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What Is Frequency-Specific Microcurrent?

Frequency-Specific Microcurrent (FSM) is a technique for treating pain by using low-level electrical current.

The current is delivered to certain parts of the body in an attempt to relieve the pain.

A frequency is the rate at which a sound wave or electronic pulse is produced. This measurement is registered in hertz (Hz). In using FSM to treat pain, it’s been found that various frequencies can be used to potentially reduce inflammation (swelling), repair tissue, and reduce pain.

What conditions can be treated with Frequency-Specific Microcurrent?

FSM is most often used to treat pain (especially nerve and muscle pain), inflammation, and scar tissue from the following conditions:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Shingles
  • Burns
  • Kidney stones
  • Asthma
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Disc injuries
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Neuromas (overgrowth and scarring to a nerve after an injury)
  • Tendinopathy (inflammation and/or swelling of the tendon)
  • Acute (sudden) and chronic (long-term) musculoskeletal injuries
  • Acute and chronic neuropathic (nerve) pain
  • Chronic fracture and bone pain
  • Arthritis Torticollis (the head is tilted to one side)
  • Disc injuries
  • Discogenic and facet-based pain
  • Viscerally-referred pain
  • Concussions
  • Headaches
  • Plantar fasciitis (pain in the heel and foot)
  • Sports injuries
  • Wounds

FSM and Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a life-altering pain disorder effecting approximately 10 million Americans, characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain and tenderness. It is often accompanied by fatigue, sleeping problems, and stiffness often managed by opiates, anti-inflammatories, anti-depressants, and other prescription drugs with little-to-no results. Fibromyalgia patients have varying levels of pain often in the neck, back, shoulders, hands, and pelvis but they can experience pain in all areas of the body that waxes and wanes over time.

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia Include:

  • Chronic muscle pain, spasms, and/or tightness
  • Leg cramps
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Insomnia or not feeling well-rested upon waking up
  • Stiffness upon waking or being in one position for an extended period of time
  • Difficulty remembering, concentrating, and performing mental tasks
  • Abdominal pain, nausea, constipation, and bloating
  • Tension or migraine headaches
  • Jaw and face tenderness
  • Sensitivity to one or more of the following: odor, noise, bright lights, certain foods, cold
  • Feeling anxious or depressed
  • Numbness or tingling in the face, hands, arms, legs, or feet
  • Irritabile bladder
  • Reduced tolerance for exercise
  • A feeling of swelling without actual swelling in the hands and feet
  • Dizziness

If the condition is not addressed early on, symptoms can carry on indefinitely or be much more difficult to heal.

Clinical studies have shown Frequency Specific Micro-Current (FSM) to be highly effective in the treatment of Fibromyalgia, allowing people to find relief and recovery from a formerly incurable condition.

Clinical Study

A clinical study by C.R.McMakin, W.M. Gregory, and T.M. Philipps was performed to discover the effectiveness of FSM for patients with fibromyalgia caused by trauma to the neck. Most traumas were caused by motor vehicle accidents, but some resulted from falls, surgery, and other trauma. Microamperage current has been shown to increase ATP production. The researchers hypothesized that microcurrent might be able to restore normal conductivity in the spinal cord, thus relieving central pain and making it possible for patients to recover from fibromyalgia. 

Fifty-four patients meeting the criteria for fibromyalgia were treated with FSM. Patients whose fibromyalgia is associated with cervical trauma describe their pain as aching and burning in the neck, arms, hands, mid-scapular and paraspinal area, gluteals, legs, and feet. Finger-stick blood samples on 6 patients were analyzed to identify objective changed accompanying subjective pain reductions. Fourty-nine patients experienced reduction in pain from an average of 7.3/10 down to 1.3-10 with their first treatment. Thirty-one patients recovered from fibromyalgia following an average of 8 treatments. The median time to recovery was 2 months. Interleukin-1 and substance P levels were both reduced and beta-endorphins increased by significant levels in the first treatment period. This research clearly demonstrates that fibromyalgia may be treated successfully using FSM.

With frequent FSM sessions, symptoms tend to diminish and the need for treatment is no longer necessary.

Is FSM Right for Me?

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Regina Brugh to find out if FSM is a good option for you.