Irritable Bowel Syndrome
IBS is a common condition, affecting 10% of the population at some point over their adult life. Symptoms can involve a combination of the following:
- Stomach cramps
- Nausea & vomiting
- Depression & anxiety
The causes of IBS are not fully understood, but it is widely accepted that stress and diet play a part in its development. As stress is a determining factor, it is logical that by reducing stresses and anxieties in relation to the symptoms, sufferers can facilitate an improvement in the condition.
IBS has a huge impact on daily life. Sufferers often need to plan their day around the symptoms, and in some cases avoid eating food for long periods of time to attempt to prevent the symptoms from flaring up as food is digested. Everyone would agree that that’s no way to lead your life…
Hypnotherapy can help IBS sufferers not only deal with the emotional stress of IBS, but also help manage the physical symptoms too. The BBC reported in March 2010 that hypnotherapy can help reduce the symptoms of IBS after a study by Dr Roland Valori, the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and editor of Frontline Gastroenterology. The research concluded that 9 out of 10 patients showed significant improvement to their symptoms after treatment with hypnotherapy, and that 4 out of 10 patients recovered completely from their typical IBS.
So, how does it work?
Well, to be honest we’re not entirely sure, but what we do know is that the mind and the body are inextricably linked. For example, you only need to imagine squeezing a juicy lemon and you can feel your mouth and saliva glands respond. That’s called visualisation, and it’s very powerful. Visualisation techniques can give sufferers the ability to relax their abdomen and gut so that muscle spasms become less frequent and less painful. And deep relaxation techniques can assist sufferers to respond to the stress differently, so that everyday stress ceases to manifest itself in the gut.
I have treated IBS with hypnotherapy with several patients, all experiencing a noticeable improvement in their symptoms after the first session and some reporting that their symptoms had completely stopped after a course of 3 sessions.
For more information on IBS check out http://www.thegutrust.org/ .
I offer IBS treatment from my Hypnotherapy practice in Purley, near Croydon.
Sessions cost £70.00.