Some conditions are life-long, and whilst there is no cure to get rid of them completely, there are ways to manage them, reduce their effects, and basically make life much easier. One of those conditions is known as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS.
If you are a sufferer of IBS then you will understand very well the rather upsetting and sometimes embarrassing symptoms which go alongside it. For those who don’t have the condition, it can be a rather misunderstood tale, something which often goes undiagnosed or simply ‘put up with’. This needn’t be the case in reality.
The symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome differ from one person to the next, as it is an entirely personal deal. There is no one size fits all story to this, however there are a few similarities and general symptoms we can gather together. Put simply, IBS is often evident by cramping and stomach pain, a change in bowel habit, often going from constipation to diarrhoea and back again, although it can sometimes simply be one or the other, bloating, excessive flatulence, a feeling of incomplete emptying of the bowel, and generally feeling rather lethargic. As you can see, these are symptoms which could be put down to many other problems, so IBS is often something which goes undetected.
Here at NeuroBalance Chiropractic, we understand the embarrassing and sometimes rather distressing nature of IBS, and we are experienced at giving expert advice and help to sufferers. Our Brookvale practice is open to help residents suffering from the condition, and has successfully helped many manage and live with the condition, reducing severity of attacks along the way. Our chiropractor on-site can give valuable advice on simple things, such as lifestyle and diet, which have a serious impact on flare ups and the condition overall.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment
To truly treat IBS we need to understand it. IBS is a life-long condition, that means there is no cure, and it relates to the digestive symptoms. We have mentioned that it is a totally personal condition, affecting everyone slightly differently, and often comes in bouts, usually arising during particularly stressful times in life or after certain foods. It’s no surprise that IBS affects more women than men, and it often comes to light between the ages of 20 and 30.
Valuable lifestyle and diet advice helps in many cases of IBS, such as relaxation techniques, getting enough exercise, and looking at the diet overall. Many people find that increasing water intake and fibre has a dramatic effect, increasing cereal and fruit and veg intake, and considering prebiotic supplements, or getting this in a more natural way through certain foods. If IBS is caused by a food intolerance then an elimination diet is the best first course of action, starting with dairy.
Herbal remedies are also shown to be very effective in alleviating pain and severity. This is something which should always be undertaken with the help of an expert to get the best and most suitable response. Certain herbs can help alleviate the pain of muscle spasms, as well as helping the nervous system calm itself, to cut out the nervousness which can often kick off an IBS bout. Herbs have also been shown to to help prevent and reduce allergic reactions, act as a gentle laxative, and reduce inflammation. As you can see, herbs do a lot of good work in relation to IBS.
If you are at all concerned about IBS and how it is affecting your life, then don’t hesitate to call the practice now on 02 9938 5456 to arrange an appointment.