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Ketamine Therapy services offered in Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA

Ketamine therapy offers an alternative, effective treatment for debilitating mental and physical pain. At Peninsula Integrative Cardiology in Palo Alto, California, Daniel Rieders, MD, FACC, FHRS, CCDS, IFMCP, provides ketamine therapy to stimulate brain receptors that ease chronic pain and relieve mental health struggles, like post-traumatic stress disorder. Find out how ketamine therapy can help you. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.

Ketamine Therapy Q & A

What is ketamine therapy?

Ketamine has been used as an anesthetic for decades. Only recently, however, did researchers discover that ketamine has a powerful role in resetting the brain. When used properly, ketamine therapy restores neurotransmitter function and improves mood and energy.

Ketamine therapy carefully infuses ketamine into your system to powerfully treat depression and anxiety. Ketamine infusions also can block and diffuse pain signals, giving you relief from chronic discomfort.

Am I a candidate for ketamine therapy?

Dr. Rieders may recommend ketamine therapy if you have intractable depression that doesn’t get better with more conventional treatments, like talk therapy and antidepressant medications. Patients struggling with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) also benefit. 

If you have chronic pain, ketamine therapy is also a powerful treatment tool. It can help with conditions like: 

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Spinal injury
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Phantom pain
  • Cancer
  • Chronic regional pain syndrome

Ketamine therapy is a valid alternative to opioids. 

What can I expect during ketamine infusion therapy?

Dr. Rieders customizes your therapy according to your height, weight, and symptoms. During the infusion, you relax in a comfortable chair as the ketamine is delivered intravenously. 

As the ketamine enters your system, it may cause mild hallucinations or an out-of-body sensation. These side effects subside soon after treatment is complete. 

Arrange for someone to drive you home from your treatment and plan to lay low for the rest of the day.

When will I feel the results of a ketamine infusion?

Ketamine acts on specific receptors in your brain and stimulates the neurotransmitter, glutamate. Glutamate is responsible for regulating your mood. 

Your mood and pain symptoms improve notably in the 3-4 hours after treatment. 

Lasting results come from a series of treatments. For patients with depression, Dr. Rieders recommends six 1-hour treatments scheduled over four weeks. Patients benefit from five 4-hour drips delivered daily for five days for pain. 

Dr. Rieders may recommend additional weekly four-hour visits after this initial treatment if you continue to suffer from chronic pain.

To find out if ketamine therapy can help you, contact Peninsula Integrative Cardiology. Call today or use this website to schedule an appointment online.