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Could Reflexology provide relief to people with IBS?

Could Reflexology provide relief to people with IBS?

 

Irritable Bowel Syndrome – no-one wants it, no-one wants to talk about it.  Let’s face it – even the name indicates that it is UNPLEASANT!!

The reality is, more and more people are experiencing the effects of IBS.  The symptoms can include constipation, diarrhoea, gas, bloating, and abdominal pain.  Some people experience one symptom while others can experience any combination of symptoms at the same time.

The problem is, since symptoms can vary and even the degree of severity can vary, it can take a long time to actually get an accurate diagnosis.  In the meantime, people are stuck writing endless journals of what they eat, when they eat it, what gives them pain, what doesn’t.  They try to change their diet, maybe take pills they are hoping will help them “go” or help them to not “go”.  What a nightmare!

Let’s face it, if your already struggling with digestive issues it can be very hard on your system to pour over-the-counter type remedies into your already inflamed and irritated digestive track.  And let’s be honest – if it doesn’t give us results quickly, aren’t we likely to try something else right away? While our intentions may be good, our impatience can actually result in us doing more harm to ourselves!

The good news is, there is an increasing amount of information and knowledge out there for natural alternatives to help ease the pain and unpleasantness of IBS.  There is no doubt that reducing stress plays a very positive role in easing the effects of IBS.

Reflexology is one alternative option which has been shown to produce positive results in some patients with IBS.  Depending on which study you read, the results vary from little improvement to significant improvement.  While there is no guarantee that this method will work for you, it is definitely an option worth looking into, since there appears to be no negative effects to people with IBS who have used Reflexology.  Since Reflexology supports an overall balance in mental, emotional, and physical health the “side-effects” of this method are very welcomed.

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