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Frequency Specific Microcurrent

Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) treats nerve and muscle pain, many visceral conditions, reduces inflammation and scar tissue and increases the rate of healing in acute injuries and wounds by using microamperage current and the affects of biological resonance.

Microamperage current at levels between 10 and 500 µamps increases energy production (ATP) in cells by 500% unlike higher levels of current which can actually overwhelm the mitochondria and reduce ATP production. (Cheng 1982) Microcurrent has been used since the 1970s to treat wounds and injuries and to reduce pain. (Kirsch 1996, 1997, Mercola 1995) Resonance and the use of specific frequencies add an additional benefit beyond what has been demonstrated with microcurrent alone. Resonance is what causes a lead crystal glass to shatter when a singer sings the note that matches the frequency holding lead atoms together in the crystal matrix. Biological tissue contains many such bonds and protein links that resonate at specific frequencies that can change tissue structure, state and function and thereby reduce pain and improve health.

Electromagnetic frequency therapies were widely used in the early 1900’s until the American Medical association declared that they were “unscientific” in 1934 and threatened physicians who used them with loss of their license to practice. The FSM frequencies came from a list obtained by an osteopathic physician when he bought a practice in Canada in 1946 that came with a machine manufactured in 1922. Additional frequencies from Albert Abrams, MD were found in a copy of Electromedical Digest in the rare book room at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland Oregon.

The frequencies were first used in 1996 to treat myofascial trigger points and muscle pain. People averaging more than eight years of chronic muscle pain recovered in an average of eight treatments even when 88% of them had failed with many other treatments. (McMakin 1998, 2004)

The first FSM course was taught in 1997 and demonstrated that students could reproduce the effects created by founder Carolyn McMakin, DC. In 1998, protocols for nerve pain were developed, taught and reproduced. Patients with diabetic neuropathies recovered in weeks and avoided amputations. Nerve pain such as sciatica and nerve traction injuries were eliminated very easily with FSM. Nerve pain is very difficult to treat with medical interventions and this FSM use brings almost miraculous relief to suffering patients.

The treatment is very frequency specific however and the correct treatment has to be applied to the correct condition. One NFL athlete was treated for an injury sustained in a game when an opponent landed on his upper back and tractioned the brachial plexus nerves by bending his head forcefully to the side and then he strained his neck muscles by using them to lift the 240 man off of his back. The team sent him for treatment because he had pain and weakness in the shoulder muscles. The nerve traction pain resolved quickly when the nerve was treated for inflammation. But the muscle weakness persisted until the injured neck muscle was finally treated to reduce the swelling that was choking off the nerve that supplied the weak muscle. The treatment for nerve inflammation did not help the muscle weakness. The muscle weakness did not resolve until the treatment addressed the cause. This specificity has been used by clinicians to help with diagnosis.

In 1999 one frequency combination was discovered that eliminated full body pain in every fibromyalgia patient whose condition started with spine trauma. (McMakin 2005) Blood samples from these patients were analyzed by an immunochemist at NIH and showed dramatic reductions in all of the inflammatory cytokines and substance P and dramatic increases in endorphins that have never been seen or produced by any other therapy. Better yet, more than 50% of patients treated with FSM and supportive therapies recovered from fibromyalgia within four months regardless of chronicity.

One 54 year old woman had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia for fourteen years following an auto accident. She was on medication for pain, sleep, depression, irritable bowel and asthma and her daily pain was still rated as between a 5 to 7 / 10. She was pain free at the end of the first treatment and at the end of each subsequent treatment over the next twelve weeks. She used a small pocket sized FSM unit at home to keep her pain free most of the time and was treated in the office with microcurrent for muscle trigger points, nerve pain, and disc and joint injuries in her neck and low back. Microcurrent and supplement treatments were used for irritable bowel, asthma and adrenal gland recovery. At the end of eight weeks she no longer had fibromyalgia and at the end of four months she was off all medication, sleeping and digesting well and exercising comfortably. Her recovery was lasting and at a six year follow-up she was still symptom free. Recovery requires multiple interventions and a positive determined patient but it is possible.

FSM animal studies showed that only one frequency combination reduced inflammation and no other frequency combination had any effect. Lipoxygenase inflammation was reduced by 62% in four minutes in every animal tested. (Reilly 2004) Chronic medical conditions such as asthma, irritable and inflammatory bowel diseases involve lipoxygenase mediated inflammation and patients with these conditions improve dramatically with FSM treatment. Cycloxygenase mediated inflammation that creates muscle and joint pain was reduced in the same mouse model by 30%, which was equivalent to Toridol by injection.

Most of the changes produced in a single treatment session are permanent and subsequent sessions focus on compensations or perpetuating factors. In a blinded animal trial, FSM was applied at the time of a UV sunburn that suppressed immune system response by 64%. FSM treatment reduced immune system suppression by half when it was measured two weeks after a single four minute frequency application. This demonstrated that the permanent changes seen in clinical practice could be duplicated in a research setting. (Reilly 2004)

There are now over 1200 FSM practitioners in the US, Ireland, Australia, England and Europe in all therapeutic disciplines including MD’s, DC’s, ND’s, Physical and Occupational therapists, Acupuncturists, massage therapists, neuromuscular therapists and athletic trainers treating thousands of patients successfully for a wide range of conditions. Patients can find practitioners and practitioners can sign up for a seminar at


Cheng, N. et al. 1982, “The effect of electric currents on ATP generation, protein synthesis and membrane transport in rat skin.” Clinical Orthopedics, 171: 264-272.

Kirsch, D.L., 1996, A Basis for Understanding Microcurrent Electrical Therapy Part I. The American Chiropractor, May/June: 30-34.

Kirsch, D.L., 1997, How to Achieve Optimum Results Using Microcurrent Electrical Therapy for Pain Management, Part II. The American Chiropractor; Sept/Oct: 12-14.

McMakin, C, 1998, Microcurrent Treatment of Myofascial Pain in the Head, Neck and Face, Topics in Clinical Chiropractic; 5(1): 29-35.

Mc Makin, C. 2004, Microcurrent therapy: a novel treatment method for chronic low back myofascial pain. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 8:143-53.

McMakin C, Gregory W, Phillips T 2005, Cytokine changes with microcurrent treatment of Fibromyalgia associate with cervical spine trauma, Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 9, 169-176.

Mercola, JM, Kirsch, D., 1995, The Basis for Microcurrent Electrical Therapy in Conventional Medical Practice, Journal of Advancement in Medicine, Vol.8, Num. 2.

Reilly W, Reeve VE, Quinn C, 2004 Anti-Inflammatory effects of interferential, frequency-specific applied microcurrent. Proceedings of the Australian Health and Medical Research Congress.

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