IBS is generally described as a functional disorder of the gut, in other words it isnt working properly but there is no obvious physical reason.
The symptoms can include abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea and/or constipation, nausea, headaches, belching, poor appetite, backache, muscle pains, feeling quickly full and heartburn to name a few. It is estimated that up to 1 in 5 people in the UK will at some time suffer with IBS.
What causes it?
The general consensus from a conventional medical perspective is that the cause is unclear. There is a belief that it is related to over activity of parts of the gut, in some cases there are also possible links to food intolerances or infections and bacteria in the gut.
The cause of the over activity may be linked to the messages sent from the brain to the digestive system, the link between stress or emotional difficulties is well documented and is widely accepted as the main cause of IBS. Many people find that their IBS started following a stressful event and symptoms generally become worse in times of stress or anxiety.
How can it be relieved?
There is a deal of evidence that suggests that diet and lifestyle can help control or relieve symptoms, Kinesiology is an excellent method of identifying food intolerances, candida and toxicity within the body. It is generally believed that the most benefit can be gained from dealing with stress and anxiety. As a Clinical Hypnotherapist I have often seen cases where by helping a client to deal with the cause of their anxiety the symptoms of their IBS will be reduced, in many cases disappear altogether. The same is often true of other stress related problems such as migraine, headaches and skin disorders such as psoriasis and eczema to name a few. Reduction in stress and anxiety can be achieved using a number of the therapies that we offer. The choice is yours!