Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is an over sensitive bowel caused by a stressful lifestyle. If we are often over emotional and anxious then too much adrenaline pumps around the blood stream. We all have a weak link in our bodies and when we get over tired, anxious or run down this area of the body gets overloaded and reacts. If you get constipation, low pain, a bloated feeling, excessive wind or episodes of diarrhoea then you are suffering from IBS.
“Food is said to be responsible for one third of cases” says Ann Gillanders in Reflexology and the Intestinal link. But she also states that “Sufferers are usually hard-striving perfectionists who find it difficult to relax.” And that “Women suffer from irritable bowel syndrome far more than men”. Most likely because they are generally more emotional and take on all the worries of the household.
Making changes to your diet, exercising in the fresh air, avoiding stress and anger and practising relaxation really helps. Be aware however, that diet changes alone can take time to have an effect as the intestinal tract takes time to rebalance itself. The NHS recognise FODMAP diet and identifies IBS culprits. See YorkTest for a £9.99 first step indicator.
Complementary therapies such as Reflexology can really support you during these times by promoting deep relaxation, releasing tension, improving mood and aiding sleep. All of which helps your body to calm it’s responses and heal itself. Even during a chronic attack I have found that clients feel their digestive symptoms are much calmer after a 45 minute Reflexology treatment.
To try Reflexology yourself, call Rebecca Hogan on 07738 716585.
Or visit www.relaxrebalance.co.uk/reflexology for more information.