Irritable Bowel Syndrome
It can be surprising to some people when they first learn how hypnotherapy can treat IBS Symptoms.
It’s naturally understandable to get round the idea that something to do with the mind (Hypnotherapy) could have an effect on someone body affected by IBS.
It can appear at any time but normally it develops between the ages of 20-30.
Symptoms may come and go at different times of persons life. Symptoms can appear worse at times of stress. Symptoms can be extremely painful and upsetting and can lead to a very negative impact on one’s life.
The symptoms include:
- Abdominal pain and or discomfort
- Abdominal distention (bloating), either actual or felt
- Change in bowel habits (constipation or diarrhoea) , possibly alternating
- A sudden urge to empty the bowel
What actually causes IBS still remains a mystery. However you are at greater risk of developing it after an episode of acute gastrointestinal infection. This combined with a mixture of both physical and psychological factors responsible for triggering symptoms. Studies have shown that up to 60% of people suffering with IBS have been diagnosed with Anxiety and or Depression and are likely to be suffering from other physical conditions like Fibromyalgia, Headaches, Backache.
IBS has very similar symptoms to other very serious illnesses. That’s why it is essential that other conditions are ruled out before IBS has been diagnosed and seeking help with Hypnotherapy should be considered.
How hypnotherapy can help
Hypnotherapy can be effective using the treatment in two ways.
The first would be to alleviate the immediate symptoms of IBS
The second working on any underlining psychological factors such as Anxiety, Depression, Stress and Trauma be it in the past or present.
Hypnotherapy can be applied in two directions; firstly in helping to relieve the immediate symptoms, and secondly in identifying and alleviating any underlying psychological factors such as stress, anxiety, depression or trauma (either on-going or past). Both of these combined can bring about very worthwhile results and benefit beyond the relief of IBS symptoms.
Additionally, hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis can help to reduce levels of anxiety and depression that have come about as a result of living with the symptoms of IBS for many months or years, which is often a very significant benefit in itself.
Please note that, as with any talking therapy, results may vary from person to person.