Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common bowel function disorder which can cause abdominal pain, diarrhoea or constipation. Whilst not life-threatening, IBS can result in debilitating and chronic symptoms, which drastically reduce the quality of life of the IBS sufferer. It is believed that one in four of the general populace is affected at some point in their lives. IBS is a common digestive disorder, with a greater prevalence of female sufferers of IBS symptoms in western society.
IBS can be triggered by a variety of causes such as, stress, enteric (intestinal) infection, surgery, antibiotics or trauma and in some instances, the cause remains unknown. It can feel like a vicious cycle, the anxiety of a potential IBS attack, increases the overall feelings of anxiety which can worsen the IBS symptoms. Social lives can become non-existent with the worry of whether there will be a convenient toilet, even the thought of needing the toilet whilst potentially being out can for some sufferers induce feelings of anxiety.
There are many different symptoms experienced by IBS sufferers, which most commonly include:
- abdominal pain
- excess wind
- lower back pain
There is an ever growing support for the use of hypnotherapy in the treatment of IBS symptoms; the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) state there is good evidence for hypnotherapy as an effective treatment for IBS. Hypnotherapy is effective in treating individuals for whom other treatment protocols have not produced a positive result.
How Hypnotherapy can help IBS sufferers
When hypnotherapy is used as a treatment for reduction or management of IBS symptoms:
Hypnosis can help to reduce the anxiety associated with the symptoms of IBS and the potential of a possible IBS attack
Through hypnosis for IBS, you will learn relaxation and anxiety reduction techniques so that you can manage your symptoms
Hypnotherapy can reduce, alleviate and manage the symptoms of IBS
Hypnotherapy helps IBS sufferers regain control of their gut and its function
Prior to any hypnosis treatment commencing, you must have a diagnosis of IBS made by your doctor.
Do you suffer from IBS? Is your quality of life restricted and dominated by your IBS symptoms? If you want a non-invasive solution, contact Jill Wilson D. Hyp, Clinical Hypnotherapist in West Yorkshire on 07866 089909 to discuss how hypnosis for IBS can help reduce or manage your IBS symptoms now.