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Calmare Therapy’s Longtime Friendship with Burning Nights CRPS

September 18, 2020

By Dr. Michael Cooney, Clinical Director


We began using Calmare scrambler therapy to combat CRPS in 2011. It all came about by coincidence–

For those of you with medication and treatment-resistant chronic pain, you can appreciate the tremendous frustration when traditional drugs and other mainstream pain management efforts fail to relieve or reduce your pain.

“Where do I turn when the pain management community has no more options left to help me manage my pain?”

This frustration and fear, to be honest, led some CRPS sufferers to contact me about the viability of using Calmare Therapy to combat CRPS/ RSD pain–and the many physical symptoms which often accompany this disease.

After discussing each CRPS patient’s full medical history, analyzing their previous therapy efforts, reviewing past and present medications, and evaluating pain level fluctuations, I felt comfortable that we could proceed with caution and closely monitor results.

The risk to trying Calmare was minimal–the FDA-cleared pain therapy has no side effects, is painless to undergo and completely non-invasive.

The single risk is that the therapy will not work.

Meet Amanda from Indiana, one of our first RSD patients

After Amanda, then a teenager, and her family took a gamble on Calmare Therapy, Amanda’s pain relief was so significant, she was able to:

  • Return to in-person high school
  • Go on to college and graduate
  • Marry the love of her life

(Note that Amanda did return over the years for a few Calmare booster treatments, when her pain level began to climb. After the boosters, her pain level returned to a steady 0-3).

After sharing Amanda’s reduction in chronic pain on our website and YouTube channel, people from around the world, who were also battling CRPS, began to come to our clinic for treatment.

Our CRPS warriors share their Calmare therapy outcomes

Meet Michelle from Australia

Meet Tammy from New Mexico

Meet Juana from Colombia

Meet Paul from Australia

Meet Carla from South Africa

Connecting with the Burning Nights CRPS organization in the UK

We have been fortunate to be supported by Burning Nights CRPS, a UK-based resource for people and families dealing with CRPS.

They offer a remarkable wealth of resources for people around the world with the aim of “helping to improve the quality of life for every CRPS sufferer around the world.”

In 2017, we were fortunate to welcome the organization’s founder, also a CRPS warrior, Victoria Abbott-Fleming, to our clinic for a tour and a demonstration of scrambler therapy.

Victoria, seated, founder of Burning Nights, and her husband, left, visited our clinic for a wonderful visit. Dr. Cooney is also shown with Star, a CRPS patient from Alabama, and her husband.

Today, we continue to support each other’s efforts. In fact, Burning Nights features a detailed description of Calmare on its Alternative Therapies for CRPS page.

Visit Burning Nights CRPS to learn more about Calmare Therapy

In addition to a wealth of support and resource information available, I have written several articles that offer my personal insight into the benefits of scrambler therapy:

Calmare Scrambler Therapy Q&A

Calmare Therapy for Children & Teens with CRPS

Calmare Pain Treatment’s Battle against CRPS Pain – A 2020 Update

Non-Invasive CRPS Treatment: Calmare Therapy 101  

Burning Nights CRPS Founder Victoria Abbott-Fleming Visits Calmare NJ USA

Finally, if you are in a position to donate to Burning Nights, a UL-registered charity, you can learn more here: https://www.burningnightscrps.org/crps-rsd-support/

CRPS warriors are never alone

With the advancement of organizations like Burning Nights CRPS, people who are battling this chronic condition with currently no cure, can always find guidance and advice from doctors, experts, fellow warriors and their families.

CRPS warrior, you are never alone.

For the time being, while we await relief from COVID-19, online support networks can also offer a kind listening ear, fresh ideas, or just a gentle virtual hug on a bad day.

If you would like to discuss if Calmare might be right for you, please call our clinic and I will be happy to speak with you personally.

As a reminder, people in the US are permitted to enter New Jersey for pre-scheduled medical treatment, even if they come from a Travel Advisory state. Learn more: https://calmaretherapynj.com/2020/08/17/calmare-nj-accept-patients-from-travel-advisory-states/ 

Due to fluctuating regulations, people from outside the US should consult with their home government for guidelines about traveling to the USA for medical treatment.

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Dr. Cooney and Patient Interviewed for New CRPS Book

August 31, 2020

Clinical Director, Dr. Michael Cooney, who has successfully treated hundreds of people living with CRPS since 2011 using Calmare scrambler therapy, is featured in a new book on the topic:

COMPLEX REGIONAL PAIN SYNDROME (CRPS): PATIENTS’ PERSPECTIVE OF LIVING IN CHRONIC PAIN.

The book is co-written by pain management physician Dr. Alaa Abd-Elsayed and Eric M. Phillips, president of the International RSD Foundation.

Dr. Abd-Elsayed cited Dr. Michael Cooney and Calmare Therapy in his new book for sale on Amazon.
Dr. Alaa Abd-Elsayed

Dr. Abd-Elsayed is a noted chronic pain physician who has published more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, presented more than 200 presentations on the national and international level, written dozens of book chapters and serves on the editorial board of several pain management medical journals. He is a longtime chronic pain advocate.

 

Thus far, the CRPS book is receiving positive reviews from readers, achieving nearly a 5-star rating:

“This is such a candid view of CRPS from the standpoint of many different people affected by this debilitating disease. So useful to see how other people have dealt with and managed this disease. Dr. Al and Eric did a wonderful job putting together this collaboration of patients trying to help others. If you or a family member have this disease, this book is a useful tool in understanding CRPS. Thank you to all of the authors in this book. Substantial Book.”

Calmare NJ USA Patient Outcome Cited

One of our teen patients, Austin, is featured. His parents describe his significant pain relief (and leg lesion healing) after Calmare Therapy and booster treatments:

CRPS book features Dr. Michael Cooney

Teen Football Star Finds CRPS Pain Relief After Calmare Therapy

We are grateful to Austin’s family, who volunteered to share their family’s story and Austin’s positive outcome after Calmare Therapy.

Austin did return months later for three scrambler therapy booster treatments, which may be necessary for more severe or prolonged cases of chronic nerve pain.

He shared an update from the mountains (where he was snowboarding!) in February 2019:

Teenager Snowboards By for a Post-Calmare Scrambler Therapy Update

Austin and Dr. Michael Cooney celebrate his success after undergoing Calmare scrambler for CRPS.

“I was honored to be included in a truly comprehensive book about the challenges faced by so many courageous people around the world living with CRPS,” says Dr. Cooney.

“It is vitally important that sufferers understand that drugs and invasive procedures are not the only way to reduce pain from this disease.”

CRPS book features calmare therapy

CRPS: Better Non-Invasive Pain & Symptom Management

Dr. Michael Cooney treats people with CRPS chronic pain with a refreshingly personal approach–he talks to you before you ever step foot into our New Jersey clinic.

Calmare Therapy, cleared by the FDA more than a decade ago, is not right for everyone suffering from CRPS or other conditions resulting in chronic nerve pain.

If you are able to travel to our clinic, located in New Jersey, USA, 15 minutes outside New York City, we invite you to complete the Consult Request form below.

Note: People from COVID-19 Travel Advisory States are Approved to Travel to NJ

Dr. Cooney will personally contact you by phone within 48 hours of receipt of your message (USA and Canada only); if you are are from outside the USA/Canada, we will be happy to pre-schedule a video chat consultation.

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New Yorker Finally Defeats Full Body CRPS with Calmare Therapy

December 4, 2019

Leanna, a 29-year-old real estate developer in New York City, was diagnosed with CRPS in her left leg after knee surgery in 2016.

She and her family sought out every pain management treatment and medication to lessen her chronic nerve pain, without success.

There were days she could not leave her bed due to spiking pain levels.

Her family discovered Calmare Therapy and Dr. Michael Cooney is a web search for “chronic nerve pain” and “alternative pain treatments.”

“By then, I was living with full-body CRPS; I had absolutely nothing to lose by trying by Calmare,” Leanna explains.

Calmare scrambler therapy is an FDA-cleared device that combats chronic nerve pain by scrambling the pain message sent by the brain, often in error (there is actually no pain in the region, but the brain is sending incorrect messaging).

Calmare is non-invasive (no needles, surgery, painful procedures), has no side effects and is completely drug-free.

Watch Leanna’s video where she describes what happened after her scrambler therapy treatments began, and ultimately how she felt at the conclusion of her 10-treatment Calmare series.


To learn more about Calmare scrambler therapy and the chronic pain conditions it treats, call our clinic, located in Rutherford, New Jersey at (201) 933-4440 or fill out our free Consultation Request below and we’ll reach out to you:

 

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New Sciatica and Chronic Back Pain Treatment: Calmare Therapy

Calmare therapy treats chronic back pain and sciatica
Too many people suffer from medication and treatment-resistant chronic back pain and sciatica.

November 6, 2019

We all know of friends, family members and work colleagues who suffer from chronic back or sciatica pain.

They’ve tried all the drugs and therapies and still have pain.

In our pain management clinic, back pain is the number one affliction our patients face.

For those patients whose pain is nerve-focused, we are increasingly recommending Calmare Therapy, particularly for people battling chronic back pain for six months or longer.

Calmare uses biophysical “scrambler” technology, a treatment for nerve pain that uses electrodes placed on the skin through which low amounts of electricity scrambles the pain message from the brain so that it stops sending the pain signal.

Yes, in fact, it’s as simple as it sounds.

Most importantly, 75 percent of the chronic nerve pain patients we have treated here in New Jersey, have “significantly reduced–or even eliminated their neuropathic pain.”

How the Calmare MC-5A technology can significantly lessen treatment-resistant lumbar and sciatic neuropathy

Our device reduces sciatic and spinal neuropathy by creating an artificial neuron that retrains the brain by sending a ‘no-pain’ signal along the sciatic root to the brain.

It’s key to understand the distinction between

a sciatic/lumber neuritis and a sciatic/lumbar neuropathy.

The neuropathy (chronic pain) is constant; the pain may vary from low to high, but the discomfort never goes away completely.

This chronic, never-ending nerve pain is the root cause that scrambler therapy can relieve.

Conversely, a sciatic/lumbar neuritis is usually a structural or biomechanical problem, such as a pinched nerve or ligament damage.

These types of conditions should be treated by chiropractors or physical therapists who specialize in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries.

Calmare Therapy can significantly reduce or even eliminate chronic back pain as a result of nerve damage.Via small electrodes strategically positioned by a specially-trained doctor, a ‘no-pain’ message is transmitted directly to the nerve for a period of approximately 35 minutes per session.

Regardless of severity, pain and physical symptoms caused by the neuropathic condition can be significantly reduced-or even alleviated-by the conclusion of the 10-treatment series.

The cause of chronic sciatica or back pain may be a result of injury, failed back surgery or generalized aging of bones and joints.

Double-Blind Clinical Study Finds Decreased Low Back Pain Following Calmare Therapy

For severe cases of neuropathic pain, subsequent Calmare booster treatments are sometimes, but not always, necessary for patients who have lived with the chronic pain condition for an extended period of time before undergoing Calmare Therapy treatment.

Calmare scrambler therapy benefits
  • Proven successful in the treatment of neuropathic pain by leading oncologic studies 
  • FDA-cleared 510(k)-cleared and European CE mark-certified
  • Pain-free
  • Non-invasive
  • Drug-free
  • No side effects

People with treatment and medication-resistant neuropathy describe their outcomes after Calmare Therapy

Will Calmare work for my back pain?

Calmare can lessen chronic pain in the back and sciatica

First, let us be perfectly clear—while this non-invasive therapy has been successful for more than 75 percent of our patients with chronic nerve pain, it does not significantly reduce or eliminate pain or everyone, unfortunately.

We have seen marked success (pain reduction or remission) for children, teens, adults and seniors battling these neuropathic pain conditions:

  • Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Neck Pain
  • Foot Pain
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chemotherapy associated Cancer Pain – CIPN
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome – CRPS
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neuropathic Pain/Neuropathy – General
  • Phantom Limb Syndrome
  • Post Shingles Pain – PHN
  • Pudendal (Gynecologic) Pain

Calmare is a ‘provider dependent therapy. Is your doctor Calmare Certified?

When will my pain level start to decrease?

In most cases, we see by treatment 3-4 if a patient’s neuropathy will be significantly minimized or a pain-free state can be achieved. Many patients experience pain relief as early as 10 minutes into their first treatment session. As the number of treatment sessions increases, the duration of pain relief is prolonged.

What if my pain comes back?

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.

Is Calmare technology comparable to a TENS unit?

No. The Calmare® MC-5A device creates a low energy electrical impulse which travels through the patient’s nerves delivering a “no-pain” signal to the brain.

This scrambles (disrupts) the brain’s misfiring pain signal that the area of pain is normal and eventually results in prolonged pain relief.

TENS units are self-use devices that can temporarily lessen pain but when discontinued provide no lasting pain resolution.

To find out if your chronic back pain or sciatic condition may be suitable for FDA-cleared Calmare Therapy, contact us using the form below or call 201-933-4440 and Dr. Michael Cooney will speak with you directly about your chronic pain challenge.

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What is a ‘Provider Dependent’ Therapy?

October 23, 2019

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

Calmare Certified Location Logo

The ultimate success of your Calmare Therapy depends on several variables.

In my opinion, other than being correctly pre-qualified as a patient candidate, the doctor administering the scrambler therapy will have a critical impact on your overall pain management success.

Therefore, your Calmare provider must have extensive expertisetraining and clinical skill to accurately diagnose the precise location of the original pain site/s and set the MC-5A Calmare technology accurately to support pain relief.

Four key Calmare provider responsibilities:

  1. Strategically positioning each of the scrambler therapy leads on the patient in accordance with the original injury and current pain regions
  2. Setting, overseeing and adjusting the device settings during each of the 10 treatments
  3. Managing and responding to ongoing patient feedback
  4. Monitoring day-by-day pain management levels based on patient input.

 I will be your Calmare provider, 100 percent of the time, from start to finish ─ no assistants, no support staff. 

The placement of the leads (patches), attached to each of the algorithms, as you can see below, must be precisely positioned in order to successfully alleviate the nerve pain.

If these leads are placed in the wrong area, this lessens the overall capability of the Calmare MC-5A technology to optimally perform its job of lowering your pain and lessening any related physical symptoms.

As a Calmare provider since 2011, I have treated more than 1,000 patients from around the world–successfully.

I have also served as an expert Trainer for new doctors introducing Calmare.

This is a responsibility I take very seriously.

What to look for in your Calmare provider

Clinical Director Dr. Michael Cooney places the scrambler therapy leads on a CRPS patient.

The most experienced Calmare Therapy providers have received a careful review and on-site examination by the company’s administrators, who may or may not designate the top providers as Calmare Certified.

I strongly encourage you to seek out these providers for your therapy.

Secondly, ask the provider you are considering how many patients they have treated with your specific chronic pain condition ─ back and neck pain, post-surgical pain, RSD / CRPS / fibromyalgia, pain after chemotherapy, diabetic neuropathy, etc.

Your Calmare technology will be most successful when your chosen provider has advanced expertise in the placement of each lead.

Finally, peruse the internet and read reviews about the provider you are considering.

Get firsthand information about what scrambler therapy is really like by connecting directly with our previous patients.

Speak with Our Calmare Therapy Clients

At Calmare NJ USA, we offer an exclusive program called the Patient-2-Patient program, where you can be in contact with one of our previous patients who has a similar medical condition to your own.

Who better to share their Calmare treatment experiences than our own patients?

Anyone choosing Calmare should ensure the treatment is performed by a healthcare professional specially-trained in the diagnosis and treatment of several types of advanced neuropathy.

As a friendly reminder, I am happy to speak with people living with treatment-resistant chronic pain anytime. Feel free to call my office at (201) 933-4440 or email us at info@calmaretherapynj.com.

Wishing you and your loved ones a low pain day.

Dr. Michael Cooney

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Calmare Therapy: Overcoming Chronic Pain Side Effects

August 26, 2019

The video you are about to see below was filmed by Megan in her New Jersey hotel room during her stay at Calmare Therapy NJ USA in July 2019.

She filmed her ‘before and after’ Calmare scrambler therapy treatments on her own accord and was not paid or influenced by our pain management team to do so.

Background on Megan’s Long-Term Battle with CRPS

Megan came to Calmare Therapy NJ USA from Australia in 2016 after being severely debilitated by neuropathic pain symptoms as a result of a five-year battle with medication and treatment-resistant neuropathy.

“When I arrived in New Jersey, I was in a wheelchair, unable to walk, stand or sit unsupported. My speech was affected and I had a bad stutter and slur when attempted.

My cognitive function deteriorated until I could no longer follow even a basic conversation or have an understanding of what was going on around me,” Megan wrote after her therapy.

“I had a constant tremor throughout my body and violent twitches which resemble seizures. I was in constant pain in my joints and having burning headaches at the base of my skull and back of my head that would incapacitate me further.

I was unable to do any regular daily activities such as showering, dressing, food preparation etc.”

Megan’s family discovered Dr. Michael Cooney’s use of Calmare Therapy to overcome chronic pain and they made the Herculean trip from Australia to New Jersey USA to try the treatments.

Eleven Scrambler Therapy Treatments Later (2016)

“I started feeling some of the benefits of the Calmare treatment after the first week. My pain was steadily decreasing, my ability to walk short distances was improving, my cognitive function was increasing, I only had one headache in the whole two weeks I was in New Jersey and it was more easily relieved than ever before.”

14 Months After Scrambler Therapy

August 2017 | Australia

“I just wanted to share the news that I’m finally back on road at work as a Paramedic here in Australia! I wouldn’t have gotten this far if it wasn’t for your help and support and the magical Calmare, and I wanted to say Thank You.

You really did save my life as I was in a very dark place before coming to the USA. I don’t think I would have been able to keep pushing through each day if I hadn’t had the amazing level of improvement I gained from your therapy.

You all also gave my mother and I a level of emotional support we had never received before, and we will always be thankful for that too. It has still been a long and frustrating battle to get me back to a level of normality, but it’s been worth it. My family has finally been able to relax; my parents even went on a holiday! And I can finally start being in my 20’s instead of my 80’s! 😀”

Three Years After Calmare Therapy

In mid-2018, Megan’s chronic pain began to steadily increase again. When the pain threatened her neurological skills and her mobility was regressing, she took the 24-hour trek from Australia to undergo 10 Calmare treatments again.

The first 3-4 treatments did not result in any marked improvement, as you’ll see on the video Megan made from her hotel room.

Undeterred, Dr. Michael Cooney persisted.

With Megan’s tenacity in full swing, treatment number 5 resulted in a pain level decrease.

Every treatment thereafter resulted in marked improvement in Megan’s speech, finger extension and reduction in leg spasms.

Thank you, Megan, for candidly sharing your ‘before and after’ Calmare treatments. We are most grateful for your generosity.

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Dr. Cooney Uses Calmare Scrambler Therapy Exclusively at NJ Clinic

January 29, 2019

A few years ago, Calmare clinical director Dr. Michael Cooney explained in National Pain Report why he added little-known scrambler therapy to his pain management practice in NJ.

“My biggest frustration is when our tried-and-true pain therapies do not result in a successful outcome for our patient.

As a result, these patients are forced to undergo more invasive procedures, such as surgically implanted spinal cord stimulators (SCS) or powerful narcotics, (even Ketamine), where pain reduction outcomes have been uneven and come with significant side effects.

What happens to these patients for whom traditional pain treatments and medications simply don’t work?”

One by one, patients battling treatment-resistant neuropathy, from Bergen County, NJ to Australia and South America, came to Rutherford for scrambler therapy performed by Dr. Cooney.

And many of the patient outcomes were life-changing.

Four years later, Dr. Cooney has discontinued use of all other pain management therapies and treats patients using Calmare exclusively.

Dr. Cooney Announces He Will Provide Calmare Therapy Exclusively at his NJ Pain Clinic

If traditional pain management procedures and medications have left you still battling chronic nerve pain, we invite you to reach out to us and speak directly with Dr. Cooney about your medical condition.

If the doctor feels scrambler therapy has a low probability of helping your condition, he will not advise you to come for treatment.

Reach out to us at (201) 933-4440, email us about your case at info@calmaretherapynj.com or complete the Phone Consultation Request form below and we’ll be in touch with you within 48 hours.

Calmare NJ Booster Appointment Holiday Schedule

November 1, 2018

Please be advised that we have limited Calmare booster appointments available between Christmas and the New Year.

As of this morning, we have the following dates available.

Single or Booster Series Available:

December 26 – 28

January 2-4

Learn More About Calmare Booster Therapy at Calmare NJ USA

To schedule an appointment or if you have an urgent need around these dates, please call us at (201) 933-4440.

 

Calmare Therapy NJ USA Expands Again

September 10, 2018

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney Clinical Director

Calmare Certified Provider

By Dr. Michael J. Cooney, Clinical Director

I’ve been in the pain management field since Gerald Ford was president. Over the course of my career, I’ve seen countless pain management therapies and pain medications come and go.

During all of those years, I’ve never seen patient outcomes come anywhere close to what we have achieved with Calmare scrambler therapy.

Calmare NJ USA Patient Testimonials on YouTube

Since we introduced “the scrambler” in 2011, we have watched children, teens, adults and seniors’ lives transformed by its uncanny ability to reduce or eliminate chronic pain (neuropathy).

We have been able to help people who had already tried all the drugs, the invasive therapies, the painful procedures and the failed surgeries, without success.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think people in pain would travel to us for treatment from Australia, South Africa, South America, Europe and Canada.

Over 25% of Americans with Chronic Pain Affected by High Impact Chronic Pain (MD Magazine)

After careful thought and consideration, I have decided to close our physical therapy and chiropractic practice to free up my time to help more people fighting chronic pain as a result of:

* Surgery
* Cancer treatment (CIPN)
* Shingles (PHN)
* CRPS
* Fibromyalgia
* Diabetic neuropathy
* Other nerve pain conditions

Don’t get me wrong–scrambler therapy doesn’t work wonders for everyone, unfortunately. It is not a miracle treatment and you’ll never hear me say that it is.

But in the majority of people I have treated,
the pain reduction results have been life-changing.

So starting today, we will be able to help more people, provide quicker service and offer a broader range of appointments.

If you’re ready to try a newer way to fight pain, you’ve come to the right place.

Here’s to winning the war on pain, one patient at a time.

Call our clinic at (201) 933-4440 or leave your information below, and we’ll reach out to you:

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