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What Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is a functional disorder of the gut. It is a common illness affecting an estimated 1 in 5 of the population.

The symptoms of IBS can be uncomfortable and unpleasant for sufferers and can include:

  • constipation
  • diarrhoea
  • stomach pain or cramps
  • bloating of the stomach
  • flatulence

Although the cause of IBS is unknown, research suggest that it is related to increased sensitivity in the gut. For IBS sufferers potentially mild symptoms, such indigestion, become very painful and uncomfortable.

Certain foods are known to trigger IBS symptoms, such as fatty foods, caffeine and processed foods. Stress is also known to trigger IBS symptoms.

Although there is no cure for IBS some treatments are know to help including changes to diet, reducing stress, exercise and medication.

Research conducted at The University Hospital of South Manchester in Wythenshawe has shown that hypnosis is an effective treatment for reducing the symptoms of IBS and increasing quality of life in patients.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends hypnotherapy as a treatment for IBS in those whose symptoms have not improved after 12 months on medication.

How Can Hypnosis Help?

Hypnosis has been used to treat a wide range of issues including stress, anxiety, smoking cessation, weight loss. Research conducted by Professor Whorwell and his team at the University Hospital of South Manchester shows that hypnosis can also be an effective treatment for IBS.

There are a number of reasons to choose hypnosis to reduce your IBS symptoms:

  • It is a safe and natural process – reducing the need for medication
  • It focuses on developing your natural strengths and abilities for your own well being
  • It is a pleasant, enjoyable and relaxing treatment
  • It is effective at reducing stress, therefore helping you to better manage your symptoms
  •  It is a successful treatment, with response rates at 80 or better, based upon published research
  • It can also be used to treat other symptoms such as migraines or tension headaches
  • it is a long term solution with many sufferers reporting benefits for years after treatment has ended.

What Does The Treatment Involve?

The treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome is based on the “Manchester Model Of IBS Management” developed by Professor Whorwell and his team. However, in addition to the strategies previously developed it also includes additional tactics for better management of stress and anxiety. It is a flexible approach that can be modified to the needs of individual clients.

The original treatment offered at Wythenshawe Hospital patients were offered up to 12 sessions. This hypnotherapy treatment is offered as a 6 session package which can be extended if required.

The treatment includes:

  • Stress Management Techniques

    Using hypnosis, mindfulness and techniques from cognitive behavioural therapy you will learn how to better manage your stress and anxiety and to feel calmer and more relaxed throughout your life.
  • Gut Directed Hypnotherapy

    Using hypnotherapy, we will help you to use your imagination to improve the functioning of your gut.
  • Learn Effective Self-Hypnosis Skills

    You will develop your ability to use self-hypnosis to soothe and calm uncomfortable sensations any time you need to.

What Does The Research Say?

The majority of patients achieve marked improvement in symptoms and quality of life, an effect that is usually sustained.

Gonsalkorale, 2004

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 (described as refractory IBS).

NICE (National Institute For Health & Care Excellence) guidelines, 2015

Gut-directed hypnotherapy benefits patients via symptom reduction and reduced medication usage.

Roberts et al, 2006

The hypnotherapy patients showed a dramatic improvement in all features, the difference between the two groups being highly significant. In the hypnotherapy group no relapses were recorded during the 3-month follow-up period, and no substitution symptoms were observed.

Whorwhell et al, 1984

How Much Does It Cost?

If you are a member of a private health cash plan your treatment costs may be reimbursed. For example, Paycare, Westfield Health and Health Shield will reimburse for CNHC registered hypnotherapy on specified corporate paid plans. If you wish to seek reimbursement through a private health cash plan please check with your provider.

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