In modern times, more and more of us lead heavily stressful lives. Whether you are working seven days a week or are a full time Mum, this stress can really take its toll.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is an Illness that we hear more about now than ever. In fact, it's estimated that in the USA, a possible seventy percent of the population is living with some bowel dysfunction due to stress and lifestyle. There are no figures for the UK as yet, but we can assume that it could be just as high.
IBS is a described as a syndrome because there is no physiological trigger for the illness. Many medical doctors are at a loss to help patients with it because there are no pills or procedures that can be completed to help.
This is why hypnotherapists get so many referrals for this particular condition. And rightly so too! I firmly believe that IBS is solely triggered from stress and anxiety. And by using hypnotherapy and utilising various lifestyle changes, it can be defeated.
There is a direct link from your brain to your stomach. How many times have we felt 'butterflies' in our stomach when anxious or excited? What you are feeling there is that link going into 'overdrive' and adrenalin being released. Unfortunately for IBS sufferers, this happens constantly during the course of their day and being unable to control this subconscious behaviour, it simply gets worse as the lining of the gut spasms and causes pain, cramps and gas. Because the gut is not pushing the waste material through at a steady, calm rate, IBS sufferers then experience constipation or diarrhea.
During hypnotherapy treatment for IBS, every part of the clients life will be assessed and a very personal treatment plan may then be put in place. The aim is to reduce stress and help the client to change their lives for the better. For some this may be as simple as simply reacting more calmly in certain situations, or something more grand like changing jobs, relationship changes etc.
All these changes are helped by accessing the subconscious and changing any bad habits/behaviour/reactions that the client has stored in their minds. The simple fact of worrying about IBS every day from the moment you wake until the moment you go to bed, can cause the IBS symptoms to intensify. It then becomes a negative cycle of thinking for the sufferer.
Whether its hypno-analysis or straight forward suggestion therapy, hypnosis is a powerful tool at combating and defeating Irritable Bowel Syndrome and gives people their lives back in a way that they probably never thought was possible.....and they will probably also find that they feel much more in control of so many other things in their lives too....an added bonus.
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