Irritable Bowel Syndrome

burning-tummyIrritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common functional disorder of the gut and bowels.  It can cause stomach cramps, pain, discomfort, bloating, diahorrea and/or constipation.  Managing IBS can cause anxiety, embarrassment and loss of self-confidence.  Rather like migraines, this is a non-life threatening condition but the symptoms may affect many aspects of the sufferer's life. The  National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recognise hypnotherapy as a credible treatment for IBS.

Whilst the cause of IBS (also sometimes referred to as Spastic Colon, Irritable Colon or Mucous Colitis) is not known, many experts agree that it occurs as a result of a prior bout of food related illness.  It often starts and may continue to flare up during periods of prolonged stress or following trauma.  

What is known is that women are twice as likely as men to visit their doctor and be diagnosed with IBS and about 10% of the population will be affected at some time. The most common age range for diagnosis is 25-50 years, but many younger people live with the symptoms for a long time without seeking diagnosis and it does continue into later life.

Symptoms of IBS 

  • Bloating of the abdomen and excessive wind
  • Diahorrea or constipation (or a variety of both)
  • Abdominal pain
  • Noisy rumbling tummy
  • Nausea (and sometimes vomitting)
  • Feeling of incomplete bowel emptying or urgency for toilet visits
  • Feelings of anxiety
  • Backache, headaches, tense shoulders
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Tiredness
  • Self consciousness

I offer a complete programme of care, including hypnotherapy treatment, techniques for you to use yourself, dietary support and if appropriate, food sensitivity testing.

Please contact me for details  of how you can stop IBS being in control, and get your life back!

"When I consulted Karen I was desperate to find a solution for my IBS.  Over many years I had been to GPs, used over the counter medication, tried diets & herbal remedies. Nothing helped & at times of stress the IBS just got worse.  Karen achieved what she promised in the course she set out.   I am almost in control of my IBS.  Karen has given me strategies to continue healing process."   PC

 "It is wonderful to regain the confidence to go out without worrying about how my IBS will behave!  I manage the pain far more effectively and generally feel much more in control."   DW