Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM)

This programme has been developed by Dr. Carolyn McMakin, the acknowledged leading world authority in the area of Frequency Specific Microcurrent.

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The National Training Centre developed a professional relationship with Dr. Carolyn McMakin in 2004 with our first FSM Certification Programme delivered in 2005.

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 the 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.

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  • OVERVIEW
  • Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) is an exciting method for treating nerve and muscle pain and many other conditions using specific frequencies and micro amperage current.

    There are many practitioners in the USA, Ireland, Australia, and Canada using FSM to create changes in patients to reduce pain and improve health.

    The frequency specific effect is remarkable and reproducible. Most of the time FSM produces immediate dramatic changes in tissue that makes it an indispensable tool in treating pain and many other health concerns.

  • CONTENT
  • The FSM Core Seminar covers basic microcurrent information and the use of specific frequencies and protocols thought to address specific tissues and conditions based on the principles of bio-resonance.

    The first part of the course focuses on the frequencies and protocols used to treat new injuries, chronic myofascial pain, disc and facet joint pain, neuropathic pain and post concussive syndrome.

    The second part of the course focuses on the frequencies needed to treat visceral conditions, and functional medicine applications. Students will be assessed on this programme.

  • FEES
  • The cost of the National Qualification in Frequency Specific Microcurrent programme is €850.00

    You can secure a place on the programme by paying a non-refundable deposit of €350.00. The balance of fees must be paid by the day before the course start date.

    Previous Participants

    Individuals who have previously completed this programme and would like to do so again in order to refresh their knowledge can do so for the reduced price of €425.00, a 50% discount on the standard cost. There is a maximum limit of ten places available at this discounted rate.

    Those availing of this enrollment option must pay fees in full at the time of registration. Contact us on 01 882 7777 for details.

  • eligibility
  • This programme is open to qualified individuals including:

    • doctors
    • nurses
    • physiotherapists
    • chiropractors
    • osteopaths
    • acupuncturists
    • occupational therapists
    • massage therapists
    • physical therapists
    • neuromuscular therapists

    Some other complementary therapists may also be eligible. If you are unsure and would like to check whether or not you are eligible to participate, please call the NTC on 01 882 7777.

    Students of the National Qualification in Neuromuscular Therapy who have completed a minimum of 50% of their studies are also eligible for participation.

  • More
  • FSM has changed what is possible in pain management. FSM can treat chronic myofascial pain quickly, easily and comfortably. It is one of the safest and most cost effective therapies available. Nerve pain from nerve traction injuries, disc bulges, herniations 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, unprecedented changes in inflammatory cytokines and hope for the millions patients who suffer from this condition.

    Doctors, physical and occupational therapists, physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, acupuncturists, nurses and massage therapists have been using FSM over the past few years to successfully treat scar tissue, tendonitis, ligament injuries, nerve pain, fractures, peripheral neuropathies, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome and many other medical conditions associated with inflammation.

    How is FSM delivered?
    Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) uses a device manufactured by Precision Microcurrent Inc. It has two independent channels that allow you to set both the frequency and the current independently for each channel and was developed in 1990 by an engineer named Glen Smith. He created unique circuitry that allows for long battery life and frequencies that are precise to three digits to 0.1% accuracy. Frequencies are measured in hertz or pulses per second. The frequencies are used on two channels and it makes a difference what channel you put which frequency on. The frequency thought to neutralise the condition is put on Precision channel A or on the channel that fires first. The frequency thought to address the tissue is put on channel B. There are frequencies for over 200 conditions from very common conditions like inflammation and scar tissue and mineral deposits and toxicity to very unusual and hard to document conditions. There are a few frequencies that are used as A/B pairs. A is not a condition, B is not a tissue but the combination of the two frequencies has the therapeutic effect. There is one such frequency combination that takes away shingles pain. When it is used before the blisters break out for an hour a day for three days, the pain is gone in 20 minutes and the blisters never break out. When it is used after the blisters break out it takes the pain away and shortens the course of the shingles.

    Shingles is the only thing this specific frequency is good for and so far there is no one it has not worked on.

    What Can I Treat?
    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 good at treating nerve and muscle pain, inflammation and scar tissue. There is a kind of fibromyalgia associated with neck trauma that is particularly painful and hard to treat even with drugs. There is one frequency protocol that is effective for taking away this kind of pain. There is one frequency combination that so far is 100% effective in a small number of cases to take away kidney stone pain. The frequencies have created observed effects in asthma, liver dysfunction, irritable bowel and many other conditions.

    It has been observed that patients who are treated within four hours of a new injury including auto accidents and surgeries have much reduced pain and a greatly accelerated healing process. There are no guarantees that any protocol is going to be effective in any given patient on any given condition. In general, the frequencies either work or don’t work and if they don’t work they simply have no effect. Every practitioner is trained in the concept that FSM is to be used as an adjunct to therapeutics appropriate to their discipline for the patient after proper diagnosis. It is NOT recommended that the frequencies be used to treat cancer as this condition is too serious and too complicated to be addressed without traditional medical intervention.

    Which Frequencies?
    Frequency protocols are sequences of frequencies observed to have a certain clinical effect in various conditions as determined in Dr. McMakin’s practice and by input from other FSM practitioners. The sequences of frequencies are taught in the course and the students are provided with a summary sheet of frequencies and the most common protocols at the end of the FSM course. The frequency to reduce inflammation was studied in an animal research laboratory at University of Sydney in Australia. The frequency reduced swelling by 62% and the medications reduced it by 45%. No other frequency tested reduced inflammation at all. The frequency worked in every animal with a time dependent response. Is there anyone FSM does not work on?

    Patients who are dehydrated cannot benefit from FSM. It has been observed that patients who are dehydrated, athletes with large muscle mass and inadequate water intake, and patients over 70 who are chronically dehydrated have the most problems. Every patient is advised to drink at least one litre of water in the one hour preceding treatment. Patients who are chronically dehydrated may need more.

    No technique is 100% effective and FSM is no exception. The effectiveness of FSM depends almost entirely on an accurate diagnosis. Shoulder pain can come from muscles, tendons, bursa, discs, nerves or joints. FSM will treat all of these pain generators effectively. But, if you are treating for muscle and the shoulder pain is from nerves or the bursa you may change the muscle but you won’t change the patient’s pain since it is not coming from the muscle.

    Are there any risks or side effects?
    FSM is delivered by battery operated device and provides sub-sensory current. It cannot be used through a pregnant uterus or in patients who have pacemakers. Patients must be well hydrated for optimal current flow and optimal results. The only common side effect occurs following treatment for chronic muscle pain when some patients experience what appears to be a detoxification reaction approximately 90 minutes after treatment. This reaction can be prevented by consumption of adequate water and an anti-oxidant supplement. There are no other known side effects or risks.

    What is the difference between microcurrent and laser?
    Microcurrent provides electrons and in published studies increases ATP production in cells. Lasers provide photons. There is currently no research suggesting that laser treatment increases ATP production. Lasers oscillate at set frequencies and provide beneficial results. They are doing it by some other method than frequency specific resonance and ATP enhancement.

    What is the difference between microcurrent and TENS?
    Microcurrent is approved in the category of TENS devices determined by the U. S. FDA. TENS devices deliver milliamp current and block pain messages that are tying to get up the spine to the brain. Microcurrent delivers micro-amperage current which has been shown in published studies to increase ATP production in tissues.

    What is the difference between microcurrent and ultra sound?
    Ultra sound creates ultrasonic vibrations and creates heat by vibrating the water molecules in the tissue. It does not provide current nor does it change ATP status. It provides beneficial results – it is just completely different than microcurrent.

Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) is an exciting method for treating nerve and muscle pain and many other conditions using specific frequencies and micro amperage current.

There are many practitioners in the USA, Ireland, Australia, and Canada using FSM to create changes in patients to reduce pain and improve health.

The frequency specific effect is remarkable and reproducible. Most of the time FSM produces immediate dramatic changes in tissue that makes it an indispensable tool in treating pain and many other health concerns.

The FSM Core Seminar covers basic microcurrent information and the use of specific frequencies and protocols thought to address specific tissues and conditions based on the principles of bio-resonance.

The first part of the course focuses on the frequencies and protocols used to treat new injuries, chronic myofascial pain, disc and facet joint pain, neuropathic pain and post concussive syndrome.

The second part of the course focuses on the frequencies needed to treat visceral conditions, and functional medicine applications. Students will be assessed on this programme.

The cost of the National Qualification in Frequency Specific Microcurrent programme is €850.00

You can secure a place on the programme by paying a non-refundable deposit of €350.00. The balance of fees must be paid by the day before the course start date.

Previous Participants

Individuals who have previously completed this programme and would like to do so again in order to refresh their knowledge can do so for the reduced price of €425.00, a 50% discount on the standard cost. There is a maximum limit of ten places available at this discounted rate.

Those availing of this enrollment option must pay fees in full at the time of registration. Contact us on 01 882 7777 for details.

This programme is open to qualified individuals including:

  • doctors
  • nurses
  • physiotherapists
  • chiropractors
  • osteopaths
  • acupuncturists
  • occupational therapists
  • massage therapists
  • physical therapists
  • neuromuscular therapists

Some other complementary therapists may also be eligible. If you are unsure and would like to check whether or not you are eligible to participate, please call the NTC on 01 882 7777.

Students of the National Qualification in Neuromuscular Therapy who have completed a minimum of 50% of their studies are also eligible for participation.

FSM has changed what is possible in pain management. FSM can treat chronic myofascial pain quickly, easily and comfortably. It is one of the safest and most cost effective therapies available. Nerve pain from nerve traction injuries, disc bulges, herniations 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, unprecedented changes in inflammatory cytokines and hope for the millions patients who suffer from this condition.

Doctors, physical and occupational therapists, physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, acupuncturists, nurses and massage therapists have been using FSM over the past few years to successfully treat scar tissue, tendonitis, ligament injuries, nerve pain, fractures, peripheral neuropathies, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome and many other medical conditions associated with inflammation.

How is FSM delivered?
Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) uses a device manufactured by Precision Microcurrent Inc. It has two independent channels that allow you to set both the frequency and the current independently for each channel and was developed in 1990 by an engineer named Glen Smith. He created unique circuitry that allows for long battery life and frequencies that are precise to three digits to 0.1% accuracy. Frequencies are measured in hertz or pulses per second. The frequencies are used on two channels and it makes a difference what channel you put which frequency on. The frequency thought to neutralise the condition is put on Precision channel A or on the channel that fires first. The frequency thought to address the tissue is put on channel B. There are frequencies for over 200 conditions from very common conditions like inflammation and scar tissue and mineral deposits and toxicity to very unusual and hard to document conditions. There are a few frequencies that are used as A/B pairs. A is not a condition, B is not a tissue but the combination of the two frequencies has the therapeutic effect. There is one such frequency combination that takes away shingles pain. When it is used before the blisters break out for an hour a day for three days, the pain is gone in 20 minutes and the blisters never break out. When it is used after the blisters break out it takes the pain away and shortens the course of the shingles.

Shingles is the only thing this specific frequency is good for and so far there is no one it has not worked on.

What Can I Treat?
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 good at treating nerve and muscle pain, inflammation and scar tissue. There is a kind of fibromyalgia associated with neck trauma that is particularly painful and hard to treat even with drugs. There is one frequency protocol that is effective for taking away this kind of pain. There is one frequency combination that so far is 100% effective in a small number of cases to take away kidney stone pain. The frequencies have created observed effects in asthma, liver dysfunction, irritable bowel and many other conditions.

It has been observed that patients who are treated within four hours of a new injury including auto accidents and surgeries have much reduced pain and a greatly accelerated healing process. There are no guarantees that any protocol is going to be effective in any given patient on any given condition. In general, the frequencies either work or don’t work and if they don’t work they simply have no effect. Every practitioner is trained in the concept that FSM is to be used as an adjunct to therapeutics appropriate to their discipline for the patient after proper diagnosis. It is NOT recommended that the frequencies be used to treat cancer as this condition is too serious and too complicated to be addressed without traditional medical intervention.

Which Frequencies?
Frequency protocols are sequences of frequencies observed to have a certain clinical effect in various conditions as determined in Dr. McMakin’s practice and by input from other FSM practitioners. The sequences of frequencies are taught in the course and the students are provided with a summary sheet of frequencies and the most common protocols at the end of the FSM course. The frequency to reduce inflammation was studied in an animal research laboratory at University of Sydney in Australia. The frequency reduced swelling by 62% and the medications reduced it by 45%. No other frequency tested reduced inflammation at all. The frequency worked in every animal with a time dependent response. Is there anyone FSM does not work on?

Patients who are dehydrated cannot benefit from FSM. It has been observed that patients who are dehydrated, athletes with large muscle mass and inadequate water intake, and patients over 70 who are chronically dehydrated have the most problems. Every patient is advised to drink at least one litre of water in the one hour preceding treatment. Patients who are chronically dehydrated may need more.

No technique is 100% effective and FSM is no exception. The effectiveness of FSM depends almost entirely on an accurate diagnosis. Shoulder pain can come from muscles, tendons, bursa, discs, nerves or joints. FSM will treat all of these pain generators effectively. But, if you are treating for muscle and the shoulder pain is from nerves or the bursa you may change the muscle but you won’t change the patient’s pain since it is not coming from the muscle.

Are there any risks or side effects?
FSM is delivered by battery operated device and provides sub-sensory current. It cannot be used through a pregnant uterus or in patients who have pacemakers. Patients must be well hydrated for optimal current flow and optimal results. The only common side effect occurs following treatment for chronic muscle pain when some patients experience what appears to be a detoxification reaction approximately 90 minutes after treatment. This reaction can be prevented by consumption of adequate water and an anti-oxidant supplement. There are no other known side effects or risks.

What is the difference between microcurrent and laser?
Microcurrent provides electrons and in published studies increases ATP production in cells. Lasers provide photons. There is currently no research suggesting that laser treatment increases ATP production. Lasers oscillate at set frequencies and provide beneficial results. They are doing it by some other method than frequency specific resonance and ATP enhancement.

What is the difference between microcurrent and TENS?
Microcurrent is approved in the category of TENS devices determined by the U. S. FDA. TENS devices deliver milliamp current and block pain messages that are tying to get up the spine to the brain. Microcurrent delivers micro-amperage current which has been shown in published studies to increase ATP production in tissues.

What is the difference between microcurrent and ultra sound?
Ultra sound creates ultrasonic vibrations and creates heat by vibrating the water molecules in the tissue. It does not provide current nor does it change ATP status. It provides beneficial results – it is just completely different than microcurrent.

Funding for Fitness Professionals

Fitness Instructors who are members of REPS Ireland are eligible for 25% funding from Leisure Health Fitness Skillnet. For more information contact Leisure Health Fitness Skillnet.

Schedule and Location

This course is delivered over two modular weekends in Dublin at the National Training Centre in Dublin’s city centre.
Dublin
Weekend Course
2 Weekends
Face To Face Learning
Date to be confirmed
NTC, Dublin

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What our graduates say

The reviews and testimonials shown here are unsolicited and from NTC graduates.

” I will definitely recommend this course to a friend or a family member “

Thank you to John Sharkey and all the NTC tutors. The Advanced European Neuromuscular Therapy course has been an eye-opener for me because of my background in Personal Training and Sports Massage. I have learnt unique ways of treating pain and have been applying these techniques to my existing clients.

In particular, a long-term client of mine with knee chronic pain, after few hours of treatment her knee pain has reduced by 80 percent.

Once again thank you to all NTC tutors this would not have been possible without you. It is a shame the course has come to an end but I also can’t wait to treat people with chronic pain and do a diploma in Neuromuscular Therapy. I will definitely recommend this course to a friend or a family member.

Ismail Sina

Neuromuscular Therapy Graduate
” The education you have given me is truly going to develop me as a practitioner “

Thanks once again for an inspiring and enlightening weekend (although my wife’s upper trapezius muscles may disagree!). Learnt loads and I am very excited about the future of my practice.

Although already incredibly busy I find treating people with pain much more interesting and fulfilling than a runner with a tweaked calf. The education you have given me is truly going to develop me as a practitioner in such a dramatic way.

Thanks, John. Sad the course is coming to an end but will thoroughly recommend to others and will look to do the Masters in the future.

Rob Date

Neuromuscular Therapy Graduate
” My experience at NTC was an enjoyable and positive one “

My experience at NTC was an enjoyable and positive one. This is where I realised my interest in Anatomy, Physiology and caring for people and is the main reason I’ve decided to go back to studying Nursing.

I met some fantastic people during my time at NTC and what I learned has played a huge part in me getting a place on Nursing studies.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff and tutors for guiding me to where I am now.

Eamonn Maher

Neuromuscular Therapy Graduate
” I really enjoyed the course and the highly engaged and motivated tutors “

I really enjoyed the course and the highly engaged and motivated tutors. I found the course very interesting and was fascinated by the individual components of NMT.

I would like to thank everybody involved for their highly valuable input, knowledge and support while studying.

Sabine Graef

Neuromuscular Therapy Graduate
” Qualification that is recognised and accepted with high regard within the industry “

Can I pass on my sincerest gratitude to all the staff at NTC ? Once again you all have delivered another professional and enjoyable course that ensures a qualification that is recognised and accepted with high regard within the industry.

Alan Devine

Neuromuscular Therapy Graduate
” You are a great team with wonderful tutors “

The good news is that I passed my Neuromuscular Therapy exams. I would like to pass on my sincere thanks to all the team in NTC for helping me in step one of a plan. You are a great team with wonderful tutors.

Liam Cotter

Neuromuscular Therapy Graduate
” If it wasn’t for Larry I would have let my nerves get the best of me “

I have just sat my NMT exams and if it wasn’t for Larry, one of my tutors who helped me out, I would have let my nerves get the best of me. I also wish to thank the rest of the tutors and staff for all their help over the past 18 months.

Nicole Dunne

Neuromuscular Therapy Graduate
” You will not be disappointed “

I have been in the Sports Massage and the treatment of occupational and sporting injuries profession for 26 years and have attended many courses to gain the necessary qualifications to give my very best to those in my care. I had read a book written by John Sharkey which was well written, extremely informative and an excellent reference source.

I subsequently had the pleasure of meeting John and went on to register for a Neuromuscular Therapy programme. It is an excellent course with lectures of the highest standard delivering essential information and first-rate techniques. Applying them in clinical practice I have seen very positive outcomes in patients of all ages. I highly recommend NTC for all therapists at any stage in their career. You will not be disappointed.

Steve Kirby

Neuromuscular Therapy Graduate
” I had the privilege of treating Sir Chris Hoy of the GB cycling team “

In April 2012 I completed the Certificate level Neuromuscular Therapy course. Since I completed the course I have had massive success and progression. I had several private clients that I attained from advertising in the gym that I was working in, and also worked on a referral basis with physiotherapist David Gardiner owner of Physiotherapyworks in Naas Co.Kildare.

In August 2012 I moved to Perth, Australia where I have enjoyed even more success. I spent 8 months working at Subiaco Sports Massage and while working in this clinic I had the privilege of treating several Olympic athletes including Sir Chris Hoy of the GB cycling team and also Western Force rugby team of the super 15s competition.

I really enjoyed my time at the NTC – we really had a great group and we all keep in touch.

Colin Cassidy

Neuromuscular Therapy Graduate

Our FSM presenter

Denise Curtis is a recognised FSM expert tutor and researcher.
Denise Curtis, MSc.