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Hypnotherapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Manage Your IBS and Get Your Life Back!

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a chronic long-term disorder that affects the digestive system. This is where the lining of the bowel can be very sensitive, at times of anxiety. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is highly prevalent in the Western world, but despite the advancement of many theories, no clear cause has yet been established. IBS may be a conglomeration of disorders with similar symptoms but multiple different root causes.

Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome may include:Hypnotherapy for IBS in Cheltenham

  • Diarrhoea
  • Abdominal pain & spasm
  • Bloated stomach
  • Constipation
  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Wind & gurgling noises
  • An urgent need to rush and open the bowels
  • A feeling of incomplete emptying of the bowels
  • Incontinence if a toilet is not nearby

There are different types of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, depending on your main symptom. It's known by a variety of other names, including spastic colon, spastic colitis, mucous colitis, nervous diarrhea, nervous colon and nervous or functional bowel. However, some of these names misrepresent the condition. Colitis, for example, is an inflammation of the colon and this symptom isn't found in people with IBS.

The symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome can fluctuate. There may be times when your symptoms are particularly troublesome and times when you experience no symptoms at all. Although IBS poses no serious threat to health, it can have an adverse effect on a person's quality of life.

How Common is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is one of the most common gastrointestinal conditions. It can be an extremely debilitating condition affecting some 15% of the UK population. This figure may in fact be higher because many people with the condition do not report their symptoms to their GP.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is twice as common in women as it is in men. The condition normally develops in people who are between 20 and 30 years of age, but it can affect people of any age. While there are no pharmaceutical solutions to effectively treat IBS, the symptoms can be controlled with lifestyle changes and medicine.

Professor Peter Whorwell, Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist at the University Hospital of South Manchester conducted research into using hypnosis as part of a treatment plan for IBS. With 78% success from his most recent study, Professor Whorwell believes that hypnotherapy would be extremely effective in helping the condition.

He maintains that hypnotherapy is effective in the treatment for two reasons, one is it lowers anxiety and two; it acts as pain management, thus decreasing the sensitivity in the gut.

In addition, NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) has recommended hypnotherapy for the treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

How will Hypnotherapy Help Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

During the course of hypnotherapy, sufferers learn how to influence and gain control of their gut function and are able to change the way the brain modulates their gut activity.

Hypnotherapy is used as a relaxation tool to reduce general levels of anxiety and the more specific stress associated with having IBS. In addition, visualisation and NLP (neuro linguistic programming) techniques will be utilised to remove any fears associated with the condition.

Aspects of CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and solutions focused brief therapy will then allow you to take control, reduce or eliminate pain and other symptoms and to concentrate on more positive aspects of your life.

Cheltenham Hypnotherapy for IBS

The number of hypnotherapy sessions required will be determined by the severity of the condition, however as this therapy will deal with overall anxiety and stress levels, this is usually between 8-12 sessions.

Often notable improvements can be seen after 5-6 sessions. It depends on the personal circumstances and how you can make the changes around you that are causing the anxiety which drives the IBS.This will be discussed during the initial consultation.

Although hypnotherapy has been proven to help IBS, you should ensure that you seek medical attention in order to have the condition diagnosed and treatment options outlined by your doctor, prior to hypnotherapy.

Take a positive step to change now by calling 07739 085 686 or 01242 279 562 to find out how hypnotherapy can help the symptoms of IBS and to book an initial consultation in Cheltenham.

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