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What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a complex and prevalent functional gastro-intestinal disorder that is treated with limited effectiveness by standard medical care. If you are someone that suffers from IBS, you will know only too well that the symptoms can seriously effect and limit your ability to enjoy life to the full. Up to eight million people in Britain suffer from IBS. The condition can seriously affect sufferers’ quality of life and finding effective treatment can be very difficult. IBS is a condition that is often hidden by the person experiencing its symptoms.

Due to the pain, discomfort and embarrassment that are often associated with IBS, some people also experience feelings of anxiety and depression and they may be reluctant to leave their home for fear of the symptoms appearing.

There are different types of IBS, depending on your main symptom. It is known by a variety of other names, including spastic colon, spastic colitis, mucous colitis, nervous diarrhoea, nervous colon and nervous bowel. IBS is twice as common in women as it is in men. The condition normally develops in people who are between 20 and 30 years of age, but it can affect people of any age.

Symptoms can include the following:

  • Pain – The most common symptom of IBS is pain or discomfort in the abdomen. The pain may be mild to severe, and may be made either better or worse by opening the bowels, passing wind or eating.
  • Change in bowel habits – You may find that your bowel habit alternates between constipation and diarrhoea. Afterwards, you may feel that your bowels haven’t been completely emptied.
  • Bloating and excess wind.
  • Nausea.
  • Indigestion.

Stress is a significant factor present in IBS sufferers as well as an inability to relax properly. The way that you think and feel about yourself and its effect on your body. Psychological factors play a big role in triggering IBS and symptoms are almost always worse when you are under stress. When you are feeling stressed or depressed your body undergoes changes and these changes can affect how your digestive system works, making the symptoms of IBS worse. Discover how to completely change the way you think and feel about yourself and challenging situations, overcome your symptoms and live a happier and positive life.

When you genuinely understand how your mind works, ie, the interaction between your thinking, your personality and your feelings, you feel much more in control and empowered. When you recognise that nearly all of your problems, stresses, symptoms and ill-health are either caused or made worse by poorly-managed thinking, you feel fantastic … because you caused these problems, then you can change them!

This treatment does not involve hypnosis, it is an empowering and liberating psychological training programme which, with your input will allow you to overcome IBS, reduce stress and feel more in control. You’ll find that its much simpler and faster than you may have ever believed to take control and get the life you want!

Treatment with Nigel at Portsmouth Hypnotherapy can help to resolve your problems.

To contact Nigel for a confidential discussion, or to book your free 30 minute Initial Consultation please contact Nigel on mobile 07702 042220


There will be a nominal charge of £20.00 if the initial consultation lasts more than 30 minutes. Skype consultations also available.

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