Struggling with IBS Symptoms? Let’s Change That! 

04 Apr 2022

IBS is a common condition and it can affect as many as 1 in 5 people in the UK. If you’re affected, it can make life very miserable. You don’t need to “put up with it” though. It’s definitely possible to manage the symptoms and their impact on your life! 

Symptoms of IBS 

Bloating, cramping, constipation, wind, nausea and fatigue are common symptoms of IBS. 

Alongside the physical symptoms, IBS can also lead to emotional issues, including anxiety and depression. 

You may find yourself avoiding social situations and isolating yourself from family and friends due to your unpredictable symptoms. It’s uncomfortable and embarrassing when you need to be close to the loo at all times. 

Eating out or even being out of the home can cause a lot of distress and anxiety. 

The Stress Connection 

When you’re diagnosed with IBS, you may be advised on what to eat (and what to avoid) in your diet. For many people with IBS, this is only half of the story. You may be less aware of the role that stress plays.  

Stress and anxiety can exaggerate IBS symptoms and you may find that your symptoms are much worse during times of stress. This is linked to the gut-brain connection. 

For some people, stress is felt predominantly in the gut. Most of us have felt this to some degree (knots in your stomach when you’re anxious or diarrhoea in response to stress) but with IBS, it goes up several notches. 

Having personally struggled with IBS symptoms many years ago I can relate! Working in a high profile, customer facing position that was fast paced and extremely stressful I felt every stressful situation in my gut! I distinctly remember pushing a trolley in a supermarket with my husband and bending over double at the cramps in my stomach and tears springing to my eyes! It was only when I changed jobs and reduced y stress levels that my IBS became manageable.

Tension and anxiety in the gut can stimulate the sympathetic nervous system and increase the sensitivity in the gut. It paves the way for more signals to be sent between the brain and the gut and so the cycle continues. 

Alongside other lifestyle changes, managing emotional triggers is a crucial part of keeping IBS symptoms under control. You may not be able to avoid stress but changing your response to it can make a big difference. Getting plenty of sleep and making time for self-care is also a big part of this. 

How Solution Focused Hypnotherapy Can Reduce The Symptoms of IBS 

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can be very successful in combatting symptoms of IBS and it’s recognised as an effective treatment that can ease the misery for many sufferers. 

If you haven’t found relief through prescribed medications or you no longer want to take these medications, hypnotherapy can offer much-needed relief from your symptoms. The National Institute of Health & Care Excellence (NICE) recommends ‘Hypnotherapy as one of the Psychological interventions which should be considered for people with IBS who are not responding to prescribed medication’

Through a combination of trance and talking therapy, we can reduce the stress and anxiety that often worsens IBS symptoms. This includes reframing your thought patterns around your symptoms. If you avoid social situations because you’re afraid of having an accident, replacing these fears with healthier alternatives takes your focus away from your symptoms and changes your perception of the situation. 

We can restore your confidence and enable you to live a much fuller life – without your IBS symptoms calling the shots. We all know that stress and worry can create sleep issues which impacts your stress levels the following day. The beauty of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is that it will help you have a better quality of sleep thereby waking feeling more refreshed and alert, facing the day feeling positive and confident.

Hypnotherapy can also help to manage pain. We can address the gut-brain connection that is often a big factor in conditions such as IBS and alter your perception of pain so that you can feel a greater degree of control over it. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy encourages you to produce more positive neurotransmitters such as Serotonin. These positive neurotransmitters can override the pain message and help you enjoy life again. You can also gain self-help tools to manage your symptoms in the future. Being able to calm the physical effects of stress can be a life-changing tool for managing IBS. 

Many of my clients have been able to gain long-term relief from IBS symptoms and it’s fantastic to see them get their life back. I would love to help you get the same results. 

If you haven’t already received a diagnosis of IBS from your GP, I would highly recommend speaking to them before starting treatment with me. 

If you would like to have a chat about how I could help you manage IBS symptoms, you can contact me on the details below. 

Caron Iley

Clinical Hypnotherapist, Supervisor and Senior Lecturer
T: 07580 041394
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