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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

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What Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a symptom-based diagnosis characterized by chronic abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, and alteration of bowel habits. As a functional bowel disorder, IBS has no known organic cause.  Diarrhea or constipation may predominate, or they may alternate. A diagnosis of IBS can now be made on the basis of symptoms alone, in the absence of alarm features such as age of onset greater than 50 years, weight loss, systemic signs of infection or colitis, or family history of inflammatory bowel disease. Onset of IBS is more likely to occur after an infection, a stressful life event, or onset of maturity.

IBS Treatment in Wolverhampton, West Midlands

Signs And Symptoms of IBS

The primary symptoms of IBS are abdominal pain or discomfort in association with frequent diarrhea or constipation, a change in bowel habits. There may also be urgency for bowel movements, a feeling of incomplete evacuation, bloating or abdominal distention.  In some cases, the symptoms are relieved by bowel movements. People with IBS, more commonly than others, have gastroesophageal reflux, symptoms relating to the genitourinary system, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, headache, backache and symptoms such as depression and anxiety.  

Hypnotherapy For IBS

In February 2008 the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), which gives guidance to the NHS on effective treatments, published guidance for GPs and consultants saying that hypnotherapy was an effective IBS treatment and that it could be recommended for chronic IBS.

Although hypnotherapy has proven very effective IBS is still regarded as a medical condition. If you think you might have IBS then the first thing to do is visit your doctor to get their diagnosis and advice. Once you have established with the doctor that it is IBS and believe that hypnotherapy could help you then please contact us.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) aims to change unhelpful thoughts and behaviours that may be contributing to your IBS. A series of CBT sessions will cover IBS education, self-monitoring, managing unhelpful thoughts and behaviours, relaxation and stress management and how to manage flare-ups. The effects of CBT have sustained and lasting effects on treating IBS long after therapy has been discontinued.

Make An Appointment

If you would like to arrange an appointment, make a referral or require further information about how we can help please telephone our Wolverhampton practice on: 01902 827808. Alternatively fill out our online contact form.

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