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The Benefits of Stellate Ganglion Block Therapy

Stellate Ganglion Block Therapy (SGBT) is growing in popularity for how effectively it’s able to target and treat PTSD and anxiety disorders. Freedom Ketamine Treatment Centers is proud to have been offering SGBT since 2021 across our six locations in the DMV.

SGBT is a minimally-invasive medical procedure which targets PTSD and anxiety at the source: in the sympathetic nervous system. At our practice, SGBT is done under ultrasound supervision, and involves injecting a local anesthetic into the stellate ganglion, a cluster of nerves located in the neck. SGBT therapy has proven, remarkable results for treating chronic anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Minimally Invasive and Low Risk

SGBT is advantageous because it’s minimally-invasive, and carries a low risk of complications. Patients can typically resume their normal activities shortly after the treatment. This makes it a great option for those concerned about the potentially psychedelic effects of alternative Ketamine Infusion Therapy, which our practice proudly offers as well.

While rarely reported, side effects associated with SGBT can include:

  • Redness, tenderness, bruising, and swelling at the injection site

  • A temporary hoarse voice due to its proximity to the vocal cords

  • Allergic reactions

Fast Relief from PTSD Symptoms

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. By calming an overactive sympathetic nervous system, SGBT can reduce the intensity of traumatic memories, and the associated symptoms of hypervigilance, nightmares, and anxiety. We do recommend continuing normal talk therapy methods in conjunction with this option.

Alleviating Chronic Anxiety

By disrupting the fight-or-flight response and the intensity of traumatic memories, SGBT can provide significant relief for anxiety sufferers. It can enhance the effectiveness of existing therapeutic interventions and improve your overall quality of life.

Potentially Improved Sleep

Select sleep disorders, such as insomnia and sleep apnea, can lead to chronic fatigue and ultimately impact your overall health. SGBT may help improve sleep quality by reducing anxiety and stress. SGBT’s calming effect on the nervous system can allow for a more restful night's sleep, leading to an enhanced mental state.

Enhancing Mood

The balance of neurotransmitters and hormones in the brain plays a significant role in mood regulation. SGBT has shown potential in stabilizing these systems, offering relief for individuals dealing with mood disorders like depression.

Try Stellate Ganglion Block Therapy Today

Stellate Ganglion Block Therapy is a promising option for people with PTSD and chronic anxiety. For a low-risk procedure, with little downtime, it’s worth a shot to help improve your mental health.

If you or someone you know is considering SGBT, schedule a free phone consultation with one of our Physicians to determine if this treatment option is right for you. Freedom Ketamine Treatment Centers has been providing cutting-edge mental healthcare to the DMV since 2016, and is proud to serve our community with offices in Rockville, Reston, Bethesda, Vienna, Columbia, and Marshall.

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