IBS ARTICLE

IBS getting you down?

…Allergy Testing and Osteopathy or Acupuncture could help!

IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) is a common gut disorder of no known cause. Symptoms are quite variable but usually include bouts of diarrhoea and or constipation, pain, bloating, nausea, headache, back pain, extreme tiredness etc. It is really important to see your GP to make sure there is no underlying serious health problem, but we see many, many people who have had all the tests and are still suffering.

IBS begins to affect your life on many levels, both physically and emotionally – you begin to avoid going out or travelling any distance in case you ‘need the loo !’; avoid holidays, begin to dread going to work or out to restaurants. You may begin to suffer panic attacks and extreme anxiety which can lead to bouts of depression.

This debilitating problem is one that people come wanting help with more than any other as it affects so many areas of life. At Marlborough House, over the years we have been in practice, we have found that we have to look at several different areas in a person’s life to make a difference. One of the first things we check is spinal alignment, especially if back pain is involved (we offer a FREE back check to everybody). If this is part of the problem obviously this has to be corrected in order for the bowel to function properly; next we suggest an allergy test, not only to rule out any problem foods but also to check nutrition levels and gut bacteria. We have found that if a person is very depleted and run down, a short course of acupuncture has made a huge difference in strengthening the digestive system and the body as a whole.

Stressful situations such as family, work, exams and previous abuse, have been proved to exacerbate IBS symptoms and people with anxious personalities find symptoms difficult to control. The relationship between the mind, brain, nervous impulses and over-activity of internal organs such as the gut is complex. We have found therapies such as EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) really effective in controlling stressful situations, the great thing about this therapy is that it gives you tools to take home with you to use when you are feeling stressed, for some people Hypnotherapy has proven to be the best course.

So if your life is being spoiled by this distressing condition, please contact us to see if we can help – we are always willing to make time to chat to you in person at no cost and no obligation. Alternatively, click on the following links to learn more about each of the treatments acupuncture, osteopathy or allergy testing.

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