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Are you suffering from IBS?

IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a long term condition that affects one in five people at some point in their lifetime. It is thought to affect more women than men and the condition can be worse at some times more than others.

Symptoms can include constipation, bloating, stomach pain, diarrhoea, indigestion and nausea.

What are the causes?

The exact cause of IBS is still unclear, but it is thought to be due to over-activity of the gut causing increased sensitivity.

There is also evidence that the emotional state of the person plays a big part in IBS, with symptoms being worse during periods of stress or anxiety.

How can hypnosis help?

A number of clinical trials have found hypnotherapy to help IBS. Benefits include reduced symptoms of constipation, less bloating, diarrhoea and tummy ache, as well as more quality of life and enhanced well-being. These positive effects can come from the hypnosis working to;

  • Reduce anxiety and fears which may be contributing to IBS.

  • Teach relaxation techniques and tools to use as coping mechanisms.

  • Re-program the mind with the aim of decreasing the sensitivity of the gut.

NICE Guidelines

Hypnotherapy for IBS is now recognised by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as a possible treatment. NICE recommend that people living with IBS who do not respond to pharmacological treatments after 12 months consider a referral for psychological interventions, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), hypnotherapy and/or psychological therapy. To read the full report 

How many sessions are required?

This depends on each individual and their unique situation but normally between 3 and 6 sessions are needed to make lasting positive change.

How to get started?

Healthy Habits Hypnosis can help you to make profound and lasting changes in your life. Call, email us or simply fill in the enquiry form on the contacts page and we will be in touch to arrange a complimentary phone consultation. During this no obligation consultation we can have a chat about your goals and I will explain the process to you. We can then decide together whether the treatment is right for you at this particular time in your life. As IBS is classed as a medical condition we recommend that you see your doctor first for information, advice and a diagnosis.

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