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Guest blogger – Our front desk associate, Cathy, talks about Calmare

Cathy Schnackenberg Gruszka

September 14, 2012

My name is Cathy Schnackenberg Gruszka and I have known Dr. Michael Cooney since I was 17-years- old and my Mom said I should go see the new chiropractic doctor here in Rutherford, New Jersey. Mind you, I never imagined 35 years later I would be working for Dr. Cooney because I had no clue as to what a chiropractor did!  After meeting him, I immediately felt a connection with Dr. Cooney so of course I told my four sisters about him. They have gone to him ever since and we were one of the first families to treat at his practice before it has grown into what we have now.

Today, I’m honored to be an employee of Dr. Cooney and work as his front receptionist at the practice. My personal and professional mission is to get the word out that I truly see miracles happen here with the Calmare Therapy. I am not saying it works for everyone, however, what I witness every day are true miracles. I see people come in saying they have had certain pain where they are ready to give up all hope, some say we are their last resort, some are so skeptical but are nonetheless willing to try the Calmare because they still have that flicker of hope.

I will tell you this, I love my job!!!! I love seeing patients leave here with a huge smile on their faces. When they say to us, “This office has given my life back to me…”well, words cannot express how I feel. The best part of being part of Dr. Cooney’s group is that I get to meet so many wonderful people from around the United States and even around the world! Although they sometimes tell me I have touched their lives, truly they have touched mine.

I feel extremely lucky to be working here where miracles happen. If anyone suffers from non-stop pain and wonders, “Would this work for me?” I definitely can tell you in all honesty that I recommend you give it a try. You have nothing to lose.

I, on the other hand, have much to gain ─ I get to meet so many wonderful people and play a small part in helping them get back to enjoying their lives again.

Calmare Therapy Booster Treatments

July 30, 2012

By Dr. Michael Cooney

For patients with medical conditions appropriate for Calmare Therapy, the standard treatment protocol is 10 consistent treatments over a two week period. Most of the time, each treatment lasts from 45 minutes to an hour, but every patient is unique.

Depending on the severity of the original condition and the length of time the patient has been experiencing chronic pain, periodic booster treatments may be required to combat any return of pain. Keep in mind, many of our patients never need further therapy but in RSD cases and other conditions resulting in long-term chronic pain, boosters can be extremely useful against any eventual elevation in pain.

The number of booster treatments required ranges from a single session to five or more treatments. Patients who experience a recurrence of pain should document when the pain returns, subsides and what environmental issues were involved (stress, weather conditions, excessive use of the affected area) or if there was no specific cause for the elevation of pain.

If you have additional questions about Calmare Therapy or booster treatments, please feel free to contact me directly at (201) 933 – 4440.

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

Dr. Cooney to appear on “RSD and You” December 19 at 3 p.m.

Dr. Michael Cooney of Rutherford Allied Medical Group will appear for the third time on Joseph Aquilino’s “RSD and You” BlogTalk radio program today at 3 p.m. (New York time). Dr. Cooney will be talking about his practice’s latest findings administering Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment for patients with RSD and fibromyalgia. Additionally, he has just successfully completed treatment with a patient suffering for chronic pain as a result of chemotherapy treatment (CIPN). He will also discuss his new Calmare clinical study for patients living with chronic pain as a result of multiple sclerosis, starting in January 2012 in Rutherford, NJ. Please visit our Facebook page for program details.

NEWS12 to Feature Dr. Michael Cooney and Calmare Therapy

Dr. Michael Cooney has just completed shooting a “To Your Health” with Dr. Derrick DeSilva segment for News12 where he discusses Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment. His patient, Laura Miller, an RSD and fibromyalgia sufferer for more than three years, also appeared on the program to discuss her condition, other painful and expensive chronic pain treatments that ultimately proved to be unsuccessful, and the final resolution of her pain after undergoing Calmare Therapy.

“News12 is one of the few television stations to prioritize healthcare news,” says Dr. Cooney. “They recognized the importance of informing viewers living with chronic pain that there is a new solution available to help these patients take control of their lives again.”

The Calmare Therapy segment featuring Dr. Cooney and Laura Miller will air January, 2012.

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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