Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

“It’s not enough to stitch up a wound so it LOOKs pretty, if you haven’t cleaned out the debris and bacteria first”

IBS is a non-specific inflammatory condition of the large bowel, of indeterminate cause and duration, variously persisting from months to years, characterised by some, or all, of the following symptoms:

Abdominal pain and discomfort;

  • Indigestion;
  • Bloating, Cramping and Gas;
  • Changes in bowel habits;
  • Diarrhoea/Constipation;
  • Mucus in stool.

Whilst a definitive cause(s) for IBS has yet to be established, most commentators agree, that stress is likely to be a key factor in triggering the onset of this sometimes-debilitating condition.

Given the likely psychological root of IBS, isn’t it logical that a psychologically based response is the best way to manage the condition.

At Smart Thinking we’re dedicated to helping our clients take control, and, live the life they deserve. By taking a holistic approach, our aim is to identify the root cause/trigger, to affect a positive and lasting outcome.

Possible treatments

Although drugs and dietary approaches can help in the management of IBS, unfortunately, they do not presently offer a long-term cure.

However, by using the resources already present in the unconscious mind, psychological therapies like Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Clinical Hypnotherapy (or a combination thereof) have been shown to offer an effective and rapid way of addressing the issue.

In short, if the root psychological cause can be identified, reframed and/or neutralised, the stress triggers leading to IBS, can be reduced to a manageable level, if not eliminated entirely.

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