IBS is a common gastro intestinal disorder which affects up to quarter of the population at some time during their lives. It is a functional disorder of the bowel which is diagnosed after other medical causes have been eliminated by your doctor.
IBS may cause a variety of different symptoms which vary between people. Some of the common symptoms are;
- Cramping and pain
- Change in bowel habit
What causes IBS?
It appears that people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) have an enhanced sensation and increased perception within their gut. Certain things activate the symptoms. These things can be stress, psychological problems, infections, hormones, drugs, caffeine or certain food types. In the latter case the common types of foods involved are spices, fruit, vegetables and milk.
Research shows that there is a powerful connection between a person’s mind and their gut called the ‘brain- gut connection’. This is why people suffering from stress or anxiety often say that they get uncomfortable feelings in their tummy associated with their anxiety. However in people who suffer from IBS these symptoms are much more pronounced with pain and altered bowel movement.
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Hypnosis has been used to treat IBS for over 20 years. In fact Peter Whorwell , Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology in Manchester has done lots of research over the years on IBS and has concluded that hypnosis is an ideal treatment for IBS as it can help the symptoms in many cases. In 2008 the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) advised that psychological therapies including hypnotherapy and CBT should be considered for people who do not respond to drug therapy after 12 months.
I have completed further training in the management of IBS. In order to help you effectively manage your IBS I would teach you self- hypnosis and relaxation techniques together with guided visualisation to help bowel function. This combined approach can help calm down your IBS. Stress and Anxiety Management may also be advised.