An effective program for the ongoing personal management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
using clinical hypnosis.
This treatment approach, developed by Olafur S. Palsson, PsyD, helps the mind and body find a better way to manage the process of digestion. The 7 sessions for IBS & IBD combine suggestion, imagery, and training in self-hypnosis. For most people, the result is significant reduction in IBS & IBD symptoms. People usually find it comfortable and enjoyable.
Dr. Palsson And his research treatment team have expanded the original and highly effective IBS protocol to address the specific symptoms and experience of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) - ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Multiple studies resulted in individuals benefitting from extended periods of remission from flare-ups.
IBS & IBD are physical problems - and are strongly influenced by one’s state of mind. So the IBS or IBD sufferer has a built-in, powerful healing tool: his or her own mind. In the past twenty five years, we’ve learned a great deal about mind-body healing. Clinical hypnosis, when used by trained professionals, is a remarkably successful treatment, helping 80% to 95% of patients. Hypnosis rarely has negative side effects.
People who have used this treatment program for IBS & IBD describe many benefits:
✴ A uniquely comfortable form of treatment; most find it relaxing, easy and enjoyable.
✴ Related pain, bloating, and cramping are reduced or eliminated.
✴ Bowel functioning improves - less diarrhea and/or constipation.
✴ Less overall stress - a greater sense of ease in living.
✴ Sometimes people experience improvement in other areas, such as reducing migraine and anxiety.
✴ It often works for people who have not been helped by other treatments.
✴ The benefits usually last for years.
Treatment includes: Initial intake session, 7 individual sessions - one hour each, and a follow-up session. 9 sessions in total. Treatment takes approximately 10 to 12 weeks.
A take-home recording teaches self-hypnosis, extending treatment into a daily routine.
Treatment effectiveness is apparent by the 4th session.
Patients keep a daily symptom log that tracks the effects of treatment and can help the physician in medical management.
How does hypnosis apply to Irritable Bowel Syndrome & Inflammatory Bowel Diseases?
Hypnosis is one of several approaches to treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). Your own good judgment can tell you if it’s beneficial for you, usually within the first few sessions.
Continuing scientific research on IBS, and now IBD, shows that clinical hypnosis can improve bowel functioning and reduce pain and bloating. After studying this research over 12 years ago, I began offering Dr. Palsson's treatment protocol.
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Hypnosis has been used for millennia by traditional healers from many cultures. Over the past century, it has been scientifically developed to treat a wide spectrum of medical and psychological problems. It is now a powerful tool for helping people access their own healing resources.
Hypnosis - a comfortable state of heightened awareness - allows people to be more open to new ways of thinking and feeling. It provides access to the deepest and wisest parts of the mind. Most people already possess the ability to develop hypnotic trance. A trained therapist can guide the person in refining this ability to focus attention, shift perceptions, and to learn to access skills and abilities that promote healing and change.
Some of the problems for which clinical hypnosis is currently used include gastrointestinal disorders; insomnia; headache; anxiety and phobias; pain management; athletic performance; skin disorders; and traumatic stress conditions. The modern use of hypnotherapy to promote health requires professional training in both hypnosis and psychotherapy. Many physicians are also trained in clinical hypnosis.
Hypnosis is neither magic nor mystical. This method uses the power of the mind-body connection to teach patients a set of skills: how to manage anxiety, how to relax deeply, and how to calm bowel activity. Patients learn to experience their own bowel sensations as comforting, normal, and in the background, rather than as constant objects of distress.