Coffs Harbour Therapist using Hypnotherapy to help heal
What is Mind Body Connection?
Mind body connection is the link between our physical health and emotional health. It is the idea that our thoughts, attitude and behaviours can influence our physical well-being.
How fascinating is it to think that the sub-conscious part of our mind tells our lungs to breathe and our heart to beat. We go about our day without giving a second thought to all the things our mind is instructing our body to do at this deep sub-conscious level. This is one part of our mind body connection.
I am sure there are times where you have experienced this mind body connection first hand. Maybe your mouth has watered when you have been thinking about eating your favourite dessert or you have felt butterflies in your stomach when you have thought about someone or your hands have started sweating or shaking before you give a presentation.
Now think about using this connection to help your body heal. Mind body therapies use techniques to encourage mindfulness and promote relaxation.
If you want to read more about on the mind body connection https://www.floridamedicalclinic.com/blog/what-is-the-mind-body-connection/
Managing IBS with Hypnotherapy
Another close link with the body and the mind is the gut brain connection. A good example of this connection is the knots we get in our stomach when we are nervous. This close link explains why we can have digestive issues when we are anxious or stressed. Everyone can suffer with these symptoms but for non IBS suffers the symptoms are usually short lived.
The two main problems that can arise when the brain and gut stop talking are -
increased gut sensitivity - this is when you experience discomfort and pain in response to normal bowel functions
altered bowel mobility - this is the change you experience in the frequency and/or consistency of your bowel movements
It is through this gut brain connection that we can use hypnotherapy to rewire the connection, to calm that oversensitive gut and to reduce the impact of stress on the gut.
Studies have shown on average 70% of people respond to the treatment. You can read more on that here https://lens.monash.edu/@medicine-health/2019/06/24/1351605/how-hypnotherapy-is-helping-people-suffering-from-irritable-bowel-syndrome-ibs