What is IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)?
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) is a long-term condition that affects the digestive system. It can cause problems such as bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhoea and/or constipation. Because the symptoms of the condition are so clearly physical, people sometimes overlook the psychological aspects of the condition.
Stress is believed to play a part in IBS and, indeed, stress can have a big impact on our digestive health overall. As such, reducing stress levels is one of the suggestions made by the NHS in managing or treating IBS.
It’s important to note that acknowledging that the condition may have underlying psychological causes or exacerbating factors doesn’t mean any suggestion that the condition itself isn’t real. How we feel psychologically has a tangible impact on our physical health (as an example, stress releases a hormone called cortisol that can negatively impact the immune system over time).
Hypnotherapy and psychotherapy can be used to treat IBS
As IBS does seem to have a psychological aspect to it, therapy may be able to help. Both hypnotherapy and psychotherapy can be help in identifying negative thought patterns that may be adversely affecting your psychological wellbeing. They can also help give you the tools to change that and improve your coping mechanisms for situations that would previously have caused you stress.
How can you book a therapy session for IBS?
To arrange a booking with me in Larbert or even just to find out more, please contact me.
Where am I based?
I’m based in Larbert. If you’re not sure how close that is to you, I’m:
- 3.5 Miles from Falkirk (direct trains)
- 9.1 Miles from Stirling (direct trains)
- 9.9 Miles from Cumbernauld
- 12.3 Miles from Linlithgow
- 12.5 Miles from Alloa (direct trains)
- 18 Miles from Dunfermline
- 22.7 Miles from Glasgow (direct trains)
- 30.7 Miles from Edinburgh (direct trains)