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Hypnosis CDs are comparable to Hypnotherapist visits for children with IBS according to a new study

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Hypnosis CDs are comparable to Hypnotherapist visits for children with IBS 

 A new study into the use of hypnotherapy recordings in helping to deal with IBS symptoms in children has thrown up some interesting results.

The study has shown that home-based hypnotherapy exercises on a CD were as effective as individual gut-directed hypnotherapy performed by a qualified therapist in children with irritable bowel syndrome or functional abdominal pain syndrome.

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The the results of a randomized clinical trial reported that:

“This study confirms earlier findings that hypnotherapy is highly valuable in treating children with IBS, resulting in a significant decrease in pain scores and significant improvements in anxiety, depression, QOL, and pain beliefs. Therefore, Hypnotherapy should be incorporated in national guidelines on the treatment of paediatric IBS or FAP(S) and become reimbursed by health insurance companies.”

This study took place in the Netherlands where owing to a shortage of well-trained child hypnotherapists, home-based self-hypnosis exercises could now expand access to this therapy.


How the study was conducted:

To compare their effectiveness, researchers from the Netherlands randomly assigned 260 children with either IBS or FAP(S) to undergo home-based hypnotherapy via CD (at least five sessions per week for 3 months) or individual hypnotherapy provided by a qualified therapist (six sessions over 3 months).

Immediately after treatment, 36.8% of those who received home-based therapy achieved treatment success — defined as at least a 50% reduction in pain frequency and intensity scores —compared with 50.1% of those who were treated by a hypnotherapist. After a year, 62.1% of the home-based group achieved treatment success compared with 71% of those treated by a therapist, which was statistically noninferior.

“The noninferiority of home-based treatment with a hypnosis CD provides a rationale for implementation of this easy-to-use treatment in daily practice,” the investigators concluded. “Because the current generation of children and adolescents rarely uses CDs anymore, it would be preferable to implement the treatment as an application for a smartphone or tablet.” 

When I work with clients suffering from IBS, one of the things that we always do is make sure that there are recordings that they can listen to repeatedly to help teach them ways to manage the anxiety that can case IBS symptoms to worsen. There have already been many studies into the effectiveness of hypnosis for IBS including those undertaken by Peter Whorwell.

 Professor Peter Whorwell and IBS Hypnotherapy

Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology in the School of Medicine and Director of the South Manchester Functional Bowel Service, has discovered a way to treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) using hypnotherapy.

Professor Whorwell has been researching the use of gut-directed hypnosis for over 20 years. Most recently, 250 patients who have suffered from IBS for over two years were given twelve one-hour sessions, during which they were given an explanation of how the gut works and what causes their symptoms.

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