What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
Irritable bowel syndrome can develop at any age and is one of the most common chronic long term disorders of the digestive tract effecting around 1 in 4 of the population at sometime in their lives. The exact cause of IBS is not known, and it most commonly affects individuals between 15 and 40 years of age. It’s also twice as common in women as in men. IBS can be linked to diet, stress, or passed down through the family as a hereditary condition. The symptoms of IBS are not life threatening but can however reduce the quality of life for the sufferer. IBS is a condition that’s classed “non-serious” by the medical profession. The diagnosis for IBS is usually made after a full medical examination has revealed no underlying physical cause; at this stage the patient’s symptoms are strongly suggestive of irritable bowel syndrome. National Health Service guidelines suggest that the affected person should have suffered abdominal pain for at least 12 weeks in the last 12 months for which no cause has been found. The 12 weeks need not be continuous but may be total.
Many people have such mild symptoms of IBS that they never seek medical advice and the most common symptom of IBS is abdominal pain. Women may also find that IBS symptoms occur more frequently in the latter part of the menstrual cycle just before the menstrual period begins. This may be due to hormonal changes affecting the cells of the body. IBS is a syndrome that causes the intestines to be over sensitive. The bowel contains rings of muscles, and symptoms of IBS are thought to be caused by these muscular segments incorrectly contracting in the intestine. It is believed that if the lining of the intestines is leaking (leaky gut syndrome) toxins can interfere with the nerve endings of the digestive muscles confusing the natural functioning of the muscles contraction (peristaltic movement). The digestive tract then goes into spasm trapping the food in the digestive tract.
Some common symptoms of IBS
- Mild or severe abdominal pains (usually the lower left side)
- Bloating and excess Wind
- Nausea and burping
- Difficulty opening the bowels
- A sensation of having to rush to the toilet
- Vomiting and indigestion
- Anxiety and depression
How can hypnotherapy help me?
Around 60% of IBS sufferers experience psychological symptoms such as anxiety, depression, self-esteem and confidence issues; Hypnotherapy can help you to relax and reduce your stress levels. Positive suggestion therapy can help you even further by helping you to re-focus your mental and physical energy into a journey of self improvement. Your mental state has a direct affect on your body and this includes your stomach and gut. Scientific evidence promoting the use of hypnotherapy in the treatment of IBS has steadily been increasing since the 1970’s, and there has clearly been a fast growing interest in the possibility of using hypnotherapy to ease the discomfort of IBS by both medical profession and general public.
For further information about the benefits of hypnotherapy and successful working with IBS book your free initial consultation today. I look forward to meeting you.