IBS management programme

Have you been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? 


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One in five people are affected by IBS symptoms.
 The severity of IBS symptoms depend on the individual circumstances. It is known that IBS can considerably impair the quality of life, from social interaction to ability to work; hence it may bear a significant cost both for the healthcare system and the individual.



What will be involved in this IBS management programme?


This IBS intervention is always tailored to the individual needs and will broadly involve the following:


-An assessment of physiological symptoms and its effect on the individual’s life.

-A process aiming to identify the triggers and stressors leading to symptoms.

-Hypnotherapy sessions, which will include deep relaxation, ego-strengthening techniques, confidence- building, addressing any major traumas.

-Therapy addressing associated anxiety.

-Gut oriented hypnosis using various techniques to control the intestines and reduce the IBS symptoms.

-Listening to hypnotherapy recordings daily (provided by the therapist).

-Logging the IBS symptoms daily throughout the period of treatment.

-Learning self-hypnosis.

-Practice, commitment and active participation are essential components of this highly effective IBS hypnotherapy treatment.



Is hypnotherapy for IBS supported by the conventional medicine?


There is a growing body of evidence (through clinical trials) that hypnotherapy can be exceptionally helpful in the management of refractory IBS.  Peter Whorwell, Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology in the School of Medicine and Director of the South Manchester Functional Bowel Service explained: “IBS is ideal for treatment with hypnosis, as there is no structural damage to the body”. 

“During the hypnotherapy, sufferers learn how to influence and gain control of their gut function, and then seem to be able to change the way the brain modulates their gut activity.”



What are the benefits of hypnotherapy for IBS?


-Reported success rate range from approximately 70 to 95 % in all studies with any significant number of patients.

-Hypnotherapy intervention resulted in alleviation of all major IBS symptoms (bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, constipation.

-The IBS hypnotherapy programme improves not only the physical symptoms but psychological well-being.

-There are no side effects of hypnotherapy.



How many sessions will the process involve? How far apart should they be spaced? 


For IBS clients we recommend six to ten sessions, each session spaced two weeks apart. This routine is important as any erratic schedule of appointments may result in erratic results.

Furthermore, individuals over 50 years old and/or presenting psychopathology may require more sessions.


For further information please email kinga@richtherapies.com or call 07527 841616

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