What Is Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM)?
Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) is the practice of introducing a mild electrical current (one-millionth of an amp) into an area of damaged soft tissue. The introduced current enhances the healing process in that tissue. FSM takes advantage of the body’s ability to respond to specific frequencies in order to heal new or chronic injuries.
What Is a Microcurrent?
A microcurrent is a tiny electric current that is only a few millionths of an ampere. An ampere is the measurement of the movement of electrons past a certain point. Your body produces this type of current within each cell on its own. You can tell the machine is running by watching the conductance meter on the machine, but the current is so small that it cannot be felt as it flows through the sensory nerves.
What Is the History of Frequency Specific Microcurrent?
Working with the frequencies of the body began in the 1920s when scientists measured the frequency of each body part. For example, they discovered that when they placed a very low voltage (124 millihertz) on a bone (59 millihertz) that it stimulated the natural tendency of the healing cells in the bone and it mended much more quickly. Scientists continually find new combinations of frequencies to speed the healing of the body.
There are a number of devices that can deliver a micro amperage current; however, all of the research and papers published on Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) have been done using a device manufactured by Precision Microcurrent, Inc.
What Can I Expect When Using the FSM Machine?
Patients cannot generally feel the current, nor do they have any significant side-effects from it. Some frequency settings can make the patient feel much more relaxed; other frequencies help memory and thought processes while reducing pain.
What Can the FSM Machines Treat?
The purpose of the machine is symptomatic pain relief, and it is approved as a TENS device for that purpose.
The frequencies treat pain and function in a large number of conditions. Frequency Specific Microcurrent is especially effective at treating nerve and muscle pain, inflammation, and scar tissue.
Fibromyalgia associated with spinal trauma, which is particularly painful and difficult to treat even with narcotics, can be treated with one specific frequency combination. That particular combination has been observed to eliminate pain in patients with this condition. Shingles has been shown to respond very well to another specific frequency combination that eliminates the pain in 20 minutes, and also causes the lesions to dry up and disappear in about two to three days. There is one frequency combination that has been 100% effective in eliminating kidney stone pain; however, it does nothing to remove the stone itself.
Some frequencies have been observed to have effects on asthma, liver dysfunction (reducing elevated liver enzymes), irritable bowel, and many other conditions. Patients who are treated within four hours of a new injury, including auto accidents and surgeries, have shown reduced pain and an accelerated healing process.
There are no guarantees that any protocol will be effective for a patient on any condition. In general, the frequencies either work or they don’t; if they don’t work, they simply have no effect, as there are no negative side effects. Frequency Specific Microcurrent is to be used as an adjunct to other therapeutic approaches for the patient after proper diagnosis.
It is NOT recommended that the frequencies be used to treat cancer. The condition is too serious and too complicated to be addressed with this technique.
Are There Any Risks or Dangers to the Patient?
There are no risks to the patient that we know of, as long as the practitioner follows the proper contraindications and precautions associated with both Frequency Specific Microcurrent and the use of microcurrent. There are frequencies used to remove scar tissue that should not be used within 6 weeks of a new injury. When muscles are successfully treated, the range of motion can increase so much that joints and nerves may become temporarily painful until range of motion returns to normal. Also, after muscles are treated there may be a detoxification reaction that occurs 90 minutes after treatment. This can be lessened by drinking water and taking an antioxidant combination supplement.
Who Benefits from Frequency Specific Microcurrent?
FSM can significantly shorten the healing time of tissues and reduce pain in the first several visits. Pain from nerves, bones, muscles, and soft tissues such as ligaments, tendons, connective tissues, skin, etc. can easily be reduced or eliminated. People with COPD, low back pain, brain and spinal cord injuries, depression, and scar tissue are among the many people who can be helped.
Is There Anyone Who Will Not Benefit From FSM?
Patients who are dehydrated will not benefit from Frequency Specific Microcurrent. Patients are advised to drink at least one quart of water one hour before treatment. Patients who are chronically dehydrated may need more water over several days prior to their treatments.
No technique is 100% effective, and Frequency Specific Microcurrent is no exception. The effectiveness of FSM depends on accurate diagnoses. For example: shoulder pain can come from muscles, tendons, bursa, discs, nerves, or joints. FSM can treat pain from all of these pain generators effectively; but if the muscle is treated while the shoulder pain is really from nerves or the bursa, the muscle may be changed but not the patient’s pain, since the pain is not coming from the muscle.
What is the Difference Between the Microcurrent and a Laser?
Microcurrent provides electrons and has been shown to increase ATP production in cells. Lasers provide photons, and use one frequency at a time from an oscillating set of frequencies unlike microcurrent which uses dual frequencies. Lasers provide their benefits through methods different from frequency specific resonance and ATP enhancement.
What is the Difference Between Microcurrent, TENS, and Ultrasound?
TENS devices use milliamperage current to block the pain messages from reaching the spine and moving up to the brain. Microcurrent uses sub-sensory micro amperage current, 1000 times less than milliamperage current, to increase ATP production in tissues. Ultrasound is beneficial but it is a different technique; it uses ultrasonic vibrations, which create heat in the tissue. Ultrasound does not use electrical current and does not change ATP status.
Conditions For Which Others Have Reported Benefits with FSM:
Achilles Tendinitis • Adhesions • Asthma • Back Pain • Bell’s Palsy • Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) • Bronchitis • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome • Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) (Formerly known as Reflexive Sympathetic Dystrophy [RSD]) • Concussion • Anxiety • Endometriosis • Fibrosis • Fractures Fibromyalgia Associated with Cervical Spine Injury • Frozen Shoulder • Goiter • Gout • Herpes • Interstitial Cystitis • Irritable Bowel Syndrome • Kidney Stone Pain • MigraineLymphedema • Headaches • Myofascial Pain • Osteoarthritis • Neuromuscular Pain and Inflammation • Peripheral Neuropathy • Postherpetic Neuralgia • Post-Surgical Pain • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) • Restless Leg Syndrome • Scar Tissue • Sciatica • Shingles • Sinusitis • Spinal Disc Pain • Sports Injuries • Sprains and Strains • Temporomandibular Joint Pain (TMJ) • Tendon and Ligament Injury or Pain • Tension Headaches • Tennis Elbow • Whiplash • Wound Healing
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