Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

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Woburn Osteopaths are supporting Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month throughout April 2016.  It’s a good opportunity for us to highlight some key facts about IBS, as well as to recommend meeting Emma (our wonderful nutritionist) to gain control over your IBS symptoms.

IBS is one of the most common gastro-intestinal complaints worldwide.  It can severely compromise a person’s quality of life and it is regularly misdiagnosed.  IBS may affect up to 1 in 5 people at some point in their life, often first developing between 20 and 30 years of age and affecting roughly twice as many women  as men.  

Symptoms associated with IBS may include: abdominal pain and spasms, bloating, gas and abnormal bowel movements e.g. diarrhoea and/or constipation.

There is no single cause for IBS but the symptoms can often be managed by making dietary and lifestyle changes.  For example, it may help to:

  • Identify and avoid foods or drinks that trigger your symptoms (try an elimination diet e.g. dairy or wheat are common triggers)
  • Alter the amount of fibre in your diet (good fibre supplements include psyllium seeds, flaxseeds or hemp seeds).
  • Exercise regularly
  • Reduce your stress levels
  • Add a multi-strain bacteria (probiotic)

IBS may also be caused by other infections, food sensitivities e.g. lactose intolerance, mind-body interaction, malabsorption of nutrients, hormonal imbalances and environmental sensitivities.

Why not book a Nutrition appointment with Emma to discuss a bespoke treatment plan this month?


Emma Berridge, Naturopathic Nutrition Advisor, Woburn Osteopaths


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