Frequency Specific Microcurrent
Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) is a treatment that delivers micro amperage currents in specific frequencies for specific durations by electrodes or graphite gloves to specific tissues. It is recommended for patients to heal certain tissues and to decrease or totally resolve pain and heal the pain processing system.
Facts about FSM:
- Increases ATP (the body’s own chemical energy) production by up to 500%
- Reduces Cox-mediated inflammation by approximately 60%
- Increases protein synthesis by 70%
- Increases amino acid transport by up to 40%
- Remodels and transforms scar tissue
- Increases “feel good” Beta endorphin levels
- Helps restore depleted adrenal function
- Reduces fracture repair time by up to 50%
- Enhances DNA synthesis, insulin binding, oxygenation, cellular repair, intracellular calcium uptake and immune function
- Enhances neuromuscular recovery rate between events
What does that mean to you?
- Decreased pain
- Increased rate of healing
- Increased range of motion
- Decreased swelling
What Does Frequency Specific Microcurrent Do?
Microcurrent applied to injured tissue supports the natural current flow in the tissue, allowing cells in the traumatized area to regain their capacitance. Trauma affects the electrical potential of the damaged tissue. This injured area has a higher electrical resistance than the surrounding tissue. This decreases electrical conductance through the injured area, and decreases cellular capacitance, leading to impairment of the healing process and inflammation. When Microcurrent is applied, resistance is reduced, allowing bioelectricity to flow through and reestablish normal function. This process helps to initiate and perpetuate the many biochemical reactions that occur in healing.
CONDITIONS THAT HAVE SHOWN POSITIVE EFFECTS FOLLOWING TREATMENT WITH FSM
Back and neck pain
Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH)
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
Irritable bowel syndrome
Kidney stone pain
Muscle/soft tissue injury
Post-surgical scarring and adhesions
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Reflexive Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
Restless leg syndrome
Spinal disc pain
Temperomandibular Joint (TMJ) Pain
Tendon and ligament injury or pain
Treatment Plan and Treatment Sessions
Your treatment plan will always involve a specific program of frequency pairs that have been clinically evaluated. You will be lying down or may be sitting up for your treatment and each treatment session will be at least 60 minutes and y up to 90 minutes. If you have had a chronic problem with pain, then an initial session may be longer. The program and frequency sequences are very well designed to treat various tissues and conditions in order to improve your condition. Dr. Lapidus will choose the program that will be the most likely to benefit your condition. She will record the program(s) used and the results and may use the same or different programs in future sessions. You should feel free to comment how you feel during and after the session.
Dr. Lapidus will tell you how many sessions may be required to treat your condition but this will usually be twice a week for 4-6 weeks. If there is a recent injury it may be much less treatment. You should notice a difference by the 3-4th treatment, but consistency of treatments is important. Chronic pain can take a concerted, consistent effort to heal.
Cost of Treatment Sessions
The cost of an individual session is variable depending on the program(s) used, the use of manual frequency combinations by Dr. Lapidus and Jayne Rutledge. If more than one program is needed the cost may be higher as the treatment times can extend greater than 60 minutes. Dr. Lapidus will discuss the expected cost for the first 2 sessions with you and then the cost of future sessions can be more easily determined once your response to programs and frequencies has been evaluated.
What are the cellular effects of FSM that have been studied?
- Raise ATP production (a very important molecule of energy)
- Improve amino acid transport
- Decrease inflammation and inflammatory cytokine molecules
- Affect different tissues and has the ability to decrease pain response in individual tissues as well as improve healing
Improve lymph drainage
There are numerous research studies that have been done on Frequency Specific Microcurrent, including:
- Nonpharmacologic treatment of neuropathic pain
- Nonpharmacologic treatment of shingles
- Delayed onset muscle soreness
- Myofascial low back pain
- Treatment of pain in the head, neck and face
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.
Training and Competency
The Lapidus Clinic uses Frequency Specific Microcurrent equipment running real time frequency pairs or devices that have been programmed with sequences of frequencies researched by Dr. McMakin and FSM practitioners. It is the unique combination of individual frequencies in pairs and sequences in particular programs that can make the treatment so effective.
Both Jayne Rutledge and Dr. Lapidus has had in-person training on the theory and clinical use of FSM with Dr. McMakin. They also in contact with other healthcare providers on protocols for FSM. There are very few MDs that have completed the training in the US and as the protocols change, The Lapidus Clinic is very up to date on the protocols, programs and equipment.
Do the Benefits Last?
Every patient responds individually but the changes to the tissues 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 responding the way they are and may return to the old configuration if not treated again, although some patients have had permanent changes in one treatment. If you have any other question or concerns be sure to ask. Otherwise relax, drink your water and enjoy the relief you can receive from Frequency Specific Microcurrent.
Disclaimer: No technique is 100% effective and FSM is no exception. The effectiveness of FSM depends almost entirely on an accurate diagnosis.
Visceral and Somatic Disorders: Tissue Softening with Frequency Specific Microcurrent, McMakin C, Oschman J, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2012, Vol. 18, Number 00, pp 1-8.
Frequency Specific Microcurrent in Pain Management, Textbook for practitioners, Carolyn McMakin author, Elsevier Science Press, Edinburgh, 2010.
The efficacy of frequency specific microcurrent therapy on delayed onset muscle soreness, Curtis D, Fallows S, Morris M, McMakin C, Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies; 2010; 14 (3): 272-9.
Non-pharmacologic treatment of shingles, McMakin C, Practical Pain Management, 2010, Vol 10; 4; 24-29.
Non-pharmacologic treatment of neuropathic pain using Frequency Specific Microcurrent, McMakin, C, The Pain Practitioner, Fall, 2010, pp 68-73.