IBS, also known as spastic colon, mucous colitis or nervous stomach is not a disease. It is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder; this means that the plumbing is structurally fine but the bowel function is disturbed. While the exact cause is unknown, it is thought to be caused by a combination of factors including abnormal movements of the intestines and altered sensations in the gut. There can be some changes to the lining of the colon and to the nervous system
SYMPTOMS range in severity from a mild occasional episode to a debilitating, life-altering illness preventing people from working or functioning normally. Symptoms are characterised by abdominal cramps, bloating, distention, diarrhoea, constipation or alternating diarrhoea and constipation or a feeling of incomplete emptying of the rectum. Other symptoms which are not gut related include backache, tiredness, headaches and urinary or gynecological symptoms. It is important to get a medical diagnosis.
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CLINICAL HYPNOSIS is becoming increasingly recognised as a highly effective treatment for IBS and other gastric disorders. It is one of the most successful treatment approaches for chronic IBS, the response rate to treatment being 80% and better according to most published studies to date.HYPNOTHERAPY can help to restore digestive and bowel functioning and improve quality of life when conducted professionally by an experienced, trained therapist. Medical research and patient trials over more than 25 years by leading experts in the field have proven beyond doubt the benefits of professionally conducted hypnotherapy sessions with IBS patients. There are specific hypnotherapy programs to assist IBS sufferers to relieve their IBS symptoms and in some cases remove the symptoms of IBS altogether