Reflexology and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Reflexology and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a group of symptoms.It is also refereed to as Nervous Colon,Spa-sic Bowel,Mucoid Colitis.It is different for everyone.For many it takes over there lives.


1.Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache )

2.Changes in Bowel Habit from constipation to diarrohea.

IBS can be classified into four categories depending on the dominating symptom.

The cause of IBS is not fully known however some thinking to say there is an excessive small intestinal overgrowth of bacteria normally the colon has a lot of bacteria with the smaller intestine has fewer .IBS it can be all consuming stressful condition and take careful management with diet and medication .Dietary advice depends on the symptoms eg if having constipation process food like chips can be a trigger .If you are having diarrhoea drinks with chocolate,alcohol or caffeine can be a trigger.

Working with a dietitian to make good diet choices can enhance quality of life.


Reflexology works on the whole body and can soothe the part of the boby that is overactive like the parasympatethisc nervous system.By focusing on the endocine system the production of cortisol and adrenaline can be address.IBS can be a stressful condition and if the individual feels it as such the level of these stress hormones are increased.Thus the individual will find it hard to relax and the body is held in a stress state.

Reflexology reduces production of stress hormone allowing the body come into balance,and symptoms of IBS reduce so the condition is more manageable,instead of it taking over your life you now take back control and start living the life you want to live.


Four to Six weekly session will achieve a reduction in stress so the condition can be managed with medication and good diet choices.