Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common chronic condition which affects the digestive system. Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome include abdominal pain or discomfort, changes in bowel habits, such as episodes of constipation or diarrhoea and abdominal bloating. It is unknown exactly what causes IBS, however, it is thought that stress is a major contributing factor.
Stress and anxiety can trigger chemical changes that interfere with the normal workings of the digestive system, both in people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and in the population at large. This is why many people who do not have a history of IBS still have a sudden change in bowel habits when faced with a stressful situation, such as an important exam or a job interview.
The Hypothalamus, situated in the Limbic system, controls the release of chemicals necessary for us to survive in difficult situations. This includes the potential to turn the contents of one’s stomach to liquid in seconds flat when faced with a life threatening situation.
Our gut has its own separate nervous system – called the Enteric Nervous System (ENS). The ENS is connected to the brain by special large nerve fibres and this is the reason the bowel can be influenced by images and thoughts in the brain to such a large extent. IBS is a physiological condition that is controlled by the brain.
Therefore our state of mind can have a huge impact on our physical well-being. Hypnotherapy can help an individual to learn relaxation techniques and new ways to manage and lower stress, which can help to stop triggering the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Hypnotherapy can also help to manage pain, promote positive thinking and coping strategies, all of which can help you to be back in control of your gut and your life again.
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