Hypnotherapy and your IBS

You are not alone!

It’s estimated 15% of the UK population have IBS – that’s over 9 million individuals!

SD.IBS imageIf you have had a diagnosis of IBS, HELP IS AT HAND. Numerous studies have demonstrated real, positive outcomes from hypnotic interventions with Clinical Hypnotherapy.

IBS can cause a great deal of discomfort and distress, even though no structural abnormalities are found, and as a sufferer, many patients can feel isolated and don’t know where to turn.

IBS is a functional disorder of the gastrointestinal system for which there is no other organic or biochemical cause.

You probably already know IBS accounts for 10% of all UK GP visits and 50% of all visits to gastroenterologists and that NHS treatment is somewhat limited.

It is now understood that IBS is more than just a combination of physical conditions – it can be an emotional overwhelming drain, affecting all areas of your life.

Most frequently presented symptoms are: diarrhoea; lower stomach pain; constipation; alternative bowel habit; mucus; “urgency to go”; incontinence; incomplete evacuation, often resulting in several visits to the bathroom-sometimes minutes after the earlier visit; wind and bloating. Some people present with nausea, swallowing difficulties, heartburn or acid indigestion and chest pain.

So, in addition to IBS, it is not uncommon to find that confidence and self-esteem are reduced, memory, recall and attention span are not as quick or sharp as expected, sleeping patterns are affected, the reproductive system is affected and physical relationships may not be enjoyed or even avoided. Going out may lead to the IBS sufferer wanting to come home sooner than normal. If visitors arrive they may be encouraged to leave sooner than expected, there may be times of weepiness and there may also be times of inappropriate anger. Isolation may be desired. Exercise and socialising may be reduced or avoided altogether. These and other emotional aspects can impact the IBS patient in addition to already dealing with the physical symptoms.

What is worth noting – and which you may not be aware of – if you are contemplating Hypnotherapy for IBS, you can ask your doctor if he/she will refer you to me or possibly fund your treatment. NICE Guidelines for IBS allow doctors to pay for Hypnotherapy/CBT for IBS treatment after 12 months of non-effective drug therapy.

Currently hypnotherapy is used as a second line therapy option, usually for people with unresolved IBS symptoms who have failed to respond to a combination of management strategies. It features on the patient care pathway as one of the psychological interventions that primary care clinicians should consider if symptoms persist. There is evidence to suggest that earlier intervention leads to a speedier resolution of a patient’s issues, so, if you have a medical diagnosis of IBS, your doctor may be happy to refer to me sooner.

As a member of the IBS Register and a member of the Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology, I offer a 6 session, 3 month, specialist intensive bowel hypnotherapy treatment plan which has at least a 70% success rate, as published in the findings of Professor Peter Whorwell, Consultant Gastroenterologist at University Hospital of South Manchester. This treatment of IBS by hypnosis will allow sufferers to experience significant benefits and has been demonstrated to have long lasting and sustainable benefits.