Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) is a state-of-the-art treatment for nerve and muscle pain. Because it increases circulation and decreases inflammation and fibrosis, it can also be used as an adjunctive therapy in any of the many conditions in which inflammation is a component.

It involves the use of a gentle microcurrent that is directed through tissues needing repair. This is done using the usual small adhesive electrodes, conductive graphite gloves, or with moist towels around the gloves, which allows for treatment of a much greater surface area. Then, over the course of 15 to 45 minutes, the current assists the body by both encouraging energy production (increasing ATP production) and creating a biological resonance that helps the body shift out of its current state of pain and inflammation into a healthier state of functioning.


FSM is not a cure-all, but sometimes just the right tool to get the job done, either separately or in combination with other therapies. For instance, in Dr. Fleming's experience, the combination of acupuncture and FSM has made the treatment of conditions such as tendonitis and neuropathy much more efficient and effective than either treatment separately. FSM can also be helpful for problems which are difficult to treat, such as fibromyalgia and sinusitis. FSM can also be utilized as a non-drug or non-herbal way of balancing the endocrine system and working with the gastrointestinal system. Thus, it is an especially effective therapy for some people who are sensitive to many drugs and herbs.

In addition, if you are working on changing your diet or taking an herbal supplement to increase liver function or support your adrenal gland, FSM can help to jump start your system and stay motivated as you may begin seeing changes more quickly.


While it is not always possible, the sooner one can be treated with FSM after an injury, such as a sprain or fall, the better. FSM therapy can often decrease swelling and pain and modulate inflammation in a way that significantly decreases recovery time. One of the most dramatic examples of this occurred during Super Bowl 2005. A football player who had torn a ligament and subsequently received surgery and FSM in December returned to the playing field just two months later. Without FSM that would not have been possible.


Precautions: This therapy is not for use with women during pregnancy, or if one has a cardiac pacemaker. Otherwise, FSM has few, if any, side effects. There are some condition specific precautions, as with any therapy.

Patient hydration increases efficacy: FSM does not work optimally if the person receiving it is not hydrated. The current does not penetrate or resonate with the tissues sufficiently if a person has not had about a quart of water in the two hours prior to treatment. Please keep this in mind if you are considering this modality as part of your care.

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