How Hypnotherapy Can Help Your IBS

Around one in five people will suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (known as IBS) in their lifetime, and if you suffer from this condition, then you will understand the pain and discomfort felt in the abdomen and in the nerves and muscles associated with the digestive system and gut.

A long-term condition that causes the bowel to be very sensitive, people who live with irritable bowel syndrome can experience both mild symptoms and discomfort, as well as more extreme, debilitating symptoms.

How do you know if you have IBS?

People who suffer from IBS will experience all or some of the following symptoms from time to time: pain and discomfort in the abdomen, muscle pain, heartburn, cramping, bloated abdomen, gas, indigestion, nausea, feelings of fullness, diarrhoea and constipation.

 What causes IBS?

Unfortunately, the exact cause of IBS still hasn’t been discovered, however research suggests that it is caused by over-activity of the gut such as overactive contractions of the muscles in the abdomen. As well as this, increased sensitivity to the amount of gas in the bowel and increased serotonin levels can also be factors.

Although not necessarily a cause, some research suggests that intense feelings of anxiety or stress can trigger irregular bowels and worsen symptoms of IBS, so it makes sense that by keeping your emotional state in check, you can help to ease your IBS symptoms too.

How can IBS be helped?

There is still no cure for IBS as the cause hasn’t yet been found, however there are certain treatments that can help to lessen the symptoms and make it easier on those who suffer from irritable bowels. Hypnotherapy is a recognised IBS treatment by the National Institute for health and Care Excellence (NICE), and it can be a big help for those who suffer.

As well as a controlled diet, and cognitive behavioural therapy, hypnotherapy and relaxation training can all be combined to treat IBS to some degree. Through hypnotherapy you can learn relaxation techniques, and new ways to manage stress, anxiety and tension, which often trigger symptoms of IBS.  While each hypnotherapist, and each hypnotherapy session can differ, treatment for IBS usually involves visualisation, goal setting, recognising and learning techniques to cope with stress, and learning self-hypnosis techniques which you can use to continue your therapy at home. Some therapists will also offer you a CD which will help you to stay focused and moving forward between sessions.

It is worth noting that most people find six one-hour sessions or 12 half-hour sessions to be the most effective forms of treatment, whilst some people will see results after just one or two sessions.

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How Hypnotherapy Can Help With Stuttering

Stuttering or stammering is a type of speech issue that is quite common in children, but it can continue on into adulthood. In fact, it is estimated that one in 100 adults will continue to stutter or stammer past childhood, causing lots of problems and anxiety.

Before we can decide how to try and treat a stutter or stammer, it’s important to know the likely causes of this speech problem: if you have suffered from a stutter from you were a child, then the root of this can be from an inherited abnormality in the part of the brain that controls language. Other reasons for a stutter can be from a developmental problem, a brain injury or severe emotional trauma.

As well as multiple causes of stuttering, there are also a few different types of stutter or stammer which we briefly touched on above, such as developmental stammering, which is the most common type that occurs in early childhood; and acquired or late-onset stammering which is much rarer and occurs in older children and adults as a result of a stroke, neurological condition or head injury.

Stutters can affect different people in different ways, with some who may only experience periods of stuttering, followed by periods of normal speech, or others who will constantly stutter no matter what. Often made worse by stress, having a stutter as an adult can affect you in lots of ways, the most common being low self-esteem, high anxiety and confidence issues, but thankfully hypnotherapy could solve all of your problems.

Hypnotherapy could be the ideal way to cure your stutter if you stutter is caused by a physical or emotional trauma, and especially if it is causing you great stress and anxiety. Hypnotherapy works by putting you into a deeply relaxed state which leaves your unconscious open to suggestion. It is in this deeply relaxed state that the hypnotherapist can offer you suggestions to deal with your stutter and change your mind set.


Through analytical hypnotherapy, you and your therapist can explore the origins of your issues and analyse what triggered your stutter in the first place before helping you to remove your stutter completely. Hypnotherapy does this by teaching you techniques which can be used to change the way you feel about a situation and change how you react to it as well. Hypnotherapy is especially helpful with coping with stress, which obviously makes a person’s stutter worse, so by dealing with any outlying stress, the stutter can also be reduced or treated completely, depending on the receptiveness of the patient.