1033 Sterling Road, Suite #103, Herndon, Virginia 20170

Doug  Nagel, Doctor of Chiropractic 

What It Is

Frequency Specific Microcurrent is a new system of treatment using microamperage current and the resonance effects of frequencies on tissues and conditions to create beneficial changes in symptoms and health. This new refinement of microcurrent technology – tiny “doses” of electrical energy – uses very specific frequencies of energy applied to the body in sequence. Correct frequencies are determined by direct observation of how the body responds to them.

Is It Safe

FSM Founder, Dr. Carol McMakin, DC, has been using FSM since 1994 and various practitioners have been using FSM since 1997.  There have been no permanent adverse effects attributable to the use of the microcurrent units or to the use of the frequencies.  There are no risks to the patient that we know about as long as the practitioner follows the proper contraindications and precautions associated with both FSM and the use of microcurrent.

There are frequencies used to remove scar tissue that should not be used with 6 weeks of the time of a new injury.  Sometimes when muscles are successfully treated range of motion increases so much that joints and nerves can become temporarily painful, until range of motion goes back down.

As an FSM practitioners, Dr. Nagel is aware of these possible reactions and has been advised to warn patients about them.  After muscles are treated there is sometimes a detoxification reaction that occurs 90 minutes after treatment similar to that seen with massage therapy.  This can be lessened by having the patient drink water and take an anti-oxidant combination.

1033 Sterling Road, Suite #103, Herndon, VA  20170  

Benefits for Pain Management

FSM has changed what is possible in pain management.  FSM can treat chronic myofascial pain quickly, easily, and comfortably. Nerve pain from nerve traction injuries, disc bulges, herniations, herpes and shingles can be treated successfully by FSM Practitioners.

There are protocols for kidney stone pain, disc and facet joint generated pain that give rapid and often lasting relief.  The protocol for fibromyalgia associated with neck trauma offers pain relief, unprecendented changes in inflammatory cytokines and hope for the 2 million patients who suffer from this condition.

There are never any promises with medical procedures but Frequency Specific Microcurrent offers hope to people who have been suffering for year - even decades - with pain.  

How It Works

Frequencies are pulses per second measured in hertz.  They can be sound waves or electronic pulses.  The frequencies used in FSM are electromagnetic pulses used on two channels firing at the same time.  The frequencies are delivered using a ramped square wave that includes high frequency harmonics to create the square wave.  The makes the frequencies more accurately pulses rather than the pure frequencies achieved with a sine wave generator.  Most microcurrent devices use square wave pulses because they have been observed to be more effective clinically.

There is one frequency combination that is only useful specific illnesses and diseases.  This frequency combination is only good for this purpose and is not useful for anything else.  We have not found anyone it does not work on or any other condition for which it is useful.  The frequency to reduce inflammation reduces inflammation in a blinded animal study more effectively than any drug ever tested in this animal model. No other frequency reduced inflammation at all.  The frequency specific effect is remarkable and reproducible.

More Benefits

The frequencies appear to change a variety of conditions and tissues, and change pain and function in a large number of clinical conditions.  FSM is especially effective at treating nerve and muscle pain, inflammation, and scar tissue.

Cytokine Changes with Microcurrent Treatment of Fibromyalgia Associated with Cervical Spine Trauma
Microcurrent Increases Fat Loss with Exercise
Microcurrent Therapy – A Novel Treatment For Chronic Low Back Pain
FSM Treatment for Head – Neck – Face Pain
Nonpharmacologic Treatment of Neuropathic Pain Using FSM
Non-Pharmacologic Treatment of Shingles
The Efficacy of FSM on Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness
Treating Lyme Disease with Frequency Specific Microcurrent
Visceral and Somatic Disorders – Tissue Softening with FSM



Preparing For Treatment

FSM works most effectively when you are well hydrated.  The day before your session you should be sure to drink several quarts (liters) of pure water.  Tea, coffee, and sodas do not count in the needed amount, as they will cause you to flush the fluids out more quickly. Be sure to drink at least one quart in the hour before your treatment.  Continue to drink this quantity of water, at a minimum, the day of your treatment, before and following the session


What To Expect

If you are coming to our office to have a treatment, Dr. Nagel and his FSM technician will discuss with you what issue(s) your session will address.  You will receive the treatment in a private warm, quiet room, lying on a massage table. Because the electrodes are applied with damp cloths, you may be asked to remove some of your clothing for the session and be provided a robe or gown.  Dr. Nagel will begin with frequencies that are known to impact the issue you have, but will also adjust to other frequencies in order to find the optimum treatment for you.  Frequencies that are positively reacting in your body cause a distinct change in the feel of the tissue, and these changes can be read by the FSM technician. This guides Dr. Nagel to the best protocol for you, individually.

You should feel no discomfort during the session.   We have found that patients who are chronically ill may be unable to tolerate the amperage that other less ill patients do well on.    We will continuously check with you, and lower the strength of the current to the place that is best for your body.  You may feel a slight buzzing, but no more than that.  Being well hydrated will make the treatment most comfortable as well as most effective, and also assists the detoxification that can occur after treatment.

Treatment Frequency

Treatment is individual to the patient and the condition. Treatments by one of our practitioners may require only one session, or more. The session usually runs for 60 minutes, and may include other types of work during that time.  FSM is highly compatible with other types of treatment.

Home care is more individual. Some conditions can be treated in a brief session of a few minutes, one time only.  Other conditions require longer periods of time, with repeated treatment to maintain the improvement.  Most of the individual frequencies in a protocol will run for 1-3 minutes, with the full protocol running for 30-60 minutes.  If you are taking a unit home to try out, you may run as many protocols as your practitioner recommends.

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