Frequency-Specific Microcurrent Program in Ann Arbor, MI
Frequency-specific microcurrent (FSM) hails as the “homeopathy of electrical stimulation.” While the subtle healing aspects of the modality have yet been fully elucidated, the approach is clearly beneficial and well regarded among many professional sports teams for its ability to selectively heal tissues and physical conditions.
FSM stands as one of the most promising and interesting physical medicine adjuncts we use in our office. We recommend it to patients after minor accidents as a preventive measure and for all musculoskeletal/pain conditions in general.
However, we also know it does much more in the way of stimulating healing on many levels. FSM is FDA approved for the same conditions as all electrical stimulation (TENS) devices, and its more subtle healing effects remain undefined (at least for now).
Frequency-Specific Microcurrent FAQs
A microcurrent is a faint (almost homeopathic) electric impulse measured in millionths of an amp. By comparison, a typical stimulator device such as a TENS unit produces in the milliamps, which is 1000 times greater. Live cells and tissues generate a current in the microamp range, so it stands to reason there is value in using electrical stimulation devices that deliver closer to this subtle range. While you may not feel the impulse, its effects are profound. Why?
“Living matter is highly organized and exceedingly sensitive to information conveyed by coherent signals…”
“Each cell, tissue, and organ has an ideal resonant frequency that coordinates its activities.” – James Oschman, PhD, Dover, NH
Microcurrent therapy is safe and has been in use for over a century. It was quite popular before drugs and surgery became the standard of medical care in the United States.
“Microcurrent increases the production of ATP, your own chemical energy, by up to 500%. It also increases protein synthesis and waste product removal.” – Cheng, 1987
As a physiologic modality that increases ATP (energy) production within the cells and tissues, FSM can impact any given tissue’s healing rate. The almost-immediate response to the correct microcurrent (decrease in muscle tension and myofascia holding patterns in seconds; scars softening; trigger points desensitizing; and reduced swelling) suggests that mechanisms involving the immune and nervous system are also at play.
In many situations, changes seen with patients with just a few weeks of treatment are profound, long-lasting, and often permanent.
Specific frequencies seem to induce specific effects on cells and other tissues that resonate with those frequencies. For example, there is a specific frequency for nerves, a different frequency for muscles, another for tendons, etc.
The “frequency specific” aspect of treatment is as important as the microcurrent itself, thereby positively impacting cells, muscles, tendons, and nearly every tissue in your body, depending on the settings.
In addition to each tissue having its own unique frequency, there are specific frequencies for tissue conditions such as inflammation, scars, loose connective tissue, and so on. The automated units we use in the office and for home rentals run through any number of custom-tailored programs automatically.
Animal research confirms that the frequency to reduce inflammation reduces inflammation by 62% in a mouse model. By comparison, prescription drugs reduce inflammation by 45% in the same mouse model.
It is hypothesized that frequencies work via biologic resonance. A high-pitched sound can shatter a glass when it resonates with its crystalline structure. Microcurrent frequencies seem to be able to resonate with biologic tissue when chosen correctly. Once the tissue is “reset” it seems to stay in its healthy configuration, barring no new insults, with basic nutritional support.
There is no record of any permanent harm caused by frequency-specific microcurrent, though adjustment and healing reaction may occur due to tissue and blood flow changes and the related release of long-stored waste and metabolic products.
Some people have similar reactions after a massage but the reaction after microcurrent tends to be stronger. Post-FSM reactions, which are actually a good thing, may include nausea, fatigue, drowsiness, or a temporary increase in pain or a flu-like feeling.
This can start approximately 90 minutes after treatment and may last from 4 to 24 hours and can be mitigated by intensive hydration protocols, which we will instruct you on. While reaction can occur, not everyone has them, and they have no real bearing on the efficacy of your treatment in general.
FSM is rarely used across the brain, in the presence of pacemakers, or during pregnancy.
Of course, an important consideration is the misuse of microcurrent for a condition more appropriately addressed by a different method (i.e. misdiagnosed cancer, anatomical anomaly, and so forth). That is why it is a good idea to see a licensed doctor, and more importantly one proficient in anatomy and
New Patient Process
In-office intake and FSM treatment with Dr. Soorya ($140): The purpose of this intake will be to hear your story, collect important health information, and evaluate for any contraindications to FSM.
During this 20-minute appointment, you will learn what FSM is and how it works, what the best treatment protocol for your condition is, and what detox reactions to expect and how to mitigate them.
After your evaluation, you will undergo your FSM treatment. Depending on the protocol, your treatments can range from 20-90 min.
Follow-up treatment ($95): Follow-up treatments range from 20 to 90 minutes. At your follow-up appointment, we will be able to make any adjustments needed to your treatment, or even treat a different issue.
Please note that you must be well-hydrated prior to your FSM treatment. A minimum of 2 quarts of water is required on the day of your treatment. FSM WILL NOT work if you are dehydrated. Older patients should hydrate for 5-7 days prior to your FSM treatment.
Contraindications to Frequency Specific Microcurrent
- Presence of pacemaker
- Active infection
- Blood clots
Understanding Our Clinic Policies
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On behalf of the Natural Balance team, we hope you have found this information helpful and we look forward to working with you. To learn more about our frequency-specific microcurrent services, call Natural Balance Wellness Medical Center at (734) 929-2696 or book an appointment online.