July 23, 2022 woman in fsm therapy

FSM Therapy as Part of Physical Therapy

Well-rounded physical therapy includes an array of treatments to help rehabilitate a person after illness or injury. Alpine Clinic offers frequency-specific microcurrent therapy (FSMT), which can complement a physical therapy plan as recommended by a doctor.

What Happens in Physical Therapy

Individual physical therapy plans differ on a case-by-case basis, but the approach is much the same for every patient. A physical therapist (PT) analyzes a patient’s mobility and develops a treatment plan to target trouble spots and restore function. Physical therapy can also reduce chronic pain through targeted exercises and its range of modalities.

FSMT can aid in physical therapy as it prepares muscles for adjustments and exercises, and promotes cellular healing. Let’s take a look at how including FSMT in your physical therapy plan can have a positive impact on recovery.

Modalities Used in Physical Therapy

Since frequency-specific microcurrent therapy uses electrical currents, it’s a natural choice for a physical therapy plan. Physical therapists typically implement the following modalities when treating patients:

Dry Needling

This treatment can increase the range of motion in tight muscles. It also increases circulation, reduces inflammation, and can loosen scar tissue.

Electrical Stimulation

Frequency-specific microcurrent therapy and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) are two forms of electrical stimulation that may be used by a physical therapist. Both modalities alter how pain signals are transmitted in the body and can prepare muscles for additional therapy.


Combined with a custom physical therapy plan, heat can expand blood vessels and increase circulation before other treatments. More blood flow means more nutrients in the areas being treated and can lead to more efficient recovery.


Before or after other treatments, physical therapists may apply ice to affected areas to reduce inflammation. Ice can also effectively numb pain, making it easier to treat stiff muscles and joints. 


Like FSMT, lasers can be used to target cells and promote healing. Lasers can also reduce inflammation and sensations of pain during a physical therapy session. PTs use Class III and Class IV lasers for either cold or hot treatments.


Hands-on or touchless massage (such as a Migun bed) may be a follow-up to physical therapy. After strenuous exercises, massage can offer pain relief and promote healing. Massage is also known for increasing the range of motion and blood flow, as well as reducing stress and anxiety. Combined, these benefits make physical therapy much more successful for many patients.

How Frequency-Specific Microcurrent Therapy Works

A physical therapist or another healthcare provider will use various hertz (Hz) frequencies to treat chronic pain with FSMT.  The mild electrical currents implemented in FSMT register at only one-millionth of an ampere, so the stimulation is almost imperceptible. This means you won’t feel muscles contracting as you would in a TENS treatment.

Frequency-specific microcurrent therapy capitalizes on the existing electrical currents in each cell of the human body. FSMT triggers cellular repair by targeting soft tissue in the body, increasing adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production by up to 500%.

ATP production encourages tissue repair in the body, which can aid with physical therapy exercises. If the body, on a cellular level, is working on healing itself from the inside, you’ll see a range of benefits manifest themselves as you perform other prescribed physical therapy practices.

Benefits of FSMT

Whether it’s used as part of your overall physical therapy program or on its own, the benefits of FSMT include:

  • Reduced inflammation
  • Reduced nerve pain
  • Reduce muscle pain
  • Scar tissue dissolution/softening

Frequency-specific microcurrents have also been known to help people with the following conditions:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Concussion
  • Endometriosis
  • Frozen Shoulder 
  • Gout
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Kidney Stones
  • Migraines
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Post-Herpetic Neuralgia
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Shingles
  • Whiplash


Some people should not participate in FSM therapy due to the electrical currents. It’s not recommended for those with pacemakers, are who are currently pregnant. FSMT is not recommended for people who experience seizures, or who currently have a bone fracture.

Schedule FSMT Today

If this sounds like something you could benefit from, don’t hesitate to contact Alpine Clinic for more information about frequency-specific microcurrent therapy. It’s one of many treatment modalities we use that incorporates a holistic approach to wellness. Based on your medical history, we can let you know if FSMT is right for you.