Hypnotherapy for IBS

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome often abbreviated to IBS is a common Bowel Disorder affecting between 10% and 11% of the population in the UK (estimated 4 million or more) with females twice as likely to be affected by the condition as men. (Source: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence)

Symptoms of IBS can include any or all of the following:

Bloating and/or swelling of the abdomen
Passing mucus
Excessive wind
An urgent need for the toilet

The causes of IBS are not fully understood however it is thought that over activity in the gut, food triggers and increased nerve sensation in the bowel may all contribute to the onset of the condition.  It is widely accepted that stress or trauma can make the symptoms of IBS being experienced worse.

If you experience any of the symptoms if IBS it is important to consult your GP to rule out any other medical conditions with similar symptoms such as Crohn’s Disease, Coeliac Disease or Ulcerative Colitis.  They may also be able to prescribe medication to help reduce the symptoms you are experiencing.

How can hypnotherapy and coaching help?

Hypnotherapy and coaching can help to reduce the feelings of stress and anxiety which can cause IBS to flare and also help you to cope with the negative feelings you may associate with the illness.  Although there is no ‘cure’ for IBS, being able to relax and better deal with stressful situations and feelings of anxiety may help reduce the severity of the symptoms you experience. Hypnotherapy is now recognised by the NHS in respect of managing IBS where conventional treatments are not giving sufficient relief.

In a study carried out by The Sahlgrenska Academy of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, Hypnotherapy resulted in improvement for 40% of sufferers in a group of 138 patients receiving one hour of hypnotherapy a week for 12 weeks. This compared with only 12% of a control group who did not receive any hypnotherapy. In another study of 208 patients with IBS, 85% of those who experienced an improvement in their condition with hypnotherapy still felt the results seven year later. (view article on hypnotherapy for IBS)

If you would like to have a chat about hypnotherapy for IBS and how I can help you, do give me a call on 07778 287119 or fill in the form below and I will get back to you.

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