IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
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Cognitive Hypnotherapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Milton Keynes
Irritable bowel syndrome, commonly referred to as IBS is a functional disorder of the gut. A functional disorder means there’s a problem with the function of a particular part of the body, even though the structure appears normal. This is what happens with IBS, as an individual’s bowel becomes extra sensitive and the nerves and muscles do not work as they should. The condition causes re-occurring pain and / or discomfort in the abdomen and an altered bowel habit.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can affect as many as 1 in 5 people
Most people suffering from IBS find their symptoms are an occasional nuisance. However, for other people, the condition can seriously affect their quality of life. IBS can develop at any time, but most people have their first symptoms between the ages of 15 and 40. According to some research, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can affect up to 1 in 5 people in the UK at some stage in their life; making it one of the most common disorders of the digestive system. Women are more likely than men to suffer from IBS, and their symptoms are often more severe. Some individuals with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have constipation; others have diarrhoea, whilst others may suffer from both. Pain may be mild to severe and may occur at a particular time of the day.
Symptoms of Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS):
- Pain and discomfort in the abdomen
- Bloated abdomen
- Feeling full
- Muscle pains
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The exact cause of IBS is not clear. Some research suggests it may be due to over-activity of parts of the gut; for example if the contractions of the muscles in the wall of the gut become abnormal or overactive. Increased sensitivity to the amount of gas in the bowel and an individual’s genetic make-up is also thought to play a role in the development of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Symptoms may be worse after eating or if an individual is suffering from stress and specific foods may also trigger the symptoms.
As irritable bowel syndrome is regarded as a medical condition, it’s important to consult your doctor initially for information, advice and a diagnosis. Although there is no cure for irritable bowel syndrome, there are things that can help. Hypnotherapy, relaxation training, medication and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy have all been shown to help alleviate symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
Hypnotherapy can help an individual to learn relaxation techniques and new ways to manage stress and may alleviate your symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. If you would like help to deal with your irritable bowel syndrome then call 07947 535395 for more information or to arrange an appointment.
Our state of mind can have an impact on our physical well-being, and the tension, stress and anxiety that living with irritable bowel syndrome causes, may undermine our immune system and actually further compromise our health. Therefore learning how to relax and manage stress become useful tools. Hypnosis can also promote positive thinking and coping strategies by accessing our unconscious mind in a deep state of relaxation.
Peter Whorwell, Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology in the School of Medicine and Director of the South Manchester Functional Bowel Service, has discovered a way to treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) using hypnotherapy.
Up to eight million people in Britain suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, with symptoms including diarrhoea, pain and bloating. The condition can seriously affect sufferers’ quality of life and finding effective treatment can be very difficult.
Professor Whorwell has been researching the use of gut-directed hypnosis for over 20 years. Most recently, 250 patients who have suffered from irritable bowel syndrome for over two years were given twelve one-hour sessions, during which they were given an explanation of how the gut works and what causes their symptoms.
“Irritable bowel syndrome responds well to hypnotherapy as there is no structural damage to the body,” Professor Whorwell explained. “During the hypnotherapy, sufferers learn how to influence and gain control of their gut function, and then seem to be able to change the way the brain modulates their gut activity.”
The treatment has a success rate of about 70%, and Professor Whorwell believes that hypnotherapy, although it’s labour-intensive, could be an extremely effective treatment for the condition; and a less expensive alternative to new, costly drugs coming onto the market.
“We’ve found it to help all the symptoms, whereas some of the drugs available reduce only a few,” he said. “As irritable bowel syndrome can be a life-long condition it could clearly be a very valuable option for patients; however it is not suitable for everyone and women tend to respond better than men.”
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