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Our News Blog >> Gut Week 2011 (22-28 August) - Take Control of IBS

Positive Hypnotherapy is marking Gut Week 2011 (22-28 August) by highlighting how the therapy can help clients cope with the symptoms of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), and offering a 10% discount on our normal rates.

According to the organisers of Gut Week, about a third of the population experience IBS at some time in their lives. The condition affects the large bowel and symptoms might include abdominal pain and spasms, diarrhoea, constipation, bloating and excess wind.  It can also involve an urgent need to visit the toilet and even incontinence if you don’t get there in time. 

In 2008, NICE published guidelines for GPs for the diagnosis and management of IBS.  Once diagnosed, the guidelines recommend 12 months of traditional treatments ranging from dietary advice through to anti-diarrhoea or anti-constipation medications as appropriate, or even low dose antidepressants to reduce pain and spasms. If the IBS has not responded to this treatment, it is classed as 'intractable'.

In such cases, NICE recommends Hypnotherapy as an option to help the condition.  In fact there are a small number of Hypnotherapists specialising in IBS working within NHS hospitals.  According to the NHS on-line portal, NHS Choices, which offers information about how to make choices about your health:

“Hypnotherapy has been shown to help some people with IBS to reduce their symptoms of pain and discomfort...  You can have Hypnotherapy as an outpatient in some NHS hospital pain clinics, or you can learn self-hypnosis techniques to do at home.”

Dr Roland Valori, editor of Frontline Gastroenterology, said of the first 100 of his patients treated, symptoms improved significantly for nine in 10.  He said that although previous research has shown Hypnotherapy is effective for IBS sufferers, it is not widely used. This may be because doctors simply do not believe it works.

IBS is more common in women than men and may be aggravated by stress and life changes. Hypnotherapy can help to alleviate symptoms often by addressing the underlying anxiety.

Alan Wick, of Positive Hypnotherapy, explains: “We would always recommend that a client seeks advice from their GP for any bowel disorders.  In the event that traditional treatments for IBS prove ineffectual, Hypnotherapy has been shown to be beneficial.  In fact, I receive referrals from local GPs, as they understand that Hypnosis can help alleviate the symptoms of IBS, especially where anxiety is involved.”

Alan is a member of the AfSFH and explains why SolutionFocused Hypnotherapy can be so effective. “SolutionFocused means just that - we actively encourage clients to describe their ‘preferred future’, ie a future in which the factors that are causing their anxiety are in perspective.  We don’t analyse problems, or the cause of the problems; we believe it’s preferable to help clients focus on positive outcomes”.

"Any clients booking their Initial Consultation in Gut Week can receive a 10% discount on our normal fees"

Friday, August 19, 2011

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