Hypnosis for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
Hypnotherapy can be very effective in alleviating IBS. Through the use of hypnosis an individual can learn relaxation techniques and new ways to manage stress. As our state of mind can have an impact on our physical well-being, the tension, stress and anxiety that living with IBS can cause, may undermine our immune system and actually further compromise our health. Learning how to relax and manage stress becomes a useful tool. Hypnosis can also promote positive thinking and coping strategies by accessing our unconscious mind in a deep state of relaxation.
What is an Irritable Bowel?
IBS is medically known by a variety of terms: spastic colon, spastic colitis, mucous colitis and nervous or functional bowel. Typically known as a disorder of the large intestine (colon), although other parts of the intestinal tract can be affected.
Coping with IBS?
Are you coping with IBS? For some, the symptoms may be mild and for others they can seriously affect their quality of life. IBS can develop at any time and typically most people show their first symptoms between the ages of 15 and 40. According to some research, IBS can affect up to 1 in 5 people in the UK at some stage in their life and it is one of the most common disorders of the digestive system in the western world. Women are more likely than men to suffer with IBS, and their symptoms are often more severe. Some individuals with IBS have constipation, others have diarrhoea, whilst others may suffer from both. Pain may be mild to severe and may occur at a particular time of the day.
Treatment of IBS
IBS is regarded as a medical condition, it is therefore important to consult your doctor first for information, advice and a diagnosis. Although there is no cure for IBS, there are things that can help. Hypnotherapy, relaxation training and medication have all been shown to help alleviate symptoms of IBS.
Causes of IBS
The exact cause of IBS is not clear. Some research suggests it may be due to:
- Over-activity of parts of the gut when the contractions of the muscles in the wall of the gut become abnormal or overactive.
- Increased sensitivity to the amount of gas in the bowel and an individual’s genetic make-up are also thought to play a role in the development of IBS.
- Symptoms may be worse after eating or if an individual is suffering from stress and specific foods may also trigger the symptoms.
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