What you need to know about Hypnotherapy for IBS
If you or someone close to you suffers with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) then I wonder if you are aware of the NHS funded clinical trials which have proven that hypnotherapy is highly effective in alleviating all of the various IBS symptoms.
The Withington Hospital, Manchester put 250 patients through the trial with an astounding average improvement of 80% in their condition.
A recent study showing it had helped 71% of patients for up to 5 years after their course of treatment.
The unit and trails have been led by Dr Peter Whorwell, a gastroenterologist.
He now has a dedicated full time team of hypnotherapists, fully funded by the NHS, for those patients who wish to opt for this route.
The careful selection of local hypnotherapists on this website have all undergone specialist IBS training and due registration on the IBS Register and aim to provide Hampshire with a one stop service of information and access to treatment IBS for both clients and the medical profession alike.
What are the therapist's aims?
All are passionate about letting IBS patients have the opportunity to improve their quality of life and wish to give you similar effective treatment as those patients who can get referred to the Manchester outpatient unit.
They will understand your feelings of anxiety and stress and for many a sense of hopelessness at having a condition that you've now just got to live with.
Unfortunately the people currently seen by Hypnotherapists for IBS Sessions have only managed to track them down as a last resort after years of curtailing social activities, travel and the resultant effect on home, relationships and work.
It would be better to help you much earlier.
How can they help me?
At Manchester ....... it has become clear that the most common factor associated with the symptoms of IBS is the interaction between the brain and the gut.
In fact, the stomach is often considered to be the "second brain".
You are probably aware of stress causing factors, such as a job interview driving test or exam, can have an effect on bowel habits.
This is because the mind and the body are inextricably linked and hypnotherapy is one of the therapies that can help to address this link and thus help with the physical ailment.
Each therapist will look at those factors which underpin your IBS as well as helping you regain control over your body back.
Because IBS is a bowel function disorder there is no form of surgery that can alleviate symptoms or give you full recovery.
GP's however, can perhaps prescribe appropriate medication and suggest changes in diet, but because there is no physical problem to "put right", they cannot help further.
Although IBS is not life threatening it's no exaggeration to say that the condition greatly impacts your quality of life.
Emotions can roller coaster which, in turn, exacerbates the symptoms creating an uncomfortable "Catch 22" situation.
Why then does hypnotherapy bring about such excellent results?
Hypnotherapy targets the emotions and issues as well as allowing patients to positively influence the physical mechanics of the transit of food.
Together with your therapist you will look at those factors which underpin your IBS and design your course of hypnotherapy to help you regain a healthier and more comfortable interaction between your brain and your gut.
What do I need to do?
You need to be willing to see your chosen therapist for 5 sessions over a 3 month period.
Give a full account of your symptoms and add any other information you may feel impacts on your IBS.
Accept that the intervals between sessions and the timetable for listening to CD's has been rigorously tested in clinical trials to be the best model for results and any deviation from this may reduce it's effectiveness
What will your therapist do?
Take a full history of your symptoms before, during and after treatment.
Treat you appropriately according to your unique symptoms.
Record each session onto CD for your continued use.
Liaise with your GP if they have referred you and with your permission send a copy of your before and final progress to your GP and consultant (this is advised in order that they may adjust any medication or advice accordingly).
So, in just 5 sessions (spread over 3 months) you'll be taking a journey that puts you firmly back in the driver's seat .
What do I do next?
For more information call any one of the therapists on this website who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
You can look forward to recieving caring confidential sympathetic help from your chosen therapist.
You may be able to have your treatment funded by the NHS, through your GP or Consultant, depending on the funding arrangements of individual medical practices.
Each therapist will warmly welcome enquiries from GP's and are happy to visit thier practice to explain this treatment and it's efficacy for IBS.
N.B. This treatment is recognised under the NICE guidelines http://egap.evidence.nhs.uk/CG61/section_1