by Kevin Brick

Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) is a relatively new form of electrical stimulation being utilized by osteopaths, nurse practitioners and physical and occupational therapists worldwide because of its wide range of applications for both acute and chronic injuries and conditions. This innovative intervention works on the basis that every tissue in the body has a unique electrical frequency. Healthy tissue vibrates at a particular frequency. Once tissue is injured or diseased, the intensity or strength of the healthy frequency can decrease, inadvertently encouraging a downward slide in health. FSM works by utilizing the body’s ability to respond to health-promoting frequencies delivered through the sensory nerves via state-of-the-art microcurrent technology.

While FSM is especially effective at treating nerve and muscle pain, inflammation and scar tissue, many psychological and emotional conditions often show an immediate response to FSM as well.

FSM has been effective in decreasing hypertonicity (high muscle tone) in traumatic brain injury and strokes. Patients with Parkinson’s disease and other progressive neurological conditions often report increased muscle coordination and strength. Concussions and decreased thought processes are addressed using frequencies which stimulate—or inhibit—targeted brain components and neural pathways. Inflammation, a physiological response in many diagnoses, is significantly reduced using acute or chronic settings. Healing orthopedic injuries including fractures and torn or inflamed tendons are addressed utilizing frequencies specific to the target tissue and facilitating the healing functions of that tissue. This treatment also has an immediate effect on the pain from shingles, a viral condition, which can reappear years after the initial encounter.

The effectiveness of treatment varies from provisional to complete healing. This often depends on the patients’ compliance with therapeutic recommendations and efficacy of the target tissues. Generally, inflammation and joint laxity are often immediate and may last weeks to months or longer.

Choosing to utilize FSM as a therapeutic tool allows patients who may not be able to tolerate surgical or other medical/rehabilitation interventions programs to decrease their pain and increase function with fewer medications. FSM is the least restrictive intervention which presents with no adverse side effects and is very effective in helping patients return to a higher quality of life.

FSM treatments are further enhanced when combined with other modalities such as CranioSacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation or The Feldenkrais Method. Incremental lifestyle changes can also complement treatment interventions, encouraging the permanency of progress and expediting positive changes.

Kevin Brick, MS, OT, is with Synergy Healthcare in Spokane. For more information, visit SynergySpokane.com or FrequencySpecific.com.