Irritable Bowel Syndrome

For many IBS sufferers, one of the best benefits of hypnotherapy is its ability to reduce the hold stress has on them

What is IBS?

One of the most common ailments in the GI or Gastrointestinal tract is the Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS. This disorder contains irregular movement or changes in the way the stomach or intestines normally work even without any visible physical changes. This is characterised by recurrent abdominal discomfort or pain associated with the change in the function of the bowel that cause constipation, diarrhoea and sometimes, people experience both.  Generally, this disorder is more prevalence in the female population.  

Can IBS be treated?

A lot of professionals have problem dealing and treating IBS since there are no specific medicines or treatments. However, there are extensive variety of drugs or medicines has been used to cure the symptoms associated with IBS, although most drugs have limited efficiency in treating complex IBS. Today, there are tested and proven way on how to treat IBS and this is through therapy such as hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy for IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome has been proven effective and this treatment has undergone several clinical studies to show it can offer relief to the IBS sufferers.

“Psychological treatments that may be offered to people with IBS include hypnotherapy – where hypnosis is used to change your unconscious mind’s attitude towards your symptoms” – NHS Website

Using Hypnotherapy to treat IBS

Hypnotherapist use progressive relaxation methods such as soothing imagery or pictures and the focus is on the sensations of the person’s symptoms. Hypnosis and hypnotherapy help to lesson or diminish the IBS symptoms and offer relief in other symptoms associated with this disorder including vomiting, weariness, back pain, and urinary problems. There is a also benefit to the mental, emotional, indicative and physical state of the client.

One factor that can cause or worsen this syndrome is the lifestyle of an individual. Many sufferers will resort to a  healthy lifestyle; with a balanced and proper diet. Also sufferers may use medicines such as laxative to make the bowel perform properly. There is an extensive variety of methods on how to cure or treat IBS and one of these is hypnotherapy. There are other mental approaches that are effective options to treat IBS such as cognitive therapy however, if you have severe and chronic syndromes then hypnosis and hypnotherapy may be more appropriate for you particularly, if standard procedures don’t work for you. Hypnosis can provide a long-term improvement in your lifestyle.   

At Assured Effects Hypnotherapy in west Dorset we specialise in treating IBS over 4 -6 sixty minute sessions.  We take away the anxiety associated with IBS and provide training in self-hypnosis techniques to lessen or remove the symptoms.  We provide audio back-up tracks throughout the sessions.

I deal with stress a lot better, so experience less physical symptoms as a side effect. Through relaxation I’ve significantly improved my anxiety, and have created a more positive outlook on life. Andy had a huge role to play, and for that I will always be grateful. I appreciated learning techniques to be able to take control of my emotions and behaviour. And everything Andy helped me with, I have used ever since. It was great for relaxation, and I liked the visualisation part of it. I found the more therapeutic part of the sessions for helpful for my particular problems. Hayley

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