Treatment of IBS in Manchester

 Hypnotherapy for IBS

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is more common than many people think and surveys show that one in 10 – usually women – suffer from this gut-wrenching discomfort at one time or another.

The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) says IBS is one of the most common disorders seen by doctors and there is no one single treatment or cure but there are ways to manage it to make sufferers feel better.

The National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) says IBS can be debilitating, preventing people from achieving simple tasks such as going shopping or enjoying long walks. It may also cause serious discomfort on a regular basis.

Hypnotherapy is acknowledged within the wider medical profession as an evidenced-based therapy that can help reduce the symptoms of IBS, and sometimes alleviate those symptoms entirely.

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) also lists hypnotherapy as one of the treatments to help with IBS, says the NCH.

“We know that IBS can be exacerbated by anxiety or stress, and that the subsequent worry about the IBS can perpetuate the effects,” the UK-based body says.

“Hypnotherapy can get to the root of the problem, giving you the tools to manage any stress that may be making the IBS worse, and by using positive suggestion increase your confidence in your well-being to reduce sensitivity in your gut.”

It is not entirely clear how stress, anxiety and IBS are related or which one comes first, says the website but it adds that but studies show they tend to co-exist.

“If you do diagnostic interviews, what you find is that about 60% of IBS patients will meet the criteria for one or more psychiatric disorders,” Edward Blanchard, PhD, professor of psychology at the State University of New York at Albany, told the site.

He added that the most common mental ailment suffered by people with IBS was generalised anxiety disorder.

Given that IBS is made worse through anxiety or stress, and that the subsequent worry about the IBS can perpetuate the effects, hypnotherapy can get to the root of the problem, allowing the sufferer to have the tools to manage any stress that may be making the IBS worse.

By using positive suggestion, a hypnotherapist can increase the client’s confidence in their well-being to reduce sensitivity in the gut. This is borne out by the fact that psychological factors, such as stress and anxiety, can cause chemical changes in the body that can affect processes like those that occur in the digestive system.

The IFFGD says hypnosis has been shown to be an effective treatment for IBS in a number of clinical studies.

“Hypnotherapy for IBS involves progressive relaxation, and then suggestions of soothing imagery and sensations focused on the individual’s symptoms,” the organisation says.

“Improvements in overall well-being, quality of life, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhoea, and bloating have been noted.”
Taken from the article – Beat gut-wrenching IBS with hypnotherapy on the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) website – here.


What to look for in a Hypnotherapist.

Always ensure that you do thorough research of both the hypnotherapist and his or her credentials before proceeding with treatment.

Be aware of bold claims.

Whilst the Advertising Standards Authority have now updated their codes to cover websites there are still some therapists making ‘bold’ claims and selling the kind of ‘snake oil’ remedies reminiscent of the Wild West. It should be made clear that success is not guaranteed and full client commitment, such as listening to the relaxation/support CDs, is required for the sessions to be worthwhile. No magic pills are available and this means client participation is a necessary requirement. I offer a half price initial consultation enabling a thorough explanation of all aspects of therapy.

Ensure an eclectic approach.

When choosing a hypnotherapist it’s often best to ensure that they are eclectic in their approach to therapy. As a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist (SFH) I use elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), and the latest developments within Neuroscience, along with Trance to offer a positive intervention and ensure the right environment to tackle your presenting problem.

Make sure your hypnotherapist is insured and part of a society or association.

Make sure that your hypnotherapist is part of a larger governing body. Whilst there is no current legal obligation on the part of the hypnotherapist there are various voluntary organisations that both ensure quality and give the therapist a good support structure. Insurance should also be current and specific to therapy work. I was trained by the renowned Clifton Practice where I gained my Diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (DSFH), I am currently a member of the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapists (AfSFH) – This ensures that I adhere to their ‘code of conduct’ and attend regular supervision and continuing professional development. I am also fully insured by ‘Holistic Insurance’ and have a current and full DBS Certificate for working with children and vulnerable adults.

For more information please call 07756 932 702 or get in touch HERE.


Ben Gaskell DSFH MNCH (Reg.) is a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist based in the Stretford area of Greater Manchester, serving the local and surrounding areas of Urmston, Didsbury, Sale, Chorlton, Hale, Altrincham and Trafford. Further details can be found on ‘getting here’ or my ‘contact’ page. For more information on Greater Manchester Hypnotherapy please call 07756 932 702.


A bit more information

Ben Gaskell is a Clinical Hypnotherapist working with clients who suffer from anxiety, stress, low mood and phobias. He practices from Stretford and Deansgate, Manchester and serves the areas of:


Altrincham, Stockport, Trafford, Urmston, Didsbury, Sale, Chorlton.


Deansgate, Northern Quarter, Spinning fields.

Further details can be found on the ‘getting here’ or ‘contact’ page. For more information on how Ben at Greater Manchester Hypnotherapy can help you please call 07756 932 702 or email

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