Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Do you feel helpless and vulnerable due to bowel discomforts?
- Do you feel uncomfortable because
of bowel discomforts?
- Do you feel isolated and lonely
because of bowel discomforts?
- Are you unable to enjoy life because of IBS?
- Does It bother you?
What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a condition that affects the colon (large bowel), and while it is not considered life-threatening or dangerous, it can be very uncomfortable. IBS is common and affects around 3 out of every 10 people. Women are more likely than men to be affected.
IBS symptoms can include, but are not limited to the following:
- abdominal pain
- bloating and gas
Hypnotherapy and IBS
Stress itself is a major contributor to IBS. Psychological stress has been demonstrated to worsen IBS and increase due to its effects, potentially creating a downward spiral of physical and mental symptoms if left untreated. Hypnotherapy teaches you to gain more control of your symptoms by changing thought patterns around your anxiety and digestive activity. The bonus with hypnotherapy is that it can cause no structural damage to the body and no drug side effects.
We know it takes courage to request help, especially with such a delicate issue, but the earlier you address IBS, the sooner you’re likely to find relief.
What causes depression?
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects between 6–18% of people worldwide. This condition involves changes in frequency or form of bowel movements and lower abdominal pain. Diet, stress, poor sleep and changes in gut bacteria may all trigger symptoms.
IBS and stress
The automatic movement, or motility, of your digestive system is controlled greatly by your nervous system. Stress can affect your nerves, making your digestive system overactive. If you have IBS, your colon may be overly responsive to even slight disruption of your digestive system. It is also believed that IBS is affected by the immune system, which is affected by stress.
IBS and Back Pain
People with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) sometimes report symptoms that appear to be unrelated to IBS. One frequently mentioned and seemingly unrelated symptom is lower back pain, especially during the night. This could be unrelated pain, or it could be “referred pain.” Referred pain is felt someplace other than where it originates. In the case of IBS, that pain comes from the gut. It’s often due to constipation, gas, or bloating.
“Take care of your body, its the only place you have to live.” JIM Rohn.
There isn’t a single, definitive treatment for IBS or -related pain. Treatment is different for everybody and you should work with your doctor or gastroenterologist to find the best way to relieve your pain. It will likely take a combination of medication and complementary therapies such as:
Clinical hypnotherapy: study shows hypnotherapy has proven to be an effective treatment for up to 85% of IBS sufferers.
Meditation and Relaxation: Deep breathing, abdominal breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and visualization exercises can help reduce stress and fatigue and improve mood.