Irritable Bowel Syndrome – or IBS – is a disruption of the digestive system that can cause a range of different symptoms in the stomach and intestinal tract.
In bygone years IBS was called ‘spastic colon’, but its name was changed for obvious reasons.
IBS affects around one third of the population at some time in their lives, with about 1 in 10 people experiencing symptoms so severe that they seek help from the doctor.
IBS is more common in women than in men and is most often experienced by people below the age of fifty – though it can occur at any age.
Symptoms of IBS
Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome are abdominal pain and spasms, cramps, erratic bowel habits including diarrhoea, constipation, bloating or swelling, pain and trapped wind or excessive flatulence.
Research has demonstrated that hypnosis therapy is an excellent way of treating IBS. Irritable Bowel Syndrome usually responds very well to hypnotherapy treatment. And hypnosis for IBS has proven to be truly helpful in easing and often clearing this distressing and uncomfortable condition.
What Causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome – IBS?
Though medical researchers are uncertain as to the actual cause of IBS, we do know that it is connected with stress, anxiety and that it can be triggered by certain foods.
The uncomfortable symptoms of IBS occur when the nerves and muscles of the bowel do not function as they should. Because of this, the bowel and digestive tract can become much more sensitive to discomfort and pain. The condition can also be aggravated by hormonal changes.
Therefore, the person experiences upsets more easily and more frequently.
We know also that the nervous system exerts a profound effect and influence on the digestive system. Studies have demonstrated a connection between stress, anxiety and IBS. There is little doubt that emotion plays a key role in the formation and continuation of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Hypnosis Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Each person responds differently to hypnotherapy treatment for IBS, but the hypnosis for IBS protocol usually takes around 5 to 6 personalized sessions. Therapy sessions are most often conducted weekly or bi-weekly, though some people prefer to space them further apart, depending on schedule and response to the treatment.
Why wait any longer? If you or someone you care about are experiencing IBS and the discomfort and distress that Irritable Bowel Syndrome brings, then effective treatment with hypnosis is available.
Peter Field is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Health and a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. His IBS treatment Birmingham and London clinics provide hypnotherapy in Birmingham and London areas.