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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a functional disorder of the gut. A functional disorder means there’s a problem with the function of a particular part of the body, even though the structure appears normal. With IBS, an individual’s bowel is extra sensitive and the nerves and muscles do not work as they should. The condition causes re-occurring pain or discomfort in the abdomen and an altered bowel habit. The exact cause of IBS is not clear. Some research suggests it may be due to over-activity of parts of the gut, for example if the contractions of the muscles in the wall of the gut become abnormal or overactive. Increased sensitivity to the amount of gas in the bowel and an individual’s genetic make-up are also thought to play a role in the development of IBS.


Symptoms may be worse after eating or if an individual is suffering from stress and specific foods may also trigger the symptoms. Common symptoms include:

  • Muscle pains.

  • Heartburn

  • Cramping

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhoea

  • Nausea

  • Feeling full

  • Indigestion

  • Gas

  • Bloated abdomen

  • Pain and discomfort in the abdomen


Hypnotherapy is a well- established treatment for IBS and many scientific studies have been done showing its effectiveness in alleviating the symptoms of IBS.

As IBS is regarded as a medical condition, it’s important to consult your doctor first for information, advice and a diagnosis.  Hypnotherapy can help an individual to learn relaxation techniques and new ways to manage stress. Our state of mind can have a significant impact on our physical well-being. Equally the tension, stress and anxiety that living with IBS can cause, may undermine our immune system and actually further compromise our health. Therefore learning how to relax and manage stress become useful tools. Hypnosis can also promote positive thinking and coping strategies by accessing our unconscious mind in a deep state of relaxation.

Contact me today for more information.

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