Bristol Hypnotherapy for IBS
1 in 5 people in the UK develop IBS at some stage in their life. IBS can affect anyone at any age, but it commonly first develops in young adults and teenagers. IBS is twice as common in women as in men.
Pain and discomfort • Bloating • Constipation and Diarrhoea
What causes irritable bowel syndrome?
It is not known why this may occur. It may have something to do with overactivity of messages sent from the brain to the gut. Stress or emotional upset may play a role. About half of people with IBS can relate the start of symptoms to a stressful event in their life. Symptoms tend to become worse during times of stress or anxiety.
Psychological treatments (talking treatments)
Situations such as family problems, work stress, exams, recurring thoughts of previous abuse, etc, may trigger symptoms of IBS in some people. People with anxious personalities may find symptoms difficult to control. The relationship between the mind, brain, nervous impulses, and overactivity of internal organs such as the gut is complex. Some people have found such things as relaxation techniques, stress counselling, cognitive behaviour therapy, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, and similar therapies useful in controlling symptoms of IBS.