If your digestive system is ruling – or even ruining – your life, and you haven’t been able to find out what is causing the problem, you may have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS is the term used by doctors to describe a collection of symptoms that involves your colon or large intestine. About one third of us are affected by IBS at some stage. Symptoms vary from one person to another, but may include:
•Pain and/or spasms in your abdomen
•Diarrhoea and/or constipation, and a change to your body’s normal timetable for needing the loo
•Bloated, swollen abdomen
•Lots of rumbling noises in your abdomen
•Having and passing an excessive amount of wind
•Urgently needing to go to the loo to empty your bowels
•Feeling that you haven’t totally emptied your bowels after having a poo
•A sharp pain low down in your rectum
•Mucus coming out of your bottom
IBS is most likely to develop between the ages of 20 to 30, and about twice as many women as men have it. This condition isn’t the same for everyone – some people have more severe symptoms than others. The symptoms can come and go, lasting for just a few days sometimes, or for months at a time.
If you are concerned that you are suffering from discomfort, it is important to have your health checked by a doctor or specialist. They will recommend further investigation and treatment as appropriate. If the underlying cause is unclear, your treatment will focus on making day-to-day life more manageable.
How can hypnosis help for Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
Hypnosis has been shown to be an effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in a number of clinical studies. Hypnotherapy draws upon the therapeutic power of relaxation and belief to alter bowel function in people with IBS. It also affects sensations, feelings, thoughts and behaviours in a way that can help people feel better and more able to cope. Because there are different reasons for IBS, each person’s hypnotherapy treatment is unique. I use a variety of techniques and methods to help ease the symptoms and greatly improve quality of life for IBS sufferers.
Using gut-directed hypnotherapy, you will imagine your digestive system as a river flowing smoothly. If there is a physical symptom of IBS, I’ll help you visualise a way the problem can be solved.
With bowel directed hypnotherapy I encourage you to use the warmth of your hand resting on the abdomen to calm down areas of spasm and relieve pain and also to visualise your bowel as a river flowing smoothly. If there is a physical symptom of IBS, I’ll help your mind visualise a way the problem can be solved physically by your own powerful, inner resources.
In hypnosis I can desensitize the events that trigger your IBS and help you to identify stressful situations so that you are prepared for them in an emotional state of calm well-being.
I teach you self hypnosis techniques so that you will respond to your stress and the world around you in a more relaxed way.