What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the name given to a particular collection of symptoms affecting the digestive system (see further below).

It’s a common condition affecting up to 20% of the population, 2 out of 3 being women.

Although children and older people can be diagnosed, most sufferers are under the age of 50.

The cause of IBS is unknown but it’s been linked to many things, like stress, food moving through your system too quickly or slowly, and a family history.



The most common symptoms are:

  • Stomach cramps
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation

IBS is unpredictable. Symptoms tend to come and go, and can last for days, weeks and even months at a time.

There’s no test for IBS but if you are experiencing the above symptoms it’s important to talk to your doctor. You might need some tests to rule out other possible causes of your symptoms.



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Help for IBS

IBS can be a life-long condition and the impact can be felt on many levels, often resulting in anxiety and disruption to every day activities.

In the worst cases, it’s not just inconvenience or physical discomfort, IBS can affect confidence and self-esteem to such an extent that it limits a person’s potential in life.

Unfortunately, there is no medical cure for IBS. The good news, however, is that psychological therapies are known to help sufferers reduce symptoms.



Hypnotherapy is one such talking therapy with a proven track-record in helping people with IBS.

In a clinical study published in 2015, 1000 people with IBS took part in trials using gut-focused hypnotherapy.

76% of participants met the primary outcome, with 67% reporting a 30% or more reduction in abdominal pain scores. Pain days fell from 18 to 9 per month, and patients with anxiety and depression fell from 63% […] to 12%.

You can read the full study here




More recently, BrainWorking Recursive Therapy (BWRT) – a model of psychotherapy consistent with developments in neuroscience – is also proving to help.

BWRT for IBS is an holistic approach, designed to work with the effect psychology has on the physical body.

And, like the hypnotherapy study above, many people experience noticeable improvement in their physical self, too.

Read this real-life success story about how Claire helped someone with IBS, using BWRT.



Free Consultation

If you have been diagnosed with IBS and would like help to reduce your symptoms, contact Claire to arrange your free telephone consultation, today:









This is a loveable little cartoon of the brain telling the gut it’s ok, he too gets irritable.

But, whilst humour can provide light relief sometimes, being diagnosed with IBS is no fun.

If you’ve decided it’s time to start feeling better, take the first step and contact Claire: