Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional disorder of the gastrointestinal system also known as irritable or spastic colon and functional bowel disease. Which affects 13- 20% of the population in the UK.
Since the first published research in 1980’s which demonstrated that hypnotherapy helped to alleviate both the physical and the emotional aspects of IBS, a mountain of research has since been carried out which has supported the lasting value of hypnotherapy and IBS. Because the evidence is so strong, the National Institute for Clinical Evidence (NICE) recommends hypnotherapy for IBS in the UK after 12 months of non- effective drug therapy. It’s essential that you have a diagnosis of IBS prior to having hypnotherapy.
As a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Registered General Nurse and member of the IBS Register who has undertaken additional training I’m more than happy to discuss this evidence based, safe and effective approach with your GP or Gastroenterologist if you wish.
How hypnotherapy can help your IBS:
Hypnotherapy is a safe, effective and a pleasurable experience whereby you can learn how to:
- Gain Relaxation – it’s impossible to be relaxed and anxious at the same time, when practiced enough, these relaxation skills will become automatic. You become mentally calmer and in control.
- Gain control over your gut (rather than your gut controlling you) by suggestions of soothing imagery and sensations focused on the symptoms of each individual.
- Use self-hypnosis to create your own calm and pain relief whenever you need to.
- Manage stress and its negative influence
- Encourage positive thoughts and coping strategies
- Increase your confidence and self- esteem.
The hypnotherapy part of the sessions are recorded and given to you on a cd or mp3 for you to use at home and I frequently provide additional recordings to minimise the number of sessions and maximise effectiveness.
It’s essential that you feel totally at ease, understand the therapeutic process and that we have a good rapport. Which is why I offer an initial no obligation free consultation lasting up to one hour.
The number of sessions will vary as everyone comes with their own, unique set of symptoms and issues and the therapy is tailored to each individual, 4 sessions are about the average.
I’m happy to explain more and chat over the phone on 01257 483463 or if you’d prefer, arrange a free initial consultation. Confidentiality is assured.
What is Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
IBS is not a disease, although the symptoms of IBS may be severe, the disorder itself is not a serious one. However, quality of life can be affected enormously. There is no actual disease present in the colon, it’s a problem of abnormal function.
Studies suggest that people with IBS have an over sensitive gut that overreacts to everyday stresses which results in malfunction of the bowel which may be due to an overabundance of nerve impulses flowing to the gut.
Although stress is not considered to be the cause of IBS, stress and anxiety can exacerbate symptoms and the subsequent worry about IBS can perpetuate the negative cycle.
Colonic symptoms include diarrhoea and constipation, abdominal pain, cramps, flatulence, bloating, non – cardiac chest pain, non-ulcer dyspepsia.
A variety of non-colonic symptoms may also present such as nausea, low back pain, lethargy, bladder symptoms – frequency and urgency, gynaecological symptoms especially painful intercourse and increased symptoms pre and or during menstruation, thigh pain, weight gain, poor skin and hair quality.
Symptoms fluctuate and also vary considerably from person to person. IBS can be a bit of a nuisance or life limiting misery. In addition to the physical symptoms, the emotional aspect can affect your quality of life enormously because of the frustrations, embarrassments, fears (especially worries about toilet facilities) that can impact on personal relationships, work, confidence, social life and leisure activities. Associated anxiety and sometimes depression are not uncommon.