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  • What is Ketamine?
    Ketamine is a medication that has been used in the field of anesthesia since the Vietnam War. It is categorized as a NMDA (N-methyl-d-aspartate) receptor blocker. At very high doses, this leads to sedation, making surgery and other invasive procedures possible. In the early 1990s, researchers at Yale University began conducting experiments to learn more precisely how ketamine works. While performing these experiments, researchers discovered a very unexpected side effect. Study participants who suffered with depression were reporting that their symptoms were better. As a result, these scientists began performing new experiments, trying to determine how exactly this occurs.
  • How does ketamine work?
    While research continues to clarify the complex role ketamine plays in brain health, it is believed there are currently two primary methods of how ketamine works: 1) Glutamate Imbalance: For decades, we believed that the main cause of mental health disorders was an imbalance of specific chemicals called neurotransmitters. Traditional mental health medications target serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. For that reason, most of the medications used to treat mental health disorders have focused on altering the levels of these neurotransmitters. As it turns out, research is now showing the real imbalance may not be with the previously mentioned neurotransmitters but instead with one called glutamate. Glutamate is the most common stimulating neurotransmitter inside the brain. Ketamine is able to increase glutamate levels, which promotes communication between our neurons and, ultimately, restores our brains' ability to develop new connections. This allows time for repair and regeneration of neural pathways, which often reduces symptoms associated with mood disorders such as major depression, PTSD, and chronic pain. 2) An Increase in BDNF levels: Another molecule that stimulates nerve growth and communication is called brain-derived neurotrophic factors (BDNF). It is kind of like a fertilizer for our neurons. It greatly increases neuronal health and function by restoring the connections between each of our neurons.
  • What conditions does ketamine therapy help treat?
    Ketamine therapy is effective for a wide range of conditions. These include depression, anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain, stress-related disorders, and more. Our integrated approach addresses both the symptoms and the underlying causes of these conditions.
  • Will ketamine work for me?
    Multiple studies have demonstrated that 60-80% of treatment resistant patients will experience significant symptom improvement after the six infusion initiation phase as compared to the 40% success rate from traditional antidepressants.
  • What can I expect during the ketamine infusion?
    At Nura Therapy, comfort, safety, and privacy are our top priorities. Each patient will be provided with a private room with room darkening shades furnished with a zero-gravity chair, noise canceling headphones, and an eye-mask for maximum comfort throughout your infusion. If requested, a family member or friend is welcome to stay throughout the session however you will always be monitored by one of board-certified providers at all time. Each infusion lasts about 40 minutes followed by a 20minute recovery period. Some patients may feel drowsy or intoxicated during treatment, while others may feel a floating sensation. Euphoria, talkativeness, blurry vision, muscle soreness and tingling sensations around lips and fingers occasionally occur. These sensations rapidly resolve soon after an infusion is complete. At Nura Therapy, we are also prepared to treat most unpleasant side effects, such as nausea, should they occur.
  • How long does it take to see results with Nura Therapy?
    The timing of results can vary depending on the individual and their specific condition. Some patients may notice improvements as soon as their first infusion while others might experience gradual progress over the evenidence based 6 infusion initiation phase. The initiation phase will occur over a 3 week period. Our team works closely with each client to monitor progress and adjust treatment plans as necessary.
  • Is Ketamine therapy suitable for everyone?
    Although ketamine therapy is safe and effective for most, there are a few conditions which exclude a limited number of individuals. These include: Pregnancy Uncontrolled hypertension or heart disease Raised intracranial or intraocular pressure Interstitial cystitis Psychosis, schizophrenia or current mania Active substance abuse Seizure disorder Prior adverse reaction to ketamine Current MAOI antidepressant treatment
  • Can I eat and/or drink prior to my infusion?
    To prepare for your ketamine infusion, please refrain from consuming any solid foods for at least 6 hours before your scheduled appointment. Clear liquids such as water, fruit juices without pulp, carbonated beverages, clear tea, and black coffee can be consumed up to 2 hours before your infusion. It is imperative that you avoid consuming alcohol or using any illicit drugs, as they can be extremely dangerous when combined with ketamine.
  • Will I be asleep throughout the infusion?
    No. Ketamine therapy for mental health disorders uses doses far lower than those used for general anesthesia. You may, however, chose to nap throughout the infusion.
  • Can I drive myself?
    You may drive yourself here, but we require that someone else gives you a ride home and that you do not operate a motor vehicle for the rest of the day.
  • Will I get addicted to ketamine?
    Under the supervision and guidance of our board-certified physicians, receiving ketamine at the recommended doses is unlikely to lead to addiction, tolerance, or dependence.
  • Will I need to continue Nura Therapy indefinitely?
    The duration of therapy varies by individual. Some may find what they need through a short-term intervention, while others might benefit from longer-term support. Our goal is to equip you with the tools and insights you need to maintain your health and well-being independently, reducing or eliminating the need for ongoing therapy.
  • Is Nura Therapy covered by insurance?
    Coverage for Nura Therapy services can vary depending on your insurance provider and the specific therapies involved. We recommend checking with your insurance company for details on your coverage. We also accept Advance Care Credit Care, a 15 month interest free credit card available through https://advancecarecard.com
  • How can I start with Nura Therapy?
    Starting with Nura Therapy is simple. Reach out to us through our contact form or give us a call to schedule your initial consultation. During this session, we'll discuss your health history, goals for therapy, and develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs.
Starbust Nura Therapy Logo
  • What is Ketamine?
    Ketamine is a medication that has been used in the field of anesthesia since the Vietnam War. It is categorized as a NMDA (N-methyl-d-aspartate) receptor blocker. At very high doses, this leads to sedation, making surgery and other invasive procedures possible. In the early 1990s, researchers at Yale University began conducting experiments to learn more precisely how ketamine works. While performing these experiments, researchers discovered a very unexpected side effect. Study participants who suffered with depression were reporting that their symptoms were better. As a result, these scientists began performing new experiments, trying to determine how exactly this occurs.
  • How does ketamine work?
    While research continues to clarify the complex role ketamine plays in brain health, it is believed there are currently two primary methods of how ketamine works: 1) Glutamate Imbalance: For decades, we believed that the main cause of mental health disorders was an imbalance of specific chemicals called neurotransmitters. Traditional mental health medications target serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. For that reason, most of the medications used to treat mental health disorders have focused on altering the levels of these neurotransmitters. As it turns out, research is now showing the real imbalance may not be with the previously mentioned neurotransmitters but instead with one called glutamate. Glutamate is the most common stimulating neurotransmitter inside the brain. Ketamine is able to increase glutamate levels, which promotes communication between our neurons and, ultimately, restores our brains' ability to develop new connections. This allows time for repair and regeneration of neural pathways, which often reduces symptoms associated with mood disorders such as major depression, PTSD, and chronic pain. 2) An Increase in BDNF levels: Another molecule that stimulates nerve growth and communication is called brain-derived neurotrophic factors (BDNF). It is kind of like a fertilizer for our neurons. It greatly increases neuronal health and function by restoring the connections between each of our neurons.
  • What conditions does ketamine therapy help treat?
    Ketamine therapy is effective for a wide range of conditions. These include depression, anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain, stress-related disorders, and more. Our integrated approach addresses both the symptoms and the underlying causes of these conditions.
  • Will ketamine work for me?
    Multiple studies have demonstrated that 60-80% of treatment resistant patients will experience significant symptom improvement after the six infusion initiation phase as compared to the 40% success rate from traditional antidepressants.
  • What can I expect during the ketamine infusion?
    At Nura Therapy, comfort, safety, and privacy are our top priorities. Each patient will be provided with a private room with room darkening shades furnished with a zero-gravity chair, noise canceling headphones, and an eye-mask for maximum comfort throughout your infusion. If requested, a family member or friend is welcome to stay throughout the session however you will always be monitored by one of board-certified providers at all time. Each infusion lasts about 40 minutes followed by a 20minute recovery period. Some patients may feel drowsy or intoxicated during treatment, while others may feel a floating sensation. Euphoria, talkativeness, blurry vision, muscle soreness and tingling sensations around lips and fingers occasionally occur. These sensations rapidly resolve soon after an infusion is complete. At Nura Therapy, we are also prepared to treat most unpleasant side effects, such as nausea, should they occur.
  • How long does it take to see results with Nura Therapy?
    The timing of results can vary depending on the individual and their specific condition. Some patients may notice improvements as soon as their first infusion while others might experience gradual progress over the evenidence based 6 infusion initiation phase. The initiation phase will occur over a 3 week period. Our team works closely with each client to monitor progress and adjust treatment plans as necessary.
  • Is Ketamine therapy suitable for everyone?
    Although ketamine therapy is safe and effective for most, there are a few conditions which exclude a limited number of individuals. These include: Pregnancy Uncontrolled hypertension or heart disease Raised intracranial or intraocular pressure Interstitial cystitis Psychosis, schizophrenia or current mania Active substance abuse Seizure disorder Prior adverse reaction to ketamine Current MAOI antidepressant treatment
  • Can I eat and/or drink prior to my infusion?
    To prepare for your ketamine infusion, please refrain from consuming any solid foods for at least 6 hours before your scheduled appointment. Clear liquids such as water, fruit juices without pulp, carbonated beverages, clear tea, and black coffee can be consumed up to 2 hours before your infusion. It is imperative that you avoid consuming alcohol or using any illicit drugs, as they can be extremely dangerous when combined with ketamine.
  • Will I be asleep throughout the infusion?
    No. Ketamine therapy for mental health disorders uses doses far lower than those used for general anesthesia. You may, however, chose to nap throughout the infusion.
  • Can I drive myself?
    You may drive yourself here, but we require that someone else gives you a ride home and that you do not operate a motor vehicle for the rest of the day.
  • Will I get addicted to ketamine?
    Under the supervision and guidance of our board-certified physicians, receiving ketamine at the recommended doses is unlikely to lead to addiction, tolerance, or dependence.
  • Will I need to continue Nura Therapy indefinitely?
    The duration of therapy varies by individual. Some may find what they need through a short-term intervention, while others might benefit from longer-term support. Our goal is to equip you with the tools and insights you need to maintain your health and well-being independently, reducing or eliminating the need for ongoing therapy.
  • Is Nura Therapy covered by insurance?
    Coverage for Nura Therapy services can vary depending on your insurance provider and the specific therapies involved. We recommend checking with your insurance company for details on your coverage. We also accept Advance Care Credit Care, a 15 month interest free credit card available through https://advancecarecard.com
  • How can I start with Nura Therapy?
    Starting with Nura Therapy is simple. Reach out to us through our contact form or give us a call to schedule your initial consultation. During this session, we'll discuss your health history, goals for therapy, and develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs.
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