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Oregonian mother and daughter travel 3,000 miles for scrambler therapy in New Jersey

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And we are pleased to say it was well worth their long journey.

Laurie Mounts during treatment
Laurie undergoing pain-free Calmare Therapy treatment which has no side effects. July 2014.

Laurie Mounts was injured in 2008 and later diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome  (CRPS). When she presented at Calmare Therapy NJ in early July 2014, her pain level was a 9/10 on her entire left side from her feet up to the shoulder.

Laurie Mounts Legs before
Laurie exhibited classic CRPS symptoms including skin discoloration.

Laurie’s symptoms includes discoloration (see image at left), allodynia, numbness, tingling, sweats, swelling, burning and brittle hair.

Before discovering scrambler therapy, Laurie and her family had aggressively sought out several pain relief treatments including physical therapy, prescription medications and, ultimately, the implantation of a spinal cord stimulator ( SCS ).

Ultimately, these chronic pain treatment efforts for CRPS were not successful.

Due to an eventual increase in pain levels, Laurie was bedridden much of her life and relied on sleep medications for the very limited amount of sleep she was able to achieve.

This lovely young woman and her dedicated family persevered, nonetheless.

We are delighted to share their video diary here.

Update on our 12-year-old patient, Jamie

July 16, 2012

(Ed. Note:  Joan sent us this update on her son, Jamie, last week and generously allowed us to share it with you all):

Thought you would like to know that Jamie is still going strong with zero pain after 22 weeks !! 

We just returned from a week at a lake and he water-skied and innertubed and kayaked and had a blast.  Much better than last summer when he could only watch…  Thanks again for giving him his life back,  Joan.

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.

CIPN patient shares her experience with Calmare Therapy

February 15, 2012 – Amsterdam

(reprinted with patient permission)

A Letter from Nelia B (Condition: CIPN after Chemo Taxol Therapy)

For the past 2 1/2 years, I’ve been suffering from severe CIPN in my feet, after undergoing Taxol therapy for breast cancer. Three months after finishing the chemo, the neuropathy got much worse. Since then I’ve been on a high dose of pain medication (Gabapentin, Venlafaxine, Tramadol). Still my pain kept being at a level between 5 to 10. I also tried morphine patches, two painful and unsuccessful nerve blocks, cortisone injections, acupuncture, tens treatments and vitamin B12 shots. Nothing helped.

My doctors told me that my CIPN was chronic and not much else could be done about it. Meanwhile, I kept researching options and read about the clinical trials for CIPN with “Calmare Therapy” at the Massey Cancer Center, as well as at the University of Wisconsin (UW) Carbone Center. The doctors at both institutions told me that they experienced positive outcomes. I was also able to talk to a patient who underwent Calmare treatment, which was encouraging also. Then in the fall of 2011, I learned that the US Military opened several Calmare centers.

In December 2011, I decided to give it a try and contacted Dr. Cooney at the Rutherford Allied Medical Group in the United States. Afraid of being disappointed, I was a skeptical patient. But after the first treatment, my feet felt relaxed and I could sense a slight relief. Thereafter, I got better with every treatment and started cutting down the pain medication. After 10 treatments I was on 10% pain medication and the pain was at level 3 to 5. When I returned home the pain slightly increased, but then it stabilized. Although I am not pain free, I feel so much better.

The Calmare treatment has given me back some quality of live, I did not have in three years. I’ve much more energy, my head is clear–being on much less medication–and I feel hopeful! It’s great to be on the street and look down the block, knowing that I can actually walk there; it is even better that I can finally take my children to the playground. My family is very relieved seeing me feeling better.

I’m very grateful to have found the Rutherford Allied Medical Group in New Jersey. Thank you Dr. Cooney and Dr. Michel for the wonderful care!

If you suffer from CIPN, you absolutely should give it a try. Good luck!

Nelia B.

Mayo Clinical Trial using Calmare scrambler therapy for study

February 2, 2012

The Mayo Clinic is still posting for study participants to engage in scrambler therapy treatment for chronic pain in patients with rash from Varicella Zoster Virus infection. To learn more, visit http://clinicaltrials.mayo.edu/clinicaltrialdetails.cfm?trial_id=101568

Dr. Cooney to appear on “RSD & You” Oct. 7 from 3-4 p.m. (eastern time)

 
Dr. Michael J. Cooney of Rutherford Allied Medical Group will be discussing Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment on Friday, Oct. 7 from 3-4 p.m. (Eastern time) on Joseph Aquilino’s popular and informative program, “RSD and You”.Listeners are invited to call in at (310) 982 – 4253 and ask questions about this non-invasive, drug-free, pain-free treatment for chronic pain, including RSD, fibromyalgia and other types of neuropathy.”RSD and You” http://www.blogtalkradio.com/joeygiggles

Calmare Pain Therapy featured on “Living with Hope” radio program

I was honored to be the guest on Trudy Thomas’ “Living with Hope” radio program last week to talk about Calmare Therapy and answer callers’ questions. Trudy is a well-known supporter and activist for people living with pain and other chronic diseases.  She specializes in introducing new treatment options to people who may not experience successful outcomes with traditional medical treatment.

Some of our former Calmare patients were kind enough to call in during the show to share their personal experiences. The phone lines and questions submitted by email were so busy that our show was extended beyond the one-hour segment. I’d like to thank Trudy for her time, candor and expertise. She’s a true professional and it was an honor working with her.

Dr. Michael Cooney

Breaking News: U.S. Military Introduces Calmare Pain Therapy nationwide

We’ve just learned today that our U.S. Military has researched Calmare Pain Therapy and purchased several units of the technology for its use. Although scheduled to close its doors at the end of this month, Walter Reed Army Medical Center was the first known military-affiliated healthcare facility to offer Calmare in 2010.

The confirmed expansion of Calmare into military medical centers nationwide reaffirms the growing support and understanding of this revolutionary technology to relieve several kinds of debilitating pain.  Now, more of our wounded soldiers will have immediate access to state-of-the-art pain relief –without reliance on debilitating pain medications.

 

Post surgical hand pain sufferer finds relief after seven long years

When Cecilia Carney had her arthritic hand operated on in 2004, she had no idea the long term pain she would endure after surgery, particularly after she took a bad fall, pushing her thumb back into her wrist. In all, she spent seven years researching and experimenting with a variety of medications and therapies to relive the post-surgical pain in her hand. “The pain was unending, 24/7–and excruciating,” explains Cecilia. “One day during a break at work, I read about Calmare® Pain Therapy in the Bergen Record. After thinking about it for a few days, I called Dr. Cooney. At my first appointment, my pain level was at 9/10 on a 10-point scale.”

Cecilia said she felt at ease in the office from the start. “Dr. Cooney explained that not every chronic pain condition can be treated with Calmare, but believed my pain could be greatly alleviated.  He even offered me a treatment–right on the spot.” Ten daily treatments later, Cecilia is a changed woman. “I hadn’t slept through the night in years and gave up doing so many things I enjoyed because I just didn’t have the strength with all the pain.”

Calmare Pain Therapy Treatment uses a biophysical (using physical methods to treat biological problems) rather than a biochemical (drugs) approach. The FDA-cleared device relieves pain directly at the pain site by small electrodes, through which a ‘no-pain’ message is transmitted directly to the nerve for a period of 30 – 45 minutes, on average. Regardless of severity, many pain symptoms have been proven to be significantly reduced or alleviated during the treatment series process and there are no side effects.

Today, Cecilia continues to work full-time and sees her life in a new light. “Before Calmare, I was reliant on pain medications like Percocet and Tramadol to fight the constant pain. But now, I’ve said goodbye to those drugs–for good.”

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