August 24, 2017

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS?

 

​Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a.k.a. spastic colon ormucus colitis, is a motility disorder involving the small intestine and large bowel associated with variable degrees of abdominal pain, constipation, or diarrhea, largely as a reaction to stress in susceptible individuals.

 

What are the symptoms?

 

The abdominal pain can be triggered by eating and may be relieved after abowel movement. It may be accompanied by other gastro intestinal complaints, such as bloating, flatulence, nausea, passage of mucus, a feeling of incomplete emptying, or pain inthe anus and rectum. Irritable bowel syndrome also has other symptoms that are not digestive in nature. Among these are:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Backpain 
  • headache
  • fatigue 
  • lassitude 
  • depression 
  • anxiety
  • poor concentration
  • neck pain

 

Who is effected by IBS?

Although this disorder has always existed, it was not recognized by Western medicine until about 50 years ago and has only become a common diagnosis in the last 20 years. It is estimated that up to 20% of all Irish adults experience symptoms.IBS can occur at any age but is most commonly diagnosed in those under 50.

 

It is nearly twice as common in women than in men. Even though only half of these get any treatment for said symptoms. Irritable bowel syndrome effects three times as many women as men, and, after the common cold, it is the next most common cause of missed school and work hours in the country.

 

What can trigger IBS?

 

Both initial and subsequent episodes of IBS can be triggered by:

  • emotional factors, 
  • foods 
  • some medicines, 
  • hormonal imbalances. 
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate

 

More often than not someone with IBS will suffer from lower back pain also as a consequence of spasms in the gut, this structural imbalance needs to be addressed also to ease pressure on the gut as well as easing stress suffered mentally by the pain and it is something that we do here to aid the speed of recovery.

 

 

How is IBS treated at Acudublin?

When treating IBS we tend to approach it from a number of angles for maximum relief and recovery:

  • realign the structure 
  • diet regulation 
  • address the underlying hormonal imbalance 
  • constitutional weakness that would lead to the development of the syndrome in the first place and 
  • give advice on stress management 

 

Lifestyle strongly contributes in the development of this condition in terms of what good or not so good lifestyle habits we have,Therefore, we may may recommend some form of stress reduction, counseling, exercise, life coaching  or possibly psychotherapy in conjunction with our treatment in clinic.

 

By treating the root cause of the stress, structural imbalance, food regulation and constitutional weakness in the organs leading to the symptoms we can effectively create a healthier condition for the body to heal.We see a lot of clients with stress conditions and especially IBS as its so common in today's hectic lifestyle so if you are continuing to suffer with this condition untreated make a change by contacting us at the clinic today and start the process to being pain free.

 

If you have any of the above symptoms or feel you have IBS and would like to start the process of clearing this problem up for good call us now at 0879582625 or get in touch.