IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (IBS)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is a chronic condition where sufferers experience one or more symptoms. These usually include: abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, constipation, diarrhea and ‘increased urgency’.
Experts don’t know what causes IBS, and there is often little that doctors can do to help, but it is widely recognised that there are some common triggers for these symptoms. These include: diet, stress and hormones. IBS is usually caused by a combination of factors, rather than just one. Poor diet is the most frequently cited cause, but stress is becoming increasingly recognised as a contributing factor.
An effective treatment plan should not only provide relief from the symptoms, but also a long-term solution to the problem which involves re-balancing your digestive system and general health until sensitivity to certain foods doesn’t produce the same reactions.
Knowing what sets off your IBS can help you to manage it
Diet is one of the trickiest issues to handle, as processed foods contain all sorts of ingredients which can trigger symptoms. Often it can be difficult to identify the problematic foods and avoid them, particularly if they are a staple in your diet.
How Kinesiology can help
One of the things kinesiology is best known for is food sensitivity testing. This can help to identify the dietary factors which trigger IBS for each individual, making it easier to implement a long-term lifestyle change.
Kinesiology uses muscle testing to measure the body’s nervous response to stimuli, including food, environmental toxins and other irritants. The enormous benefit of the muscle test is that when a result is clear, it is just as evident to the client as it is to the practitioner.
Research suggests that certain supplements can help to mitigate the symptoms of IBS. The most commonly recommended are peppermint oil and probiotics, although there are others which are known to help digestive issues and which may well be effective.
It can be difficult to judge the quality of supplements, with some practitioners saying that mass-produced high street brands can do more harm than good. Fortunately, muscle testing can help to indicate which brand of supplement is the best choice for you as an individual.
Identifying stress and emotional factors
We all know that modern life is stressful, and it is now recognised that our psychological state affects our physical bodies. Just as fear can cause an immediate physical reaction, or excitement can give us a rush of feel-good endorphins, stress can switch on nervous pathways and show up in a muscle test.
Kinesiology can be very effective in identifying what affects us and what we can do about it. We have techniques derived from NLP and using acupressure points, which can enable you to combat psychological stress, once we have identified the relevant factors.
Kinesiology has techniques for identifying problems in the digestive system, such as the Ileo-Caecal valve (the junction between the small and large intestine). Any malfunction in this or other areas can lead to a range of symptoms, including IBS.
This is a far more common issue than most people are aware. If this shows as necessary, we have a specific protocol designed to address this, which supports the digestive system with various techniques.
The endocrine system
The endocrine, or hormonal system, is implicitly connected to our stress level, as stress hormones and relaxation hormones are controlled and released here. It is also responsible for nearly every metabolic function. Kinesiology has methods for identifying nutritional requirements of individual glands and for balancing their function.
There are no quick-fixes for IBS, but a managed, holistic programme, using wise nutritional choices and kinesiology techniques that support the body’s innate healing mechanisms can go a long way towards creating a life free of the limiting symptoms of IBS.