IBS can be triggered by stress, food intolerance and an imbalance between good and bad bacteria in the bowel.
Some of the symptoms of IBS can be:
- Bloating in the abdomen combined with excessive amounts of wind.
- Pain in the abdomen.
- Diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, constipation.
- Feeling like the bowel has not been emptied.
- Feeling of fullness along with difficulty finishing meals.
Reflexology may help to relax the muscles around the abdomen and helps to reduce stress which can worsen symptoms.
A reflexology treatment for IBS will often be tailored to aid the relaxation of the abdomen, paying special attention to the digestive system as a whole. Treatment may also be targeted at the lymphatic system, which may also help with IBS.
A course of reflexology treatments may help to re-balance the body and reduce the side effects of IBS.
Esther Ramsteiner, Reflexologist