Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition of the digestive system which can affect people in many different ways and, in particular, have a important psychological impact. The condition causes recurring pain or discomfort in the abdomen and common symptoms include stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and/or constipation.
The NHS estimates that IBS affects up to one in five people at some point in their life.
What causes IBS?
The cause of IBS are still unclear but experts usually agree that a variety of factors play a role. These include digestion problems, stress and traumas or increased gut sensitivity.
How is IBS treated?
While there is no cure for irritable bowel syndrome, there are certain treatments and lifestyle changes that can help manage symptoms.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recognizes hypnotherapy and lists it as a possible IBS treatment.
Hypnotherapy for IBS
Research shows that our state of mind can have a impact on our physical well-being and clinical studies indicate, in particular, that there is strong evidence of the impact of stress and anxiety on irritable bowel syndrome. Hypnotherapy for IBS can help you find new ways to deal with stress in your life whether conscious or unconscious. Hypnosis helps to promote positive thinking and develop coping strategies, as well as learning to relax.
Learning how to relax and manage stressful feelings are useful life tools which bring benefits to both your physical and psychological.
IBS is a medical condition and before undertaking hypnotherapy it is important that IBS is diagnosed by your doctor so that he or she can rule out other causes of your symptoms.