10 Dec Do you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
Trauma (also known as overwhelm and stress) can cause a slew of symptoms including anxiety, panic, distress, sleeping disorders, and many other symptoms.
Did you know it could cause Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS)?
Maybe you thought trauma only caused psychological repercussions but recent studies say no, that is not the case.
IBS is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder that is characterized by stomach pains, bloating, diarrhea, and other intestinal problems. And, although it has all the characteristics of a purely physical ailment, there is currently no medically agreed upon cause for IBS.
One result that was most interesting to me was that childhood trauma was twice as likely to have occurred in the lives of people with IBS than others!
This is intriguing don’t you think?
Maybe trauma leads to more than just psychological symptoms but psychosomatic ones. I think it actually points to the fact that the body uses the body to hold or heal trauma!
Those of us interested in the mind-body connection have believed for years that many medically unexplainable conditions, like IBS, can have their roots in both somatic and psychological issues.
Knowing that trauma could be the real culprit behind IBS helps sheds a whole new light on this condition that may affect as many as 10-15% of all Americans.
When we have the opportunity to work with IBS through somatic experiencing we know there is hope. We experience it almost immediately. This type of treatment can provide effective healing through guidance from a skilled practitioner. Our “held” trauma or stress can be released with some simple yet effective guidance
I have had very direct and, believe it or not, quick results using Somatic Experiencing tools working with IBS.
Give me a call and I can explain how my work can benefit you or someone you know who suffers from IBS.