If you have IBS it can sometimes get in the way of enjoying your life and making plans. For some people, it can be a nuisance and for others can be life debilitating. IBS symptoms range from gut pain, constipation, cramps, muscle pains, wind, bloating, diarrohea and anxiety and depression.
It can start at any time in your life, however, research shows that it commonly affects women more than men and affects people in their 20s.
The good news is that there are certain treatments and lifestyle changes that can help manage symptoms. One IBS treatment recognised by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is hypnotherapy.
This blog and video explains what to expect when you come for hypnotherapy to help with your IBS
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What can I expect when I attend IBS hypnotherapy?
- To get a deeper understanding about the brain and how hypnotherapy can help you
- Learn about the power of the mind and visualisation techniques
- To learn relaxation techniques and leave the session(s) feeling relaxed.
- Learn how self-hypnosis can help you. Listen at home to a recording that will teach your mind and body to relax.
- To be treated with compassion with someone who understands what you are going through
- To be treated in confidence
- To learn coping strategies
- To move away from the “problem” towards solutions in your life.
Stress and anxiety from IBS can cause tension in the body and this can undermine the immune system. Hypnotherapy can help by shifting the body from the stress response into the rest and repair response.
What should I do first?
If you are experiencing IBS and have any of the above symptoms, please seek advice first from the GP to get a diagnosis.
What can I expect to get as a result of attending IBS hypnotherapy?
A number of clinical studies have found hypnotherapy for IBS to be an effective treatment. Suggested benefits increased confidence, better coping strategies, a more positive outlook on life, as well as reduced constipation, diarrohoea, bloating and abdominal pain.
What do some of my clients think of IBS hypnotherapy?
“I am haven’t a flare up of diarrohea since I started coming to see you”. Client name withheld.
“I came to see you for work stress and I have noticed that my IBS symptoms are gone”. Business owner, Bangor.
“I feel so happy now”. Project Manager, England.
Judith Ward is an award-winning clinical hypnotherapist and Solution-focused brief therapist. She combines both practices together in her sessions. Using solution-focused language and hypnosis she works with you to help you shift away from the “problem” and into creating your preferred future. She works from her clinic in Bangor, Northern Ireland and also offer sessions remotely via the Internet.