I was amazed when I first learned that IBS affects up to 1 in 4 of the population. That’s a lot of people experiencing not only physical health problems, but emotional problems due to the effects of the problem.
In IBS, there is often a vicious circle in which anxiety and stress aggravate the symptoms of IBS, which in itself then causes the sufferer more anxiety and stress, so prolonging the IBS symptoms
Fortunately, hypnotherapy has been shown to help many people suffering from IBS and is even recognised by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Current NICE guidelines on IBS state:
“Referral for psychological interventions (cognitive behavioural therapy [CBT], hypnotherapy and/or psychological therapy) should be considered for people with IBS who do not respond to pharmacological treatments after 12 months and who develop a continuing symptom profile”
That isn’t to say that it can be dealt with in a single session – it takes some time and practice, and I find that effective and sustainable results are obtained after about 6 sessions. One thing in particular that my clients like about using hypnotherapy to achieve some real relief from their IBS is that there are no side effects (other than better sleep usually!) and it can be effective for people of all ages.
For me, an important part of the IBS hypnotherapy I do (and indeed any hypnotherapy) is to ensure that I’m working with you in a way that suits you as an individual. People experience their anxiety and stress in different ways, have different triggers of their stress and have different experiences of IBS and its symptoms. Consequently, a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach rarely works for many people, which is why I offer a programme of hypnotherapy for IBS which can be tailored to suit the individual.