Frequency Specific Microcurrent is an FDA approved physiologic electric modality that increases ATP (energy) production in the cells of the body. ATP is the substance that cells use to produce functions and create healing. The microcurrent is not felt by the patient and has been shown in research studies to increase ATP by up to 500%. It also increases protein synthesis and amino acid transport, essentially the two building blocks of the body.  In simplest terms, it increases the tissues” healing rates on a cellular level. In addition, Frequency Specific Microcurrent shows a dramatic increase in the amount of blood circulation, collagen and elastin production, which makes it a great anti aging method as well. In our office, we use specific frequencies to address the various processes required by the body’s tissues.  Similar to a TENS unit, it blocks the chemical pain responses by stimulating the area as it “numbs” the chemical pain signals. Microcurrent reduces pain by decreasing inflammation, flooding your cells with ATP which is what they use for energy. Needless to say, energy heals and helps the body repair to its natural state.


Sensors will be applied to specific parts of your body and the machine frequencies will be tailored to affect what is going wrong in the body and what specific tissue we are trying to address.  Since the current is so small, you will not feel anything. This is important because in order to cause a cellular change, the current has to be so small that you cannot feel it. The machine will be programmed to run through a specific set of frequencies designed for what you have going on.

Frequency Specific Microcurrent

FSM was developed by Dr. Carolyn McMakin in 1995 using frequencies passed on from an osteopath in Canada who had a practice that came with a machine made in the 1920’s. Dr. McMakin developed protocols for the treatment of myofascial pain in 1996 and presented her clinical data at the American Back Society national meeting in December 1997. In 1998, she published paper on the “Treatment of chronic resistant myofascial pain in the head, neck and face” in Topics in Clinical Chiropractic. In addition to other published FSM papers, Dr. McMakin’s textbook “Frequency Specific Microcurrent in Pain Management” was recently published by Elsevier. Dr. McMakin began teaching FSM in 1997 to see if the effects of FSM were reproducible. By June 1997 it was clear that the effects were reproducible and the seminars have evolved into a three day intensive class in the use of frequency protocols, the differential diagnosis of pain generators and neurologic conditions. The frequencies were developed in the early 1900’s and were used with funky looking electronic equipment that fell out of use in the 1940’s. Microcurrent was introduced as a battery operated physical therapy modality in the 1980’s in Europe and the USA. Microcurrent devices deliver frequencies and current in millionths of an amp and have been shown in published studies to increase energy (ATP) production in cells by 500%.