Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional disorder of the gut. There is no known cause of IBS. It is a common problem which can develop at any time, affecting up to 1 in 5 people in the UK at some stage in their life, making it one of the most common disorders of the digestive system. IBS often has a significant impact on quality of life and creates considerable anxiety and stress.
With IBS, an individual’s bowel is extra sensitive and the nerves and muscles do not work as they should. The condition causes re-occurring pain or discomfort in the abdomen and an altered bowel habit. Most people suffering from IBS find their symptoms an occasional nuisance; however for other people the condition can seriously affect their quality of life.
Symptoms are abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, nausea, gas, indigestion, feeling full, heartburn, cramping and muscle pain frequency and or urgency to use the toilet. People suffering with IBS can experience one or a combination of symptoms. Symptoms may be worse after eating and specific foods may trigger IBS in some people. IBS can also be triggered or made worse if an individual is suffering from stress and anxiety.
There are different types of IBS, depending on your main symptom. IBS is regarded as a medical condition, it’s important to consult your doctor first for information, advice and a diagnosis.
Hypnotherapy – proven effective for IBS
In the UK research conducted by Professor Peter Whorwell of Manchester University demonstrated hypnotherapy has high levels of effectiveness helping all the symptoms of IBS – and those improvements being sustained over long periods of time.
In February 2008 the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), which gives guidance to the NHS on effective treatments, published guidance for GPs and consultants saying there was good evidence that hypnotherapy was an effective IBS treatment and that it could be recommended for chronic IBS.
Using Solution Focused Hypnotherapy anxiety can be reduced, you will be taught relaxation techniques and new ways to manage stress. As our state of mind can have an impact on our physical well-being, the tension, stress and anxiety that living with IBS can cause
During the positive state of trance the therapist will access your unconscious mind helping you to disassociate from the triggers that result in IBS, lowering the perception of pain and discomfort (which is related to anxiety) and also by directing positive images and suggestions to the gut. Hypnosis can also promote positive thinking and coping strategies by accessing our unconscious mind in a deep state of relaxation.