD. But we have also achieved outstanding patient outcomes treating many other conditions as well:

I’d like to learn more about using the Calmare device to treat my chronic pain condition

Great!  You can call us directly at 201.933.4440 and talk with our CRPS team specialists (or ask to speak to me directly). If I’m with a patient, I’ll call you back. You are also welcome to email me at calmarenj@gmail.com.

Or fill out the information below and we’ll reach out to you:

http://sharing.mayoclinic.org/discussion/sidelined-no-more-scrambler-therapy-puts-tess-wilson-back-in-action/

Joy from West Virginia wins the RSD war with Calmare Therapy

Last week, I received this update from Joy:

“I have come off of 5 meds so far since my last Calmare treatment. I can’t believe the difference in my clarity. I never really read the side effects of them until yesterday… Thanks again for your magic machine.  The first Saturday I was home, my husband and I took a little hike! He has been so happy with the outcome of the treatments! Okie dokie, keep working your magic!!”

Joy_WV_4.2013Joy is one of those vivacious people who are bigger than life–she has a winning personality and charisma that is off the charts  (her name suits her perfectly). The fact that she’s been living for years with RSD pain in her foot after a fall is unbelievable.

Yet again, her neurologist told her that to minimize the RSD pain she would need a neurostimulator implanted into her spine and a tabletop full of drugs. And, like many,  she simply said, “no.”

Joy came to see me last year to try one Calmare treatment.  I offer this to anyone who I feel may benefit from the treatment. (The first visit is free if there is no reduction in pain. If they feel the relief, then that visit is the first of ten). While patients don’t always experience immediate pain relief, so do. This was Joy’s case. In fact,  she went home after a single treatment (the standard protocol is a 10-treatment series, one per day). But a year later the pain returned and she decided to undergo the full treatment series to achieve longer-lasting pain relief. However, her response early on was so successful that we agreed that eight treatments was enough and off she went back to West Virginia.

She filmed a video here depicting her experience. As you can see, this is not a woman who is going to give up easily. And, thankfully, she left us, wearing her favorite boots again.

Our 12-year-old former patient’s Mom offers an update

ImageMarch 9, 2012

Here at Rutherford Allied Medical, Fridays are always a good day. Even when we know we’ll be in on Saturday (every other week),  we still celebrate the ending of a fruitful work week. And once in a while, on our beloved Friday, we receive an added bonus–icing on the cake–which was the case this morning.

We’d like to share an email we received today, with names removed to protect our patient’s privacy. What does this message mean to us? It means we’ve helped a child with Calmare Therapy to find his way back to good health and enjoying life again–what every child deserves.

Hi Dr. Cooney,
 
I am happy to report that J_____S______ is still at ZERO pain and it has been 4 weeks (yesterday) !!!!  YEA!  

Thanks to YOU.
 
He has had 3 tennis lessons, managed a “Superior” at his piano festival last Sat (even though he hadn’t been able to practice with his left hand for the 2+ mo prior to Calmare therapy), he is able to use the wheel again at pottery, and has signed up for golf and fencing lessons and we leave to go skiing this afternoon!!!  HE HAS HIS LIFE BACK !!!
 
Thanks again,
 
J. S.

Thank you JS! You’ve more than made our TGIF.

RSD advocate Joseph Aquilino’s quest to appear on Dr. Oz

Joseph Aquilino

As you know, we treat many patients living with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) with Calmare Therapy. Via Facebook, I was fortunate to meet Joseph Aquilino, “Joey Giggles,” a nationally recognized  advocate for RSD and other chronic diseases. He has lived with severe RSD since 2008 after a work-related accident. Nonetheless, he tirelessly speaks out about new treatment options and medical insurance challenges. Ultimately, he provides a supportive nationwide sounding board for people living with chronic disease and pain via his Blog Talk radio programs. To date, he has amassed tens of  thousands of friends and followers who support him via several social media outlets.

I’ve had the privilege of appearing monthly on his “RSD and You” radio program since late last year. He and his many supporters are on a quest to have Joey appear on the “Dr. Oz Show” to discuss life with RSD. He has started a petition which will eventually be submitted to program producers. We encourage you to take a moment and support his herculean effort http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/RSDanddroz .

Thank you and best regards,

Dr. Cooney

Calmare is a drug-free alternative to combat RSD chronic pain

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) is a chronic pain disorder characterized by more than just aches and soreness. The condition often begins as a result of an injured limb, trauma, surgery, heart attack, or an infection. Over time, the resulting discomfort can escalate to burning pain, sweating, joint swelling, and sensitivity to the touch. The syndrome has been challenging to the medical community because its symptoms are vast and often difficult to alleviate or relieve.

RSD occurs as the result of a complex malfunction of communication between the sensory, motor, nervous and immune systems. As a result of the initial trauma, the central nervous system is thrown into a state of disorder. The patient’s pain may appear in one region, and then spread to other limbs over time. Though the condition can improve gradually on its own, in many cases, symptoms of RSD reappear with a new injury.  There are no diagnostics for RSD, nor is the condition completely curable. Learning to manage the pain is the only option for the millions of people in the United States living with this chronic condition.

Here at Rutherford Allied Medical Group, we have experienced encouraging results using Calmare Pain Treatment Therapy to combat RSD. During the past few weeks, we treated a 40-year-old woman who developed the condition after multiple surgeries to her feet resulting in debilitating level 10/10 pain in her feet and lower legs. After seven sessions of Calmare, we are happy to report her pain has been holding at a 2/10. As a result, she has completely stopped taking Dilaudid (hydromorphone), a narcotic pain reliever similar to morphine which can be highly habit forming.

Like other enigmatic illnesses, such as Fibromyalgia, Calmare Therapy can offer a zero-risk and long-term solution to alleviating or ending RSD pain. This therapy is drug free, has no known side effects, and after the initial 10 session protocol, can manage the patient’s pain for long periods of time, if not eliminate it.

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