Ketamine Therapy And Music: The Auditory Connection

Ketamine Therapy And Music: The Auditory Connection

By KCLA | February 13th, 2022 |

As research continues to shed light on the effectiveness of psychedelic therapy to treat certain mental health conditions, many insights have indicated a potential link between ketamine therapy and music as a means for creating a more positive experience. As with psychedelic treatments, set and setting are considered the groundwork for dictating how effective treatment will be and how enjoyable the overall experience is. 

Below, we’ll explore the scientific link between ketamine infusion and music, and how auditory stimulation can influence the results of therapy.

Music For Psychedelic Therapy

Scientifically speaking, the use of music for psychedelic therapy is rooted in music’s ability to have profound effects on a person’s emotions and physical body. We see this quite often, whether it’s upbeat music lending more alertness and concentration, or calming music quieting the mind and relaxing muscles—the auditory connection with our mental and physical impulses is well documented. In fact, researchers at Stanford University believe that  "listening to music seems to be able to change brain functioning to the same extent as medication." Other findings indicate that music around 60 beats per minute can cause the brain to synchronize with the beat, creating alpha brainwaves (frequencies from 8-14 hertz), which are present when we are relaxed and conscious.

What slightly complicates the matter is that every person has a completely unique taste in music, and finding what works for each individual can sometimes be a challenge. For that reason, it’s highly advised for anyone seeking ketamine infusion therapy to have an established idea of what music calms them the best ahead of time. Soft stringed instruments, gongs and bells, flutes, and even light jazz are all commonly described as “calming,” but personal preferences are key to inducing these positive effects. Unsure of where to start? Fortunately, many have already sought to create carefully tailored playlists that combine low-fidelity and soothing songs for the body and mind.

The Distinct Role of Music in Ketamine Infusion Therapy

Ketamine infusion therapy works best when the individual is as calm, relaxed, and prepared as they possibly can be. Achieving that state of mind depends primarily on set and setting, meaning both the person’s mental “set” and intentions, as well as the setting and physical environment. Many have described ketamine infusion therapy as a pleasant “out of body” experience, and a positive dissociative effect that helps them understand the underlying causes of their mental health conditions. In this delicate emotional state, eliminating any and all factors that may cause negative results is essential. Music has been found to influence our emotions positively, leading to more insightful and beneficial experiences during infusion therapy.

Setting the Stage For a Positive Experience

Because maintaining a positive environment is so important when receiving ketamine infusion therapy, properly setting the stage for these insightful experiences must be a primary focus.

Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles is a leading provider of ketamine infusion therapy, offered in their state-of-the-art mental health treatment center. The clinic offers ketamine PTSD treatment, as well as therapy for depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and other conditions. Their focus is to ensure that all visits are as comfortable as possible, utilizing a variety of therapeutic techniques. Dr. Steven Mandel, founder and president of KCLA, has put forth his extensive knowledge to create a methodology that blends science and compassion for an ultimately positive experience.

For any questions or comments regarding their exceptional ketamine therapy services, contact KCLA today.