What is IBS And What Are The Possible Treatment Options?

IBS is one of the most common functional disorders of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Like other functional GI disorders, IBS consists of abnormal changes in the way the gut normally functions, without any detectable structural changes. IBS is characterized by recurrent abdominal pain and discomfort, accompanied by changes in bowel functioning such as diarrhea, constipation or a combination of both.

These symptoms typically last for years after they begin, but are often intermittent. It has been estimated that 10-15% of adults in the United States suffer from IBS. (See www.IBShypnosis.com) Your physician diagnoses IBS.  This is important because it has symptoms in common with other GI disorders that require medical interventions.


Traditional Treatments

Traditional treatments often utilize diet, medication or a combination of both.  You and your physician may have already discussed dietary changes as a means to manage your discomfort.  Medications such as laxatives, anti-diarrheals and anti-spasmodics are often helpful. Low dose antidepressants can benefit some patients in relieving symptoms such as discomfort.    You and you physician can explore medical options and see which of the above helps relieve your symptoms.
New prescription medicines have been developed to treat IBS, resulting in success for some patients.  Despite these improvements some IBS patients report that various symptoms persist because medication doesn’t treat the full range of symptoms.


Clinical Hypnosis is an Alternative/Additional Treatment for IBS

Once you’ve tried all of these options and you still have symptoms there is a treatment that has shown to be effective for about 75% of IBS patients – hypnosis. 


Hypnosis Makes the Most of Our Mind-Body Connection

Because stress tends to worsen many illnesses, stress reduction methods, like clinical hypnosis, often provide significant levels of relief.  A lower level of stress in the body typically has a positive effect on our physiology, helping us feel better.

By managing IBS with hypnosis combined with traditional treatments, most patients experience a marked improvement because both the body and the mind are finally working together to manage this problem. 

While clinical hypnosis can be used by therapists to explore matters such as childhood traumas with underlying emotional issues, for IBS patients the goal is symptom relief so you feel better physically. 


What Can I Expect with Clinical Hypnosis Treatment?

Most people need an average of 7 to 10 sessions in order to obtain full benefit to treat their IBS symptoms.  During these sessions you will experience a deep level of relaxation and learn techniques to train your mind to minimize and manage your symptoms. 

One is always conscious during hypnosis and can remember everything that happens during the sessions.  Individuals who respond to hypnosis to treat their IBS generally look forward to years of reduced symptoms and for some people IBS symptoms can be completely eliminated.

Hypnosis has no known side effects.