IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME, IBS, A UNIQUE APPROACH TO COMFORT & CONFIDENCE.
The following comments have been taken from the NHS website,
“Treating IBS …… Hypnotherapy, … Psychological interventions for IBS include hypnotherapy. In this type of therapy, hypnosis is used to change your unconscious mind's attitude towards any symptoms that you may have. You may also be taught self-hypnosis techniques. Hypnotherapy has been shown to be effective in helping some people reduce their symptoms of pain and discomfort. Psychological interventions, If your symptoms of IBS are still causing you problems after 12 months of treatment, you may be referred for a type of therapy known as a psychological intervention. There are several types of interventions available, but they all work by teaching you psychological techniques that can help you to control your condition more effectively. Psychodynamic interpersonal therapy (PIT). Psychodynamic interpersonal therapy (PIT) is a type of psychotherapy that has had some success in helping people with IBS. PIT is based on the principle that your unconscious thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes can have an important influence on the way that you think, act, and feel. During PIT, your therapist will help you to explore your past in order to determine how it might have affected you unconsciously, and they will help you to confront unwelcome, or unhelpful beliefs, attitudes, and behaviour in an attempt to change them. Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). Another psychological intervention for IBS is cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). CBT is based on the principle that the way that we feel is partly dependent on the way that we think about things. Studies into the effectiveness of CBT have shown that people who train themselves to react differently to their condition by using relaxation techniques, and maintaining a positive attitude, report a decrease in pain levels. CBT may also help you to cope better with stress, anxiety, and depression.
As mentioned hypnotherapy can be highly effective when treating IBS. Up to eight million people suffer from IBS in the UK. Peter Whorwell, Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology in the University's Medical School and Director of the South Manchester Functional Bowel Service, has been researching the use of gut-directed hypnosis for over 20 years. Most recently, two hundred and fifty patients who have suffered from IBS for over two years were given twelve one-hour sessions.
"IBS is ideal for treatment with hypnosis, as there is no structural damage to the body," explained Professor Whorwell. "During the hypnotherapy, sufferers learn how to influence and gain control of their gut function, and then seem to be able to change the way the brain modulates their gut activity."
With a success-rate of about 70% Professor Whorwell believes that, although labour-intensive, hypnotherapy could be an extremely effective treatment for the condition; and a less expensive alternative to new, costly drugs coming onto the market. Professor Whorwell concludes:
"The term hypnosis was coined by a Manchester surgeon, James Braid, early in the nineteenth century, and it's been in and out of fashion ever since. I'd like to think that our Unit has brought hypnotherapy back to Manchester, and helped improve its legitimacy."