June 20, 2024

Does Music During Ketamine Infusion Treatments Have an Effect on My Experience?

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Ketamine Infusion therapy treatment is said to be a very pleasurable experience. You will comfortably relax during the treatment in a safe, quiet environment. While you will not lose consciousness, most people describe the experience as a pleasant out-of-body experience. The dissociative effects that happen during a ketamine treatment, are what help people to experience the underlying effects that may be the leading factor to their depression or anxiety from a safe and different perspective. The goal is for your brain to experience a safe, happy place while it is remapping and healing. You will be relaxed but aware during this therapy session while also feeling invigorated and refreshed after the experience. Most people feel the after-effects of the treatment immediately.

The Role of Music in Ketamine Infusion Treatments

Music is always suggested since certain tones can positively influence emotions. Some music can make you feel happy, excited and encouraged to move. Other music can leave you feeling very mellow and introspective. If there are certain songs that have important meaning, listening during a ketamine infusion therapy session will invoke intense and positive emotions.

Adding music to a ketamine infusion treatment can make the experience positive while helping to reduce the chances of a negative experience. Music that invokes meditation and relaxation is ideal for ketamine infusions, but again each experience is unique and there is no right or wrong music choice. People will choose a wide variety of music that helps them relax, which largely depends on preference.

Some may suggest classical music, while others are fond of psychedelic rock or even nature sounds. The idea is to choose something that helps you to feel serene and peaceful. The dissociation feeling is enhanced by the sounds and helps you to experience the root causes of your depression or anxiety from a safe and mellow perspective. Noise-canceling headphones and a blindfold can also help you relax and enhance your sensory experience which increases the effectiveness of your ketamine infusion treatment.

In a study completed with 80 participants that exposed half of them to music during ketamine used as an anesthetic during minor surgery procedures lasting less than 45 minutes, to see if there was any impact during the time when they were emerging from the anesthesia.

The study group that listened to the music had 23 out of 40 report dreaming pleasant dreams, with no reports of any unpleasant experiences. The control group, that did not listen to music, had 10 people report unpleasant dreams. The control group also had 10 out of the 40 propose that they would not ever do similar anesthesia because of how unpleasant it was, while none of the study group said they would refuse similar anesthesia.

Some people report that listening to the same musical playlist days later will bring back some of that peaceful, dissociative feeling they had during their treatment, which can be helpful in reprogramming their brain.

For more information on curated tracks for Ketamine Therapy, check out our blog here.

Mind Body Centers is committed to providing you with the most positive experience possible with your ketamine infusion treatments. Our mental health specialists will develop a personalized treatment plan to help you deal with depression, anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain, addiction, and trauma. Call us today 1-855-481-9605 or click here to get started on the road to mental wellness.

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