Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS is a prevalent disorder that affects the large intestine. IBS is considered a chronic condition that needs long-term management. Only a small percentage of people with IBS have severe signs and symptoms.
While some people can effectively manage the symptoms through diet and lifestyle changes, others with more severe symptoms might respond best to medication and hypnotherapy.
What are some of the common symptoms of IBS?
Signs and symptoms of IBS can vary from one person to another. However, some of the most common symptoms include:
- Abdominal pain
- Bloating or cramping
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Excess gas
- Mucus in the stool
Many people with IBS experience times when their signs and symptoms are worse. They can also experience times when the symptoms improve or sometimes even disappear completely.
What are some of the causes of the condition?
The exact cause of IBS is not really known but many experts believe the following factors can help trigger the condition:
Muscle contractions in the intestine. The intestinal walls are lined with layers of muscle that contracts as food moves through the digestive tract.
Contractions that are strong and last longer than usual can cause bloating, diarrhea, and gas. Weak intestinal contractions on the other hand, may slow down food passage and result in a hard and dry stool.
Inflammation in the intestine. People with IBS are considered to have an increased number of immune-system cells in their intestines. This immune-system response is often associated with diarrhea and pain.
Nervous system problems. Certain abnormalities in the nerves found in the digestive system may also lead to extreme discomfort each time the abdomen stretches from gas or stool.
Poorly coordinated signals between the intestines and the brain may also cause the body to overreact to changes that typically occur in the digestive system. This results in diarrhea, pain, and constipation.
Severe infection. IBS can also develop after a bout of gastroenteritis brought about by a virus or bacteria. IBS is also sometimes linked to a surplus of bacteria in the intestines.
Changes in the microflora. Microflora are the “good” bacteria found in the intestine. They are known to play a key role in one’s health. Research shows that microflora in people suffering from IBS differs from those found in healthy people.
What can trigger IBS?
Some of the most common triggers of IBS are:
Food. Many people notice that their IBS symptoms worsen when they drink certain foods or beverages including citrus fruits, beans, milk, carbonated drinks, wheat, and dairy products.
Hormones. Women are considered more prone to developing IBS compared to men. This is often attributed to the hormonal changes they undergo. Many women also notice that the symptoms are often worse during their menstrual periods.
Stress. Many people with IBS notice worse (or more frequent) symptoms during periods of elevated stress.
How can hypnotherapy help with IBS?
When you are suffering from IBS, your first port of call would be your diet. Many people report immediate relief when they exclude foods and drinks that have been known to trigger the condition.
Making lifestyle changes and managing stress levels accordingly have also been known to help significantly. If you experience severe discomfort and other symptoms, medications, counselling, or hypnotherapy might be your best options.
How can I help you with your IBS?
Hypnosis has been shown to help treat a number of complaints including the unwanted symptoms of IBS. To help treat your condition, our sessions will typically involve progressive relaxation.
I will be working with you and guiding you through hypnosis to help you relax completely. I will then make beneficial suggestions that can help minimise your IBS symptoms.
I will also be removing the triggers that cause painful IBS symptoms. In addition, I will also be teaching you techniques that you can do right in the comforts of your own home or office.
As a treatment option, hypnotherapy has been known to effectively eradicate the primary symptoms of the condition. What is even more amazing is hypnotherapy can also ease other related symptoms such as urinary problems, backache, migraines, and nausea.
Outside of medication, hypnotherapy is considered one of the most successful treatment approaches for IBS. And since it is medication-free, it is both natural and safe.
Hypnotherapy is also incredibly relaxing, comfortable, and stress-free.
Through hypnosis, I will also encourage you to think positively and provide you with all the strategies you need so you can live the best life possible for you.
Are you ready to live a fun, happy, and exciting life that’s IBS-free? Get in touch with me today!