What is IBS?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is unexplained symptoms relating to a disturbance of the colon or large intestine. IBS is thought to affect about a third of the population at some point during their lives. Around 10% of the population suffer symptoms severe enough to see their GP.
If left untreated IBS can lead to high levels of anxiety, low self esteem and sometimes a lack of interest in doing the things you enjoy unless you know where there will be toilets.
Symptoms of IBS can include:
Abdominal pain or discomfort.
Bouts of diarrhoea and/or constipation.
Sudden urgency to use the toilet.
The problem with diagnosing IBS is that the structure of the gut will often appear normal. Medical treatment therefore usually focuses on managing the symptoms rather than actually resolving the cause.
Does Hypntherapy for IBS Work?
Cognitive Hypnotherapy could help you to learn to met the challenges in a more positive way. We will identify your anxiety patterns and triggers and you will learn techniques to allow you to respond differently taking back control of your IBS.
You will also learn self hypnosis, how to breathe deeply into your tummy and how you can still relax even when you are in pain. Visualising your future using hypnosis will also be helpful in moving forward so you start to imagine how you would like your life to be without it.
Research which showed that Hypnotherapy for IBS could help people who suffer with IBS was first published in the 1980's. Dr Valori, a gastroenterologist, thinks it may have been ignored because Doctors often find it difficult to understand how it works.
Valori started to refer IBS patients for hypnotherapy and found it highly effective. He analysed 100 patients. He found that the symptoms stopped completely in four in ten cases. In a further five in 10 cases patients felt less troubled and more in control of their symptoms.
The success was particularly high with younger females, who had had IBS for a short time. He believes if Hypnotherapy for IBS were more widely used it could improve patient care as well as save the NHS money.
In another study patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) indicated better quality of life after undergoing gut-directed group Hypnotherapy for IBS in addition to medical treatment.
A team of Researchers from Withington Hospital in Manchester, found that hypnotherapy had helped to improve IBS symptoms in 71% of their patients. They also found that the effects often lasted for up to five years after treatment.
Patients also found their levels of anxiety were also significantly reduced.
The lead Researcher commented that perhaps hypnotherapy made a difference by helping you to gain better control over the way your gut works by influencing the nerve links between the gut or the brain the release of hormones. Hypnotherapy can also help to influence the way the brain responds to incoming pain messages. She also found that stress also often plays a role in IBS symptoms.
Hypnotherapy for IBS has been found to be of immense help to people who are suffering with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. NHS guidelines allow doctors to refer hypnotherapy to IBS patients if the use of medication is unsuccessful and the problem persists.
Many people find their condition improved even after a couple of hypnotherapy sessions so if you would like to find out more about Hypnotherapy for IBS contact me for an initial conversation.