FREQUENCY SPECIFIC MICRO-CURRENT (FSM)
Many of you may not realize that one of the most effective and efficient physical therapy modalities is the use of FSM. After any accident, even as minor as a rear-end fender bender, an injury to the soft tissue has occurred. The initial pain may be minimal but the disruption in body function can lead to arthritis and chronic neck problems. If you are in an accident - get care within a few days.
Living matter is highly organized and exceedingly sensitive to the information conveyed by coherent signals…
“Each cell, tissue and organ has an ideal resonant frequency that coordinates its activities.”
What is Microcurrent? Microcurrent is a faint electric current that is so small it is measured in millionths of an amp. By comparison a TENS unit and most other electro-therapies produce milliamps, 1000 times greater. Your own cells generate a current in the microamp range and this is why you can’t feel it - the current is so low it doesn’t stimulate sensory nerves. Microcurrent therapy has been in use for over 75 years.
How does it work? Microcurrent is a physiological electric modality that increases ATP (energy) production in the cells of your body. In doing so, this dramatically increases the tissue's healing rate. The almost immediate response to the correct microcurrent suggests that other mechanisms are involved as well. The exact effects or changes that result from microcurrent frequencies have not been proven because no biopsies have been done after microcurrent has been applied. Nevertheless the changes in the tissue are unmistakable; scars will often suddenly soften; trigger points often become less painful; swelling often drains within minutes when the “correct” frequency is applied. In many situations the changes seen seem to be long lasting and in many cases permanent.
“Microcurrent increases the production of ATP, your own chemical energy, by up to 500%. It also increases protein synthesis and waste product removal.” -Cheng, 1987
Why do the frequencies on the machine need to be changed? Specific frequencies (called FSM for short) seem to induce specific effects on cells and other tissues. For example there is a specific frequency for nerves, a different frequency for muscles, another for tendons, etc. FSM that are thought to be good for cells, muscles, tendons, and nearly every aspect of your body are available. In addition to each tissue having its own unique frequency, there is a specific frequency for each condition. Thus there is a frequency for inflammation, a different frequency for scars, another to promote secretions, etc. To address the different processes required by the tissue(s) involved, we need to know what is the underlying mechanism or injury. Another FSM unit automatically chooses a series of frequencies that allows the treatment to run without a therapist changing the frequencies. We may one or both depending on your situation.
How do the frequencies work? We believe FSM works on the principle of biologic resonance. A singer can shatter a glass when the note resonates with the crystal structure of the glass. Microcurrent frequencies seem to be able to resonate with biologic tissue when the frequency is correct. Once the tissue is changed and stable, it seems to be able to stay in the new configuration with proper nutritional support. Animal research confirms that the frequency to reduce inflammation reduces inflammation by 62% in a mouse model. Prescription drugs reduce inflammation by 45% in the same mouse research. The FSM reduced inflammation in other studies almost immediately as well.
Trigger points: When an area of muscle or fascia gets damaged either by trauma or repetitive stress, local areas of tenderness or nodules may be found that either cause pain or referral to other areas. By compression, stretching, and/or strain-counter strain with microcurrent therapy, soft tissue pain generators can be eliminated. Your problem may be caused or exacerbated by poor biomechanics. If this is the case, postural advice and exercises for strengthening may be indicated.
What about nutritional supplements? We can help your body heal itself by mechanical and electrical means. Nutritional support may help you maintain the improvement by supporting cellular health and detoxification of the tissues.
Do the benefits last? Every patient responds individually but the changes to the muscles seem to be long lasting. About 60% to 80% of the changes created in one treatment last until the next treatment, about four to seven days. Your muscles are used to being the way they are and may return to the old configuration if not treated again. Although patients have had permanent changes in one treatment, the average number of treatments depends on the complexity of the problem. We suggest nutritional support tailored to your condition to help create lasting change.
Is there any risk? Your health/well being is always our first concern. There is no record of any permanent harm being done to anyone treated with Frequency Specific Microcurrent. Although not known to be dangerous, microcurrent is rarely used across the brain, in patients with pacemakers, or during pregnancy. If you have a spinal cord injury or a disc bulge pressing on your spinal cord, be sure to tell Dr. Kaslow. Patients with pressure on the cord seem to have the normal side effects of treatment greatly magnified. Be sure to tell your doctor/therapist if your reaction is very severe. All of these reactions to treatment have been temporary. Of course, the biggest side effect is using the microcurrent for something that needs to be addressed by a different method. Delaying appropriate treatment is always a concern when the condition does not improve or the outcome is much worse if another treatment is delayed.
What are the side effects? Resonance appears to change the muscle tissue, removing long stored waste products and increasing cellular metabolism so quickly that there may be a detoxification reaction after treatment. Some people have similar reaction after a massage but the reaction after microcurrent is stronger because we do so much in such a short period of time. The side effects can include nausea, fatigue, drowsiness, or a temporary increase in pain or a flu-like feeling. The side effects usually start about 90 minutes after treatment and may last from 4 to 24 hours. Not everyone has side effects. Some people increase range of motion and physical activity so much that they have temporary symptoms in muscles and joints near the treated area.
What can I do about the side effects? Liver detoxification pathways deal with the by-products from the muscles. Not only should you be well hydrated with water before FSM, you should drink at least two quarts of purified or distilled water in the two hours following FSM. If you feel the side effects return, drink more water, take additional supplements and it should pass in about 20 minutes. Some treatment protocols do not produce a detox reaction.
What Frequency Specific practitioners say: “As an internist, I have been taught
that healing takes time and requires patience.
In my 20 years in medicine I have never experienced any treatment or
therapy that provides relief and results as quickly as Frequency Specific
Microcurrent. I have been amazed and
pleased.” - Robert Lerman, MD,
“Frequency Specific Microcurrent has changed my
practice and the lives of my patients. I
recommend it to anyone.” -
“Microcurrent creates a change in the tissue that
is immediate. It has been a valuable
part of our treatment plan for patients with nerve and muscle pain.” -Kellie
Barnes MOMT, MPT New Heights Integrative Therapy, Inc.