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IBS and other Functional Gut Disorders can be debilitating.
Stomach cramps, food intolerance or intestinal bloating can make enjoying life difficult. It might be gas, diarrhoea, constipation or all of these symptoms interfering with your life and making you feel anxious or depressed. You may be suffering from fatigue or difficulty sleeping. Many people with IBS avoid socialising and travelling.
The effects are toxic for your overall happiness and wellbeing but also can be damaging for your work life, your social life, family life and your relationships.
What is IBS?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is a symptom-based diagnosis usually characterised by chronic abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating and unpredictable bowel habits from diarrhoea to constipation.
It’s the most common gastro-intestinal complaint diagnosed in Australia and affects approximately 15% of the adult population.
For some people it’s brought on after a major stress or it may be made worse by stress. For many it just occurs and the cause is unknown.
Treating IBS with Hypnotherapy.
Hypnosis is fast gaining traction in IBS treatment. There is solid evidence from several studies worldwide that hypnotherapy can relieve the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
In 2016 a team from Monash Uni and The Alfred Hospital’s Department of Gastroenterology, carried out a study which compared the impact of gut-related hypnotherapy. 72% of participants had improvement with regard to their global gut symptoms following the hypnosis.
A similar result of 71% was also recorded at the Withington Hospital in Manchester.
Hypnotherapy was shown to be more beneficial from a psychological perspective. It reduced the levels of anxiety and depression experienced by participants, noting that overall patients were not clinically depressed or anxious at enrollment.
In comparison to medical approaches, treating IBS with Hypnosis is a completely natural therapy and can reduce or eliminate the need for pain medications and pharmaceutical drugs.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy helps you achieve a natural, relaxed and very focused state of mind. Many patients find that they are aware of being said and are still in control but are in a trance state that allows you to reduce stress. It alters your perception of sensations and feels more comfortable. It works at the subconcious level of the mind and engages the power of MindBody healing.
What will the session be like?
Your therapist will ask you to sit comfortably in a chair and close your eyes. They will then simply talk you into a very relaxed state. Hypnosis is a pleasant, day-dreamy state. Your body will probably be very relaxed but you will be more focused and aware than you normally are. You are always in control and you will normally remember what happens during the session although it may feel a little like a dream.
How Can Hypnosis Help?
Hypnotherapy can enhance:
- Relaxation and stress management leading to more normal digestion
- Pain Management
- Breaking the “Fear-Tension-Pain” cycle
- Reduction of anxiety and depression
- Creative visualisation for health and healing
- Exploration and clearing underlying emotions and trauma
How many treatments will I need?
Our Hypnotherapy Program consists of 6 x 50 minute sessions to achieve the best results. Cost is $200 per session or $995 for the 6 Session IBS Program.
Private Health Insurance or Medicare Rebates may apply.
Your Hypnotherapist may also recommend you see one of our Naturopaths for extra support. 4 Naturopathy sessions can be added to your IBS Program at a reduced rate. (Testing and supplements are not included.)
What people are saying
See what some of our patients and professionals are saying about our IBS treatment.
“Functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGID) are a whole group of problems that relate to disturbances of how the gut actually functions – without there being any inflammation, ulcers, cancers and so on. Symptoms commonly experienced include bloating, distension, abdominal pain and discomfort, altered bowel habits, tiredness, and ‘dyspepsia’ or ‘indigestion’. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a major one of these disorders. They affect at least 1 in 5 people to some extent.
The primary problem lies with the nervous system of the gut (enteric nervous system). This is a complex system that senses what is going on in the bowel (and lets the brain know), and dictates how fast food moves through the bowel, how much mixing occurs, and how often you open your bowels. In people with FGID, the enteric nervous system is oversensitive or disordered in other ways. We do not have easy ways of fixing this; sometimes, drugs have benefit, but we usually try to reduce the stimulation of the enteric nervous system by dietary changes. Another way of affecting the enteric nervous system is by changing how it is being stimulated by nerves that come from the brain and spinal cord. This may involve the use of relaxation techniques, psychological therapies or medication.
Hypnotherapy has effects of both the sensitivity of the enteric nervous system and on the brain’s influence over it. Hypnotherapy has been subject to extensive study, particularly in the UK, and this has clearly shown a substantial and lasting benefit in many sufferers of IBS or other FGID. As a Gastroenterologist, I have seen many of my patients benefit from hypnotherapy. It has now become an important therapeutic tool in our approach to helping people with FGID.”
Professor of Medicine and Director of Gastroenterology, Eastern Health, Victoria
Despite initial reservations about the benefits of hypnotherapy the results achieved have been excellent and I have learnt techniques which are providing ongoing relief from most of my symptoms. I can highly recommend Simply Natural Therapies to anyone considering alternative methods of treatment
(suffering IBS and gastric reflux)
My IBS meant I had to get off the train 2 or 3 times every morning on my way to work to go to the toilet. It was really awful. Now with the help of my self hypnosis CD and the sessions I have had at Simply Natural Therapies I travel non stop to work comfortably and feel so much more relaxed.
Click here to read Lisa’s experience after Hypnotherapy with Alison Burton
“General Practitioners, Specialists, tests, medication, diet & natural remedies only provided temporary relief to my ongoing IBS symptoms. I turned to Hypnotherapy as a last resort and after my first treatment experienced dramatic improvements in my daily symptoms.
Alison has enabled me to identify key incidents in my life which where triggering my IBS symptoms. I would highly recommend Hypnotherapy as a fantastic tool for anyone suffering with IBS or any other issue that may be impinging on their daily life.
I now feel as though I have regained control of my mind and body and cannot that Alison enough for helping me achieve this.
Who offers our IBS Program?
Want to know more?
Feel free to call us at Simply Natural Therapies 03 9842 7033 to chat about how we can help you to overcome your IBS related issues.
Or make an appointment with our online booking system here.
We service the eastern suburbs of Doncaster – Ringwood – Box Hill – Blackburn – Kew – Greensborough – Balwyn – Templestowe, – East Melbourne and many more.