I often combine with, or replace, acupuncture with Frequency Specific Microcurrent, FSM. Painless and powerful, analgesic and therapeutic; effective for soft-tissue/muscular-skeletal issues as it is for internal problems (respiratory, digestive, etc.). It can dramatically accelerate the healing process, reduce inflammation (both acute and chronic) and scar-tissue and promote the eliminations of toxins within tense muscle and other tissue.
It works as a great complement to the acupuncture. We often work distally and often indirectily with acupuncture, treating points on the limbs balance energy channels that act to disperse or nourish the site of dysfunction. FSM treats the site or issue directly. The gentle current is channeled directly between the area of pain or dysfunction, and the frequencies work directly on the tissues in distress.
Microcurrent is the strength of the electric current, as measured in amperage. We use between 10/1,000,000 and 300/1,000,000… these are millionths of an amp, very slight.
During treatment we use specific frequencies that are thought to target specific tissues (muscle-fiber vs tendon; liver vs lung). There is substantial research, much of it published, that supports this theory. We use two intersecting currents, and it is the way the waves interact with each other that seems to have the strongest effect on the target tissue.
One of the earliest published papers was published in 1982. Ngok Cheng published, “The Effect of Electric Currents on ATP Generation, Protein Synthesis and Membrane Transport in Rat Skin” in Clinical Orthopedics volume 171: pages 264-272. This study showed that microcurrent increased ATP production in rat skin by 500%. ATP is the chemical that the body uses for energy. The current also increased amino acid transport into the cell by 70% and waste product removal. The implications for human healing and repair are obvious. ATP production was increased as long as the current was below 500 microamps. When the authors increased the current to 1000 micro amps, or one milliamp, a current range delivered by TENS devices and other types of electrical stimulation therapies, the ATP production was actually reduced.
These techniques were first used in the early 1900’s, fell into disrepute, and were re-explored and expanded by Dr. Carol McMakin in 1997. You can find out more about her and FSM at www.frequencyspecific.com. McMakin has taught these techniques to others, and there are currently 600 certified practitioners, worldwide. I study with McMakin, have been using her techniques since April, 2004 and am a recognized practitioner as listed on her website.
FSM differs from TENS in every way except appearance.
TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) is an effective analgesic for muscle-related pain. The pulsing action, usually felt as a kind of massaging of the muscle, suppresses pain messages to the brain and relaxes spasms. TENS does not promote healing and does not have an effect on various other soft-tissue (ligaments, tendons, nerve) that may be a part of your problem. The current is measured in milli-amps (1,000ths of an amp).
FSM is analgesic and therapeutic: it accelerates healing at the cellular level. We can target the specific soft tissue that has been injured, whether it is muscle, tendon, ligament, nerve, or fascia. The work itself is sub-sensation because the current is measured in micro-amps (1,000,000ths of an amp).
McMakin says, ‘the frequencies appear to change a variety of conditions and tissues and change pain and function in a large number of clinical conditions. FSM is especially good at treating nerve and muscle pain, inflammation and scar tissue.’
In my office, in the last year, we have successfully treated pain, inflammation, limited range of motion and limited function associated with the following issues. Note that I treat these symptoms, and can describe the lasting changes to these symptoms, but I do not treat the specific illness:
Soft Tissue/ Muscular-skeletal
Whiplash and chronic neck pain
Sciatica and low back pain
Nerve irritation associated with a severe finger injury
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Osteo-arthritis in the neck, low back and the knees
Post-surgical pain after knee surgery
Adhesions related to hernias and c-section childbirth
Asthma associated with stress and environmental sensitivities
Bronchitis, acute and chronic/non-specific
Abdominal pain associated with digestive problems
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Restless Leg Syndrome
Lingering colds and immune-related issues