Irritable Bowel Syndrome eased

Irritable Bowel Syndrome eased

Irritable Bowel Syndrome eased by hypnotherapy – Thousands of people with irritable bowel syndrome will be offered hope by new research showing that hypnotherapy eases the conditions in sufferers. Professor Roland Valori, a gastroenterologist at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, in Gloucester, said heRoland Valorihas used hypnotherapy with success on his patients. In a podcast to launch Frontline Gastroenterology, a new medical journal, he said experience of the first 100 patients treated with hypnotherapy, nine out of ten showed significant improvement in their symptoms. In four out of ten the condition cleared up completely while the remainder said they felt more in control. Irritable bowel syndrome is a long term disorder of the digestive system causing pain, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation. Prof Valori said: “To be frank, I have never looked back.”

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A digested guide to perfect digestion

A digested guide to perfect digestion: Experts reveal how to relieve common symptoms – with some very surprising advice

We are a nation obsessed with our guts. From bloating to bowel issues, an estimated nine million of us have problems with our digestive systems. ‘The number of people being diagnosed with digestive disorders is on the rise, as people are taking their symptoms more seriously and are getting diagnosed earlier,’ says Dr Anton Emmanuel of the gut health charity CORE. One in five of us suffers with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a disorder of the gastrointestinal tract characterised by diarrhoea, stomach cramps and bloating.

Nine million sufferers: One in five of us suffers from Irritable Bowel SyndromeNine million sufferers: One in five of us suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Many of us resort to all kinds of measures for a healthy gut, chomping through bowls of high-fibre cereals and guzzling water. But could we be unwittingly making our symptoms worse?

Here, some of the country’s leading digestive experts dispel the most common myths and advise how to have a happy gut.

DITCH THE FIBRE

IBS patients are often told to eat more fibre. ‘But this is the worst thing for a significant number of patients, particularly when it comes to bran,’ says Peter Whorwell, professor of medicine at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester and a leading authority on IBS.

‘While eating more fibre undoubtedly helps to sort out mild constipation, it’s rarely helpful for severe IBS symptoms and it won’t help diarrhoea. Fibre is a bulking agent which gives the bowel even more work to do, so it’s likely to worsen symptoms in people with severe constipation.’

Instead, he advises white bread, white pasta, […]

Hypnotherapy ‘can help’ irritable bowel syndrome

Hypnotherapy ‘can help’ irritable bowel syndrome

Greater use of hypnotherapy to ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome would help sufferers and might save money, says a gastroenterologist.Dr Roland Valori, editor of Frontline Gastroenterology, said of the first 100 of his patients treated, symptoms improved significantly for nine in 10.

He said that although previous research has shown hypnotherapy is effective for IBS sufferers, it is not widely used.

This may be because doctors simply do not believe it works.

Widely ignored

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common gut problem which can cause abdominal pain, bloating, and sometimes diarrhoea or constipation.

Dr Valori, of Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, said the research evidence which shows that hypnotherapy could help sufferers of IBS was first published in the 1980s.

He thinks it has been widely ignored because many doctors find it hard to believe that it does work, or to comprehend how it could work.

It is pretty clear to me that it has an amazing effect
Dr Roland Valori, editor of Frontline Gastroenterology

He began referring IBS patients for hypnotherapy in the early 1990s and has found it to be highly effective.

“To be frank, I have never looked back,” he said.

He audited the first 100 cases he referred for hypnotherapy and found that the symptoms stopped completely in four in ten cases with typical IBS.

He says in a further five in 10 cases patients reported feeling more […]

By |June 10th, 2011|Hypnotherapy, IBS - Irritable bowel Syndrome, IBS A Alternating, IBS C Constipation, IBS D Diarrhoea, IBS W Wind / Gas, Womens Issues|Comments Off on Hypnotherapy ‘can help’ irritable bowel syndrome

IBS Are you Suffering

IBS Are you Suffering

Thanks largely to the work of Peter Whorwell of Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester, hypnosis is now acknowledged by the medical profession as an effective treatment for IBS. However, Peters research doesn’t mean that it is universal one size fits all. It is the opinion of NICE that hypnosis is the best treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome after diagnosis and medication has failed or partly failed.

This said your doctor will not, unless you are one of the fortunate whose GP has trained as a Hypnotherapist, be able to give you hypnosis as a treatment. Not all ‘lay’ hypnotherapists will be able to help either you should consult a hypnotherapist who specialises and ideally who has had IBS themselves.

Irritable bowel syndrome is one of the most common disorders of the digestive system. The organisation IBS Network estimates that it affects one third of people in the UK at some point and to some extent, and one in ten people have symptoms bad enough to visit their doctor. IBS is characterised by a collection of symptoms affecting the small or large bowel, which can cause pain and discomfort.

The exact causes of IBS are unknown. IBS sufferers usually have no physical abnormalities in the bowel, so it has been suggested that there is a strong link between stress and IBS. What seems to happen with Irritable Bowel Syndrome is that the bowel becomes super sensitive and […]

Anxiety – Do YOU Have it?

Anxiety – Do YOU Have it?

Anxiety – Do YOU Have it – Every one has experienced being anxious at some time so we know what anxiety feels like- YOUR not Alone.

YOUR heart pounds before a Driving Test,that important presentation or an exam at school or Uni. YOU can get butterflies in your stomach during a trip to the dentist or hospital. We can and do worry and fret over family problems or feel uneasy in these times at the prospect of asking the boss for a raise.

However, if worries and fears are preventing you from living your life ‘Normally” thats the way you’d like to, you may be suffering from an anxiety or even an anxiety disorder.

The good news is, there are many anxiety treatments and self-help strategies that can help you reduce your anxiety symptoms and take back control of your life. Hypnofix can help you there too. Ring 01384 621857

Understanding anxiety disorders
Firstly it’s normal to worry and feel tense or scared when under pressure or facing a stressful situation. Anxiety is the body’s natural response to danger, an automatic alarm that goes off when we feel threatened. The Flight or Fight Systems kick in. Thats ok if your facing Godzilla with a spear but not a presentation to your colleagues.

Although it may be unpleasant, anxiety isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, anxiety can help us stay alert and focused, spur us to action, actually perform well in that presentation, and motivate us to solve problems. But when anxiety that is constant or overwhelming, when it interferes with your relationships and activities—that’s when you’ve crossed the line from  what generally is acceptable ‘Normal” anxiety into the territory of  anxiety out of control […]

Feeling Stressed

STRESS

Feeling Stressed?

Are You constantly feel tired and irritable?
Are You finding it hard to concentrate?
Are the smallest tasks leave you feeling overwhelmed?

YES! Then you may be suffering from stress. Here is the good news! Your stress can be managed!

Stress originates in your mind with your thoughts and perceptions and hypnotherapy therefore is one of the quickest, simplest and most effective ways of overcoming stress. Just imagine feeling totally relaxed and calm in any and every situation, leaving you feeling confident and motivated to face any challenge before you. Experience the Feeling of how wonderful it feels to feel calm, in total control and more importantly totally relaxed! With the help of NLP, CBT and hypnotherapy – this can become your reality.

Why not take advantage of a free telephone consultation on 01384 621857 (after 6pm) (no obligation) to discuss just how I can help you manage your stresses. The Start is easy just give me a call now on 01384 621857 or email me at advice@hypnofix.co.uk to book your free consultation or have a skype chat if you prefer.

OK So What is stress and what are the symptoms of stress?

We all suffer at some point in our lives from the effects of stress, so your not unique there! – it’s a part of human nature. Stress, for example in a sports or work environment, can enhance our performance, however if you are feeling totally overwhelmed by stress, all the time, then it is time to do something about it before the stress affects your health (stroke/heart attack etc.), self esteem and performance both at work and play.

Most events in our lives are not dangerous or life threatening in […]

Developing a complementary therapy unit

Developing a complementary therapy unit

The complementary therapy service at Christie Hospital NHS Trust in Manchester has evolved over the last eight years from one nurse aromatherapist to a team of 32 part-time paid and volunteer practitioners providing treatments to patient, carers and staff. The complementary therapy service at Christie Hospital NHS Trust in Manchester has evolved over the last eight years from one nurse aromatherapist to a team of 32 part-time paid and volunteer practitioners providing treatments to patient, carers and staff. Therapies available include massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, acupuncture, hypnotherapy and relaxation techniques. This award-winning service is involved in a number of service evaluations and research projects (see below).

We have been a participating site for the Hypnochemo Dissemination Project led by Dr Liz Taylor and the Big Lottery 3 Site Evaluation of Complementary Therapies and Cancer Care Project led by Drs Ann Caress and Dai Roberts. Clinical lead/lecturer Peter Mackereth has completed a study evaluating chair massage for carers and a survey of users and non-users of the staff complementary therapy service, which is in press. Clinical lead/honorary research fellow Jacqui Stringer has received £40,000 funding and initiated a clinical trial looking at essential oils to combat MRSA. The team has also taken on smoking cessation advice work with patients, carers and staff combined with acupuncture and hypnotherapy.

Research activities/awards
2005 Peter Mackereth awarded National Public Servant from the Guardian Newspaper. Presented at the Victoria & Albert Museum London
2005 Complementary Therapy Services ‘Innovations & Excellence in Long Term Conditions? Regional Award (£1,000)
2005 Complementary Therapy Services ‘Innovations & Excellence in Long Term Conditions? Manchester Evening News & the Strategic Health Authority Greater Manchester Award
2004-5 Peter Mackereth awarded RCN Trevor Clay Scholarship (£1,500)
2003 Jacqui Stringer […]

By |March 23rd, 2011|Hypnotherapy, NHS|Comments Off on Developing a complementary therapy unit

Evidence Based Hypnotherapy

Evidence Based Hypnotherapy

Review of Evidence-Based Hypnotherapy: by Donald Robertson.
Which Forms of Hypnotherapy are Evidence-Based?
Hypnotherapy as Empirically-Supported Treatment (EST)

Ratings using Chambless & Hollon (1998) criteria reviewed by David M. Wark (2008)
Copyright © Donald Robertson, 2009  Reprinted from The Hypnotherapy Journal Spring 2009

I beg farther to remark, if my theory and pretensions, as to the nature, cause, and extent of the phenomena of have none of the fascinations of the transcendental to captivate the lovers of the marvellous, the credulous and enthusiastic, which the pretensions and alleged occult agency of the mesmerists have, still I hope my views will not be the less acceptable to honest and sober-minded men, because they are all level to our comprehension, and reconcilable with well-known physiological and psychological principles.  – James Braid, Hypnotic Therapeutics, 1853

One of the most useful articles to be published recently was arguably Wark’s review of those studies on hypnotherapy that were rated as meeting the Chambless & Hollon (1998) criteria for “empirically-supported treatments” in the field of psychology, known as ESTs for short.  It may not surprise many NCH members to know that when the research literature on psychotherapy was previously reviewed by a task force of nineteen psychologists led by Prof. Dianne Chambless most of the psychological therapies identified as “empirically-supported” (formerly termed “empirically-validated”) tended to be specific forms of cognitive and/or behaviour therapy (CBT).  Most forms of psychotherapy, ranging from the more controversial and pseudoscientific ones to some of the more “respectable” and mainstream approaches, do not meet these strict criteria for empirical support.  However, one study was identified which demonstrated that cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy (CBH) was “probably efficacious” for weight loss in obese clients.  In this respect, hypnotherapy might (tentatively) be said to […]

Group Hypnotherapy Reduces IBS Symptoms

Group Hypnotherapy Reduces IBS Symptoms

Mary-Joan Gerson, Ph.D. and Charles D. Gerson, M.D. of the Mind-Body Digestive Center have been kind enough to send me the results of the research they presented at Digestive Disease Week 2010. Entitled “Gut-Focused Hypnotherapy in a Group Format Significantly Reduces Symptoms in Refractory Irritable Bowel Syndrome”, their study took a rare look at the effectiveness of gut-directed hypnotherapy in a group setting.

The study involved 75 patients who received seven 45 minute hypnotherapy sessions, one every other week, led by a clinical psychologist specifically trained in an IBS hypnotherapy approach. Group meetings included a brief opening discussion of the experience of having IBS in work and relationship life. Patients listened to the hypnotherapy tape at home between sessions. Data regarding symptom improvement was gathered at the end of treatment, as well as three, six, and twelve months.

The results indicated that the treatment was effective in reducing IBS symptoms by the end of treatment and throughout the year following treatment. Patients shifted their categorization of IBS as being “severe and moderate” to “mild and inactive”. (How nice does that sound?)

The study also sought to determine what characteristics would be predictive of treatment success. Interestingly, patients who were more likely to attribute their symptoms to emotional factors experienced less symptom improvement. On a more optimistic note, patients whose symptoms were more severe at baseline experienced greater symptom improvement.

The Gersons said it perfectly: “We hope that this more cost-effective group approach will make it more feasible for this kind of effective treatment to be made available to IBS patients.” My thanks to the two Dr. Gersons for sharing this important research. Perhaps it will inspire you to give gut-directed hypnotherapy a try.

Mary-Joan Gerson, […]

Golf Think Away Your ‘Double Bogey’ Baggage

Golf Think Away Your ‘Double Bogey’ Baggage

Millions of golfers stand at the first tee, address the ball, take their swing, and then wonder why they can’t achieve the coveted level of play that Tiger Woods has been known for year after year. “The answer is rigid training and, of course, total focus on your game,” explains Dr. Kenneth Grossman, internationally-known golf hypnotherapist. “Unfortunately, Mr. Woods has lost that intense game focus because of distracting and very negative mental chatter caused by his recent personal issues.”

Dr. Grossman, who was recently quoted in a Time Magazine article (April 4, 2010 Edition), “Tiger at the Masters: A Test of Mental Preparation”, has been counseling professional golfers and other athletes around the world for over 30 years. “One of the major problems with golfers is that they can drag all their problems such as marriage, health, money, and low self-confidence issues with them at every hole.” He went on to point out that, “Many golfers not only carry their golf bag around 18 holes but they also drag an even heavier bag of personal problems as well. This excess baggage is a major cause of sub-par performance.”

As many pros have said, “Golf is truly a mental game.” Dr. Grossman has observed that when players don’t do well, such as Tiger Woods’ recent inability to make the cut at Quail Hollow or withdrawing from the Players Championship after only six holes, it’s often because of tension, outside distractions and symptoms of anxiety. “Hypnosis is a tool that counteracts stress and helps a golfer to relax physically and mentally,” added Grossman.

Dr. Kenneth Grossman has trained thousands of golfers in self-hypnosis, a process whereby your conscious mind steps out of the […]