Q: What is a microcurrent?
A: A microcurrent is a tiny electric current that is only a few millionths of an ampere. An ampere is the measurement of the movement of electrons past a certain point. Your body produces this type of current within each cell on its own. You can tell the machine is running by watching the conductance meter on the machine, but the current is so small that it can not be felt as it flows through the sensory nerves.
Q: What is the history of microcurrent?
A: Microcurrent was first used by physicians in Europe and the US in the 1980s to stimulate bone repair. The effects of single channel microcurrent on increasing the rate of healing in wounds and fractures have been published in numerous studies.
There are a number of devices that can deliver a micro amperage current; however, all of the research and papers published on Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) have been done using a device manufactured by Precision Microcurrent Inc.
Q: What can the FSM machines treat?
A: The purpose of the machine is symptomatic pain relief, and it is approved as a TENS device for that purpose.
Q: What can the frequencies treat?
A: The frequencies treat pain and function in a large number of conditions. FSM is especially effective at treating nerve and muscle pain, inflammation, and scar tissue. Fibromyalgia associated with spinal trauma, which is particularly painful and difficult to treat even with narcotics, can be treated with one specific frequency combination; that particular combination has been observed to eliminate pain in patients with this condition. Shingles has been shown to respond very well to another specific frequency combination that eliminates the pain in 20 minutes, and also causes the lesions to dry up and disappear in about two to three days. There is one frequency combination that has been 100% effective in eliminating kidney stone pain; however, it does nothing to remove the stone itself. Some frequencies have been observed to have effects on asthma, liver dysfunction (reducing elevated liver enzymes), irritable bowel, and many other conditions. Patients who are treated within four hours of a new injury, including auto accidents and surgeries, have shown reduced pain and an accelerated healing process.
There are no guarantees that any protocol will be effective for a patient on any condition. In general, the frequencies either work or they don’t; if they don’t work they simply have no effect (there are no negative side effects). FSM is to be used as an adjunct to other therapeutic approaches for the patient after proper diagnosis.
It is NOT recommended that the frequencies be used to treat cancer. The condition is too serious and too complicated to be addressed with this technique.
Q: Are there risks or dangers to the patient?
A: There are no risks to the patient that we know of as long as the practitioner follows the proper contraindications and precautions associated with both FSM and the use of microcurrent. There are frequencies used to remove scar tissue that should not be used within 6 weeks of a new injury. When muscles are successfully treated the range of motion can increase so much that joints and nerves may become temporarily painful until range of motion returns to normal. Also, after muscles are treated there may be a detoxification reaction that occurs 90 minutes after treatment. This can be lessened by drinking water and taking an antioxidant combination supplement.
Q: Is there anyone who will not benefit from FSM?
A: Patients who are dehydrated will not benefit from FSM. Patients are advised to drink at least one quart of water one hour preceding treatment. Patients who are chronically dehydrated may need more water over several days prior to their treatments.
No technique is 100% effective, and FSM is no exception. The effectiveness of FSM depends on accurate diagnoses. For example: shoulder pain can come from muscles, tendons, bursa, discs, nerves, or joints. FSM can treat pain from all of these pain generators effectively; but if the muscle is treated while the shoulder pain is really from nerves or the bursa, the muscle may be changed but not the patient’s pain since the pain is not coming from the muscle.
Q: What is the difference between the microcurrent and a laser?
A: Microcurrent provides electrons and has been shown to increase ATP production in cells. Lasers provide photons, and use one frequency at a time from an oscillating set of frequencies unlike microcurrent which uses dual frequencies. Lasers provide their benefits through methods different from frequency specific resonance and ATP enhancement.
Q: What is the difference between microcurrent, TENS, and ultrasound?
A: TENS devices use milliamperage current to block the pain messages from reaching the spine and moving up to the brain. Microcurrent uses subsensory microamperage current, 1000 times less than milliamperage current, to increase ATP production in tissues. Ultrasound is beneficial but it is a different technique; it uses ultrasonic vibrations, which create heat in the tissue. Ultrasound does not use electrical current and does not change ATP status.