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How Hypnotherapy Can Help with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

IBS and hypnotherapy

IBS is a condition that produces discomfort and pain in the digestive system. Treatment with hypnotherapy is available to those wanting help with the uncomfortable symptoms.

Symptoms of IBS can include: bloating, nausea, wind, heartburn, bowel irregularity, diarrhoea and tummy pain. IBS can even trigger depression in some people. These symptoms for some  people only happen during mealtimes or after ingesting certain foods. Some people have their way of life seriously affected by the condition, suffering from pain on a regular basis.

The cause of IBS is not known. Several studies have suggested that individuals with an irritable bowel might have an increased level of sensitivity in the intestine. Psychological aspects such as stress and anxiety may bring on the symptoms of IBS or make them worse. Lots of people experience slight symptoms of IBS and worry that the symptoms are something more serious. This anxiety can then lead to an increase in the symptoms and discomfort. This cycle can lead to stress about how the symptoms are affecting them and worry that they may get worse. Often if we expect something, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. For example if anxiety causes IBS and we are anxious about these symptoms, then we are almost bound to end up with them.

Medication may be the solution, but in the first instance most health care professionals recommend a healthy change in diet and lifestyle.

How hypnotherapy can help with IBS

A hypnotic approach for IBS enables those suffering with the problem the tools to develop a healthier way of life for themselves. Hypnotherapy can help with the psychological effects and enable you to reduce the symptoms, or even relieve them altogether. It is, however not a cure. For many, it is the stress of the pain that accounts for most of the discomfort experienced; without that stress or anxiousness, the symptoms can be transformed into a thing of the past.

Hypnotherapy deals with the subconscious and the conscious mind. Our psychological well being impacts on our physical health and vice versa. Hypnosis can help us become more in tune with our mind and even be more in control of it.  If you feel you might have IBS, or you have concerns your symptoms are something more significant you might want to consult your GP. IBS is a medical condition and you may wish for your GP diagnose your symptoms and eliminate any other condition.

Samantha Culshaw-Robinson from the Live Well Practice is well qualified and has many years of experience in treating IBS using hypnotherapy under her belt. She treats her patients at her own practice in Carlton. To get in touch, you can either email sam@livewellpractice.co.uk or call 075 222 777 22.

If you would like to book in for a session, please fill in your contact details on my consultation page.


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