IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

IBS is a common gut disorder affecting up to one in five people in the UK.

The cause isn’t known and three times as many women as men are affected. Symptoms vary and tend to come and go. They include stomach pain and bloating, bouts of diarrhoea and/or constipation. Even though the function of the gut is upset it looks completely normal, even under a microscope.

Diagnosis

Your GP diagnoses IBS based on your symptoms but there is no test to confirm the diagnosis. GPs normally do blood tests to rule out other conditions and may arrange an endoscopy – look into the bowel with a special camera

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IBS & Stress

The cause of IBS isn’t known but there seems to be a relationship between stress and IBS. Situations such as family problems, work stress or exams may trigger symptoms in some people.

In reaction to stress or eating a meal the bowel seems to become super sensitive causing painful spasms. These responses can be alleviated using hypnotherapy.

The Good News

The results of hypnotherapy in treating IBS are impressive. The more you practice the better the results will be. You’ll be better able to cope and regain control. The skills you learn can be used for prevention and to cope with symptoms if they occur in future.

The Science Bit

Hypnotherapy is acknowledged by medical professionals as an effective treatment for IBS, largely thanks to 30 years of research by Professor Peter Whorwell of Wythenshawe University Hospital, Manchester. I attended a master class and offer treatment based on the protocol Professor Whorwell developed.

Professor Whorwell is an NHS Consultant who sees some of the most difficult IBS cases in the UK. He works alongside Hypnotherapists using gut directed hypnotherapy – i.e. the patient visualises relief for their symptoms.

“IBS is ideal for treatment with hypnosis, as there is no structural damage to the body,” explained Professor Whorwell. “During the hypnotherapy, sufferers learn how to influence and gain control of their gut function, and then seem to be able to change the way the brain modulates their gut activity.”

With a success-rate of about 70% Professor Whorwell believes that, hypnotherapy could be an extremely effective treatment for the condition; and a less expensive alternative to new, costly drugs coming onto the market.

In February 2008, The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommended hypnotherapy as a second line of treatment for IBS after drugs were tried for 12 months without success. 

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How Many Sessions?

Professor Whorwell’s research shows that IBS responds best to Hypnotherapy every ten days. I offer a mixture of face-to-face sessions and a CD or MP3 file you can use at home to achieve the optimum results.

I offer a free initial consultation during which we discuss a personalised treatment plan and the number of sessions required.