Irritable Bowel Syndrome
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recognise Hypnotherapy as a treatment for managing the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a relatively common, although often debilitating, form of functional bowel disorder with symptoms that include:
- Abdominal pain
- Feeling full
- Alterations in bowel function, such as, constipation and diarrhoea, or alternating between the two
- Sleep disturbance, disruptions to daily life, ultimately affecting quality of life
IBS can begin at any age, although it often occurs in people between 20 and 40 years of age and is twice as common in women than men. It can resolve unexpectedly throughout a person’s lifespan, but may recur at any age.
IBS affects around one in five people during their lifetime. For some it is a minor irritation, but for others, the condition can seriously affect their quality of life.
Although the dietary factor is a major contributor for some, evidence indicates that psychological factors play a key role in IBS.
The gastrointestinal system is very sensitive to adrenalin, the hormone released when one is excited, fearful, or anxious.
Many people suffering with IBS are aware that stress makes their symptoms worse.
Scientists and the medical profession have long since been aware that our state of mind can have a significant impact on our physical well-being. Tension, stress and anxiety often caused by IBS may undermine the immune system and further compromise health.
Clinical studies have found Hypnotherapy for IBS to be an effective treatment.
Hypnotherapy can help by:
- Learning to recognise and cope with worries and concerns contributing to IBS
- Learning how to relax and manage stressful thoughts and feelings
- Promoting positive thinking and developing coping strategies
- Decreasing the sensitivity in the intestinal tract, increasing confidence and well-being
- Visualising the future and how you would feel without IBS
By utilising relaxation techniques, stress management and developing coping strategies, Hypnotherapy can help to promote positive thinking and reduce symptoms, leading to greatly improved well-being and an enhanced quality of life.