Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects your small and large intestine (bowel). Irritable bowel syndrome commonly causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating gas, diarrhoea and constipation. Despite these uncomfortable signs and symptoms, IBS doesn’t cause permanent damage to your colon.
These discomforts are associated with the change in the speed of food passage through the colon, also called the large intestine. Passing speeds too fast or, conversely, too slow will cause different symptoms. Thus, when the phases of contraction and relaxation of the intestinal muscles are faster or stronger than normal, the colon does not have time to absorb the water contained in the food. This causes diarrhea. When the contractions are slower and weaker than normal, the colon absorbs too many fluids, resulting in constipation. The stools are then hard and dry. Generally, there are 3 subcategories of the syndrome depending on the type of major symptoms:
- Syndrome with pain and diarrhea
- Syndrome with pain and constipation
- Syndrome with pain, diarrhea and constipation.
Fortunately, unlike more-serious intestinal diseases such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome doesn’t cause inflammation or changes in bowel tissue or increase your risk of colorectal cancer. In many cases, you can manage irritable bowel syndrome by managing your diet, lifestyle and stress.
Who is affected by IBS?
This syndrome affects between 10% and 20% of the population of Western countries. They are mostly women. However, this is an estimate because it is difficult to obtain reliable statistics. On the one hand, it seems that only 15% of the affected people consult their physician on this subject. On the other hand, there are 2 different diagnostic grids (Manning and Rome III), which influences the number of people considered to be suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.
This disorder appears gradually in adolescents and young adults. In most cases, irritable bowel syndrome is chronic. Affected individuals may experience periods of remission of varying duration. Their discomforts can appear every day for 1 week or 1 month, then disappear, or last all their lives. Only a minority of patients present with very troublesome symptoms.
However, we see quite often Irritable Bowel Syndrome happening in adults too when they are suffering from chronic illnesses such as chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia.
The causes of this disorder are still unknown and are the subject of much research. Two basic hypotheses are proposed: either the sufferers suffer from abnormal and painful contractions of the intestine, or they are more sensitive than normal to movements of the colon and rectum, usually imperceptible. But they are only hypotheses…
What can the Lightning Process do about IBS?
The Lightning Process approaches guts disorders by considering why your immune system, which is designed to defend you from dangers, is not working properly and why your digestive system, which is designed to process and sort out the food has started to work erratically.
Therefore, the Lightning Process is an excellent and efficient tool to help you regain control. Indeed, continually turning on the Physical Emergency Response (PER) will disrupt the normal functioning of two major systems in the body involved with the guts: the immune and digestive systems. Then using your mind body connection will give you the power to control what you want your body to do!
The Lightning Process can teach you tools to spot the PER occurring and calm the PER through specific steps using movement, posture, coaching that, when practiced, can lead to an automatic change in your physiology which can promote improved health and well-being.
Due to the nature of the Lightning Process training we cannot guarantee results as everyone is different however we have received a considerable amount of positive feedback from clients with the varied symptoms that many people have with food and chemical intolerance experience.