Take Back Control and Prevent IBS
With 1 in 5 people affected by it during their lifetime, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can have a serious impact on the lives of many and the common symptoms of pain, nausea, diarrhoea or constipation are well documented.
However, many are only aware of the pharmaceutical methods to reduce the symptoms of a flare up… what about preventative measures?
Less well known is that Hypnotherapy can help to alleviate the condition – recognised by the NHS and The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) as an effective complementary treatment.
IBS is considered a biopsychosocial disorder – put simply this means IBS is affected by the physical functioning of the body, the psychological factors, as well as potential social influences. This can make the condition difficult to treat, as instead of one single cause rooted either in the body or the mind, it is often the interaction between the mind and the body which produces and magnifies the symptoms.
It is recognised that IBS is exacerbated by stress and anxiety. In this way a vicious circle is created where anxiety causes a worsening of symptoms, leading to further anxiety, which in turn further amplifies the physical aspects of the condition.
Hypnotherapy works by helping to break this cycle through: –
- processing existing fears and anxieties which contribute to symptoms
- focus on reducing the negative thinking which perpetuates anxiety
- visualisation of specific goals which may be attained when the IBS is under control.
If you believe you are suffering from IBS it is important that you visit your doctor to obtain a diagnosis and rule out any other causes for your symptoms. Don’t suffer in silence – why not give Hypnotherapy a try?