Take the Stress out of IBS

Posted on Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Written by Lindzie O'Reilly

Irritable Bowel syndrome (IBS) is characterized by abdominal pain and changes in bowel habits (i.e. frequency, urgency, stool consistency) that are not related to an organic cause. This means that the individual has worked with a doctor to rule out other conditions, such as celiac disease or crohn's disease, but they are still left with symptoms. While the absence of a more serious medical condition is often a relief, the fact that symptoms are still present can be VERY frustrating and can prevent individuals from attending class, work, or even socializing with friends.

It's important to know that there are many lifestyle-related changes that suffers can make to help decrease and manage symptoms. Join Kathy Somers from the Stress Management & High Performance Clinic and myself for a 4 week program that will cover:

  • relaxation techniques and 2 types of biofeedback for smooth muscle of the GI tract
  • mindful eating
  • common food irritants to avoid
  • support and symptom relief

Classes will be held October 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 5:30-6:30 in UC 335

Please email ksomers@uoguelph.ca to register.

The cost of all four classes is $10 for students.

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