We are looking for Therapists experienced in IBS.
If you are a hypnotherapist, CBT therapist, Mindfulness therapist, or FODMAP dietitian and have experience working with IBS clients and patients, consider becoming a member!
The origins of the IBS Register go back as far as 1998 as a small, local UK organisation. But that didn't stop us, the IBS Register was mentioned in the resources section of the British Medical Association, Family Doctor
Publication, Understanding Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Now we are looking for therapists UK wide and internationally to be part of the best go to sign-posting site for IBS Sufferers there is.
Please go to our therapists area and read more about the IBS Register and how we can help you, and your practice to help IBS sufferers.
If you like what you read, and want to be part of our expansion plans, and take advantage of reduced membership and no VAT, please - decide which Membership level is right for you, and submit your details, we look forward to welcoming you.
We are continuing to upgrade our website, making it the best we can before we commence advertising to the IBS population.
Let's make a positive difference in as many lives as we can.
Living with IBS? - Start Here
Hello, thank you for visiting the IBS Register.
Our site was developed to help you find a therapist who can help you with IBS.
Developed by Michael Mahoney an award-winning therapist with over 30 years of experience working with people with IBS in their lives.
Please note that it is important to have your symptoms diagnosed by a medical doctor because some symptoms of IBS are similar to more sinister conditions, which have to be ruled out. So please avoid the temptation of self-diagnosis.
That said, please browse the site. We are in the early days of launch and are actively seeking suitably qualified therapists.
Please call back in a few weeks or send us an email telling us where you are, and we will contact you when we have a therapist near you.
What is IBS?
IBS is a common digestive disorder, causing symptoms such as bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhoea and constipation. Pain is frequently also a reported symptom.
These and other symptoms can vary in severity and frequency, ranging from a few hours, days, months and years in some cases. IBS is often a frustrating and troublesome condition. The severity of IBS symptoms can range from mild to severe. The IBS condition can often impact everyday life for the sufferer.
At the time of writing, there is no medical cure for IBS.
However, there is hope. Therapies such as hypnotherapy, CBT and mindfulness have all proven to help.
Changing diet and medications should also be considered. The important thing is not to give up looking for an effective treatment and management method.
Symptom Red Flags - Warning Signs
Contact your doctor for an urgent appointment if you notice any of the following:
Bleeding from your back passage.
A hard lump or swelling in your stomach
Heart Palpitations (noticeable heartbeats) and pale skin
Loss of weight for no reason.
These could be signs of something more serious.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Learn more about hypnotherapy
As long ago as 1984, after the first research study which used hypnotherapy with IBS patients, it was immediately shown to be highly effective in IBS management, including treating refractory IBS patients.
Management of symptoms is typically between 6 - 12 sessions depending on which protocol is used, your presenting symptoms, and other personal history taken with your chosen therapist.
Hypnotherapy is a natural state of being, using imagery and suggestion, and often reinforced between sessions using an audio recording. Your chosen therapist will outline your care plan before the commencement of sessions.
How hypnotherapy works is still not fully understood, however, research has shown great benefits have been achieved, including reduction of psychological aspects of IBS, such as Anxiety, Cognitive patterns and depression. Visceral sensitivity has also been shown to be improved.
Imaging studies have suggested hypnotherapy may normalise pain processing in the anterior cingulate cortex, a region of the brain that is over-active in some IBS patients.
Symptom improvement following sessions can be expected to continue.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)?
Learn more about CBT
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT is recognised as being an effective treatment for many IBS sufferers.
CBT usually involves the client being taught specific processes and strategies towards learning to calm mind and body, and also develop coping mechanisms relating to IBS symptoms, along with real or perceived difficult situations.
You will work closely with your therapist, and between you a regime will be agreed upon.
The therapist will use specific cognitive and behavioural techniques during your sessions.
As with other therapies, you need to be committed and take part in and complete any goals and homework which may be assigned to you.
What is Mindfulness
Learn more about Mindfulness
Mindfulness is about learning to bring your attention to all of your experiences in the present moment, rather than anticipating the future or dwelling on the past.
Using Mindfulness is thought to enhance relaxation, improve self-esteem, reduce sensations of pain and improve concentration.
Research indicates that mindfulness and meditation stimulate changes in the brain, changing the processes of thoughts and emotional responses and is believed these change the IBS symptoms.
Your therapist will explain in detail and outline and prepare a plan relevant to your presenting symptoms.
What is Yoga for IBS
Learn more about Yoga for IBS
Yoga is often thought of as getting the body into various contortions, and while this may be true for the advanced
Yogi, simple, easy poses have been shown to aid the physical and psychological impact of IBS.
Practice brings gentle massaging to various organs, strengthening them over time.
With practice and time, it is thought that Yoga helps to restore natural body balances. It is also beneficial in helping to cope with emotional stress.
A Yoga teacher will be able to guide you to achieve the six recognised poses which are most beneficial for IBS sufferers.
What is FODMAP
More about low FODMAP Diet
The low FODMAP diet can improve symptoms and quality of life in many people with IBS, while it is not a cure for IBS it has been shown to help between 50-80% of IBS sufferers to varying degrees.
Dietitians can help by suggesting changes you can make to your diet to ease your symptoms including the Low FODMAP diet which involves avoiding foods that are not easily broken down by the gut, milk, fruit and vegetable, and wheat products for example.
Dietitians can help you to understand the complexities of food, help with specific eating regimes, dietary interventions and supplements and more.