April is IBS awareness month

Hi, it’s Joanna from Cram osteopaths and this month it is IBS awareness month, and this might be something that most of your thinking, ‘IBS what’s that got to do with osteopaths and osteopathic treatment’.
IBS for those of you who don’t know is irritable bowel syndrome, which covers a wide array of symptoms, but generally people with IBS will suffer with stomach bloating or abdominal bloating and cramps, and also have a variety of issues such as constipation or diarrhea and a feeling of really just not feeling at their best. People coming to us may not initially present with IBS, but interestingly, a lot of people with IBS may also have some back pain and often they find that as their backs resolve with good osteopathic treatment, some of their symptoms become much more manageable with their IBS.
Furthermore, as Osteopaths, we don’t just look at the back. We also can look at what’s going on at the front of the body. So it may be that we actually do a little bit of movement through the abdomen and the underlying organs in the abdomen. That might involve some gentle articulation or movement or mobilization of the various organs. Some of the things, again that may present as typical IBS also may actually be shadowing what could be a colitis, crohn’s, celiacs or diverticulitis, and your osteopath will make sure that they are looking out for these.
So yes, IBS and osteopathy is definitely something we see lots of in clinics. If you’re a patient of ours and you haven’t mentioned to us that you’re suffering then let’s chat about it.
If you’re thinking about seeing an osteopath for relief of some of these IBS symptoms, get yourself booked in and one of our osteopaths will take really good care of you.