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Irritable Bowel

Break the Cycle
Irritable bowel syndrome is a much more common  condition than most people think.  In fact, IBS is one of the most common disorders of the digestive system.   If you suffer from IBS you know that stress, anxiety, tension and diet all have their part to play.   And when you are stressed it makes the IBS worse, which in turn worsens the stress.

It is a vicious cycle, but one that can be broken.

Irritable bowel syndrome is a disorder of the digestive system where the muscles of the gut go into spasm with symptoms that include pain, bloating, constipation or diarrhea.  Related symptoms might include indigestion and acid reflux.  

IBS is not a disease.  It is a functional disorder.  In other words, the gut is not functioning properly even though there is nothing organically wrong and it does not lead to anything more serious.  Nevertheless,  it is very distressing.   

What seems to happen with Irritable Bowel Syndrome is that the bowel  becomes super sensitive  and responds with violent contractions or spasms to stimuli such as stress or simply eating a meal.  Research indicates that the colon muscles of a person with IBS are more reactive than those of most people.  This may be due to an increase in nerve endings found in the gut of IBS patients.  In addition, there is a stronger response to ordinary events, such as eating and distention from gas. 

As you may know, all too well, this disorder can completely wreck people’s social and professional lives.  It is particularly distressing when sufferers are told that they will have to live with it.

If you are wondering whether or not you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, it’s important that you see a physician.  IBS cannot be self-diagnosed, as there are many other disorders that can mimic Irritable Bowel Syndrome and these must be ruled out by clinical tests.  Once you have done this you can explore using hypnosis to effectively end your symptoms.

Although hypnosis is only one of several approaches to treating irritable bowel syndrome and may not be the most suitable option for all patients,  hypnosis has some advantages, listed below,  which makes it an attractive option for many IBS sufferers with chronic and  severe symptoms.

Hypnosis is one of the most successful treatment approaches for chronic IBS. The response rate to treatment is 80% and better in most published studies to date. 

Hypnosis often helps individuals who have failed to get improvements with other methods. 

Hypnosis is a uniquely comfortable form of treatment; relaxing, easy and enjoyable. 

Hypnosis utilizes the healing power of the person’s own mind, and is generally completely without negative side effects. 

Hypnosis sometimes results in improvement in other symptoms or problems such as migraine or tension headaches, along with improvement in IBS symptoms. 

The beneficial results last long after the end of the course of treatment.  According to research, individuals who improve from treating their IBS with hypnosis, can generally look forward to years of reduced bowel symptoms. 

The hypnosis protocol that is used at Mind & Body Care, LLC addresses IBS symptoms through an evidence-based approach.  It involves the use of what has been termed gut-directed hypnotherapy.   Dr. P.J. Whorwell at the University Hospital of South Manchester first developed gut-directed hypnotherapy in 1984.   It was shown that this approach  could substantially reduce the symptoms of IBS in 80% of cases.  That same success continues today through the many therapists working in this field.  

Hypnosis has been so successful for improving IBS symptoms that Adriane Fugh-Berman M.D, chair of the National Women’s Health Network in Washington D.C. says that hypnosis should be the treatment of choice for IBS cases which have not responded to conventional therapy. 

As with other complimentary therapies, even though there is solid evidence that hypnotherapy can provide lasting health benefits for many IBS patients, there is uncertainty about precisely how and why the treatment works.  The main theory behind the success is that hypnotic relaxation improves blood flow to the gut... something stress tends to inhibit.  And this improves digestion and the movement of food through the bowel.     Most scientists believe that hypnotherapy acts upon the unconscious, and affects the body’s regulation of involuntary reactions that are normally beyond a person’s control.  Hypnosis puts these autonomic responses under the patient’s power. 

Happily. treatment is safe and suitable for people of all ages and there are really no risks or side effects.  If you have questions about whether hypnosis might be an option for you, please feel free to call 847-534-7991 and schedule a free, no obligation consultation.

The following link will take you directly to a number of IBS Research Studies