IBS is thought to affect between 7 and 15% of the population worldwide; 10-20% of people living in the UK, and should be diagnosed by a medical doctor. Stress and anxiety can influence symptoms.
It's a debilitating condition - symptoms include abdominal pain, bloating, constipation and diarrhoea. Symptoms can vary from person to person. They can also vary in the same person. Often though symptoms occur in response to what happens or changes in diet or lifestyle.
Research shows that the gut in IBS tends to be more sensitive and reactive (irritable). And it's more common in women than men (3:2).
Felicity is trained to deliver both gold standard holistic treatments for IBS:
- Gut directed hypnotherapy
- Low FODMAP diet (hyperlink)
Research shows gut directed hypnotherapy (GDH) is an effective option for managing IBS. GDH involves learning about the digestive system, then using hypnotherapy alongside individually tailored images to help normalise the gastro-intestinal (GI) system.
The low FODMAP diet is increasingly being suggested by doctors as a way of managing IBS. Australian researchers have found certain carbohydrates in different forms in foods are resistant to digestion. In people with IBS this can cause pain on digestion. The low FODMAP diet can be tailored the diet to meet an individual’s lifestyle and preferences.
Felicity is professionally qualified to help adults, young people and children of all ages.