Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common digestive disorder. The condition affects one in four people in the UK, and causes a range of symptoms including; pain, bloating, constipation and/or diarrhoea. Although the condition is classed as “non-serious”, it can significantly impact the quality of life for those who suffer from IBS.
For some, the condition is so acute that sufferers may avoid leaving the house, for fear of losing control in public. This fear, coupled with the pain and stress of living with IBS, means that an estimated 85% of sufferers are also prescribed anti-depressants.
Patients are typically given laxatives, anti-spasmodic, and anti-depressant medication, or any combination thereof, to ease symptoms of constipation, diarrhoea and depression. In an effort to control bowel movements and reduce stress, sufferers can become dependent on laxatives or tranquilisers, and find themselves unable to have normal bowel movements without them. Additionally, taking anti-depressants for long periods of time, can also lead to dependency and addiction, bringing with it a whole host of health and lifestyle problems.
There is currently no standard way of treating IBS, and the medical profession is generally at a loss with the condition. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is not organic in origin, and as such, there is no test or scan that can detect IBS. A diagnosis is given only when other more serious organic conditions have been ruled out, such as ovarian and colon cancer, diverticulitis, and Crohn’s Disease.
Just treating the symptoms of IBS is not enough. In more severe cases, sufferers have undergone many intrusive, and sometimes painful examinations as part of the diagnosis process. Living with the condition can leave sufferers feeling emotionally drained, with low confidence and self-esteem.
It is not currently known what causes IBS, although stress is considered an aggravating factor, increasing both severity of symptoms and frequency of episodes. Hypnotherapy is a non-intrusive, safe way to treat IBS, which can be used alongside mainstream medicine. Several major UK hospitals offer hypnotherapy within their Gastroenterology department, as it has shown to help in the vast majority of IBS cases.
Hypnotherapy can increase confidence and self-esteem, allowing the sufferer to begin the journey of healing and recovery, and towards a future without IBS.
Treating IBS with Hypnotherapy
All IBS patients are invited to attend the clinic for a free consultation. A case history is taken, and a treatment plan devised, so that you can get back to feeling like you again. Typically, 4-6 sessions are enough to significantly reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, with some patients requiring a top-up or maintenance session once or twice a year.
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