Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)


How can IBS be helped by Complementary Therapies?

I offer a number of Complementary Therapies which can help sufferers of IBS. It is always useful to have completed a food, stress any symptoms diary before your appointment, in order to give the most appropriate treatment.

  • Total Balance Therapy is really useful in determining the root cause of your body's imbalances. Your treatment will vary depending on the findings on the day.
  • The Bowen Technique may help you relax, allowing your body to rebalance and reduce the tension associated with digestive problems, including IBS, Crohn's and colitis.
  • Anmo Fu (Deep Organ Massage) can help unwind the twists and torsions caused by muscle spasm of the intestines. This treatment can be gentle but depending on your symptoms it may be inadvisable during a flare-up.
  • Food Intolerance Testing can be helpful in determining which foods are right for you at this time. This testing is not carried out on the first treatment session as there is usually an imbalance in the body which requires treatment first in order to give a true picture.
  • If stress is your main trigger of IBS symptoms then regular relaxing treatments such as Aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage, Reiki or the Bowen Technique can be really useful at any time to help reduce the impact and build-up of stress on your body. Taking time out for yourself is a great way of preventing further ill-health.

If you would like my help, then please contact Total Balance to discuss the appropriate treatment for you, or telephone to book an appointment on 07971 20783307971 207833

What is IBS?      

Although the exact cause of IBS is unknown, it is one of the UK's most common gastro-intestinal problems, with an estimated 10-20% of the UK population being affected at any one time. The condition appears to be more common in women that in men but that may have something to do with women being more likely to visit their GP and this condition normally develops in those aged between 20 and 30. It is estimated that 1 in 5 people will be affected by this disorder at sometime in their life.

Symptoms can vary and fluctuate. Sometimes the symptoms are very pronounced, sometimes mild and there are times when they disappear completely.

Some of the symptoms of IBS include:

  • Bloating and abdominal swelling
  • A change in bowel habits eg constipation, diarrhoea or both.
  • Abdominal pain and or cramping which is sometimes relieved by emptying the bowel
  • Increased wind
  • An urgent need to go to the toilet
  • The feeling that your bowels have not completely emptied
  • Passing mucus from the rectum
  • Symptoms can be worse after eating
  • Flare-ups can last 2-4 days

Symptoms can also occur in other parts of the body, including:

  • constant tiredness
  • muscle and joint aches and pains
  • low back pain
  • headaches
  • nausea
  • belching
  • bad breath
  • a frequent and/or urgent need to urinate

What are the causes of IBS?

The exact cause is not yet known and contributing factors vary from one person to another.

Some common triggers can be:

  • Diet
  • Stress levels
  • Toxic lifestyle

Could my diet be causing IBS?

Some dietary triggers are common in many IBS sufferers:

  • A diet high in fat
  • A diet of rich and/or spicy foods
  • Wheat
  • Dairy products
  • Monosodium glutamate (E621)
  • Corn
  • Fructose
  • Caffeine
  • Tomatoes 

What can I do to help myself?

  • Stress Levels

Keep a diary of your symptoms and stress levels. It may be impossible to eliminate some of the factors which cause you stress but you may be surprised how many factors you could change.

  • Lifestyle   

Eat regularly - eating good food frequently is far less likely to overload your system than missing meals then over-eating

Try not to eat on the go - your digestive system needs time to work. All that rushing round can really make things difficult for your poor body

Sitting at a desk all day, hunched over a computer, which is something many of us do, can cause havoc with your digestive system as it is restricted and compressed for hours on end. Taking frequent breaks and moving around, away from your desk can help, as can ensuring your posture at your computer is as good as it can be. Take a look at the Posture Monitor information on this website. Use a Posture Monitor and remove yet another contributing factor from the list of possible triggers.

Try to get some fresh air each day - take a walk! The exercise can only help.

  • Diet

The easiest way to establish whether dietary intake triggers your IBS is to keep a food diary along with your stress and symptoms diary. Noting down everything you eat over a period of a few weeks and then correlating this with your symptoms may surprise you. Of course you may find that the foods you enjoy and eat most often are the main culprits. It may be wise to eliminate these in the short term in order for your body to recover. Food intolerance testing by myself or a nutritionist is also an option. What may be considered healthy may not always be right for you.

  • Water

Most of us probably don't drink enough water. If your symptoms are those of diarrhoea then you will be losing alot of water and potentially causing dehydration. If your symptoms include constipation then this may be due to insufficient water intake. Water helps hydrate the stools, making them easier to pass and reducing the time this toxic waste lingers in your system.

There is much discussion as to what constiutes enough water. As a rough guide, a 10 stone person needs around 2 litres of water per day for normal, efficient body function; a 15 stone person needs around 3 litres. This amount will increase with exercise. Although some people count fruit juices, syrupy squash drinks, beer, milk, tea and coffee as " water intake" they probably are not the best things to be drinking, given the list of triggers for IBS! The body has to remove all the non-water element too, before it has access to what it really needs - water.

Fizzy soft drinks definitely do not count as water intake. They are bad for bones and teeth and the gas triggers IBS in many people; not to mention the fact that they contain so much sugar and sweeteners.

Water should be drunk throughout the day in small quantities, in order that the body can absorb and utilise it. Flooding your body with a large glass full will ensure that it pours straight through your system!

Get into the habit of drinking water frequently. Don't wait until you feel thirsty - your body is already dehydrated by then. Take a bottle of water with you when you are out and about and remember to drink from it!

  • Probiotics

You may wish to take a good quality probiotic to help rebalance your digestive flora. This may be particularly useful if you have taken antibiotics. Speak to a Nutritional Therapist who will be able to recommend the best one to suit your symptoms and your pocket. Buy the best one you can afford. The better quality ones have higher levels of friendly gut bacteria; have usually been researched well and are much more effective.

  • Treatments

Nutritional Therapy - a good nutritional therapist will take into account other physical and emotional symptoms you may experience and help you to reduce the incidence of your symptoms. Dietary advice and supplementation of helpful products will be provided.

 

Complementary Therapies - I offer a number of Complementary Therapies which could help sufferers of IBS. It is always useful to have completed a food, stress any symptoms diary before your appointment, in order to give the most appropriate treatment.

  • If stress is your main trigger of IBS symptoms then regular relaxing treaments such as Aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage, Reiki or the Bowen Technique can be really useful at any time to help reduce the impact and build-up of stress on your body. Taking time out for yourself is a great way of preventing further ill-health.
  • Food Intolerance Testing can be helpful in determining which foods are right for you at this time. This testing is not carried out on the first treatment session as there is usually an imbalance in the body which requires treatment first in order to give a true picture.
  • Anmo Fu (Deep Organ Massage) can help unwind the twists and torsions caused by muscle spasm of the intestines. This treatment can be gentle but depending on your symptoms it may be inadvisable during a flare-up.
  • Total Balance Therapy is really useful in determining the root cause of your body's imbalances. Your treatment will vary depending on the findings on the day.
  • The Bowen Technique is chosen by many of my clients to help them relax and reduce the tension associated with digestive problems, including IBS, Crohn's and colitis.

Please feel free to contact Total Balance to discuss the appropriate treatment for you.

To make an appointment, please call me on 07971 20783307971 207833

 Together, we are working towards Total Balance

This information is not intended as a substitute for conventional medical diagnosis or treament. It is always advisable to seek the advice of your GP prior to making any changes. Please note that I do not diagnose or treat specific ailments or illnesses, rather I treat the person who may have imbalances in the body which manifest as physical discomfort or ailments. I make no claims that the therapies I offer treat or cure any specific health problems.The aim of the treatment is to allow the body to relax and rebalance itself.

 

           

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