Frequency Specific Microcurrent
By Dr. Matthew Solbrig
How Did FSM come about?
FSM was developed by Dr. Carolyn McMakin who was exposed to Microcurrent therapy in her sports medicine practice in the 1990’s. She observed the therapy benefiting various forms of pain related conditions related to sports injuries and observed the potential of using frequencies to speed recovery from various physical traumas and surgeries. Since then she has reproduced results and published her findings. Dr. Mcmakin has also written a textbook called “Frequency Specific Microcurrent in Pain Management.” She now travels to various locations around the globe to give seminars on this method.
What is FSM and who can use it?
The FDA considers FSM a TENS unit. Practitioners able to use TENS can use FSM legally. These include MD, ND, DO, massage therapists. FSM uses paired frequencies in the range of 100 micro-amps and 3hz – 970hz. An amp is the total amount of electricity in the circuit and hertz refers to the number of cycles per second that the wave demonstrates. These frequencies are sent in through the skin, targeting specific areas of the body using graphite gloves or wet towels.
What is a frequency?
Bio-resonance refers to the frequencies given off by living cells. We know that bio-organisms produce and conduct electricity as part of the essential function of life. A biological frequency is a measurement of electrical energy that travels in wavelengths through the fluid medium of a living entity. Even though the use of frequencies has emerged recently in medicine, the technology has been around since the beginning of the 20th century. Scientists were able to demonstrate that all living cells not only give off certain frequencies unique to their type, location, structure and function within the living system, but these frequencies change when the cells are under certain stressors. For example, a healthy stomach cell may give off a frequency of 65 MHz, whereas the same cell might observe a frequency of 58 MHz when injured. Interestingly enough, frequencies can also be measured in plants, for example a raw vegetable observes a measurable frequency, whereas the same vegetable, packed in a can, has no measurable frequency effect.
How can frequencies help?
In her work, Dr. McMakin demonstrated that Microcurrents can increase ATP production by 500%. ATP is manufactured by our mitochondria in a pathway called “electron” transport chain, and serves as the chemical source of potential energy stored inside cells that govern all reactions requiring energy.
The main theoretical model suggests that frequencies interact with the living tissue’s electromagnetic system which is highly sensitive to coherent signals. The effect has a profound effect on the molecular structure which shifts the matrix configuration. This phenomenon can explain the therapeutic effects observed during therapy.
FSM has been shown to increases endorphins, pain relieving chemicals produced by the body, and decreases prostaglandins, inflammatory chemokines that are usually elevated in chronic pain conditions.
Research also shows that this technique can soften the tissues commonly found in the complex illness landscape. When muscle tension eases, the body is much more able to move blood and lymph through the tissue space- an effect which highlights the potential of frequencies to interact within the dynamic landscape of the human biology.
Even though Most of the recent research clinical outcomes have been using this modality to benefit sports related injuries and pain; there is promise in using this technique to assist in various conditions of complex illness.
Practitioners using FSM have reported positive results for the following conditions (A list that is growing through collaboration): concussions, hot discs, sprains, shingles, costochondritis, Fibromyalgia, RSD, vertigo, pain, and PTSD.
To say that any modality holds the capacity to stimulate the innate healing power found in all of us, is evidence that the modality holds the potential to contribute to a permanent healing effect on the individual.
Who shouldn’t use FSM?
FSM is not indicated in pregnancy. Pace makers hold special precautions which require checking with the manufacturer and should not be directly applied through the device. Injuries that are less than 6 weeks old also hold special precautions around using frequencies that may disrupt scar/collagen formation as this balance is essential in the full recovery of the tissue. In cases of Fibromyalgia due to cervical trauma, and other neurogenic pain conditions, it is important to understand that symptoms may temporarily worsen before improving. Another caution is applying frequencies through spinal stenosis which can also increase pain temporarily. Lastly, with encapsulated infections, frequencies have the potential to open the infection up to systemic circulation.
How do I prepare myself for FSM?
The treatment is not painful nor invasive. Most patients feel a sensation of relaxation during the treatment. The most important preparation step is to properly hydrate. Drink plenty of water before and after receiving an FSM treatment.