Have you been diagnosed with IBS?

IBS is one of the most common disorders of the digestive system and it has been estimated that it affects one third of all people in the UK at some point and to some extent. Additionally one in ten people have symptoms bad enough to visit their Doctor.

IBS is characterized by a collection of symptoms affecting the small or large bowel, which can cause pain and discomfort. The exact causes are unknown and sufferers normally have no physical abnormalities in the bowel, so it has been suggested there is a mind-body / stress link with IBS. What seems to happen is that the bowel becomes super sensitive and responds with violent contractions to stimuli such as stress or simply eating a meal. It is important to stress here that no one is saying that IBS is in the mind, the symptoms are very real and are enough to cause stress in themselves. However, the symptoms may improve and be better managed by addressing the mind-body link.

Symptoms vary between individuals, but the following are common symptoms of IBS:

  • Abdominal pain and discomfort
  • Abdominal contractions, spasms or cramps
  • Diarrhoea 
  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Excess wind
  • Vomiting
  • Indigestion

IBS sufferers may experience a combination of some of these symptoms. Because Irritable Bowel Syndrome is such a loose collection of symptoms, there is no one definitive 'cure' for IBS. However, there are a number of self-help treatments that can alleviate and improve symptoms, such as diet and therapies such as hypnosis.

 How can hypnotherapy help with IBS? 

IBS can often be stress triggered, ie stress is the stimuli which sets off the spasms, cramps or other reactions affecting the small or large bowel. Hypnotherapy 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

Although hypnotherapy can help IBS, it is a medical condition and the symptoms can mimic other symptoms. If you think you have IBS or are experiencing Irritable Bowel symptoms, if you have not done so already then speak to your doctor in the first instance to get their diagnosis and advice on treatment. If after this you are interested in using hypnotherapy to help combat IBS, please contact me for advice or to make an appointment.