Conditions That May be Helped by Frequency Specific Microcurrent
The PrecisionMicro FSM unit is FDA approved as a physical therapy modality for the treatment of pain from any cause whether of acute onset or of chronic duration. Some of the more common pain conditions that have responded are:
A. Myofascial Pain
This type of pain has to do with inflammation caused by an injury, infection, toxicity or other disturbance to muscle fibers, muscle covering (fascia), tendons and their covering tissues, ligaments, bone and bone coverings, cartilage tissue, joint capsules and scar tissue.
Diagnosis of Myofascial Pain
A myofascial pain problem is recognized by taking a detailed history of the problem, a physical, structural examination, and occasionally imaging studies to rule out other causes of pain.
Treatment of Myofascial Pain
Microcurrent is applied to the area of pain with graphite gloves worn by the attendant. The gloves are attached to the machine by wire leads. With the current running, the gloves are moved over the surface of the skin in order to feel the changes taking place in the underlying tissues. The attendant will make changes in the frequencies being used as he/she treats the underlying tissues with corrective frequencies. Sometimes a large area of pain is treated with the gloves wrapped in wet towels that are draped over the area. Treatments for myofascial pain last 30 to 45 minutes. The treatment is painless. Improvement may be noted at the conclusion of the treatment, but it is more likely that the changes will be felt the next day.
Some Myofascial Pain Conditions
Acute Myofascial Pain
· Ligament sprains, muscle strains, muscle cramps & spasms
· Deep and superficial muscle bruises with/without hematoma
· Pain associated with fractures & dislocations
Note: along with reduction in pain and swelling from the fracture, my patients and I have noted an accelaeration of the time it took for their fractures to heal.
· Injuries to the spine, neck, ribs and back
· Whiplash cervical injury
· Injuries to soft tissues such as bursitis, tendonitis, shin splints, growing pains
· Acute gout
· Acute pain of the tempromandibular joint (TMJ)
· Acute rotator cuff injury
· Acute low back pain
Note: Microcurrent treatment within 4 to 24 hours of an acute injury may stop further progression of pain and inflammation promoting rapid healing. This aspect of FSM treatment has attracted the attention of professional sports trainers and doctors attending professional and elite athletes. FSM is now being used in the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB. I have personally attended professional and amateur athletes with immediate post injury FSM with good results.
Chronic Myofascial Pain
· Bursitis, tendonitis, arthritis
· Chronic sprains (ankle, knee, wrist, finger, etc.)
· Chronic TMJ pain
· Ongoing neck, shoulder, back, hip, groin, knee pain
· Tennis elbow
· Plantar fasciitis
· Overuse syndromes/repetitive motion injuries
· Other chronic myofascial pain syndromes
· Headaches related to trigger points or tension in the face, jaw, neck, shoulders, back
· Chronic low back pain
Note: I am frequently asked about the length of time one has had the pain, if that means there would be less chance for FSM treatment to succeed? This is not usually the case. An excellent example is a man I helped with repetitive motion injury to both arms of 6 years duration. He was on hefty doses of narcotics for severe pain. Nothing could be done by conventional treatment but medication. Acupuncture and other alternative modalities had not helped. After 5 treatments he was off all pain medications and well on his way toward resumption of normal life activities.
FSM Key: The key to success is to use the right frequencies over the right areas for the right time and provide the treatments at the right intervals for the right diagnosis. This is where experience, judgment and even a bit of intuition comes into play. Experimentation with different frequencies can be most helpful as well. I had a patient with persistent muscle spasms of the left shoulder blade area. I tried all the usual corrective frequencies. No changes noted. On our third session she told me that the pain reminded her of how she felt when she had a bad case of the flu. I then switched to a frequency for neutralizing an infectious agent and in two minutes her spasms were eliminated. This case also points out that in the course of treatment the dialog between patient and attendant will sometimes reveal subtle little bits of information that can be the key to unlocking a treatment impasse.
Getting the Changes to Hold
With chronic pain conditions the beneficial changes brought about by a treatment may only hold for a few hours or a day or two in the beginning. This is because the tissues have been in their injured or dysfunctional state for a long time and will naturally want to go back to that state. This is where special exercises, stretches, rubs and supplements come into play – to help coax the tissues to hold their corrections longer and longer between treatments until healed.
Another very important factor in recovery is that as pain is reduced hope is increased. This may be the first pain reduction felt in months or years. And the hope factor causes a change in mood, behavior and will aid in recovery.
B. Neuropathic Pain
This type of pain is due to injury, impingement, traction, scarring, metabolic disease, infection or inflammation of nerve tissue. Nerves may be injured at the time of a myofascial injury so treatment often targets both neuropathic and myopathic pain components. As injured tissue heals, the scar tissue that forms may entrap a nerve or tug on it causing pain. Metabolic causes of nerve disease may accompany such conditions as diabetes, vitamin B 12 or folate deficiency or other problems that can lead to painful varieties of peripheral neuropathy. Infections such as herpes simplex and herpes zoster can be very painful due to nerve involvement.
Diagnosis of Neuropathic Pain
The diagnosis of neuropathic pain is made by a careful history, a neurological examination, and other tests or imaging studies as needed.
Treatment of Neuropathic Pain
The PrecisionMicro FSM unit will selectively provide current in a polarized fashion (current runs from the positive lead to the negative lead). The wires are attached to the graphite gloves which are worn by the attendant and placed along the nerve(s) in question. Sometimes the leads are wrapped in moist towels and placed over the nerves requiring treatment. The attendant will allow current to flow down the nerves and will change frequencies to help the nerve(s) regain proper function. For example, when treating nerve pain in an arm, the positive lead is wrapped in a moist towel around the neck and the negative lead is wrapped in a moist towel and held by the patient’s hand on the affected side. Polarized current is applied with the appropriate corrective frequencies.
A treatment session for pure neuropathic pain may last up to an hour. When neuropathic pain is treated in conjunction with myopathic pain, the patient may not even realize that the nerves have been treated. It all depends on what frequencies have been chosen and where the gloves or pads are placed.
Some Neuropathic Pain Conditions
· Trigeminal Neuralgia
· Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
· Ulnar Neuropathy
· Brachial Plexus Traction Injury
· Neuritis, Neuropathies
· Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
Note: RSD may or may not respond to FSM treatment. In about half the cases there may be some improvement and occasionally pain is eliminated. Periodic FSM treatments may be necessary to keep the improvements obtained. The RSD patient thinking about giving FSM a try must be committed to persevere and allow the attendant to do the various protocols to see which one(s) will help. For those whose pain is eliminated it is truly a miracle. As Dr. Carolyn McMakin says, “ Won’t hurt, might help, worth a try!”
C. Cord Mediated Pain
The spinal cord runs from the upper neck to the middle of the back and is encased in a fluid filled sheath. All the sensory and motor nerves to the trunk, arms and legs transverse through the spinal cord. The cord is well organized into tracts or highways through which the brain can communicate commands to our muscles and receive information about skin temperature, vibrations and other sensory data. If the spinal cord becomes injured, infected or inflamed, there will be changes in sensation, motor function and/or painful types of perceptions depending upon what nerve tracts are affected. If a nerve is totally severed, microcurrent treatment will be ineffective for the symptoms attributable to that nerve. Otherwise, irritated or inflamed areas will often respond to FSM treatment.
Diagnosis of Cord Mediated Pain
The diagnosis of cord mediated pain is made by a careful history and physical examination as well as supportive imaging studies such as MRI.
Treatment of Cord Mediated Pain
The PrecisionMicro FSM unit has frequency settings for the spinal cord. The positive lead is wrapped in a moist towel and placed around the neck and the negative lead is likewise wrapped in a moist towel and placed at the base of the spine or around both feet. The battery of corrective frequencies are run over 60 to 90 minutes.
Some Causes of Cord Mediated Pain
- Sports Injuries to the neck or upper back
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Herniations of cervical or thoracic discs
- Cord Infections
- External Pressure on the cord
- Cervical Trauma Fibromyalgia
Note: Cervical Trauma Fibromyalgia is a type of pain syndrome that can follow trauma to the cervical spine. One or more cervical discs are injured resulting in irritation to the nerves of the spinal cord next to those discs resulting in pain downstream in the hands and feet as well as other areas of the body. For this type of problem, FSM may be the single most important treatment modality.
D. Discogenic and Facet Mediated Pain
Discs serve as spacers between our vertebral bones and as shock absorbers for the various stresses placed upon the spinal column. Over time they can become dried out and stiff which leads to degenerative changes that result in disc flattening or bulging. A bulging disc may press on the spinal cord or a nerve leading to pain. The pain may lead to reflex muscle spasms in the area as well leading to myofascial pain. Discs can be injured by sudden forces that come from falls or other trauma. If disc material leaks out it is called a herniated disc and may result in pain.
Facets are actually joints made up of bone and cartilage that are part of each vertebral bone. They allow for motion of the spine up to a certain amount. They are necessary for proper spinal cord alignment and stability of the neck and back with movement. Facet joints can become inflamed or disrupted with trauma. They are prone to arthritic changes.
Treatment of Discogenic and Facet Mediated Pain
The PrecisionMicro FSM unit has frequencies for disc and facet tissues. The attendant will wear the special gloves with the leads attached or wrap the leads in moist towels that are placed over the painful area. Corrective frequencies are run over 45 to 60 minutes. The number of treatments depends upon whether the problem is acute or chronic, has a nerve pain component, and the work or trade a person performs as it relates to the spine.
Some Causes of Disc and Facet Pain
- Bulging Discs
- Herniated Discs
- Degenerative Discs
- Whiplash Injury
- Disc Infection
- Facet Joint Infection
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Scar Tissue from Prior Disc or Back Surgery
Concussion as a common medical term refers to a jarring of the brain from some external trauma resulting in a temporary change in one or more brain functions. This may be a momentary situation lasting a few minutes to something more bothersome over days or weeks. This type of concussion can be helped by FSM.
In an electrical sense, concussion also refers to the disordering of electrical fields within cells and tissues due to traumas of all different types. This electrical disarray may persist for years after an injury. Running what we call the “Concussion Protocol” – a series of special frequencies at the start of an FSM therapy and periodically, seems to help our treatments be more effective and hold for longer periods.
Some Conditions Helped by the Concussion Protocol
- Acute Brain Concussion
- Past or Ongoing Trauma
- Chronic Fatigue
- Acute Injuries
- Cognitive Dysfunction
- Multiple Sclerosis
Note: Multiple Sclerosis is often associated with recurrent or chronic fatigue. In the MS patients I have worked with, the concussion protocol seems to boost energy levels for various periods of time.
F. Visceral Pain
Microcurrent travels throughout the body when applied externally. The tissue frequency being used targets the corrective actions for that tissue type. So when a frequency for a nerve is being used, for example, muscle or bone or liver tissue will not respond. Frequency treatment is very specific hence the name Frequency Specific Microcurrent.
We have frequencies for many tissues and organs. Because we cannot do biopsies of tissues before and after treatment we must rely on clinical outcomes as an end point. Even so, we see the types of changes that would indicate that the frequencies are doing what we want them to do.
Unlike treatment for structural pain, treating internal organs for pain, inflammation or dysfunction is considered experimental because there have not been enough patients receiving such treatments from FSM practitioners to be able to say with certainty that a given protocol for a given organ or tissue problem will produce a predictable result most of the time. Even so, we are often pleasantly surprised.
Experimentation can lead to breakthroughs in solving problems that otherwise might not be solved at all. Case in Point. A woman who had been a forest fire fighter for a number of years had lost her sense of smell and it was affecting her activities of daily living. On examination she could not detect the aromas of peppermint or lavender when tested although she knew that “something was different”. She elected to try an experimental FSM treatment in which various corrective frequencies for the nose, sinuses and brain were used. At the conclusion of the treatment session she had “95% improvement” and could easily distinguish the peppermint and lavender aromas without prompting.
Visceral pain, inflammation and dysfunction may result from a whole host of problems such as infection, toxicity, dietary indiscretions and food allergies, other allergies, enzyme deficiencies, hormone imbalances, autoimmune conditions, trauma, etc. Rather than list all possible conditions for which FSM may be helpful, here are some representative conditions that I have personally treated:
- Facial acne
- Facial blemishes
- Surgical Incision infection
- Lipomas of the arms
- Prevention of shingles outbreak
- Recurrent sinusitis
- Acute sinus pain and pressure
- Sphenoid sinus headache
- Pain, swelling and inflammation associated with various types of infections
- Bronchiolitis Obliterans
- Gallbladder pain
- Liver Detox
- Irritable Bowel
- Inflammation of bowel
- Improve Digestion
- Hemorrhoid pain & inflammation
- Thyroid support
- Adrenal support
- Pancreas support
- Pain of ovulation
- Ovarian cyst pain
- Immune support
- Recurrent swollen glands
- Chronic Fatigue
- Recurrent infection
- Fracture Healing
- Myeloproliferative Disorder
- Chronic Bladder Infections
- Interstitial Cystitis
Stress is with most of us to some extent. Acute stress is handled by a special part of the nervous system known as the autonomic or "automatic" nervous sytem. This specialized interconnection of nerves, brain and adrenal glands regulates most of our unconscious activities such as heart rate, digestion, size of pupils, tension of muscles, etc.
When stress is prolonged or associated with worry and anxiety, the toll on the body begins to mount, and the likelihood of a chronic disease, infection, or even start of a cancer increases.
In chronic stress, we are constantly in a state of "fight or flight" rather than in the more normal state of "rest and digest". FSM has an excellent tract record of rebalancing the Autonomic Nervous System thereby promoting relaxation and better healing.