Frequency Specific Microcurrent

frequency specific micro

Formerly suppressed pain treatment now proven safe & effective

By Carolyn McMakin, MA, DC

My patient, I’ll call him Jim, worked as a security driver for an armored car company and loved his job.

Jim was only 47 and really didn’t want to undergo the three level low back disc replacement and spinal fusion surgery scheduled in four weeks. But he had tried everything from physical therapy to massage and chiropractic for eight years and was told surgery was his only remaining option.

As a last resort before surgery he found FSM on the internet and came to Portland for treatment. When he arrived at our clinic he rated his pain as varying from a 5/10 to a 7/10 in his lower back and leg down to the knee. He couldn’t sit, lay or stand without pain.

Although Jim’s discs were slightly degenerated we determined they weren’t the real cause of his pain. We started a course of treatment consisting of Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) treatment directed at the posterior bony joints in his spine, called facet joints, and at trigger points in his muscles that were referring pain to his lower back. We also used supine manipulation on a table specific for facet joint mobilization.

We started treating Jim five days a week for two weeks. At the end of each visit Jim was pain free, and each time he arrived for his next visit his pain was less than the day before.

At the end of the second week Jim was sent home to continue his progress with a home exercise program for core strengthening and spinal stabilization and an FSM HomeCare unit to treat himself at home as needed.

Today, two years later, Jim remains pain free after two years with home FSM treatment and exercises. And the surgery? Cancelled.

While Jim’s success at avoiding back surgery is exciting, it’s hardly unique. His case is just one of thousands produced in hundreds of offices around the world every year. That’s because FSM combined with an accurate diagnosis and other therapies has been proven to successfully treat chronic intractable pain from many sources.

A rediscovered pain treatment

In the early 20th century, hundreds of doctors were using frequency machines to treat patients in their practices. Largely due to outside pressure, these machines fell into disuse and for decades were almost completely forgotten. Through a series of fortunate events, I came into possession of a set of these healing frequencies.

In 1946, an osteopathic physician purchased a practice in Canada. A frequency machine developed in 1922 was part of that purchase. Then in 1987, a colleague of mine spent three months working at the same clinic. By that point, the machine was long gone — but a binder including a list of frequencies remained.

Unique frequencies were specified for individual tissues and various conditions such as inflammation, scarring and hardening. A new device called the Precision Microcurrent was developed and approved as standard physical therapy equipment in 1991 and used two independent channels for delivering these frequencies to patients.

We started testing these frequencies on volunteers in 1995. Sometimes a frequency helped, and sometimes it didn’t. Most importantly we discovered that even when positive results weren’t obtained the treatment never caused any harm.

Unique frequencies, specific results

Through continued testing and refinement over the next two years we developed extraordinarily effective treatments for myofascial trigger points using FSM. Around the same time, I started teaching the protocols in seminars to other healthcare practitioners. I wanted to know whether or others using them would have the same success. They did.

Since then we’ve continued to be amazed by the improved pain relief and healing FSM allows once we discover the right treatment frequency and protocol for a condition.

For example, in 1998 we learned that FSM could treat nerve pain very effectively. Nerve pain from disc bulges and nerve traction injuries where the nerve has been stretched responded quickly and dramatically. But diabetic neuropathies did not respond at first because treatment was aimed at the nerve. The problem in diabetic neuropathies turns out to be in the blood vessels that supply the nerves. Once the treatment protocol was changed to focus on the blood vessels diabetic neuropathies became easy to treat; a so called, “slam dunk” in the FSM world.

The following year we discovered FSM could treat the full body pain from fibromyalgia associated with spine trauma. This type of pain is constant, never below a 5/10, and doesn’t respond to narcotics.

As a group these fibromyalgia patients are the only ones who complain specifically of pain in their hands and feet. This group of very difficult to treat patients rated their pain as an average of 7.4/10. Through experimentation, we found that one specific frequency combination could reliably reduce the pain to a 1.4/10 in just 90 minutes. Every patient had their pain reduced at every treatment and well over half of them recovered from their fibromyalgia within four months.

When a small group of them had their blood analyzed by a chemist at NIH it was found that the treatment also reduced all of their inflammatory blood markers by 10 to 20 times in 90 minutes and increased endorphins (the “feel good” neurotransmitter) by 10 times. These markers are said to be difficult to change. In fact, these kinds of improvements have never been seen before or since with any other therapy.

Other standard FSM protocols have been developed for disc injuries and pain, low back pain from facet joints, shoulder and knee pain, arthritis, headaches, and peripheral neuropathies.

Some frequencies serve only a very specific purpose. There is one frequency combination that completely eliminates shingles pain and infections with a two hour treatment. Another frequency combination eliminates kidney stone pain in 20 to 60 minutes. It doesn’t change the stone, just the pain. Both frequencies have only their single effect, yet so far they have been effective in every case.

FSM is especially good at reducing inflammation and dissolving scar tissue. If FSM is used on new injuries within four to twelve hours of the injury it promotes very rapid healing. Today numerous NFL teams and players use FSM as a vital healing tool to get injured players back on the field more quickly. After a December 2004 surgery, Philadelphia Eagle receiver Terrell Owens returned to play a strong Super Bowl game just weeks later even though he was expected to spend three or more months in recovery thanks in part to FSM.

How to Get Started

FSM is an entirely new approach to healing. It uses the principles of bio physics to change tissue and eliminate the cause of the pain. It doesn’t just cover up symptoms. It appears to change the tissue quickly and in some cases permanently by altering the electromagnetic bonds that keep scarring and inflammation in place in the tissue. No one knows for certain exactly how the effects are created but there is good science that says something very real and very dramatic happens in response to specific frequency combinations.

There’s a saying among FSM practitioners, “It can’t hurt; it might help.” This new paradigm in healing creates new hope for pain patients.

To find an FSM practitioner near you, visit:

Dr. Carolyn McMakin instructs healthcare practitioners on the use of Frequency Specific Microcurrent through seminars around the world and her newly released authoritative textbook, Frequency Specific Microcurrent in Pain Management.

Filed Under: Back Pain, Video
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Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFT

Jesse is the co-founder and visionary CEO of The Healthy Back Institute®, the world-leading source of natural back pain solutions. His mission as a former back pain sufferer is to help others live pain free without surgery and pharmaceuticals.

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18 thoughts on “Frequency Specific Microcurrent”

  1. Edward says:

    Sounds like the same thing Royal Rife did. There is information about the frequencies that he used on the internet.

  2. J.T.Kingsley says:


  3. Joanna van der Bolt says:

    You can treat inflammation with it very succesfully. I work with it in Europe. And although they use frequencies it is not like Rife. regards Joanna

  4. Tony says:

    Can you buy one of these machines to use at home?

  5. Edie says:

    Just had FSM treatments in Newport Beach Calif. and was excited about it!!
    Here in Cochise County AZ. we have no resources Lower back pain relief is
    my goal. I love my inversion table–works great! Where can I get an FSM
    unit of my own???

  6. Luke says:

    I recently tore my medial meniscus in my left knee and was told I would need surgery, I have had 4 FSM treatments and my knee has full pain free movement and doesn’t lock any more, Brilliant

  7. Mary Jo Smiley CMTPT says:

    This is a very powerful treatment! I have met Carol 8 or 10 years ago. One of the Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists in Pittsburgh has the complete system. I know that several other Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist have and use the machine and some have the simpler version that is made form home use. I am going to send this link to the trigger point therapist group and hopefully some of them that use the machine will come on and give better information than I can.

    It is not a Rife machine. Sometimes there is a micro-current setting on a Electic Stim machine, but it very simple and not any where close to as effective as Carol McMakin’s product.

    The Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists that use the machine use it along with myofascial trigger point therapy and there is the National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist and Carol presented this information at one of our national conventions around 8 or 10 years ago.

  8. Martha Herp CMTPT, LMT says:

    I have been using the home care unit on my husband and patients for a year or so. I generally simultaneously do manual therapy on them as well as some ETPS, so I am never sure what is responsible for good results. However, last summer, the morning after I spent hours raking up and carrying buckets of rocks, I awoke to severe back pain. I used the new injury protocol with my FSM unit and reduced the pain by about 80% with just that. By the end of the day, the rest of the pain left, so my own experience with it is quite good.

  9. Jesse Cannone says:

    Wow… thanks everyone for sharing your results and experiences with FSM.

    Definitely a great treatment method and one that is completely overlooked by most health care professionals.

  10. Lale Okonsar says:

    Is this treatment method the same as the german “Matrix” method?

  11. Eileen says:

    Is there any downside? Is it completely safe?

  12. Jesse Cannone says:

    Eileen: Yes, completely safe because the frequencies used match those of our body… that not only makes it safe but also is why it’s so effective.

    Lale: I’m not familiar with the German Matrix method… but we will research it.

  13. Admin says:

    Hi Tony and Edie,

    Thank you for your posts and queries.

    You would be best to contact an FSM practitioner (see the link in the article) or do a google search.

  14. Robert Mack says:

    Your “list of practioners” website is not working.
    My daughter has ovarian cancer. FSM appears to be similar to the Rife machine used in the 1930’s. Rife was able to cure cancer at that time. Do you know of any practioner that has used FSM to at least attempt to cure cancer? Do you know the Rife frequencies?
    Thank you for your reply.

  15. Admin says:

    Hi Robert,

    Thank you for your post and query. We have sent you an e mail – please look for it.

    Thank you

  16. PJ Cusack says:

    This is the best Therapy I’ve ever experienced! I have a spinal injury aka a Spinal Lesion. I’ve suffered so much pain and swallowed so much chemical pain relief. Enough is Enough!

    FSM Therapy Rocks! Thank You HBI! i’l keep you guys posted! Chat soon!!

  17. Norma says:

    I have had 4 weekly FSM treatments for the lingering and debilitating effects of getting shingles in my inner ear 3 yrs. ago (Ramsay Hunt Syndrome). My symptoms abated over this period with 90 percent improvement. I have regained a quality of life I couldn’t have imagined. My neurologist gave up on me and would no longer see me…..lucky for me! My treatments are administered in a doctor’s office in Pittsburgh, but I did not have to have a referral.

  18. Chris Gordon says:

    Norma, I live in Pittsburgh and would like to find a FSM practioner here. Who helped you?

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