IBS – IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
What is it and how can hypnotherapy help?
We all want to be free, free to go where we want, whenever we want, without having to plan every inch of our lives for days in advance.
Our gut has its own separate nervous system – called the Enteric Nervous System (ENS), which has a full set of neurons and neurotransmitters also found in the brain. The ENS is connected to the brain by special large nerve fibres and this is the reason the bowel can be influenced by images and thoughts in the brain to such a large extent.
Intense emotional states, such as stress and anxiety, can trigger chemical changes that interfere with the normal workings of the digestive system, both in people with IBS and in the population at large. This is why many people who do not have a history of IBS still have a sudden change in bowel habits when faced with a stressful situation, such as an important exam or a job interview.
The hypothalamus, situated in the limbic system, controls the release of chemicals necessary for us to survive in difficult situations. This includes the potential to turn the contents of one’s stomach to liquid in seconds flat when faced with life a threatening situation. Symptoms of IBS include: abdominal pain or discomfort, changes in bowel habits, such as episodes of constipation or diarrhoea and abdominal bloating.
IBS can have a considerable impact on quality of your life. IBS is a physiological condition, controlled by the brain, neurotransmitter pathways having learned incorrect responses to situations.
Hypnotherapy helps to reduce stress levels and inappropriate behaviour patterns. This in turn helps reduce the symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome. In addition, hypnotherapy can help you manage any pain that might be experienced as a result of the condition.
By using hypnosis to help you release your own potential you can vastly improve the quality of your work, social and family life naturally.