Irritable Bowel Syndrome
If you are suffering IBS, you may experience any of these symptoms:
- Abdominal Pain
- Aching sensation in the abdomen
- Urgency to evacuate bowels
- Frequent wind
What is IBS?
IBS is a dysfunction of a part of the gut. However, in IBS cases, even when all parts of the gut are examined under a microscope, they look normal and healthy. It is twice as common in women as in men and up to 1 in 5 people in the UK can develop this at some stage in their life.
IBS could be a result of over-activity of the nerves or muscles of the gut, it could be a result of intolerance to certain foods, it could be the result of the presence of bacteria or a virus in the gut. Please visit this link if you need further information about digestive disorders: http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov
IBS is often connected with anxiety and stress. It is well known that our digestive function is affected by our emotional state. Digestion is one of the ‘unconscious’ actions your body carries out every day.
IBS can seriously affect your emotional, social, physical and mental well-being.
In some cases, people lose faith in their bodies’ ability to control when they go to the toilet. This can seriously impact on the quality of a person’s life. When people get caught up in the fear cycle of ‘What if?’ they find it difficult to leave the house. Going to work or going out for a meal becomes increasingly stressful which adds to the cycle of anxiety.
Hypnotherapy has proven to be be highly successful in treating IBS. I will look at you ‘holistically’, meaning the ‘whole of you’, which means your mind-body system. We will need to establish what foods you eat and when and we will need to explore your lifestyle, your thoughts and attitudes. Using powerful visualisation techniques developed by Dr. Peter Whorwell, you can be made more aware of your bodily functions.
More and more GPs now recommend hypnotherapy as a treatment for IBS. In one study, hypnotherapy had proved to help 71% of sufferers. You may find the article below interesting: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3341093.stm