Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a very common disorder of the digestive system. It affects one in three people in the UK at some point and to some extent, and ten percent of people have symptoms bad enough to visit their GP. IBS is characterised by a many different symptoms affecting the small or large bowel, which can cause pain and/or discomfort. The exact causes of IBS are still unknown. IBS sufferers usually have nothing physically in the bowel, so it is thought that there is a strong link between stress and IBS. What seems to happen with Irritable Bowel Syndrome is that the bowel becomes super sensitive and reacts with violent contractions or spasms to stimuli such as stress or simply eating. It is these responses that we can alleviate using hypnotherapy for IBS.
Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome include abdominal pain, diarrhoea, discomfort, distension, constipation, or an otherwise unexplained changes in bowel movements. Hypnotherapy for IBS can help with these symptoms, but diagnosis should be confirmed by a qualified medical practitioner before seeking treatment from us.
IBS can often be triggered by stress, ie stress is the stimuli which sets off the spasms, cramps or other reactions affecting the small or large bowel.
Hypnotherapy for IBS could help in the following ways:
- Helping you to relax, easing the symptoms if they are triggered by stress.
- Teaching you powerful creative visualisation techniques to imagine relief for your symptoms.
- Programming in a new, positive reaction to stress triggers.
Thanks largely to the research of Peter Whorwell of Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester, hypnotherapy is now acknowledged by the medical profession as an effective treatment for IBS. Our hypnotherapy treatment is based on his work.
It is well known that there is a strong link between anxiety and IBS and most suffers report that the symptoms of IBS are related to stress. We have seen links with starting new schools, pre exam nerves, new jobs etc. and these can all be helped with hypnotherapy.