5 Benefits of Ketamine Therapy
Ketamine therapy is an alternative treatment for conditions like PTSD, depression, anxiety, and chronic pain. While a still relatively unknown by most people, there are over 20 years of studies to support its use. It can be a game-changer for our patients who cannot find relief through traditional treatments. Ketamine therapy is given in controlled doses in a clinical environment to ensure maximum effectiveness while remaining a safe form of treatment.
Discover the transformative power of ketamine therapy as we unveil five remarkable benefits of ketamine therapy. At Klarisana, we specialize in utilizing ketamine treatments to address a range of conditions, from depression and anxiety to PTSD and chronic pain. Keep reading as we unlock the potential of ketamine therapy at Klarisana.
WHAT CONDITIONS IS KETAMINE USED TO TREAT?
There are many conditions that ketamine therapy can treat thanks to the mood-enhancing and pain-decreasing effects of the treatment. Ketamine therapy is primarily used to treat mental health condition but has recently proven beneficial for some sufferers of chronic pain symptoms as well. Some of the mental health conditions that ketamine therapy has improved include:
- PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder)
- Depression (including postpartum and treatment-resistant depression)
- OCD (Obsessive compulsive disorder)
- Bipolar disorder
- Suicidal thoughts
Conditions that can cause chronic pain that can be relieved using ketamine therapy include:
- Cancer-related pain, including chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN)
- Lyme Disease
- Sickle cell pain
- Crohn’s Disease
- Phantom limb pain
- Pain caused by shingles
- Neuropathy, including diabetic neuropathy
KETAMINE THERAPY BENEFITS
Ketamine treatment can offer many benefits to those struggling with mood disorders and chronic pain. Ketamine therapy is quickly becoming a promising alternative to traditional treatment methods, primarily when conventional medication no longer effectively treats symptoms.
- IMPROVED MOOD AND THOUGHT PATTERNS: Ketamine therapy can improve mood and thought patterns by taking advantage of the brain’s neuroplasticity or ability to change through growth and reorganization. Over the years a person can experience negative subconscious programming that leads to counterproductive thought patterns. Ketamine helps patients to remodel their subconscious thought patterns and leverage the power of neuroplasticity to reframe the way they see the world.
- PHYSIOLOGIC HEALING: There is evidence that ketamine does create some physical changes in the brain. The exact mechanism is still being clarified but some studies show that there are new synapses (connections) being formed in the brain. This can help patients undergo psychological healing by creating new connections the parts of the brain that deal with emotion and mood. This also allows ketamine to have an antidepressant effect, which can further contribute to recovery.
- BLOCKS PAIN SIGNALS: Ketamine can be used to treat even the most complex chronic pain cases because it blocks pain signals. It can potentially derail a destructive feedback loop called “central sensitization.” There are receptors in the spinal cord called the NMDA receptors. These allow this destructive cycle of pain to continue revolving around and around. Fortunately, ketamine blocks the NMDA receptor and can give some relief to patients in a way that totally bypasses the traditional pathways used by opioid pain medications.
- MENTAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Ketamine is known for its psychedelic effects. While this can become overwhelming in larger doses, smaller, controlled doses in a clinical setting can allow ketamine’s psychedelic characteristics to lead to mental breakthroughs. The dissociation caused by ketamine can enable patients to experience new insights and shift their perspectives on their mental health. These effects can vary significantly from person to person, with some experiencing higher levels of dissociation than others.
- LASTING RESULTS & RELIEF: Unlike traditional mood disorders and chronic pain treatments, ketamine therapy often begins working within a few sessions and can have lasting results. Most antidepressants take weeks or months to become effective and often stop working as soon as you stop taking them. Ketamine therapy typically begins working during the initial Induction Series of six sessions, and many patients see long-term improvement in their symptoms for months after treatment.
KETAMINE TREATMENT FOR ANXIETY, PTSD, DEPRESSION, AND CHRONIC PAIN
If you’re suffering from a mood disorder or chronic pain and can’t find relief, ketamine therapy may help. At Klarisana, our team of medical professionals can help you discover if ketamine treatment is best for you. To get started, contact us today and let our team help you receive the treatment you deserve.
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