Irritable bowel syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common, functional disorder of the digestive system and gut that causes the bowel to be very sensitive. The condition causes recurring pain or discomfort in the abdomen and often, the nerves and muscles do not work as they should.While there is no cure for irritable bowel syndrome, there are certain treatments and lifestyle changes that can help manage symptoms. One IBS treatment recognised by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is hypnotherapy.
On this page, we will explore the benefits of hypnotherapy for IBS and what to expect from a session.
- Symptoms of IBS
- Causes of IBS
- IBS treatment
- Hypnotherapy for IBS
- NICE guidelines
According to some research, IBS is one of the most common disorders of the digestive system; it’s thought to affect one in five people during their lifetime. Studies have found that women are more likely than men to suffer from IBS and their symptoms may be more severe.Many people living with irritable bowel syndrome find their symptoms to be an occasional nuisance, however, for other people, the condition can seriously affect their quality of life. While IBS can develop at any time, it often occurs when a person is in their twenties.Some individuals with irritable bowel syndrome experience constipation, others have diarrhoea, while some may suffer from both. The pain can range from mild to severe, and may occur at a particular time of the day.
Symptoms of IBS
Symptoms can vary from person to person and can be experienced at differing severities. In some people, the symptoms seem to be triggered by something they have had to eat or drink, stressful periods, or food poisoning.Some of the more common symptoms include:
- pain and discomfort in the abdomen
- bloated abdomen
- feeling full
- muscle pains.