Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a disorder of the gut that produces a variety of symptoms that vary from person to person. Hypnotherapy consistently shows an 80% long term reduction in the symptoms of IBS (5 years and over).
IBS can be triggered and maintained by stress and anxiety held within our subconscious minds. Hypnotherapy can help sufferers re-process traumas, improve self image, boost confidence, change habits, and focus the immune system on repairing of the gut.
About a 1/4 of the population in the UK will visit their doctor with IBS symptoms at some point in their lives. It is estimated that 1/2of the people suffering from the complaint do not seek treatment from IBS. It is thought that only 10% of people suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome actually get treated by the health service in the UK.
The symptoms of IBS can change from day to day depending on diet, moods, lifestyle and hormonal changes (i.e. menstrual cycle). Sufferers of IBS can suffer from, Pain, wind, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, alternating bowel habits, indigestion, headaches to name a few. Symptoms can make a sufferer uncomfortable, disturbing their sleep and affecting their love life. The symptoms of Irritable Bowel syndrome lead to the sufferer planning their lives around toilet breaks causing them to become anxious. It is estimated that 60% of IBS sufferers will have a mental issue such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks and stress.
An important thing to remember is that IBS is a medical condition and must be diagnosed by a doctor to rule out other gut related issues before seeing a hypnotherapist.
I am in the process of developing a website devoted to the treatment of IBS. For more information on hypnotherapy visit http://www.change4thebetter.co.uk