Hypnotherapy for IBS - Treatment
Hypnotherapy has also been used with both adults and children to help manage the pain associated with irritable bowel. There is evidence to support its use in this condition for both adults and children and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Guidance (NICE) recommends the NHS should consider referring patients for hypnotherapy if their irritable bowel is persistent and has failed to respond to simple prescribed medicine.
Choosing a practitioner It is important to choose a qualified hypnotherapist who has undertaken all the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of hypnotherapy.
You can check whether a hypnotherapist is registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) by searching the register at www.cnhc.org.uk. By choosing hypnotherapists registered with the CNHC you can be confident that they are properly trained, qualified and insured.
Many people worry about how often and even what time of day they should have a bowel movement. However, medical studies have shown there is no correct way for our guts to function normally, which is why it is difficult to illustrate what should be considered regular or average.
Bowel movements may be affected by diet, exercise, stress levels, particular moods or physical environment. But if you are aware or worried by how often you experience a bowel movement, or if you are experiencing any long term bowel discomfort, then you could be suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
The gut often reacts to stressful situations, making the individual nauseous or feeling as though they have to go to the toilet with some urgency. This natural mind-gut connection found in all humans is often exaggerated in those suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and may cause them additional stress, exacerbating the problem further.
Even though it is a medical condition, hypnosis can make a significant improvement to an individual’s experience, relieving uncomfortable symptoms.
Cognitive Hypnotherapy works with the unconscious mind and gets to the root of the cause of the IBS symptoms and changes how you think. You'll be able to identify anxiety patterns and triggers and learn effective skills so that you respond differently in the future, allowing you to be in complete control of IBS at all times.
With Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) the digestive system is particularly sensitive; this sensitivity can be to particular food groups such as dairy or emotional stress.
(IBS) is one of the most common disorders of the gut because it includes a vast array of possible symptoms, many of which occur at opposite ends of the spectrum. These consist of:
Periods of diarrhoea or constipation
Spasms of the gut
General discomfort after eating
Excessive or trapped gas