Ketamine IV therapy in Kansas City

At in2GREAT, our greatest commitment is you having a life that works! When you are drowning in the intense feelings of depression, suicide ideation, anxiety, and more, it can feel like your life isn’t working. In helping you find the answers you need for your health, and a life that works, we keep innovating, keep learning, keep growing and keep showing up for you. The addition of Ketamine IV Therapy in Kansas City is our next step in providing you with the health you need for a life that works.

As an integrative medicine clinic, we do not limit ourselves to only one modality or method of treatment. The definition and intention of being integrative is that we can draw from the most helpful, most trusted, and most ethical treatment options available. That also means there are times when conventional medicine and an integrative mindset overlap to provide a truly remarkable treatment option. This is the case with Ketamine IV Therapy in Kansas City.

Do you, or someone you love struggle with depression, anxiety, bipolar, postpartum depression, suicide ideation, chronic pain, OCD, or PTSD? Ketamine IV therapy may be the right fit for the relief you need. Contact us now to see if you are a fit.

What is Ketamine?

Ketamine is a medicine that has been used for anesthesia for decades, since the 1950’s, primarily because of its safety and effectiveness. Ketamine does not affect the respiratory system, is not a narcotic, and is sometimes used to treat pain without any of the risk and side effects of opioids. Ketamine is also, unfortunately, known as the illegal “club drug,” which is where there can be misunderstanding about its use in the medical setting. It is used safely and effectively by medical professionals all over the world with great effectiveness because of its safety when used correctly. LifeWorks uses Ketamine as an IV treatment for those who are considered “treatment resistant” to the most commonly used options for depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, and chronic pain syndromes.

How Does Ketamine IV Therapy Work?

Glutamate and GABA functioning/balance in the brain are primary driving forces in the development and progression of most mental health issues. While all neurotransmitter, including serotonin are part of the equation, their roads still lead to glutamate and GABA balance. GABA is a neurotransmitter we need enough of to have a balanced mood, and glutamate is one that when imbalanced, can contribute to low mood and pain. Many medications have an unintended consequence of reducing GABA, but the great thing about Ketamine is that it does not interact with the GABA receptors

Ketamine interacts with a variety of receptors in the brain as an antagonist, or receptor blocking. Specifically,  N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors which is a type of glutamate receptor NMDA affects not only glutamate receptors but also opioid receptors which are key brain connections Ketamine uses. These receptors in the brain play a large role in pain perception, memory, mood and learning. Again, with Ketamine, this can occur without disrupting the GABA receptors that are so necessary for stable mood.

Ketamine’s effects as an antidepressant and on chronic pain far outlast the actual drug levels in the system. It does this by helping reset these areas of the brain so you get pain and mood support  with lower levels and lower frequency of the medication compared to other treatments for pain and depression. Essentially, Ketamine primes the brain’s own ability to make new connections around injuries, disease, or damaged nerves. This is called neuroplasticity, and Ketamine IV therapy in Kansas City supports the brain’s ability to adapt. This will allow for the brain to respond and adapt differently to situations that previously may have caused pain or mood shifts. In combination with a comprehensive functional medicine approach can lead to long lasting results.

The medical team at in2GREAT Functional Medicine will work with you on determining if Ketamine IV Therapy is a good fit for you. If you are a current patient your doctor will work with you on adjusting your current treatment plan if Ketamine IV therapy is the right next step for you.

A life that works can take on many forms and we are your partner to help you meet your health goals to have the health you need for the life you want. For millions of Americans, depression, anxiety and thoughts of suicide cloud their life in such a profound way that the life they want seems out of reach. Our goal in providing Ketamine IV therapy in Kansas City is to help the vision of the life you want come back into clarity and feel possible again.

Contact us now get the help you need.

Dr Corey Priest, DC - Functional medicine practitioner

About the author

Dr. Corey Priest has been practicing functional medicine since 2001. in2GREAT was founded in 2014 by Dr Priest after 13 years of experience with his other practices. Over his career, Dr. Priest has worked with and helped well over 10,000 patients under a functional medicine model.